I think we're probably concerned about the same issues here, but maybe just viewing them through opposite ends of the telescope. I was trying to be ambiguous enough not to offend or incite anyone but I think it just ended up masking my concern.
Great article by Chip Bennett, by the way. It does a great job of explaining why you shouldn't download any old random free theme from the internet. I've used that as a reference myself before.
Using "trusted" in reference to the post
Not in reference to the post in general, but in your reference to Themeforest.
Also note that ThemeForest is not within the list of trusted commercial vendors that WordPress.org recommends:
As someone who has invested a substantial amount of time and money purchasing commercial WordPress themes and plugins from several developers who distribute through ThemeForest, this caught my attention. Unless I'm over thinking things here, (and I often do) you seem to be intimating two things:
A) ThemeForest is an untrusted source
B) ThemeForest is not listed in the Commercially Supported GPL Themes here in the Themes Directory because it's not a trusted source
Is there a reason I should be concerned?
My interest was in attempting to tactfully elicit more information on your view of ThemeForest, and discover if there was anything more that I, as a consumer should be aware of.
If they aren't I shall stop using the word "trusted" and perhaps stop recommending commercial theme vendors from WordPress.org.
No, of course not. I don't believe there's any reason that you should stop using the word "trusted", nor that you should hesitate to direct anyone to the Commercially Supported GPL Theme providers showcased on wordpress.org. Sorry for the confusion. Thx!!