This is a pretty hard to follow topic and before adding my own input, I wanted to take the time and digest the whole state of the marketplace today. Not saying that my views are those of everyone here. They are mine and the people I collaborate with and represent our views on which I noticed to find common ground with many other authors. I wrote them down in a post on Medium which I’d like to share with you the authors, Envato staff and whoever else would like to have a read (8 min read according to Medium)
Thank you for taking the time to read through and looking forward to reactions.Regards, Alex
Hi Alex, shared on Facebook your An Open Letter to Envato .
The sole concept of these marketplaces and it’s items is about to be changed in a way that doesn’t make sense and will create confusions.Whilst we do encourage authors to provide support for their products, they are under no obligation to do so, and this is entirely their choice. This is part of the reason why files on the marketplace are so cheap. Because of this we provide you with live, working examples that you can examine prior to purchase, you are also encouraged to ask questions before you buy the file. Even though not all authors provide Support, Envato requires that all items on our Marketplaces work 100% as described.
So, at least in my opinion, the fairest and decent solution would be only to provide premium support packs for $, but not oblige mandatory support to authors, and in a timeframe. The very purpose of the marketplace is distorted.The fact i’m offering support no matter what, is how i want to market myself, but not because of any rule. Support is tough to be measured.
I against the new Envato policy, however I think Envato will be okay even if most of solo authors will go away (which I don’t think so). The niche will be filled by authors with dedicated support staff.
Envato has to shift marketplace to the new level of quality due an obvious reasons and competitor marketplaces. Probably they prefer to see the teams instead of solo authors. Standards are higher and higher and not all authors will match new requirements.
Please remember all about money and no need to keep illusions about community and other naive dreams. Envato want money and today they have enough traffic (authority) to make rules they want. It was from the begin and it happens today. Nothing new.I consider Envato’s plan as one of possible right directions, even I do not like it.
kriskorn saidIn what dimension do you live? Who will take care of you – except you?
You do know that some of the authors need to feed their families ? What’s up with you being community centered and not once wanting to contact the author about their item ? First disabling items, now even deleting…
You see in this topic “top authors” ? Create top item – live easy
I absolutely agree on the fact that every individual has the right to decide if he wants to tell the world how much he earns ( at least if it’s a legal business ).
In most western civilisations it’s safe to tell how much you earn, you will probably see some jealous reactions but not more.
But as the OP said, there are other countries and cultures. My parents worked for a support project in a very poor country in the eastern part. There you can get in trouble only for wearing good shoes or for having enough money to travel to this country. So i can understand that your life can be threatened by the fact people know you are earning thousands of dollars a month. And for those saying he has the wrong friends surrounding him, you probably have no idea how difficult it can be for someone with money to be surrounded by people who have nothing at all. Friendship is allmost impossible then, just don’t ignore that !For me it’s ok to hide ALL the badges as an option. We have the right to choose what we want to be public and what not. Even if Envato make the rules and the badges are one of the main reasons for their success. It’s more important to keep their authors/workers safe then having fear for changes.