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simonswiss says
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simonswiss says

This is why we value your feedback so much!

How many +1s before you flip the avatars to a light gray?

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simonswiss says

I like the “smart keyboard” feature that tries to guess what word you will type next.

That will take drink-texting to the next level !

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simonswiss says

Awesome post dtbaker! It’s great to finally put a face / context behind the avatar we see everywhere in the forums!

Thank You Envato, indeed. If my sales volumes do not allow me to rely on envato market to make a living (for now!), i am still 100% convinced i would not have been able to quit my job and work from home full-time if it wasn’t for the great exposure envato gives to their authors.

So, thank you for the great opportunity, and beyond everything the great community!

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simonswiss says

Didn’t you ask the same question months ago?

You don’t need to use bootstrap, you can use anything you like – even nothing if you like to create your own CSS responsive grid.

Just be aware that templates that are built on bootstrap / foundation tend to sell a bit better because many potential buyers are comfortable with bootstrap and it will be an added value to your item.

I personally prefer using bourbon neat that uses a Sass mixin based grid system that is much more lightweight, markup-free than bootstrap. With it, i can produce websites that are faster, cleaner, lighter. In other terms, they are better products for the web.

But guess what – the templates do not sell anywhere near as good as the ones i built with bootstrap.

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simonswiss says

There’s a whole slew of mess in the UI/X and overall design asthetic with Envato Market in general. These avatars are just awful (and an unnecessary use of precious development time).

I don’t think that specific task took too long.

I agree about the UX disparities, but i think it’s part of a multi-step shift towards a new responsive layout that is coming, finally.

Let’s just hope the final aspect of the markets is leaning towards the current flat / simple elements like the buttons, rather than the current icons / badges :)

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simonswiss says

My question to the envato team is that… “WHY CAN’T YOUR REVIEW PROCESS BE AS SMOOTH AS THIS, WHY CAN’T YOU TELL US WHY OUR TEMPLATE WAS REJECTED SO WE CAN MAKE CORRECTIONS”

The answer is that envato is a much, much larger marketplace than most other, and the amount of submissions is crazy. Reviewers simply don’t have time to give a detailed review for items that are not close enough to be accepted.

When your item reaches the “almost there” level, then you will one day get a soft-rejection, which will come with specific details on what you need to improve to get approved.

It has been mentioned many times before. Even if it takes, let’s say 5 minutes to write a small, helpful review – consider that 100 templates have been submitted today and are nowhere near the level expected to be sold here on TF. And believe me, these numbers are probably not too far off the reality.

5 minutes x 100 = 8hours 20minutes. A full working day spent teaching users some of the basics of template / theme creations..

The way it works here – if you get hard rejected, you go to the “item discussion” forum and post a link to your demo – that’s where you’ll get the feedback you need. That’s how i learned myself, and i am now giving some feedback there on a regular basis.

Also, your way of writing everything in ALLCAPS in the final statement just to drive your point home is just not the way to go. It will put off anyone from making helping you a priority.

Hope my answers brings some light to your question.

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simonswiss says

@ZoomIt 28,228 support requests – Happy days!

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simonswiss says

good, but I love make fixed but don’t like coming soon….. see I’m ncdesigner but I don’t like other account I want closed my other account :)

That’s it – ncdesigner this is who i remembered :)

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simonswiss says

I think we’re going to take a break from the badges threads right now because I believe we have enough feedback to move ahead with future changes and there was just way too many personal attacks going on in those threads. Like I said, I don’t mind having a reasonable and constructive conversation, but those threads felt like they were bringing out the worst in people. I think we all need a bit of a breather :)

Like i said, don’t let the personal attacks make you guys forget that there were a few pieces of really good, constructive feedback in there. I remember myself spending over 20 minutes to write a detailed feedback – you can read it here – and there were a few other posts that were really interesting / constructive.

I believe most of the personal attacks came right at the start (to be expected with any change, like when IOS7 came out) – and then after the “We’d like to be clear: we are not reverting back to old badges and the overall art direction is not going to change”.

I know it doesn’t mean icons will remain the exact same, but to many it was a big punch in the face from the person that puts emphasise on “together” in many posts / newsletters.

Ok, enough about these badges, sorry to hassle you with it but i felt it could create some sparks to shut down the thread just like that – not that the forums need more fire :)

No more messages about the badges, I promise!

I’ll move on to the avatars now ;)

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