[theme-reviewers] Why can't theme authors have a second version of a theme?

Trent Lapinski trent at cyberchimps.com
Fri Sep 26 19:44:34 UTC 2014

We are trying to release Responsive 2.0, and after a year of development and months of debating how to release it we’re now being told we cannot have two themes with the same name.

We’ve changed the backend infrastructure of the grid for the new version, so releasing 2.0 on the same repo as 1.0 would break potentially tens of millions of websites. A simple solution is to release Responsive 2.0 as “Responsive II” but apparently that is not allowed? 


We’re now being told the only way we can release Responsive II is to retire Responsive 1? Which is ridiculous. 

I would like to formerly request a reconsideration of this rule, I see no logical reason for why the same theme author cannot release multiple themes under the same name. I’m not requesting to use someone else’s name here, I’m requesting to be able to release the next version of my theme without breaking millions of people’s websites.

Thank you.

--Trent Lapinski
CEO of CyberChimps Inc.
Twitter @trentlapinski
Skype: mobiletrent

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