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[resolved] Your WordPress Commercial Themes (6 posts)

  1. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Does the same "We do not support" rule apply to commercial themes on the Your WordPress forum?

  2. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You mean they are using a commercial theme, and asking what you think about their site?

    I've never seen that enforced there before. Without digging, one would not even know what theme they are using.

    I don't believe by providing opinion on the appearance/functionality of ones site, we would be infringing on a developers ability to make money from providing support - which I believe is one of the main reasons we don't support paid themes here.

    If they are asking for support over there, they are in the worng forum, and I would move their post and the 'we don't support' would apply. If they are just asking for opinions on their site, I see no harm in providing the requested critique.

    // just one mod's opinion!

  3. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Reflecting on it now, I don't feel so strongly against commercial theme show-offs on the Your WordPress forum.

    - Perhaps it was just that most commercial themes I've come across on that forum aren't changed from their original state.

    - Or that even if feedback was given, the commercial theme';s vendor wouldn't support generic appearance changes.

    - Actually this may be the reason; that commercial theme users were benefiting from the open source community.

    Anyway, I don't have a strong opinion against it so I'm marking this thread resolved.

  4. - Actually this may be the reason; that commercial theme users were benefiting from the open source community.

    *Stepping into a resolved topic and thinking once again "Andrew asks good questions"*

    Along the lines of the Right Reverend Voodoo (that sounds cool by the way) in my opinion we want commercial theme users to benefit from the community. We just want to be careful not to deprive GPL'ed theme vendors revenue from the support that they provide as part of their business model.

    The "Your WordPress" forum sometimes is a mess where people just post thinking they'll get Magic Link Juiceā„¢ and I've seen you correctly call them on "But you didn't change anything". That's not a bad response and people who post their site for critique shouldn't mind some honest evaluation.

    That doesn't mean a WordPress site only can distinguish themselves with an attractive theme and content is still king. But if the content is lacking and the theme is er, uninspiring then commercial or not they should expect some feedback.

    Edit: Also note that I use a commercial theme. Some of them are really good. ;)

  5. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I barely even see the point of the 'your wordpress' section at all really.... I'm sure there are good honest folks looking for feedback, and I'm also sure there's just as much Google juice hopefuls....

    EDIT: (as frequently happens - Jan jumps in at the same time, with better words!)

    Right Reverend Voodoo (that sounds cool by the way

    It does! :D

  6. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    We just want to be careful not to deprive GPL'ed theme vendors revenue from the support that they provide as part of their business model.

    I see, I was confusing myself with themes not released on the GPL license. Now that's against open source, of course.

    I'm sure there are good honest folks looking for feedback

    Even some honest folks are really after feel-good reviews, not honest reviews.

    I do though enjoy the Your WordPress forum for messing about with peoples' websites in Chrome's Developer tool.

    Edit: Also note that I use a commercial theme. Some of them are really good. ;)

    Well... I don't even use WordPress at all :)

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