[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #3113: Child theme stats does not count for the parent theme

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#3113: Child theme stats does not count for the parent theme
 Reporter:  averta           |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement      |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:
Component:  Theme Directory  |  Resolution:
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Comment (by averta):

 I have already mentioned the reason above.

 Using child theme will split the active numbers into several items which
 is very bad thing for promoting the main theme.
 The active install number matters for theme authors because it's one of
 the main criteria of popularity in the theme directory.

 I am sure most of the other authors are not aware of this matter,
 otherwise, they will discourage their clients of using a child theme (as
 we intend to do).

 I am not sure why you consider this like inflation. Can you use a child
 theme without the parent theme? Why you cannot? That's because a child
 theme is almost the parent theme, not an independent item. Consider the
 nature of them child theme. That is why I emphasize that counting the
 stats for a child theme is useless and it should be counted for the parent

 Maybe those numbers are not important for some authors, but for large
 teams which are investing considerable time for creating and promoting
 their themes, of course each single number matters.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/3113#comment:2>
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