Honestly, and this isnt to be rude or insensitive -- and bear in mind, youve opened up a potentially "sore" subject (atleast for me you have).
There are 100's of 1000's of web sites that already cover "everything including CSS and XHTML from the ground up" Unfortunately, people do NOT seach out those sites for information before coming here; for instance, a recent thread here involving removing a border around an image.. and thats just one example.
We exist in a world where people not only think they are entitled to whatever information they need or in most cases, they just want, but the vast majority of those people also think they they dont have to do anything to get it.
"_______ helps those that help themselves" no longer applies.
Couple that with the fact that blogs are trendy, and well. "wordpress looks so easy" and "ohhh look at that site, I want one too", and you have forums like this one and others, I might add, that are deluged with people trying to "run" and "tweek" wordpress when they have nearly a clue about what running a static web site entails.
In other words, they dont know shit, and they want their hand held. And, in my opinion, they do not want to learn.
They just want the end result, without the work.
I liken it to people that install some Linux distro and are then shocked that they might actually have to read something in order to be successful at it.
Web mastering takes work. It also takes dilegence and patience, and a WILLINGNESS to seek out information in diferent areas. Far too many people fail to realize that before going down that trendy little road.
We dont need more web sites. We need better users.
** I do realize that you were specifically adressing theming .. my entire post applies to that as well. How many people have actually cracked open the files they have downloaded and tried to figure out what makes what tick.
Last time I checked, every browser had a view source option somewhere in it, and yet.. its so damn tough for people to look at the source, and compare what they see to their files, even just for the sake of understanding a little better ..
Hell, these days you get grief when you try to tell someone they need to validate their site. "ohh, you mean those 200 changes i made to the theme, trying to add a middle column, and reduce the other column screwed it up?? That's why my site looks like horseshit?? I just figured it was the theme.
Guess i should have read http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764501712/103-8105340-8682267?v=glance&n=283155"