[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #2114: Possible abuse on popular themes list based on active installs

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#2114: Possible abuse on popular themes list based on active installs
 Reporter:  acosmin          |      Owner:
     Type:  defect           |     Status:  new
 Priority:  high             |  Milestone:
Component:  Theme Directory  |   Keywords:
 The Theme Review Theme doesn't police theme names anymore and this can
 lead to possible abuses of the popular themes list.

 If an author chooses a theme name and that theme name already exists
 outside the .org directory it will inherit all the active installs from
 that theme.

 Best example is with Themeforest themes:

 This newly released theme (just as an example, I don't want to say this
 theme abuses the system, it was released a long time ago when active
 installs were not part of the algorithm)

 gets all the active installs from this popular TF theme

 The solution could be to add a few more parameters in the mix and change
 the algorithm.
  * use the Author Name or Author URI or Theme URI to get unique results.
  * maybe a new tag in style.css

 This isn't fair to theme authors and needs a fix.


Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2114>
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