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TimeNomad says

http://www.mantarays.timenomad.com/

This is the response I got:

This File Did Not Meet Our Criteria

Thanks so much for taking the time to submit this template. Unfortunately, due to our current quality standards, your template has been declined. Here are a few improvements you might consider making before resubmitting:

1. Your template has a good start but, as we have high standards, you will need to make some additional improvements in overall aesthetics and aspects such as graphics, layout, colors, etc. 2. You need to put more efforts on colors, it really hurts my eyes. 3. It required many improvements in term of design, visual hierarchy, typography, layout and its aesthetic quality.

This file requires significant improvements or alterations in order to be considered for sale on ThemeForest. Thank you for your understanding.

What do you think? Significant improvements?

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ATLChris says

The theme needs a lot of work. Just t start, I can agree with the reviewer when they say it hurts the eyes. The faintness of everything almost gives me a head ache. Cu3er is way over used. I would toss that out and just use a basic JavaScript slider. The colors are all over the place, you need to work on your color palette. I recommend you pick 3 or 4 colors and design around them. Also, the typography and visual hierarchy don’t work, I would revisit them. The navigation a the top looks very cheap and and is way to big.

I hope that helps. It is a good start, but as the reviewer said, they have very high standards here, just keep working at it. My first theme took 15 rejections before it was accepted.

Good Luck!

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digitalimpact says
My first theme took 15 rejections before it was accepted.

Holy cow! 15!

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TimeNomad says

ATLChris – thanks! It sure does help, I’m working on it… :)

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dexterous says

So Can it be said that use of Cu3er kind of gaurantees a more than 60% chances of rejection? (or is it 90% now?).

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Luukratief says
So Can it be said that use of Cu3er kind of gaurantees a more than 60% chances of rejection? (or is it 90% now?).

That’s ofcourse not true since it is just a script

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dexterous says
So Can it be said that use of Cu3er kind of gaurantees a more than 60% chances of rejection? (or is it 90% now?).
That’s ofcourse not true since it is just a script

Well it occurred to me because I hear from lot of people that Cu3er is overrated and over used. Reviewers want more in the theme than just a Cu3er banner on top.

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uDesignStudios says

As for the cu3er, it is nice provide it as another option for user (with normal JS slider). However, it is used in almost every theme now and that is somehow not very good. I mean, c’mon people, creativity.

I strongly doubt that someone would reject your theme only because of cu3er. That is just ridiculous. Your theme has to be good with or without it to make it through review.

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Gyro says

Personally, having never used cub3r in a template and therefore hoping to be able to provide a non-biased viewpoint, I honestly don’t see anything wrong with cub3r. At first i was skeptical and was whining about non-creativity, but when it comes down to it, i think there’s not much it doesn’t do that a normal javascript slider does, and so there isn’t much reason, per se, to consider a normal javascript slider more desirable than a cub3r slider. Maybe the loading time, and the fact that its flash. But definitely not due to “non-creativity” or whatever. Otherwise we might as well rule out sliders.

Just my 2c. Sorry if i’m missing out any key arguments :)

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uDesignStudios says
Personally, having never used cub3r in a template and therefore hoping to be able to provide a non-biased viewpoint, I honestly don’t see anything wrong with cub3r. At first i was skeptical and was whining about non-creativity, but when it comes down to it, i think there’s not much it doesn’t do that a normal javascript slider does, and so there isn’t much reason, per se, to consider a normal javascript slider more desirable than a cub3r slider. Maybe the loading time, and the fact that its flash. But definitely not due to “non-creativity” or whatever. Otherwise we might as well rule out sliders. Just my 2c. Sorry if i’m missing out any key arguments :)

Sure, you are absolutely right. There is nothing wrong about it.

The thing is that after certain time and amount of themes, cu3er becomes a really nasty cliche. You can put it into your themes but it loses that “Wow” factor. If you take a closer look at the majority of the most popular themes here, they all came with something new.

My point is that innovation is very important if you want to be really successful here.

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