Speak with an account and/or business advisor. I actually pay less taxes being self-employed than as an LLC. Only a professional could have helped me figure that out.
@ familychoice — I guess you’d have to be an author to know what it’s actually like on this side of the fence too. Any time negativity flies Envato has to get involved. Authors don’t have a magic censorship button. If comments get removed it’s 100% Envato’s call.
If you’ve watched the forums lately, there’s been a sharp rise in items getting soft-disabled. I won’t argue whether it’s deserved or not because it depends on the case, but I hardly believe it’s one-sided.
The refund/review system is designed to protect both parties. If you have a better idea, I’m sure Envato would love suggestions.
Plaguing. Yes. Authors can flag comments for review and they’re taken down within 24 hours, but imagine waking up to harassment every day for two weeks. What do you think that does to sales? Buyers are scared off by any mention of bugs.
The point was authors have accountability, and buyers have none. Buyers can create as much hate as they want and it’s irrelevant, they’ll just make another account. Authors can’t do that.
If you think Envato marketplaces are an author’s world, I can tell you we have plenty of complaints also. Not more important concerns, just different ones.
Comment sections are heavily moderated in favour of authors
Both sides of author/buyer relationship have unfair powers.
For example, any buyer can defame an item in comments. The author is at Envato’s mercy to get this removed and it definitely influences sales when negative criticism is posted. The buyer has no reputation to maintain, but the author is immediately put under question.
Likewise, a buyer can report an author and get his items or entire account banned, but there’s no way to report a “bad buyer” or rate their skills. A buyer can punish an author for his own ignorance. Authors can’t return that poison.
I’m just saying everyone thinks they have it hardest. Both sides have equal problems.
@ scrnjakovic — I like a good conflict. It’d be too boring not having an edge.
@ DualDigital — Drafted. Nice reel.
That’s all folks. I’m out of invites. Let’s do this again next year.
My items “technically” support IE7 from when it was required, but when Envato dropped this requirement I removed the tag so I could push ahead with that constraint.
I think still showing this tag sets the wrong expectation for buyers that some themes are going above/beyond by supporting very old browsers, when in reality they’re mostly likely that old too.
I wouldn’t mind seeing IE6 purged since that’s two releases behind, but I’d keep IE7 until IE8 becomes non-mandatory.
One invite left.
I’m rather annoyed by attitude of majority of those who have dribbble invites and are giving them away. You’re all making some “rules” and “contests” where you need to be “impressed”. If you want to give invites, then why don’t you just tell people to post their work and five of them might get invited instead of acting like a snob. You’re “disqualifying” people and “maintaining order”? You’re feeling “generous”, and I shall impress you? Like nCrafts and loveetc said: NO. It may be me just having a bad day, but I find your posts and title of this thread very annoying.
First, I’m taking time out of my day to offer this. Access to Dribbble is something many designers want. Be clear about that before calling anyone offering access a snob.
Most good / well-connected designers have been on Dribbble for a long time. Drafting is not a priority because finding new candidates is essentially work. That’s why many Dribbble users have invites accumulating. This is not a contest, you don’t win anything. It’s an opportunity.
Someone even offered to pay for an invite, and I turned them down. You can’t buy access to Dribbble. It’s a meritocracy governed by the members.
The rules, disqualifications, and maintenance of order are for the good of Dribbble. The invite-system is designed to keep quality high, so member’s are responsible for drafting designer’s that add value to the community. Dribbble has certain constraints, and I imposed constraints as rules of the offer to weed out people who lack precision and care. That’s what makes a good designer.
The rules worked. I did not draft people who couldn’t follow directions because I feel they’ll make poor additions to the Dribbble community. Also I want to minimize my time spent reviewing candidates and drafting them.
The thread title says “Impress me” because that’s what it takes to get drafted. I’m not going to invite anyone that doesn’t raise the quality bar on Dribbble. If that is snobby I’m fine with that. It should motivate you to improve your skills. That’s one of the things I love about Dribbble.
I still have two invites available.
Assume JS is not parsed, and you’ll be penalized for a behavior that could be malicious toward users.
It sucks that Ticksy will not to be developed further, but I love the irony in this thread’s title:
“Ticksy — Support your products!”
Change that waiting period to 7 days and I would agree. If an author wants an item removed there is a business reason and waiting 30 days is punitive for most business deals.
Legally Envato cannot retain an item indefinitely because they don’t own it. Mandating authors download purchases immediately is a fair request. I’d blame myself if I chose to ignore it repeatedly and later noticed many items were removed.