@Anps I have read that story, but when I was saying DMCA abuse, I was referring to the exact opposite situation when someone takes down themes from ThemeForest through DMCAs.
There was a time when Envato treated authors here like assets, and when we request features or didn’t like something – they listened and made changes. This was when the marketplace was still a start-up, and they needed us authors to be happy to grow the business.
But now that they’ve achieved a strong footing and following, authors opinions aren’t as important. We also have become more of liability than asset, for example our items can be taken down without notice, as per their new terms and conditions. The Envato Studio banner issue is just another example of using the community to expand the Envato Empire regardless if we object to it’s placement – and why is this? because they don’t really need to keep the majority of authors happy any more, they could easily run their entire business expansion on the top 5% of authors. And by the way the top 5% of authors files will generally be on the first page of search results under sales filtering, so they are not affected by the banner placement either, which is why they don’t complain, and why Envato doesn’t care either.
But in the long term this is not going to be a sustainable business model, because it leaves the door wide open for competitor marketplaces to do everything that Envato is not doing at the moment, so if Envato keeps going at this pace, and doesn’t listen to authors, its inevitable that authors will start looking elsewhere. I just feel like since Envato Studio started, progress on the marketplaces has been incredibly slow, it’s almost like Envato has Attention Deficient Disorder, and then very soon will we see the next big idea, the next big start up.. while the marketplaces are left behind without much needed attention it deserves. The marketplaces could be so much better, if Envato just opened it’s eyes and listened – it’s a pity. If I was Envato CEO, I would stop expansion for 1 year, carefully listen to what the community as a whole wants, and fine tune what has already been built, bringing creativity and quality back to the forefront.
@digitalscience You make me sad. You should have said: “No pixelgrade, you are absolutely wrong” and so on
I agree with @digitalscience, I’ve made a few suggestions here http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/ok-its-over/134570?page=2#1066029 but don’t think they will be even read
“You can create unique designs, you can create themes you have never ever dreamed about, you can create designs that stands out from the common themes” – But finally if it gets approved here, everyone will ‘love’ it and every fellow author will comment the best compliments. But one thing is sure: “you will not get good sales as it deserves”.
Most of the designers here are doing theme production for daily living, not for experimenting with web design trends or show-off layouts. If they do it, they need survival, they need decent sales. But it is already proven here that if you need sales you have to go with common design approaches.
We had some unique items rejected earlier in our time here, but those designs were standing out from the crowd here (in good sense, we are sure). But no luck.
This is happening in reality. Then who would take such risks? Sad, but true.
Nah I believe creativity can meet functionality, you might not end with a best selling theme but you’ll end with very good sales and the best of its type if you do things right.
I think the OP hit it right on the button.
Hundreds of designers chasing thousands of dollars and all of them producing the same goddam theme!
How smart is that.
But fortunately, there are a number of good, innovative, solid and reliable theme designers out there, who push the boundaries and lovingly support their work, and suffer the trials and tribulations of the great unwashed, who ungratefully plague them to distraction with idiot questions.
I know because I am one of them ~ the great unwashed that is
But they don’t give up, thank goodness, because they know who they are and where they are going. And what they want to achieve. They somehow know what’s the right thing to do, and which direction and they don’t get distracted.
And theirs truly is not the same stuff as the others produce. They follow the road less travelled. They innovate and they explore new possibilities and methods. Sometimes it works; sometimes not. But its always interesting.
So I for one, will no longer spend wasted hours trawling through endless me-too themes. If something new or interesting catches my eye, I will investigate, but otherwise I will just stay with those authors time and familiarity has taught me I can trust.
And as for the other 99%? By being the same as all the others, copying the trends and following the fashions, one thing is for sure.
They won’t get my business.
Good for you Terence. Bring your friends here also
Well yes it is true but some of us that love unique stuff are still here. Might not get the sales off our unik files but we love that we do not copy other 1000 authors.
Have a look at our portfolio. We do very unique files that stand out from the rest of the files. Just started doing WP themes so stay tuned for some killer themes we are coming out with.