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Remove Sponsored Themes from WordPress.org

  1. h4x3d
    Member

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    thanks for the info evilstar, sorry about the confusion.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. cwiltgen
    Member

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    Well, given that all the wordpress.org these will be GPL, at least the less-militant can freely appropriate them for a replacement site that hosts both and simply categorizes them appropriately.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. DariaBlack
    Member

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    I don't agree with the banning unless there is a commitment to vet all outgoing links in a template. The idea is to protect the end user's pagerank and to fight links to spam websites right? So what is to prevent a spam website from buying the template outright, putting their link in the footer of the template and uploading it as one they created?

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. mdvaldosta
    Member

    True, the theme author's website could start being placed for sale as the 'sponsored' link, I'm sure that'd happen before themes stop being submitted. What if the theme author themselves are in a 'bad neighborhood' with Google? It's just not going to stop regardless.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. m0n5t3r
    Member

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    yeah, that's what I said... advertising the name of the theme (or plugin, for the record) is more than enough, no need for a spammy link, people will do that if they wish to in a post, not on every bloody page. also no need for included RSS (phoning home), but that's a different can of worms.

    edit: was replying to DariaBlack

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. Mr_Cynical
    Member

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    We should treat 'sponsored' themes the same way software sites treat other adware - it is legal to create them, but they are harmful to users and we don't want to support (through download hosting) or encourage them in any way.

    no one will post a good theme if he could sell it for some money..
    think about it

    Nobody will post something for free if they could sell it for money? Er, there are thousands of examples of why you're wrong. WordPress is one of them. Firefox, Thunderbird, Linux, OpenOffice.org, Apache... I could go on but I'm not sure what the length limit is on these forums!

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  7. aweblogs
    Member

    I think instead of banning if would be better to have a seperate section/label for sponsored themes, again as many people have said, let the users decided if they want a sponsored theme and keep the links or not.

    I think the general misconception among some people here is that ALL sponsored themes have links in their footer that lead to spammy/crappy sites that could get you banned from Google.This is of course NOT true, there are sponsored themes out there that have a reputable sponsors..take for example bloggingpro.com's "insense" theme which is a beautiful theme that probably would not have been released or thought about until the popular Hostgator sponsored it...is hostgator a spammy site? NO.

    But i also so agree there are some sponsored themes that have links to "viagra" or some other crappy site, it is regretable but dont assume all sposnored themes are such.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  8. LSRN94
    Member

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    Personally - sponsored themes come off as spammy adware. With a program as vastly popular as WordPress.. you would think the WordPress core sites (.com, .org.., the codex, etc) would want to distance themselves as far away from even the <b>inference</b> of spam as much as they possibly can.

    Spammy themes hosted by the WordPress brand may give off a public perception that WordPress is spammy. When, reality is, Matt and the WordPress team do so much to combat spam tactics in every other way...it would be a real shame to see WP support themes with viagra links sold within them.

    Just say no.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  9. L B
    Member

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    I agree with wordpress.org not supporting sponsored themes. People who make these themes can still distribute them without the support of wordpress.org.

    WordPress has one of the most amazing and dedicated user and developer communities I have ever come across. People support each other and contribute things just because they love wordpress.

    People who are distributing sponsored themes are often very tricky about it so that, as Matt said, the average user will either not notice the links at all, or will not know how to remove them. I downloaded one of these themes and did not notice the sponsored ads until I opened the theme files for editing.

    I know that not all of the links are hidden and that some of the people offering these themes are disclosing what they are. Even still, I don't think it can be good to encourage the use of these themes that are advertising all kinds of spam sites on wordpress.org. Doing that is like saying that wordpress.org supports these sites too.

    Thanks for asking :)

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  10. Matt Mullenweg
    Troublemaker

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    There have been some sloppy people trying to vote this down and leave comments from the same IP with different user accounts.

    The tide is overwhelmingly against them, so I'm not going to bother cleaning it up, but I suppose it's not surprising that people participating in unethical advertising would be trying to influence the issue in an unethical way.

    Posted: 7 years ago #

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