[theme-reviewers] need your opinion

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Thu Aug 16 15:33:04 UTC 2012

Yes, that's an important distinction, and clarifies why what this Theme was
doing is not acceptable.

Normally, an "upsell" Theme will promote a *separate*, commercial version
of a Theme, that includes the code for additional functionality. What this
Theme is doing is putting the functionality in the free version, and then
*crippling* that functionality by requiring an "activation key".


On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>
> wrote:
> > The Theme has to be fully functional out-of-the-box (i.e. it can't be
> > "crippleware"). The Theme cannot put core WordPress functionality behind
> a
> > paywall.
> >
> > A Theme can put *additional* options behind a paywall. For example, a
> Theme
> > can't put all dynamic sidebars behind the paywall, but a Theme can have
> one
> > or more dynamic sidebars in the free version, and then add *additional*
> > dynamic sidebars in the commercial version.
> A theme in our directory cannot put *any functionality that is
> contained entirely within the theme* behind a paywall.
> If somebody wants to sell code, then they should sell that code
> separately and elsewhere.
> The themes on WordPress.org are free. If somebody is putting in
> payment gateways in them to just "turn on" some piece of that theme,
> then no, that is absolutely not allowed.
> If it's in our repo, then it must be free and non-crippled. If you
> want to sell it, then it shouldn't be in our repo.
> -Otto
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