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Remove Sponsored Themes from WordPress.org

  1. EhsanAhmad
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    sponsored themes Idea, definitely gives developer a better interest in making good themes for people to use. The theme viewer is an open place, and there are thousands of unsponsored themes out there as well, let the people decide wether they want to use sponsored theme or not.
    Give me one good reason Why people should not be allowed to do that?

    100% agreed

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  2. djsteve
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    An idea that may fix this issue - give us a checkbox on the side to search for themes and only themes that either do not have sponsored links and or have a license that allow for their removal.

    I do not hate on those who make sponsored themes, but tonight I found a theme I liked, went to editing it (and FIXING it) - them when I got to the footer and began fixing that and wanted to remove the 4 links it had as sponsors I ran into this dumb copyright thing.

    I just wish I could have searched for non sponsored or themes that allow for removal of the links. I do not think that some of the sponsors really want to have the no-relative (adult) content that I have on my blog linking tons of links to their site, so by wanting to remove their links I am in essence doing them a favor.

    Having a way to filter out these themes, or least filter in the changeable ones would be a blessing. Perhaps we could add a checkbox tag for people to check off the ones that are already in the codex as either changeable or not.

    Posted: 12 years ago #

  3. Inactive

    I'm new to wordpress, but I wanted to throw out my opinion as well as ask a question. If an author wants to put a link back to HIS (or her) site saying theme designed by, that's fine, however to just have sponsors, that's BS. Why not just sell your theme for $5 or something? I'd be alot more willing to spend some money than to put some links to random sites on my blog. If you look at programs like Joomla! and Mambo, there are people that sell their themes. Nothing wrong with it at all..

    My question is: Is there an easy way to search the code for "hidden" code? If anyone has any info, I'd apprecieate it!

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  4. akira01
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    Why not separate into 2 section, ads supported theme and non-ad supported theme. This way, the user can choose which to download. It's easier to find all themes (sponsor or non-sponsor) rather than searching all over the web.

    I believe, the designer deserves some extra income since they spent so much time in designing. The user can of course remove them if he/she doesn't like the sponsor link.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  5. depi
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    Congrats!!! Now nobody can download or upload a theme. Very nice, Matt - this is what you want? Themeviewer is going to die..

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  6. krisztitampa
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    I understand where people come from when they dont understand what is wrong with making a living by designing templates , this way contributing to a larger inventory of themes , ultimately promoting wordpress itself .

    There should be some kind of requirements possibly, but its easy to say now (and I am not a designer, nor have sponsored a theme before ) to those people :

    " Ok, thanks for contributing to wp so far, now we are big enough that we can tell you to f**k off ! "

    At the same time I would agree that adult and non ethical links should not be allowed to be bundled in the themes. Other than that the publisher is free to choose the theme that he/she likes to download, if they like one with links bundled in the most, so be it .

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  7. macek
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    There are many great sponsored themes which would not exist if designers did not get something back for hours of programming. And the problem is that without these great themes it could hurt WordPress and drive visitors somewhere else.

    So what I think is that the sponsored themes should be allowed if :
    - they’re not encrypted
    - they’re properly labeled as sponsored themes
    - users can easily remove the links if they wanted to

    You know the user should decide if he/she’s going to support people who helped to create a theme he/she uses and likes.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  8. Matt Mullenweg
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    Okay almost all the sponsored themes are gone. A lot of people suggested we were taking out the best themes, but the numbers suggest otherwise:

    http://photomatt.net/2007/07/18/theme-quality-and-downloads/

    I'm going to mark this as resolved.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  9. NameNexus
    Member

    Even tho this has been resolved and themes have been removed i still feel like commenting on all this.

    To kyle

    To the individual who objected to the default blogroll... why on earth should the people who created and who have put soo much into WordPress NOT be permitted to have their links there? geez!! Delete them if they don't fit your site... but don't complain about that, for heavens sake

    Very well said, i can't do anything but agree with you. But i would still want to ask you a question. To those that designed the themes, let them be download by users for free, drive traffic to themes.wordpress.net (where you got google ads placed there) why should not be permitted to get a monetary recompense for their work by sponsors?

    I say they can get those themes anywhere, let the creators host their own themes. If people want to have them (if they are good enough), they can, but why should Matt and co host them, pay for the space, and let others make money off of them, which is effectively what they are doing.

    Yet another good comment, which forces me to ask a question? What makes WordPress to be famous among the bloggers (apart the functionality)? I believe the answer is the huge amount of FREE themes that bloggers can download, and thats why i think matt should host these themes.

    Lets resume, lots of themes lots of visitors and probably a good amount of earnings through Google AdSense, now lets count the second part, lots of themes, lots of visitors, lots of popularity for the WordPress blog.

    I would completely agree with you that sponsored themes should not be made or published, if, there would be no sponsored ads by the part of WordPress (on themes.wordpress.net). Now you might ask, why in the earth should wordpress remove the themes which help the hosting costs etc, which keep wordpress to be free and blla blla blla, for the same reasons maybe why sponsored themes should be ok?

    I would think as smarter way to put a LIMIT of links on the sponsored themes, such as 1 sponsor per theme or 2 sponsors per theme, but not to wipe the whole list. Wiping the whole list will direct the theme creators (because it won't stop) to another resource, blogflux themebot etc, you will realize this within few months, not today, and you will better notice this not just in the traffic, but also in the revenue from Google Adsense.

    This is just my personal thought, i am not attacking anyone or reopening this discussion, i just felt like i should comment.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  10. syncbox
    Member

    I'm for removing ad-based custom themes... though how you allow uploading of themes and/or check them for the nefarious crap put into them is beyond me.

    This is like spam... there are always those who will defeat the system until the only option is to just not allow theme uploads.

    I always build my own. Harder, but better control.

    Posted: 12 years ago #

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