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MegMcDuffee says

Sounds good to me!

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Pooyaa says

really helpful EXCELLENT :)

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VF says



Probably there are “political reasons” why this can not be done or maybe some authors have a sort of preference in the queue. I don’t know the real motivation, simply I don’t feel a real support from you.
Exactly. Really I don’t want to hurt but it is inevitable to assume that crystal clear solution being ignored in front of our eyes and there is zero help from staff on this.
I can assure you that there are no preferences or bias in the queue. Even if the #1 biggest selling author on each Marketplace submits an item today, each item will always start off at the back of the queue and work its way naturally to the front of the queue. Just wanted to add that before any conspiracy theories start to appear. :)

Actually I observed many criticizing authors including myself are open to accept the facts. With single explanation or even without explanations. (believe me, we have no time for conspiracies)

But look at this thread title. It doesn’t say the message in straightforward manner and sounds like there is an “intention” of giving false info to the community. You are removing the progress bar but the overall message sounds like there is an improvement. If you are open enough to convey the practical limits in “casual words”, then the trust is possible. But when you try something with unnecessary sugar-coated words, unconsciously the trust will slip.

I don’t mean something wrong here, I respect every staffs role here but there is definite flaw in messages that communicates with the community.

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Magicpixelss says

I liked the progress bar :( Even if it wasn’t perfect it worked for me in giving me info about how much longer it will take until my item will be reviewed. Now the only thing will be a single word status which will not change since the item is submitted until it gets approved/rejected. Wooow I really understand why you guys are so happy with this change.. Another thing that bothers me is the fact that envato is not fixing this but rather get rid of it. Is this the new improved envato? The one who patches things up with quick fixes that rather go to the bottom of the issue and make the things right? If this are the kind of “improvements” envato has in store for us I’m not sure I want to be part of this anymore..

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QBKL says

Came here expecting some news about the bar being actually fixed. Did not expect it to be removed. It’s like going to the doctor saying: ”- Look doc, I broke my leg snowboarding. – Oh, I see, let’s cut it off then.”

OK, I for one can surely live without the progress bar, heck, I can live without a lot of things that I currently have in my life, but that doesn’t mean my life will be better without them. It just feels unnatural that there are certain features that people actually like or want and instead of fixing and improving them, they get replaced by other items that are different, don’t offer the same value or need improving themselves although they’re just barely out of the Envato oven.

The whole state/status is kind of irrelevant to authors. Sure, might give a little insight on the review process on marketplaces, but to me those states/statuses are more of a backend feature for the review team.

If in the process we’re talking about more than one queues, then why not give an item position for those items that are in the regular queue, the items that aren’t in any special case. Or why not give a queue position for each type of queue/state/status our items fall in?

People love an indication of time, clearly. So why not implement a simple “Average waiting time” for queues? Pick a relevant period, like “Last week”, “Last month”. Don’t go back one year or since 2010, as the average wouldn’t really represent the newer market dynamic.

Or if release time is such a huge factor for fully dedicated authors ( some authors need to be aware when a product goes live as promotion campaigns and stuff like that might rely on perfect timing ) why not let the market regulate itself. What does that mean? Well, you do your stuff, review the items, approve/reject them per case. If an item is approved, place it in author’s portfolio as “Approved” and give authors the option to go “Public” with the product whenever they see fit.

If I plan a release “campaign for Thursday” but the reviewers only push my item on Friday, I, as author have the option of delaying my own launch till next Thursday, or come up with a new plan for a next Tuesday release. That would make a lot of people happy.

Sure at first some will complain that Mondays the “New items” will be crowded, but in time it will sort itself out as people will choose release dates in respect to a better visibility or balance. That way you’ll have a lot less criticism on your hands, authors will be more in control of their own releases and in time it will lead to what you seem to want to accomplish: make the “New Items” section irrelevant and focus on product discovery through search.

In this case, no one will actually give a second thought to the progress bar and you’d actually give the states/statuses more value, more relevance. Just a thought…

Regards, Alex

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LumenMedia says

Sorry, i am not happy at all. As AJ member, old progress bar helped me to determine probable day of my item release and also probable time span of review queue. Now this all gone. Really really upset. This “new” solution destroying the way how i plan my releases. And this is bad. Please, at least for AJ leave the older progress bar.

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dtbaker Moderator says

Could someone explain how the old progress bar was helpful / could be used to plan releases?

How can a progress bar that shows 20% for 2 days and 80% for 5 days be helpful? What sort of things did the progress bar help you do?? A greasemonkey script that showed a progress bar increasing evenly over a 5-6 day period would be more accurate than the old progress bar.

There are lots of complaints on the forum (click here). Now they are fixing it, I really don’t see the problem here…

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VF says

Could someone explain how the old progress bar was helpful / could be used to plan releases?

How can a progress bar that shows 20% for 2 days and 80% for 5 days be helpful? What sort of things did the progress bar help you do??

There are lots of complaints on the forum (click here). Now they are fixing it, I really don’t see the problem here…

You might want to remember there are 7 different marketplaces more than ThemeForest. The trends might differ. Personally I am a “I don’t want progressbar” author but when it comes to overall needs, I expect staffs to give attention.

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designova says

And it’s gone.
The tiny, handy, cute (sometimes naughty) progress bar. Ohh dear, this is a great miss.

Once we submit an item we obviously know that it is ‘under review’. So who cares about the ‘status information’. Let the email come from reviewers, that’s all.

Nothing much exciting about the ‘progress bar’ here, just leave this topic and go to work :D Peace of Mind!

PS. If you anyone like to keep a photo of this ‘Endangered species’ kinda stuff, here is it (LOL)

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Ultinato says

Thumbs up guys for wanting to improve the progress bar but I must admit , i liked the progress bar . I really found it was useful. I at least had an ideia of how long i had to wait until it was reviewed. seems like the changes you going to make are not going to be that useful to me :( I hope i am wrong . you guys do tend to really improve stuff..so i will keep my fingers crossed.

I really need a progress meter for my submitted projects. % or projects ahead o me …:) thanks guys

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