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Australia says

Harking on from a thread Doru started, I thought I would pitch in.

I guess I must spend $500 to $1000 here each year, and I therefore think I have the stature to make this statement with some degree of authenticity.

“Reviewers need to begin re-reviewing items”

Recently I have bought 2 items, neither of which was inexpensive by CC standards, but I actually buy stuff to rip apart and learn from more than actually using them. I guess I may not be in the minority.

Both these items, lack somewhat .. however, the last item I bought was horrendous.

I have put in a refund request with envato, which is fine.

But…

It got me thinking, surely Envato has a responsibility to re-review items, periodically. Specifically those that use scripts , php, etc as versioning affects performance.

I have seen lots of threads recently on Turdpress jQuery issues too, which I summise could be affected by versioning.

So got me thinking, if I sell an item today which uses jquery 1.7.2

And jQuery does an update to say 1.9.1 or whatever, then surely the item could be auto paused because in its tags it doesnt valdate to latest jQuery build, and an email sent to author.

Please upgrade your item, and test using latest version of jQuery.

This could and would work.

This would vastly reduse the amount of issues on authors comments, and prevent the old release and run type authors.

Furthermore, it would instill greater confidence in buyers. Same applies for TurdPress.

If item works with version 1.5 or whatever, and latest version is 2.1 then pause purchasing on that item, until the author has met new standards. Its so simple I dont know why i didnt think of it earlier.

Authors would then be forced to maintain their items, kudos would increase exponentially for Envato, and buyers would feel safe and secure.

Anyhoo thats my suggestion..

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mitdralla says

I really like this idea.

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Australia says

Example:

Item shows paused until author updates his script/plugin

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dtbaker Moderator says

They did this with old WordPress themes a while ago (ie: gave authors time to re-submit updated themes). Those which were not updated by cutoff date were soft disabled.

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Australia says

I think it makes sense.

Case In Point: Twitter compliance.

One author told me, sorry I dont plan on upgrading to latest twitter api. Meaning his item is now defunct.

Another author, his script is deprectated based on youtube / google api changes, since april. Yet his item is still available to buy, but is useless until Youtube pull their heads in.

A Pause would mean buyers have the opportunity to BUY it anyway but in doing so they know why.

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loveetc says

Do you understand that there are about 4 Million items in the market place, each of them using multiple external libraries/APIs which get updated very frequently. The Reviewers cannot just wake up every morning and start testing each of ~ 4 Million items against all the libraries/APIs they have used.

For this purpose there is ‘Last Update’ date on every item just check that + read recent comments + Ask the question before buying the theme. Here’s a little buying guide for you:

Q: Is your theme compatible with xxx?
Ans(a): Yes, it is => Buy
Ans(b): No, its not => Don't buy.
Ans(c): No answer => Don't buy.
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Australia says

Do you understand that there are about 4 Million items in the market place, each of them using multiple external libraries/APIs which get updated very frequently. The Reviewers cannot just wake up every morning and start testing each of ~ 4 Million items against all the libraries/APIs they have used.

For this purpose there is ‘Last Update’ date on every item just check that + read recent comments + Ask the question before buying the theme. Here’s a little buying guide for you:

Q: Is your theme compatible with xxx?
Ans(a): Yes, it is => Buy
Ans(b): No, its not => Don't buy.
Ans(c): No answer => Don't buy.

Have you considered that this could be done automatically ?

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WebSmacker says

Great idea! Only good things can come from this if it could be done automatically. - happier buyers - less refund requests - less junk for buyers to sift through when trying to find what they want - more sales for authors who actually update their items - etc, etc, etc….

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loveetc says

Have you considered that this could be done automatically ?

Yes, I have but then concluded that it cannot be done automatically.

So got me thinking, if I sell an item today which uses jquery 1.7.2 And jQuery does an update to say 1.9.1 or whatever, then surely the item could be auto paused because in its tags it doesnt valdate to latest jQuery build, and an email sent to author.

So, if I understand correctly you want that the item should be paused automatically if the jQuery (or any other library’s) new version is released. That is very bad idea because most of the code will work between the different versions. ONLY that code will be effected which will use the deprecated functions.

For example, if a ‘User A’ has a plugin which is built with the older version and it works fine with the newer version, while the ‘User B’’s plugin doesn’t work, as he used the deprecated functions so he got effected. So in that case how you are going to check it automatically? And why ‘User A’s files need to be paused automatically just because the version changed?

As I said, there are so many libraries/APIs that you cannot make a reasonable automatic check to see if all of the custom code/plugins are compatible with those.

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KrownThemes says

I think it makes sense.

Case In Point: Twitter compliance.

One author told me, sorry I dont plan on upgrading to latest twitter api. Meaning his item is now defunct.

Nope, you’re not right. I also didn’t update my HTML items to support the twitter api, but updated the WP ones. Normal behavior and i have all rights to do so. If i want to remove a feature i have all right to do it. I shouldn’t be forced by Envato to do this.

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I mean .. you can read a description, don’t you? If my items says it supports WP 3.5 why do you install WP 3.6 then complain that it doesn’t work? As long as i am honest with you (don’t try to fool you into thinking that my item has certain features which it actually lacks), i am not obligated to support latest versions of nothings. If i do, i win of course. But if i don’t i shouldn’t loose.. Especially in a marketplaces like this..

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