[theme-reviewers] Clarification

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Sat Sep 22 11:07:21 UTC 2012

Let me go a step farther: *Otto, please ban "Smthemes" from submitting to
Theme-Trac.* We want absolutely nothing to do with developers who put this
garbage in their Themes:

<?php /*
All links in the tag <div class='smthemes'> are attribution of the theme
developers and should remain intact.
It's protected by Creative Commons License (
Warning! Your site will not be able to work if these links are edited or
You can buy this theme without footer links online at
*/ ?>
<div class='smthemes'>Designed by <a href='
http://smthemes.com/category/food/' target='_blank'>Free WordPress food
themes</a>, thanks to: <a href='http://wpdis.co/' target='_blank'>Free
WordPress magazine themes</a>, <a href='http://lizardthemes.com'
target='_blank'>LizardThemes.com</a> and <a href='http://fthe.me'



On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 5:51 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> I'm guessing you're referring to this ticket?
> http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/9299
> I've run into this site before. Here's what I said then:
> http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/7420
> "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
> repository."
> It appears that this statement is still accurate:
> http://smthemes.com/terms-of-services/
> and also:
> http://smthemes.com/
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Chip
> 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
>> -----
>> Vicky Arulsingam
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