Hi all! Wow, what a response so far! Thank you so much for all the awesome ideas and feedback thus far, please keep those suggestions coming!
Just wanted to specifically respond to the comments about “telling more people about this outside of the forums.” This is definitely our plan – we will be using our Marketplace and Author newsletters and social media for example. I’ll check to see if we need/want to do something more prominent like a header bar or maybe a home page feature. There’s always that trade-off isn’t there – sharing good information with everyone, but not trying to be too invasive. But you are quite right, this is something that will be useful to everyone. I’ll let the team know the feedback and we’ll see what we can do. Great call, thanks everyone who mentioned it!
@Iman Thanks so much for the kind words! I would love more opportunity to help and talk in the forums more regularly, we’ll see what we can do! Regarding the Superstar award, Calin’s going to be looking into this, we still want to make it happen. Sorry to hear it’s taken so long! We need a special Clark Kent/Superman badge for you by the way – you’re the only person so far who can rip-off your shirt to reveal the Envato logo.
I guess the primary skill they expect would be to resolve issues without locking threads
Did you know our team have a sponsor this year, VF?
Devils Advocate: Wouldn’t it be possible for an author to claim to be giving to charity and then pocketing the potential extra sales income for themselves? If there’s no enforcement for claims like this then it just seems like a simple way for some unscrupulous authors to use this as a marketing technique.
Sadly, this is true, Tom. This can happen in real life, not just on our Marketplaces. When it happens in real life it’s called fraud. Any kind of charitable fraud is a criminal activity. If an author wishes to engage in criminal activity and sacrifice their livelihood here, then they should anticipate appropriate consequences.
As far as Envato is concerned and as the article mentions, ”...any use of your Envato account must be in line with the Marketplaces Terms and Author Terms.”
Our aim here is obviously to facilitate greater opportunities for genuine authors with genuine intentions. Unfortunately, there are always going to be exceptions and people with ill intentions. If there’s a will, there’s a way. All things considered, it’s better to give that opportunity than not provide the opportunity at all. If the analogy helps, it’s kinda like a teacher punishing the entire class because one kid is being naughty. That’s not something we want to do. Allow authors to be good humanitarians and allow charities to benefit. Hopefully a win-win.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the efforts on this. Just a question, couldn’t see any explanation on knowledgeable regarding the process. So from now on, is it possible to make one or more item earnings to be transferred to charity organisation’s account?
Hi VF! No extra functionality here – authors are responsible for handling and transferring donations themselves.
Using Your Account for Charitable PurposesGood morning! Hope everyone had a great weekend! We’re happy to announce and provide some better clarity on how we handle charitable fundraising on our Marketplaces:
We have such an amazing and generous community, we realized that giving back was very important to you. Our previous guidelines on allowing charitable efforts on the Marketplaces were not very well defined. In fact, there was no official policy! So we’ve provided some basic guidelines and suggestions in a brand new Knowledgebase article:
Using Your Account for Charitable Purposes
In a nutshell, you are now permitted to officially sell an item (or items) that benefit an organization of your choosing. To keep things very simple, we leave it entirely up to you to organize.
Please read through the article and remember that charitable initiatives will be limited to profile and item pages only. The forums should not be used for charitable fundraising.
If there’s any further clarification we can help with, just let us know. Thanks!
Hi everyone! What a great contest this turned out to be! Always a bit embarrassing when the organizer wins however so I just wanted to officially announce all our winners even though Damir won! I think he was a bit shy to announce it himself.
- 1st Place: Our grand prize winner who will go down in Envato football history as the inaugural winner of the very first Envato Football Cup champion is damirkotoric! Well done, Damir! Damir not only wins the super rare gold football badge (only won by one other person in our World Cup Predictions contest) but fellow organizer stevecakefree is planning on surprising Damir with a football related prize in the near future. I’ll ask Steve to drop by with photos!
- Runner-up: Our losing finalist was Patchesoft! Well played, sir! We sent Patchesoft a signed football, beautifully autographed by as many people as we could find in the office. And it looks like it arrived safely, yay! Here’s a picture of the prize:
Our runner-up and everyone else who participated in the contest will win our standard, but still beautiful, football badge. Congratulations to all our other participants below!
AndrewFreeman, ioanis_h, mariovisic, maximilius, MhW, mjio, rnsloan, themeton, Jaynesh, SnoopyIndustries, steve_cakefree, stewboon, yomrholmes, YousefShanti
We will be awarding badges as soon as they arrive fresh and hot out of the badge laboratory (should be in a week or so). Thank you for your patience and thank you all once again for participating, we hope you enjoyed it as much as the fellas in the office enjoyed running it! See you Russia in 2018!