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PixelBin says

Started watching Community. It’s a good one. Very easily digestible comedy and fun to watch when you have a small block of time (episodes are only 22mins).

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
  • Sold between 50 000 and 100 000 dollars
  • Elite Author
  • Has been a member for 5-6 years
  • Referred between 50 and 99 users
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
  • Contributed a Tutorial to a Tuts+ Site
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PixelBin says


What it all comes down to is that if they bought your product, they can rate it however they want. You got their money and they have the freedom of speech to decide what they think of it. Your theme could bake them cookies while singing to them but maybe they don’t like that you used Arial for your theme options front-end and that, in their eyes, deserves a 1 star. There’s nothing you can do about it. The rating represents what the buyer thinks of your product, regardless of their thought process. There aren’t any rules for ratings and there shouldn’t be.

Other buyers should be smart enough to realize that a product with 50 5-stars and 5 1-stars is a good product, otherwise no one would ever buy from Amazon which is plagued with products that might have literally thousands of 5-star reviews praising the product and then a handful of idiots claiming everyone else is crazy and the product sucks. Guess what? It’s probably that person’s fault that the product isn’t effective, don’t you think? But there’s nothing you can do about it. They can say whatever they want about it since they bought it (but in Amazon’s case, I don’t think you had to have purchased an item to review it so it’s even worse than here).

TL;DR Quit worrying about it.

Sorry if you misunderstood this post, but it isn’t about legitimate customers giving 1 star ratings. I’m pretty specific in the original post that I don’t worry about them and understand that it’s a buyer’s prerogative to rate a product what they like.

The question is asking authors if they have noticed 1 star ratings that seem to be intentionally done to hurt an item’s overall rating, possibly by their competition and not a customer. Hope that makes sense. If you read the entire thread I’ve pointed out this distinction several times.

I didn’t specifically point it out but, yes, I understood exactly what you were saying and my word still stands. If I buy your theme, I can do whatever I want with it and rate it however I want. That being said, I don’t feel $40-50 is worth the minuscule chance of a buyer not buying your theme and buying mine, if our themes were competitors. And all of that being said, I have never done this nor will I ever because well, it sounds like a damn stupid idea.

Edit: To answer completely on topic, yes, this stuff happens all the time and I doubt the people who do it are getting anywhere so I’d say just let them be.

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
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PixelBin says

What it all comes down to is that if they bought your product, they can rate it however they want. You got their money and they have the freedom of speech to decide what they think of it. Your theme could bake them cookies while singing to them but maybe they don’t like that you used Arial for your theme options front-end and that, in their eyes, deserves a 1 star. There’s nothing you can do about it. The rating represents what the buyer thinks of your product, regardless of their thought process. There aren’t any rules for ratings and there shouldn’t be.

Other buyers should be smart enough to realize that a product with 50 5-stars and 5 1-stars is a good product, otherwise no one would ever buy from Amazon which is plagued with products that might have literally thousands of 5-star reviews praising the product and then a handful of idiots claiming everyone else is crazy and the product sucks. Guess what? It’s probably that person’s fault that the product isn’t effective, don’t you think? But there’s nothing you can do about it. They can say whatever they want about it since they bought it (but in Amazon’s case, I don’t think you had to have purchased an item to review it so it’s even worse than here).

TL;DR Quit worrying about it.

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
  • Sold between 50 000 and 100 000 dollars
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PixelBin says

Or it is no longer financially beneficial for them to spend time on a theme that may not be selling well or at all? Since when are authors bound to you for eternity if you bought their themes? This mentality needs to go. You bought a product for a certain version and that’s it. If you get updates, you should be praising whatever god you praise.

Someone complains about authors keeping themes up unsupported when they need to be taken down. You’re complaining about authors taking down themes which have gone unsupported. See the problem?

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
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PixelBin says

From personal analytics, less than 0.75% of visitors of my live previews are IE8 users. Less than 3% are IE users in general, with 9 and 10 included, which make up the majority. It’s hard to justify offering IE8 support for future themes when less than 1% of all viewers see it, let alone buy it and use it.

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PixelBin says

No.

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
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PixelBin says

I, too, have a theme in-progress based on the new post formats but I was pretty underwhelmed by the inconsistency of the UI. Some formats got it right with the revealing UI like audio/video, only missing options for a placeholder poster. Others like chat, quotes, etc. was incredibly annoying. Chat especially. Basically, it was impossible to have any content/text other than the chat transcript otherwise the parser would break. Quote had to be the first thing in the content, which is okay, I suppose, but it’s not very understandable. And the status/aside post formats are just useless, in my opinion.

It’s unfortunate that they wasted that much time and retracted it at the last minute. Working with the new implementation definitely shed light on how poor the UX of switching themes that support post formats really is. It’s essentially impossible without redoing all of your posts.

Oh well. Back to your caves, everyone.

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
  • Sold between 50 000 and 100 000 dollars
  • Elite Author
  • Has been a member for 5-6 years
  • Referred between 50 and 99 users
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
  • Contributed a Tutorial to a Tuts+ Site
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PixelBin says

My latest favorite is Person of Interest. You guys should really give it a try. It’s created by on of the three Nolan brothers and simply is an amazing series. Had high hopes for Arrow but so far, it’s not that great.
I also like Dexter,BB,community

Person of Interest, confirmed. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a show so much.

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
  • Sold between 50 000 and 100 000 dollars
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  • Referred between 50 and 99 users
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
  • Contributed a Tutorial to a Tuts+ Site
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PixelBin says

I don’t believe there is anything in the terms preventing you from doing whatever you wish with your item, as long as when you submit it with exclusivity, it is not available through other channels. Once you remove the item, you can, once again, do whatever you wish.

1478 posts The right tools with none of the gimmicks
  • Sold between 50 000 and 100 000 dollars
  • Elite Author
  • Has been a member for 5-6 years
  • Referred between 50 and 99 users
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
  • Contributed a Tutorial to a Tuts+ Site
  • Exclusive Author
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PixelBin says

love the buy now option, this means a lot more of sales with that extra $2, yummy :) Great news! Next step is an increase in the price of the items in some categories in Graphicriver.

This thread is 3 years old, by the way.

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