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urbazon says

On the topic of self-censored curse words, like f**k: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSwCXQ2KqUk

You’ve just been forked! :D :P

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urbazon says

If you don’t mind having the PhotoDune watermark, you can take any of the photos from PhotoDune to include in your item’s preview.

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urbazon says

I’d also like to add this thought: the irony is that mandatory support is being forced upon authors, while Envato themselves are failing to support their own products for past few years (and I don’t mean their support response, but bug fixes and new features). Just sayin’ :)

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Note: this is my post originally posted in this forum topic. However, I realized it goes beyond that particular topic, so I am opening a separate thread here.

I was following all those mandatory support-related topics carefully for the past few days, and the more I read (especially the official answers) the more I am concerned. Here is the reason why:

Authors and buyers were asking Envato for numerous times in the past 4-5 years for various features/improvements/fixes for the Market(places), ranging from minor UI tweaks to big projects like search improvements and shopping cart. Majority of those requests are still “in the pipelines” (pun intended). The excuse for not making them was always the lack of resources (mainly people/devs).

Even now, they claim they are working so hard on search, shopping cart and what not, always giving us the excuse of things turning out to be more complicated than they anticipated. More complicated, you say? Then assign more experts to work on the same problem(s). Unless you don’t have any more people to assign. Then how are you in a position to:

start new (unwanted / non-requested) features/projects like this whole mandatory-support mess, which request even MORE development resources (time/staff/...), while at the same time they affect only 2 of your marketplaces (you do have 8 marketplaces, unless you forgot).

My main question here: is Envato losing focus? Or are you (Envato) deliberately shifting your focus primarily to ThemeForest (and CodeCanyon) and neglecting other marketplaces? If this is the truth, then please be honest and let us know right now so that we can start migrating elsewhere. Thanks.

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urbazon says

I was following all those mandatory support-related topics carefully for the past few days, and the more I read (especially the official answers) the more I am concerned. Here is the reason why:

Authors and buyers were asking Envato for numerous times in the past 4-5 years for various features/improvements/fixes for the Market(places), ranging from minor UI tweaks to big projects like search improvements and shopping cart. Majority of those requests are still “in the pipelines” (pun intended). The excuse for not making them was always the lack of resources (mainly people/devs).

Even now, they claim they are working so hard on search, shopping cart and what not, always giving us the excuse of things turning out to be more complicated than they anticipated. More complicated, you say? Then assign more experts to work on the same problem(s). Unless you don’t have any more people to assign. Then how are you in a position to:

start new (unwanted / non-requested) features/projects like this whole mandatory-support mess, which request even MORE development resources (time/staff/...), while at the same time they affect only 2 of your marketplaces (you do have 8 marketplaces, unless you forgot).

My main question here: is Envato losing focus? Or are you (Envato) deliberately shifting your focus primarily to ThemeForest (and CodeCanyon) and neglecting other marketplaces? If this is the truth, then please be honest and let us know right now so that we can start migrating elsewhere. Thanks.

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urbazon says

I just thought this should be told. Please note that this is not just a rant for me to vent. Instead, take this as a comment from author who’s been here long enough to notice some things.

The thing is, I upload photos to PhotoDune once in a while, when I find the time or when I take a break from working on my other portfolios (AudioJungle and VideoHive mainly). Whenever I uploaded photos to PhotoDune, I got some very strange rejections. The most recent ones were the most absurd and that decided it for me – I won’t be wasting any more of my time to work on photos only to be rejected for nonsense reasons.

I will give just one example: two image variations (different enough) from the same photo session, one gets accepted and the other is rejected “as it does not provide enough commercial utility”.

Definitely different reviewers, different opinions, resulting in reviewing mess and nonsense rejections.

Thank you for taking your time to read. See you over at VideoHive :)

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urbazon says

+1

Very well said. I personally agree with everything you wrote.

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urbazon says

our aim here is to set clear expectations with buyers without placing unreasonable expectations on authors.
And you decided to do this by placing the unreasonable expectations on authors yourself…? What am I missing here?

Last but certainly not least is to remind everyone that one of the key goals of this change is to reduce the amount of support work for the majority of authors.
You actually want to reduce the amount of work they voluntarily do, by imposing some rules nobody wants to agree to… Yeah, right, we believe you mean well for your authors…

The main problem here, as I see it, is that Envato got greedy and saw a chance to grab even more money out of the milking cow aka ThemeForest, by trying to get 30% out of something that they get 0% right now… Sad…
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urbazon says

Soooooooo many loose ends and missing features that affect ALL 8 MARKET (PLACES), yet every day I only see new features that affect ThemeForest (and possibly CodeCanyon) only ... :(

To name a few:
1) faceted search and other search improvements
2) shopping cart and multiple licences…
3) numerous small fixes/additions which were recommended numerous times and were promised to be “looked at”...

I am sorry, but I really don’t like this anymore.

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urbazon says

+1

Short comment: although my files rarely (almost never) need any support, I still get some question or task from time to time and I always respond in less than one day, and I do it gladly. I know that this new Envato’s decision doesn’t hit me directly, but indirectly this whole mess worries me a lot, as it raises so many red flags in my mind…

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