[theme-reviewers] Question: Someone Want to Take Benefit From a 'Top Reviewer of the Month'.

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Wed Jan 29 14:44:18 UTC 2014

For the sake of discussion: how is this any different from commercial Theme
shops paying their employees to perform Theme reviews, with the expressed
intent of ensuring that one of the Theme shop's Themes gets listed as

In other words: why is it acceptable for commercial Theme shops to engage
in this sort of financial transaction to gain a benefit from WordPress.org,
but not for non-commercial developers?

I don't have a preference, but I do think we should handle things

On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>
> wrote:
> > IMHO, as long as the relationship is disclosed, there's nothing wrong
> with
> > it.
> Yeah. I'm not as forgiving as Chip.
> If you tell me who they are, then I will happily ban them from our
> systems, permanently.
> Or, if you want to be a bit more subtle about it, you can tell them
> that I said exactly the above and that they should damn well stop it.
> If there is any financial transaction of any kind to get any seeming
> benefits on WordPress.org, then I will *end* it. Understood? This is
> not a pay-to-win system.
> -Otto
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