[wp-hackers] General consensus of "Premium Theme" concept

Glenn Ansley glenn at glennansley.com
Fri Mar 21 17:06:26 GMT 2008

Thanks Matt.
I was leaning heavily towards the WordPress business model based on Otto's
argument above. Your response helps to solidify that decision. Regardless of
one's views concerning the licensing debate, if you can contribute back to
the community and profit off of your own skills and services (highlighted by
the contributions) rather than the "product" I think people will respect you
more.  Furthermore, as Otto mentioned, niched products like plugins and
themes will eventually hit end-of-life or be distributed for free by someone
else. Good intention, service, and quality have a way of hanging around much
longer. Unfortunately, not everybody is after respect, contribution, and
long term business plans. Some people want the "easy money" now, burning
bridges as they go. I guess that's something the WP community will just have
to live with.

Anyway, thanks for your input.

On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM, Doug Stewart <zamoose at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM, Matt Mullenweg <m at mullenweg.com> wrote:
> >  Contrast that with sustainable development, with giving back to the
> >  community that sustains (and ultimately consumes) your services and you
> >  have the makings of something that could be around for generations to
> come.
> >
> >  The vision I have for WordPress is the latter. I want the software to
> >  flourish across the web and beyond my lifetime.
> >
> Somewhere, an animated .gif of an old American Indian chief is
> shedding a tear at the beauty of that statement and the outcome of the
> Novell/Microsoft "please don't sue us on dubious grounds, oh mighty
> Redmond!" deal.
> *grin*
> --
> -Doug
> http://literalbarrage.org/blog/
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