Posts by mikemcalister

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mikemcalister says
I don’t want to name names but there have been a few different themes released recently that resemble themes already prominent in the marketplace. Just on the homepage now there are a few different themes that could all be the same theme with a few adjustments.

If these themes are allowed to remain indefinitely, don’t you think that waters down the marketplace a bit? It boils down to quality vs. quantity.

It would be nice if some of the themes disappeared after so many months with little to no sales. Once it’s clear there isn’t a market for the theme, it’s removed. This may seem a bit drastic, but I think it would help the duplicate theme layouts and options. It force authors to be more creative and think outside the box.
Unless I’m mistaken, themes with no sales do get removed after a certain period of time, but that may have changed.

If you feel there has been a copyright violation, you can and should start a support ticket. Other than that, I think the buyers and market drive what themes are produced, it always changes over time ;)

And, like you said, please don’t name any names or call out any authors. The forums are here to be used as a positive tool, not to bash anyones item or creativity. Just a heads up to everyone :)

-Drew

They may be removed, I’m not sure either. I hope that’s the case though. I’m definitely not here to call anyone out or start trouble. I’ve just been thinking about this a lot lately.

I really don’t think this issue is as serious as a copyright violation, it’s more the principal and ethics behind it. Technically, no, some themes aren’t identical but sure, their inspiration from other themes is easily identified.

I understand the concept buyers determine what’s hot and what’s not. However, I don’t think this is reason enough to encourage (whether intentional or not) watering down of themes to meet the markets current “hot” product. Instead, if everyone was encouraged more to do their own thing, you could have several hot trends selling in the marketplace. I know authors should be encouraged to do that by default, but not everyone is that creative. Which is why you end up with the cookie cutter themes. That’s where stricter reviewing would come in handy.

82 posts
  • Sold between 250 000 and 1 000 000 dollars
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  • Has been a member for 6-7 years
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  • Author had a File in an Envato Bundle
  • Referred between 200 and 499 users
  • Bought between 50 and 99 items
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mikemcalister says

I don’t want to name names but there have been a few different themes released recently that resemble themes already prominent in the marketplace. Just on the homepage now there are a few different themes that could all be the same theme with a few adjustments.

If these themes are allowed to remain indefinitely, don’t you think that waters down the marketplace a bit? It boils down to quality vs. quantity.

It would be nice if some of the themes disappeared after so many months with little to no sales. Once it’s clear there isn’t a market for the theme, it’s removed. This may seem a bit drastic, but I think it would help the duplicate theme layouts and options. It force authors to be more creative and think outside the box.

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mikemcalister says

Something like this should work. You have lots of WP questions, maybe you should hit up the WP forums for that kind of support.


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<p>Trailer:</p>
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<?php } ?>

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mikemcalister says

I was just thinking the same thing about my theme. I am going to wait it out until the beginning of next year! Hopefully folks still have money left to buy it ;)

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mikemcalister says

Wow, very slick! Great to see homebrew apps like this popping up. I’ve used SalesDonkey since it came out and love that one as well.

Maybe this app will have an option to sit in the menu bar in the future?

Keep up the good work MPC !

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mikemcalister says

First of all, let me just say finding ThemeForest was the greatest thing that happened for me in 2009. I released just one theme (HTML and Wordpress) since signing up here and it’s sold 1,422 copies between the two versions. As a full-time freelancer, the passive income has been a life saver. I think I funded my recent London vacation entirely on TF earnings!

Anyway, starting in 2010 I want to get more involved in the forum community. I read the forum daily but never post because I worry about not being able to follow up on conversation. I’m a busy guy! ;) My name is Mike and I live in Milwaukee, WI for the time being. Look forward to chatting with you all!

I’m gearing up to release a new theme after the Christmas holiday in both HTML and Wordpress. It includes some neat CSS3 , some PNG magic, and a few other bells and whistles. I’m really excited to get it off the ground. I’m including a preview below, just don’t get any ideas ;)

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mikemcalister says
Congrats! Any new items planned?

Absolutely, I have a number of new themes coming to TF. Just need clients to stop hounding me so I can finish them up ;)

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mikemcalister says

I, too, hit the $10k mark today as well, after a few short months here with only two files! I’m down with that shiny new icon as well.

Now, when do I get my complimentary ThemeForest t-shirt and hat pin? ;)

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mikemcalister says
To me, I just want a way to track my updates similar to upload tracking. Sometimes I tend to forget if I already submitted my update (seriously) and sometimes, I’m uploading a large file and the internet gets cut off. I would tell myself I’ll just reupload later but then forget.

Yeah, upload/update tracking would be sweet via a dashboard!

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mikemcalister says

Yeah, the more I think about it, I can see why more people would be turned off to paying for a Premium than not. I appreciate the responses!

I, too, would love to see a dashboard though. Sounds like that’s something everyone could get down with ;)

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