I blitz-read this topic (because I ran out of popcorn ) and I realized one thing: most of you people still generalize things and talk from the ThemeForest perspective only.
Now, to make myself clear – I won’t say that reviewers are not doing their jobs correctly. As a matter of a fact, I know they are doing a hell of a job.
However, many times I’ve got unrightful rejections (and if you look at the number of items in my portfolio and add at least some percentage atop of that number for rejected items, you’ll know I’ve dealt with approvals and rejections, both hard and soft, a looooooot of times, with multiple reviewers and different personalities involved in the review process).
What I noticed so far is that sometimes (and not rarely) reviewers are – simply said – wrong. Some rejections I accept as they are. Some of them are true and only after being rejected, I notice what my submission was lacking, and I learn from the experience. But sometimes I stand by my submission and defend it (especially when it’s not a technical reasoning behind the rejection, but a subjective one like “the item won’t sell”) and I submit again with thorough explanation of why I believe the reviewer’s decision was wrong. More often than not, if that kind of resubmission got accepted, it DID have good sales.
Please note that I am DEFINITELY NOT saying you should resubmit your rejected items without editing – especially if rejected for technical reasons. I never do that. But my example was there to illustrate that even reviewers are people, and the process of reviewing creative work can’t be totally objective, without a subjective touch to it. Now throw in the number of different reviewers/personalities/tastes into the equations and you’ll get the reasoning why it is not a bullet-proof system.
P.S. I now realized that I missed to comment on the OriginalPost: I totally agree with Enabled’s post, as I’ve seen that many (rejected) people just come to the forums to relieve of their stress, without the sincere wish to get a constructive critique and to learn from the process… But still, imho it is not possible to generalize on this topic.
I actually like the OP’s idea. And regarding all the valid comments and contra-arguments, I have this suggestion to add:
close all the forums to the new members, EXCEPT for the “Item Discussion” part of the forums.
As the way the Forums now work, that part of the forums is dedicated for the purpose new members (who want to become authors) need.
And regarding the argument about not flooding the support with tickets by new members: just read the most of the answers about hard-rejected items and complaints on the forums; mostly they are directed to contact support to be directed to the reviewer for further help. So much for the non-flooding the support
@Cubell: I totally agree with every point you made in your post.
Just to add: I joined a little more than 5 years ago, and from then it never stated anywhere that authors are paying anything to Envato. Not to mention that the percentages you mention (for buyer’s fee and author’s fee) were only introduced recently. This whole situation – pardon me for the wording – stinks! A lot!
If you need any of the stock footage from my portfolio, feel free to use it I am sure you’ll be able to find footage which is appropriate for many types of ‘emotions’ and purposes
I am not sure about the exact time-frame. But I agree with you, it would be good to have that information. Maybe we can get response from somebody from the staff? I marked your previous post for staff to reply, let’s hope they’ll respond
Hi. Yes, upload form has changed indeed (a new field has been added). But that shouldn’t have caused your files to be missing.
What might’ve happened is that a few days passed after you uploaded files and the servers automatically deleted them, because they’re set up to do so. No matter how you upload your files (via browser or via ftp), they will be deleted after few days if you don’t submit them for review.
Cool, I’ll check it out
The title says it all… Do you use/know of any Chrome extension (or even desktop app for Windows OS) which can be used to paste preset short text via certain keyboard shortcut (not ctrl+v, but some other)?
I’ve found a nice desktop app, but it does a lot of other things with clipboard which I don’t need, so I thought there’s maybe something simpler and lighter.