This was the feedback of TF:
Unfortunately your submission Tonic – Reponsive & Flexible Multi-Purpose Theme isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest and requires significant improvements and changes before it can be resubmitted and reconsidered.
Additionally, we have some extra feedback for you: Your template does not provide a unique enough design with the necessary design quality, features and options to compete in the marketplace at this time.
As higher quality templates become available in the marketplace, approval requirements will increase to maintain appropriate marketplace quality.
You might consider improving your design with more unique features and graphics in order for it to stand out among other marketplace items. However, a unique design will be a key factor for approval.I know it’s frustrating to be rejected citing uniqueness but recently, we’ve gotten a large number of template with the same overall features and presentation and we have to draw the line somewhere. However, we do accept themes with similar structure but in condition it provides better quality in terms of aesthetic or features.
After reading that, and gazing at my theme, I agree that the design has much space to be improved in terms of uniqueness. I think I spend too much time focusing on the Backend.
But what I don’t get is this:
Your template does not provide a unique enough design with the necessary design quality, features and options
Why mention features and options?
I think I have some quite unique features like a swipe-enabled lightbox, fullscreen portfolio and gallery on smartphones and that timeline blog. And standard features like extended theme customizer and a layoutbuilder are also included.
Or is that just a standardized sentence and I should mainly focus on the design? Btw, do you think I should use other sample images?
The theme can be found here: Demo
Any constructive criticism highly appreciated