[theme-reviewers] Lite Themes

Styled Themes social at styledthemes.com
Thu Oct 2 16:14:13 UTC 2014

I’ve been submitting themes with the suffix name “Lite” to help differentiate it from the premium version. When I make a theme, I do one with the base name, then the free one for the repository has “Lite” added to it, which works for me.


It really does come down to common sense when naming a theme, which should be done as careful as coming up with a domain name; you do not want to infringe on another name, especially if a name is branded. The naming of a theme is the total responsibility of the developer to follow the naming guidelines, but to also do their homework. When I come up with a theme name, not only do I check the repository at WordPress.org, I also do Google checks to see if the name or similar names are being used elsewhere. Remember, there are other theme sites, shops, and even independent designers/developers who create themes.


Again, it’s common sense, but also ethics that come into play here.






From: theme-reviewers [mailto:theme-reviewers-bounces at lists.wordpress.org] On Behalf Of Otto
Sent: October-02-14 2:59 AM
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Subject: Re: [theme-reviewers] Lite Themes


On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM, Emil Uzelac <emil at uzelac.me> wrote:

Dear Reviewers,


This is a friendly note, not requirement or even recommended, again just a note.


If you submit a theme called "Theme Name Lite" you are leaving the door open for anyone else to submit a different theme under "Theme Name" only. 


Related + Unrelated = Confusion for all*







Umm. No, they're not. Under no interpretation of the current rules do I see this as being allowed.


Simply not actively policing theme names doesn't mean allowing free-range-do-anything-you-want-fun-times. 


If somebody is submitting a theme with a name that will cause confusion, then it will be denied and removed and suspended, as per usual.


If there is an "X Lite" theme, then "X" should correctly be denied.


Any other interpretation is stupid and wrong. More to the point, it leads directly to crap like this:



On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 3:03 AM, Thomas from ThemeZee <contact at themezee.com> wrote:

And my final question: Can I release a dummy theme "Theme Name" in addition to "Theme Name Lite", which I'll unapprove right away? Basically can I block theme names? Since names are no longer policed it seems the only way to prevent the case you have mentioned.



This is exactly what we DO NOT want to happen. If theme authors start trying to "protect" names by creating fake entries in our system, then I will be forced to shut the damn thing down and do a mass cleanup and purge. 


Come up with a better solution.





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