[theme-reviewers] tracking code in themes

George Ortiz george at venturengine.com
Thu Mar 8 21:26:04 UTC 2012

I definitely understand where you're coming from and have had many discussions about it. It's very important to us that end-users are aware of what's going on and encourage all theme authors to notify end-users as well as link to our privacy policy, as such the case with WooThemes. At the end of the day, it's just perspective.

Thanks again for the consideration and all your work on the theme directory. I've noticed some great themes lately being published!


George Ortiz
Founder, PressTrends
Twitter: @grgortiz
Phone: 801-815-2223
Email: george at venturengine.com

On Mar 8, 2012, at 2:11 PM, Chip Bennett wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM, George Ortiz <george at venturengine.com> wrote:
> Chip, can I quote you on our site?
> "In fact, I wish WordPress.org itself provided this kind of data publicly."
> - Chip Bennet, WordPress.org Theme Reviewer
> We're obviously really concerned and stay pretty strict on any data coming across our API. Currently, we aggregate information back to theme authors as another form of keeping data private and anonymous.
> There is a huge value for both the theme authors and the end-users. Which is why we released a plugin for content creators.
> I completely understand the policy. I do however want to question the default opt-in setting. It's just as easy for end-users to opt-out as it is to opt-in. Statistically, most people just stick with default options regardless of their thoughts or feelings. As PressTrends is backed by many top WordPress users and advocates, is there anyway you would reconsider the default of opt-out rather than opt-in?
> This policy has nothing to do with the integrity of the developers, but rather has everything to do with the right of end users to control what, where, and how their own data are used.
> That most users tend to use default settings is all the MORE reason for such a service to be disabled by default. By this very admission, you recognize that any end user data sent via this service would NOT be sent with the informed consent of the end user. 
> "Informed user consent" is the bottom line here.
> Chip
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