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GravityDept says


@ TemplatesZoo — Probably don’t steal Matthew Smith’s well-known Squared Eye whale persona for your icon: https://twitter.com/whale
Well, i found it here – http://uifaces.com/ I thought someone submitted his own work. Will change it. :)

He did submit it, but not to become your brand. It’s your job to check the license when you use any kind of asset. UI Faces is pretty clear what is / isn’t allowed and that these are copyrighted assets from real people allowing their use for mockups.

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GravityDept says

@ TemplatesZoo — Probably don’t steal Matthew Smith’s well-known Squared Eye whale persona for your icon: https://twitter.com/whale

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GravityDept says

Here’s the way I’m seeing this unfold: Envato is holding fast to the idea that authors sell directly to buyers. Nevermind the fact that no authors think this is true based on the flow of money.

If that were ever the case (and I wish it was) then Envato should never be withholding money, using a credit system, setting prices, or hiding customer info. If Envato wants to state that authors are selling directly, that control must be the authors’ and Envato simply a channel.

The hypocrisy creeps in where Envato is pledging to act as the seller only when VAT should charged because legally that’s the only time Envato would be obligated to provide customer information to buyers. I suspect Envato is doing everything possible to prevent giving customer info to buyers, because that would give us more power to leave the marketplace.

So Envato is collecting VAT and negating their “we’re not the seller” stance to reduce the massive information burden collecting / securing / relaying invoices between authors and buyers, but also still quietly blocking authors from knowing their buyers and controlling as a seller should.

I’ve never fully bought the argument that some law prevents Envato from disclosing buyer info to authors. While that could legitimately be a reason for a contradictory policy such as they’re crafting, I tend to see the darker side of things. Envato must keep authors locked in to succeed.

The distressing thing is this whole VAT mess wasn’t surfaced by Envato. It was from EU authors questioning the US taxation, and raising questions about VAT themselves. I’ll admit I didn’t know about the new VAT laws either (being in the US) but I fully expect that Envato should have known this was coming. The entire business of the marketplace is understanding the nature and legality of operating globally.

I don’t envy Collis and team for having this mess rear its ugly head, but I suspect it was inevitable with some authors making hundreds of thousands per year that more than a few governments would starting looking at the tax revenue more closely. And this is rolling up to a lot of fingers pointing at Envato forcing them to drastically change the marketplace’s nature.

Envato will probably never admit publicly that authors weren’t the seller in the past because that would create a potential massive VAT liability for previous years. Between a rock and hard place, Envato probably sees the best move as simply denying the past, letting authors fume and fume in the forums, and keeping them locked into the marketplace with a concession that they’ll handle VAT.

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GravityDept says

Basecamp, no user limits.

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GravityDept says

I think the main point here is that authors won’t receive or have responsibility over the VAT paid. In the transaction chain, for VAT purposes, Envato will step in as the supplier and manage the compliance.

1. So if the buyer should be charged VAT, then Envato is the seller. But if the buyer should not be charged VAT, then authors are the seller. Does that mean earnings (with/without Envato fees) are reported differently as adjusted gross income depending on each transaction’s VAT status?

Example: a $100 theme is reported as $100 income if VAT is not charged (the author then deducts $30 Envato fee), but it’s $70 reportable income if VAT is charged because Envato released funds to authors minus fees.

2. Will items from non-EU authors sold to EU buyers be subject to VAT? Likewise will EU authors selling to non-EU buyers have VAT?

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GravityDept says

If you’re using pre-processors “the right way” requiring a table of contents is redundant. The structure is the TOC (and the best one).

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GravityDept says


Search should include item descriptions. Tags are a discreet way of identifying attributes. It shouldn’t spill over to full-text search. That’s not how any tags implementation works.

Hi there, thanks for the feedback! I can confirm that running a search for a particular tag will only search within the tags set for each item, and is not a full-text search across the item description, however, we did have a few items where the tags had recently been updated and weren’t reflected in the search results. This should now have been corrected – so running a search like the following, for example, will correctly be returning only items with the “magento” tag applied:

https://themeforest.net/category/ecommerce?tags=magento I hope this helps!

Results look good now, thanks for confirming. Glad to hear tags are actually meant to behave like the rest of the internet.

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GravityDept says

Good luck Dan! Thanks for taking the Elite program from a badge to something a bit more tangible and communicative.

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GravityDept says


You aren’t wrong, so this is Envato’s fault then. Why are searches for tags running full-text queries? That defeats the purpose of normalized tagging. I might as well just spam my description (which reviewers don’t check with keywords).
When you upload something, below the description field it says “This field is used for search, so please be descriptive!” ... and this has been there for as long as I can remember.

Search should include item descriptions. Tags are a discreet way of identifying attributes. It shouldn’t spill over to full-text search. That’s not how any tags implementation works.

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GravityDept says

Have you clicked on those PrestoShop themes that are appearing on the Magento list? They don’t have the wrong tags (as to what you’d refer to ‘dirty author practices’). The themes only show ‘cause they have the word ‘magento’ in their item description which links to the Magento version of the theme.

You aren’t wrong, so this is Envato’s fault then. Why are searches for tags running full-text queries? That defeats the purpose of normalized tagging. I might as well just spam my description (which reviewers don’t check with keywords).

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