nope. the agreement is not only for sell on other marketplaces but about any type of distribution of the item present on this marketplace under the exclusive option. You can’t give it for free for example. Or like a prize for an online contest. Or whatever else.
The GPL does not entitle an author to exposure on ThemeForest or any other website. The owners of the site decide what is sold and are perfectly free to remove an item or author.
WPExplorer saidThis can’t be solved without limiting 100% GPL as option for only non-exclusive authors. Any other alternative may require complex patch works on rules. Curious to see how this will be managed.
Does this mean an exclusive author can’t sell their GPL theme elsewhere but another user/person could do so if they get their hands on it?
The GPL does not affect the agreement between Envato and authors. If I have an agreement with Envato to sell a theme only on ThemeForest and I sell it elsewhere at the same time, then I am violating the terms I agreed to. As a result, they can remove the theme or terminate my account. It doesn’t matter if the theme is 100% GPL or not. I don’t think anything changes in that respect.
I don’t see this as being a big deal though. All Envato is doing is offering another option. If authors don’t want to sell full GPL, they don’t have to. If they do, they can.
Options Framework is widely used and maintained by a good developer. I haven’t had any complaints.
You may want to look into using the built in Theme Customizer as well: https://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Customization_API (see tutorials at bottom)
On two occasions I recall customers asking for refunds, both of which would be denied under Envato’s policy, so I told them I’d refund them directly (better a happily refunded customer than a 1 star rating). Neither ended up sending me their PayPal address but I would love to have just refunded them via ThemeForest without the hassle of going outside the system (and losing the share Envato takes).
The themes are ALL pirated eventually so leaving refunds up to the discretion of the author wouldn’t encourage any more Tom Foolery. I have found with my other business that when you offer a 30 day money back guarantee, an extremely small percentage of people take advantage of that in an ill way. The vaaaast majority are just made more likely to buy in the first place!
Notice shops like WooThemes and The Theme Foundry have 30 day refund policies. They’re smart.
Digital products are the EASIEST of all products to refund and happy customers are the best.
Maybe we should do a petition for removing the rating feature until fixed?
It’s not perfect but still better than nothing (that’d really make authors unaccountable) and I don’t see it as putting anyone at a disadvantage in relation to competing authors—we’re all under the same system. By the time a few ratings are made, the average does say something. It’s good for buyers to be able to differentiate between 3 and 5 star items.
Just needs some improving.
Half-star average ratings would be good too. As illustrated by the comic above, 4.0 stars is not nearly as impressive as 4.5 stars! Seriously.
I would like to see ratings require a comment, like Amazon and the WordPress.org theme/plugin directories. The ability for the author to follow-up comment on a review would be good too in case some clarification is necessary. Transparency would be very helpful both to the authors for improving items and to potential buyers. Reviews are just plain handy.