[theme-reviewers] Clarification

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Sat Sep 22 10:51:18 UTC 2012

I'm guessing you're referring to this ticket?

I've run into this site before. Here's what I said then:

"For future reference, indicated Author URI/Theme URI site distributes
Themes under a non-GPL-compatible license (i.e. link-removal purchase
license). Themes from such sites will not be accepted for hosting in the

It appears that this statement is still accurate:
and also:

Welcome to SMThemes.com. We offer a wide variety of free WordPress themes.
You can download and use all our templates for free, or purchase free links
version of template

The site still mentions paid link-removal, and themes are CC-licensed.

The sponsored-Themes prohibition is a WPORG repository policy. There's
nothing inherently contra GPL to put paid links in a Theme. What *is*
contra GPL is to require a paid license for the end-user to remove those
links, and to distribute that Theme under CC-By.

So yes: this ticket, and any other ticket submitted for a Theme affiliated
with this site, should be not-approved.



On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 4:31 AM, Vicky Arulsingam <
vicky.arulsingam at gmail.com> wrote:

> The author url of the theme I'm reviewing contains this page:
> http://smthemes.com/links/
> This isn't acceptable for the repository?
> The theme itself doesn't contain any sponsored links
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