[theme-reviewers] Duplicate Theme Name

Kirk Wight kwight at kwight.ca
Mon Jul 23 14:42:08 UTC 2012

The argument is sometimes made here that, "yes, but I've already started
promoting my theme under that name, and it would just be confusing for my
users, so please change the WP theme repo for me".

I really don't think it's the theme repo's responsibility to adjust to
those that decide to name a theme something that is already taken in the
repo. It's easy to check if the name already exists or not; just add the
slug to the repo svn URL, as Chip pointed out above. And every developer
can, of course, decide to use that name anyways to promote their theme; it
just won't include the theme repo.

As a developer, I would not want to lose a name in the repo because a newer
dev and Otto decided I don't deserve it anymore (no offense Otto). At the
very least, if a theme has not been updated in so long, the dev should be
contacted and given a deadline to either update their theme (as it's part
of the requirements to keep all submitted themes up to date), or relinquish

Maybe the repo is due for a culling, as we've somewhat discussed before;
but devs still deserve the chance to update their themes instead of losing
their slug.

On 23 July 2012 10:29, Daniel Tara <contact at onedesigns.com> wrote:

> I would like to say something about this, if I'm allowed to do so: I
> understand allocating theme names is a matter of first come, first
> served and also that changing theme ownership affects internal
> organization of the repository but there are just that many catchy
> names that one can find and with all the recommendations at one point
> or another theme names are going to clash and situations like this are
> going to arise. And sometimes due to branding elements and other
> keyword  connections changing theme names is really not that easy. I
> think it would make for a better policy if authors willing to
> contribute with good quality themes would be given more consideration
> than authors who came, left their mark and left.
> I understand this could be more inconvenient than not and that it may
> affect the repository's organization as much as it would affect theme
> authors. I'm just giving my 2 cent and hope it might help.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 23.07.2012, at 17:13, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM, Bryce <brycead at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hey Otto,
> >>
> >> Is there any way you could remove the old one and give me Onec?
> >
> > No, I can't, because the name of the existing theme is fixed as "oneC".
> >
> > I *really* suggest you change the name of your theme instead.
> >
> > -Otto
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