[theme-reviewers] Credit links

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Wed Nov 10 13:18:37 UTC 2010

Have you read the Theme Review guidelines regarding credit

As for the reasoning: this is an area that we have all agreed that we must
make the guideline as objective and "bright-line" as possible, so as to
ensure fairness to everyone. The question of degree of "SEO-spamminess" of
any given link is clearly subjective. If we leave too much gray area in this
regard, then we increase the likelihood of getting false-positive (rejecting
a non-spammy link) or false-negative (allowing a spammy link) review
comments. So, to make it easier and as fair as possible on everyone
involved, we have established intentionally strict guidelines for credit

That said: you really should read the link above. It answers your questions
in more ways than you might otherwise expect.


On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:40 AM, Syahir Hakim <khairulsyahir at gmail.com>wrote:

>  I've a query regarding the current rule that a theme may only have 1
> credit link. What if I have a theme that is designed (voluntarily for free)
> by a web design studio, which then pass it to me to develop it into a
> full-fledged Wordpress theme. In this case, wouldn't it be justified to
> include 2 credit links, one for the design and another for the development?
> It would be something like "Theme Foo is designed by Bar and developed by
> Foobar", with Bar being a link to the design studio who designed the theme
> for free and Foobar a link to the developer. And by extension, why can't Foo
> be a link to the theme's page.
> I find the requirement that there can only be 1 credit link a bit
> restrictive, since after all the link to the theme's page is not necessarily
> a credit link - it doesn't give credit to anybody, but just point the
> theme's user to where to get support and description and stuffs. I think in
> an environment where people come together and volunteer to do things for a
> community, the least we can do to reward them is to allow their work to be
> credited to them. In the example I gave above, it's not difficult to think
> that the design studio who designed the theme for free would insist on the
> design of the theme be credited to them. Getting a professional design
> studio (or designer) to design a website for free is difficult enough.
> Getting them to do it without any credit to them whatsoever would be nearly
> impossible.
> Having said that, of course I disapprove of links that are blatantly for
> SEO purposes. But what I'm talking about above is just plain good 'ol give
> credit where credit is due, especially for high-quality themes where
> countless hours of development efforts have been poured into.
> --
> Regards,
> Syahir Hakim
> Contact:http://www.khairul-syahir.com
> +64(21) 0333 649
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