Thanks, every voice counts
Thanks to the first 30 respondents, way to go …
First hour, already 15 participants, thanks everyone for the support!
You are the first participant, thanks a lot
Some time ago, there was a heated discussion in the WordPress community, about open source, GPL and the theme-industry.
Somewhere in the turmoil, the theme-industry was accused of profiting from a free software, without giving much back.
This inspired me to conduct a study about the matter for my master’s thesis, and evaluate the following questions:
Just to clarify, the hypothesis is not saying, themes and plug-ins are the only reason, for the popularity of WordPress. There are other factors that play a role, like it’s easiness of use.
And of course, the system architecture encourages extensions in general.
If you find this as interesting as I do, and would like to know the results, please take my survey.
It is directed at WordPress users who build websites professionally, or use WordPress for their own website(s).
Since I need at least 1067 participants, I’d really appreciate if you could take 3 minutes of your time for the questionnaire.
The results (diagrams and raw data), as well as the conclusion will be published and linked back to this thread.
Thanks for your support
See if there is a new tab in your dashboard called ‘hidden’. Soft-rejected items end up there.
Hi folks, the rating system needs work, completely agreed. I’ve been listening, we will improve it. The more interesting question is “when?”. I’d love to give you an exact date, but I’ll only do that when I can be certain. What I can tell you is that we’re really close to wrapping up some current projects, and ratings is sitting right at the top of the work to dig into next. A huge part of this will be re-reading the mountain of feedback we’ve already collected and community consultation on the changes we’ll be making. I’ll let the community know when this starts.
Thanks for responding. After a long wait and to avoid getting surprised or shocked after changes made on rating system, can we get confirmation if the following issues are already in the consideration?
Transparency 1: When the user places mouse over the item rating, more detail displayed:
Transparency 2: Show also half stars, no integers please. If an item has average of 4.4, currently it will show 4 stars. An item having 4.5+ will have 5 stars or something like this. If a buyer always chooses a 5 star item, most probably he/she is forced to choose a 4.5 starred item too indirectly. From an author point of view, a guy/girl who can sleep well with 4.4 rating may loss sleep when it displayed using just 4 stars. Both cases are gamble – not average.The number of marketplace items are several times higher than couple of years back. The sales number of individual items started touching completely different range than before. So adding accuracy / detail to the ratings is the single most obvious/easy change we can expect. And importantly, it is just front end addition – not much of a complex work.
Transparency 3: Every rating requires a short review in order to justify it. There will be less ratings, but at least they will be accurate.
Something interesting, not only for authors, but also for buyers, would be a ‘popular NEW items’ page.
The current ‘popular items’ page contains mostly files buyers already know, or already purchased. I wouldn’t necessarily remove it, but add another page with popular items that were uploaded during the last month or so, plus a history navigation for last months favorites.
This way buyers can see whats new and hot without having to sift through the same list over and over again.
We currently live in the UAE. You can survive with 6.600 a month, but don’t expect any luxury. Decent housing is rather expensive, and you have to pay the rent at least four months in advance.
Also, keep in mind that your visa is tied to the employment contract. So, if you lose your job, you’ll have a month to find another one, or establish your own business, otherwise you’ll have to leave the country. There is no freeloading around here.
Highly skilled personnel is in demand and usually better paid. As spinfx already said, don’t accept an offer under 12K + housing.