You need to understand that a vast majority of Drupal authors aren’t designing their themes—they’re simply converting already existing templates which were originally released in the WordPress or HTML categories. Most of these authors are front-end developers, not designers or even Drupal developers for that matter.
As a result, you’re not going to see much unique work… all of the functionality and design elements have already been decided by the original author of the HTML or WP version.
I totally hear you and agree with your assessment, but as long as Envato keeps approving these generic conversions and buyers keep buying them, I don’t see much changing. In my opinion, conversions should not automatically be approved anymore, and Envato should start enforcing Drupal coding standards as well.
I know this isn’t really an achievement and something we can simply toggle on/off via user settings, but a badge bringing attention to the “available for freelance” option would be awesome. Right now, a small text area on our user profile is the only place where this feature is displayed.
A considerable amount of my income over the past couple of years has come from ThemeForest customers asking for customizations to the themes I sell, it would be great if our availability was made more prominent around the market and badges do appear on a variety pages (not just our user profile).
Are you by chance using a proxy or VPN when browsing the market? I’ve run into this problem as well when using VPN, I believe Cloudfront has a “blacklist” for certain IP addresses—this was the case for me, anyways.
Maybe your issue is unrelated, I just figured it was worth mentioning!
Your rating system is garbage—there’s really no other way to put things. Authors need a way to contact buyers after a review/rating. I work very hard on support, to maintain my products, and there should never ever be a reason for anybody to rate any of my themes 1 star. Ever.
But of course, I just received a 1 star rating on a theme because the user couldn’t figure out how to install the theme? Are you kidding me? It takes 3 clicks, literally. That’s it. The buyer never contacted for help, never signed up on forums, never left a comment, never reached out at all for assistance.
Now that invoices have personal details, who are you trying to protect here? I have this person’s real name and location, but can’t e-mail him or respond to him to help out? Why can’t authors respond to buyers?
I’ve had my share of hard times in life, but nothing is as discouraging as having somebody sh*t all over your hard work and having no way to correct the situation. Nobody wins here, so tell me, why can’t we respond to reviews?
I don’t wan’t some worthless, corporate response from a moderator which doesn’t even address the problem. Please provide a response based on logic, and reason, and directly address the situation for once. So I’ll ask again: why can’t we respond to ratings?
Can I get a straight answer here, Envato? Is it really that difficult to be honest and forthright with the the authors for once? We essentially pay your salary, your rent, so the least you could do is show a little respect and address this important issue.
If authors dictate their own prices, I think there will be a drop in what are already low prices—what it costs to live in the United States is a bit different than say, Vietnam, for example (or living in the city vs. country). Depending on their situation, an author could get away with charging substantially less per product while still selling enough to take care of their own financial responsibilities.
On an international market, having a fair and structured pricing model is the only way many authors will be able to compete while still generating enough income to make a comfortable living.
When authors can start undercutting the competition, based on their local economic conditions, a huge disadvantage is created for many of us. Open pricing would do more harm than good.
Well, I just filled out the information and want to make sure that no money will be withheld this month.
No income will be withheld, according to this blog post:
Last month I had announced that we would begin information reporting and, in the absence of correct taxpayer information, backup withholding on January 1st. We are going to delay these changes… we’ll loop back to the community with a fresh timeline and more information.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping the delay is perpetual.
I filled out my tax documents prior to the end of 2014, just in case, but why was any of this necessary in the first place?
Unless Envato is paying me directly (which the company claims they are not, authors are selling directly to buyers) there is no need for a W-9 or 1099. PayPal/Payoneer already provide both authors and the IRS with a 1099 at the end of each year.
Just like you can report comments there should be a “report rating” button that dumps the rating into a queue and an envato staff member looks them over and decides if the rating is legit or not.
+1, at least for the unwarranted 1 and 2 star reviews
I understand the importance in giving buyers some leverage and protecting the integrity of the rating system, but for circumstances like this, I think the author deserves to have the rating removed. The buyer wasn’t even rating the product.
There seems to be one or two spots left, I’d like to submit my new module for the “most wanted” bounty and the Best Front-End Enhancement category for the contest.http://codecanyon.net/item/spotlite-drupal-lightbox-module/9814473
You shouldn’t be making the theme by a page builder, it should be an ehancement to make using the theme easier. A plugin is meant to add extra features to a theme, not the plugin being the theme feature. I am personally not a fan of page builders but they have a use when used properly.
I agree with you philosophically, but that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of themes sold here rely on slider or page builder modules to generate a bulk of their content.
Without page builder elements or sliders, I’m picturing homepages that are just a header and a footer. A big change to the culture here is needed for this trend to change, not saying this impossible but it’s a difficult problem to tackle.