[theme-reviewers] Credit links

Syahir Hakim khairulsyahir at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 20:45:19 UTC 2010

  Thanks all, for the replies. I'm just concerned about enticing 
designers to get involved in creating for the Wordpress theme community, 
since most developers aren't designers, and I think the repository could 
really use some professionally-designed themes. I guess an opt-in option 
in the admin would have to suffice.

Syahir Hakim

+64(21) 0333 649

On 11/11/2010 2:18 AM, Chip Bennett wrote:
> Have you read the Theme Review guidelines regarding credit links 
> <http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review#Credit_links>?
> 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 links.
> That said: you really should read the link above. It answers your 
> questions in more ways than you might otherwise expect.
> Chip
> On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:40 AM, Syahir Hakim 
> <khairulsyahir at gmail.com <mailto: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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