Yup, you said it, I didn't....
My concern about just coming out writing a post about company 'X' is now doing this to us, would have easily been seen as vengeful which was not my intent. But now that I have had the #1 moderator in these forums Ipstenu ask, and you nailed it, then there is no point in hiding it anymore.
Yes, I am a LONG time member of woothemes and do use their themes on most all of my client work as their code really is very nice to work with.
I run multisite networks where the users can choose their own theme, and most all the choices are woothemes. The way they built their code, even if I have said no, do not show the add ever again, if a new user comes in and signs up for a new blog, then they see the add the minute they activate the theme.
Their code only asks 2 questions.
1. can the user install/update plugins if yes ->
2. has this user said do not show the app store again ->
... if no, then show the app nag.
Well the new blog user can update plugins, they are an admin, and yes, this is a brand new admin, so they see the add.
This is VERY frustrating because I only have a couple of choices.
1. I don't use woothemes ever again
2. I have to hack the code out of woothemes, and remember to do that on every single upgrade on every single theme/plugin I ever get from them.
Neither are good solutions.
So bottom line, wp-app-store is spamming my site and I'm not happy about it.
As I said, if these were free themes, then sure, support the theme via add links, all is fair in love n war on that front. But these are themes I purchased and continue to pay for. My payment should be more than enough revenue for them to not have to be supported by spammy adds.
*The sad part, is the group behind wp-app-store are some of the best of the best programmers out there who I really respect. I even like the business model. I just HATE having this forced on me like this.