[wp-forums] Comment about [sticky] Posts requests for theme decoding in here

James Huff macmanx at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 22:42:56 UTC 2010

Sorry to jump on the band wagon so late and for being so brief, it's been one hell of a last few days.

Since everyone has pretty much explained very valid points, I thought I'd just jump in with a proposal:

1. We get rid of "[sticky] Posts requests for theme decoding in here" http://wordpress.org/support/topic/388507

2. We keep "[sticky] [closed] How to decrypt an encoded theme" http://wordpress.org/support/topic/384389 with the understanding that we will not offer decode services.

3. Since this guy seems keen on offering decode services, we link to him in the how-to topic and leave the moral dilemma up to him. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/388507/page/4?replies=110#post-1555105

4. We answer all decode requests with a standard "We don't do that here, see this topic:" reply.

James Huff

On Jun 25, 2010, at 3:16 AM, Chris Olbekson wrote:

> I understand how this thread:
> http://wordpress.org/support/topic/388507?replies=108 is very helpful
> to users by protecting them from all the spam links and what not but
> it is also encouraging the use of pirated themes.  Most of the decode
> requests I went through were from premium themes that are posted all
> over torrent and download sites.  Some of the themes are GPL so I
> guess they have the right to do whatever they want with the them, but
> some of the decode requests are for code from non GPL copyrighted
> themes.  The users of these pirate and warez download sites don't just
> happen to stumble on them.  There are some who seek them out and even
> make requests for them then we go and sanitize the theme for them and
> they get to use a $70 or $80 premium theme for free.
> I also understand that we might not even be able to tell what the
> original theme was by only seeing a small portion of the code so that
> is another issue.  But bottom line we can be fairly certain that the
> theme either came from the repository and got modified or it was
> ripped off from a theme company.
> --Chris Olbekson
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