I don’t know if someone have already said what I’m saying below, there is 13 pages before my post
When I see an author with elite status and the money he made in themeforest, I just go to his profile to see the works he have done, it helped me understand the marketplace, what buyers like, which theme is popular etc. I think it helped envato grow and helped authors like us make money. Also I think it the reason why there is so many similar looking items.
I really agree with the OP, making the earning badge visibility optional would be good. I left my job last year and started working for themeforest ( also doing freelancing ), and a lot of relatives wonder how I’m living my life some of them ask my close friends about it but never ask me directly, so that creeps me out. You might think I’m a bad person and don’t have good relation with my relatives, but that’s not true, I belonged from a middle class family, but when rich relatives see you make money, you are already their person of interest.
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- Exclusive Author
- Author was Featured
- Author has had an Item Featured
- Author had a File in an Envato Bundle
- Interviewed on the Envato Notes blog
- Was featured in a podcast
- Author had a Free File of the Month
- Referred between 200 and 499 users
- Bought between 100 and 499 items
I absolutely agree on the fact that every individual has the right to decide if he wants to tell the world how much he earns ( at least if it’s a legal business ).
In most western civilisations it’s safe to tell how much you earn, you will probably see some jealous reactions but not more.
But as the OP said, there are other countries and cultures. My parents worked for a support project in a very poor country in the eastern part. There you can get in trouble only for wearing good shoes or for having enough money to travel to this country. So i can understand that your life can be threatened by the fact people know you are earning thousands of dollars a month. And for those saying he has the wrong friends surrounding him, you probably have no idea how difficult it can be for someone with money to be surrounded by people who have nothing at all. Friendship is allmost impossible then, just don’t ignore that !
For me it’s ok to hide ALL the badges as an option. We have the right to choose what we want to be public and what not. Even if Envato make the rules and the badges are one of the main reasons for their success. It’s more important to keep their authors/workers safe then having fear for changes.