[theme-reviewers] Abandoned/Changed Theme Name, Requesting Transfer

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Fri Apr 18 21:04:14 UTC 2014


My biggest concern here is that these requests require a personal demand on
your time, and as such should be limited as much as possible. Without an
automated process, it is unreasonable to ask you to make more such
ownership name-changes than absolutely necessary. That's why I always
respond that the decision is up to your prerogative. :)

I've long wondered what we do with names of commercial Themes? How do we
police/control that? I don't mean submitting actual commercial Themes, but
submitting completely *different* Themes, by the same name?

On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 4:53 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>wrote:
>> I think the question of *prudent* Theme name choices is a valid
>> discussion, but a completely separate one. We've gone down that road
>> before, and personally, I don't want to get into the highly subjective (and
>> controversial) issue of trying to be gatekeepers for Theme Names, aside
>> from the basics we've got established currently.
>> The more important (and interesting) underlying question here is: what to
>> do with abandoned (or changed) Theme names? Do we want to have some way to
>> release abandoned Theme names (that is: names for Themes that are in SVN,
>> but never got approved to be listed in the directory)? Or do we want to
>> say: once claimed, it's gone; just pick a different name?
> The process is the exact same as transferring themes from one owner to
> another: namely, it's a huge pain in the ass involving me doing it by hand.
> At some point, this might be made easier. That point could be soonish.
> Dunno yet, plans aren't final. Working on it.
> Still, the easiest solution is to use a different name. And for this case,
> I would highly recommend that, given that many other themes exist with the
> same name in many other places. Choosing a name somebody else already used
> elsewhere makes things more difficult for you in the long run.
> Like when Polly asked me about the name "Intrepid", (see
> http://wptavern.com/introducing-ex-astris-a-free-wordpress-child-theme-for-stargazer), I did the same thing and found these:
> http://freelancewp.com/wordpress-theme/intrepid/
> https://www.sz-solutions.com/blog/2010/02/21/wordpress-business-theme-intrepid/
> Why would you choose a name that others have already used for similar code
> and risk confusion in search results? With a name that's unique, people
> will be more likely to find it.
> -Otto
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