[theme-reviewers] How to get a theme featured?

Trent Lapinski trent at cyberchimps.com
Mon Feb 27 21:08:30 UTC 2012

Hi Otto,

Thanks for clarifying.

However, I'm a bit confused that you don't remember iFeature.

You have actually helped CyberChimps out a few times in the past. I hate to bring this up, but if you'll recall last year our WordPress.org account was suspended after PageLines founder Andrew Powers lied to the theme review team to have iFeature and our CyberChimps WordPress.org account banned. http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/3443

You helped us restore our account after Mark Jaquith determined we did not use any of PageLines code, and that their claims were unfounded. We also met in person at WordCamp San Francisco, and you added CyberChimps to the commercial theme list. All of which I am very appreciative of, and in turn I personally have contributed to this theme review team when I could, my company sponsored WordCamp Los Angeles 2011, just sponsored WordCamp Seattle 2012, and my business partner who goes by SeizedPropaganda on .org has done over 200 theme reviews. We actively contribute to WordPress.org, and will continue to do so.

Since iFeature was approved we've moved over 196,000+ downloads since May of 2011, and we've enquired several times about getting it featured, and if I recall correctly it was Lance Willet who told me in person at WordCamp San Francisco that .org does not feature upsell themes (which made sense to me at the time). He was also the person who told me to talk to you about getting on the commercial theme list.

As you can imagine, it was bit shocking to see PageLines featured this weekend considering what they put my company and WordPress.org through when they lied about us copying one of their themes last year, yourself included when you had to figure out how to unban our WordPress.org account. To see them now be the first upsell theme to be featured on WordPress.org does not seem fair, especially when you consider their disregard for the GPL (there is currently no mention of the GPL on their website either).

With all of this said, I would like to invite you to try iFeature, a responsive drag and drop WordPress theme: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ifeature

Thank you for time and consideration on this matter.

--Trent Lapinski
CEO of CyberChimps LLC
trent at cyberchimps.com
Mobile (714) 904-4280
Twitter @trentlapinski

On Feb 25, 2012, at 4:26 PM, Emil Uzelac wrote:

> Sounds good to me :)
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 6:22 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 5:18 PM, Trent Lapinski <trent at cyberchimps.com> wrote:
> > Emil,
> >
> > Who is the person to bring this to their attention then?
> >
> > I'm aware that those posts are likely paid, I was simply stating a TC post
> > shouldn't be grounds for anything, especially if it was a paid post.
> >
> > Obviously someone added PageLines to the featured list, and I would like to
> > know either 1) why? or 2) how I can get my own theme featured.
> - The criteria for being featured is that somebody with in charge
> thinks it should be featured.
> - The criteria for not being featured anymore is that somebody in
> charge thinks it shouldn't be featured anymore.
> I made PageLines featured. The reason I did it is because it was a
> special case, I reviewed the code and features of it at one point,
> thought it was pretty cool, and so I popped it in there.
> Whether it was "upsell" or not is not a factor I care about. I have no
> problem with upselling. However, I also have not reviewed iFeature and
> know nothing of it.
> Honestly, what is featured is basically at the whim and discretion of
> me, the theme reviewer admins, and anybody else with privileges on
> wordpress.org. We have no set plan, goal, or specific reasons for
> adding or removing from that list. Whoever told you that "upsell" was
> no good was probably not aware of how that list works.
> If you want to argue that the list doesn't change much, then I'd agree
> with you. I'd like it to change more often. However, I'd prefer that
> it not be changing every day or something to that effect. There's some
> themes we will always want to be there like twenty eleven, or the
> upcoming twenty twelve, for example. Annotum Base is unusual and
> different enough that it should be featured for a long time. But maybe
> it's time to retire a few like zbench or adventure journal or some
> such.
> Emil: I would oppose changing it to be merely a "top ten" list. We
> generally feature themes we think are new or interesting there, to
> draw attention to lesser used themes, or themes that we want to
> promote, or themes that do something unusual, etc. It has more value
> that way than simply being some kind of popularity contest.
> -Otto
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