[wp-hackers] Text ads in themes

adam freetly adam.freetly at archgfx.net
Sun Sep 10 13:56:20 GMT 2006

Really, any link in the footer "let(s) you use my website
for your gain".  Whether it's to the theme designer, wordpress, or an ad.
It's always up to the user to decide whether to retain the link or not.
Trying to use the footer to promote your own blog will only get you knocked
off technorati, so a sponsorship link that proclaims itself as such doesn't
seem like an evil alternative.  

And considering that the theme is GPL, not linkware, there's no reason that
you can't remove the link, rather than banning the theme.  You're trying to
prove a point to theme authors who put ad links in their footer, but you're
taking it out on users who just want you to upload the theme and remove the
And we are talking about wordpress.COM here, where automattic is already
running their adsense on top of users' blogs.  Whatever people think about
theme authors advertising on your content, is completely off-topic here.


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Williams [mailto:chris at clwill.com] 
Sent: Saturday, September 09, 2006 6:01 PM
To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
Subject: RE: [wp-hackers] Text ads in themes

After 18 months, you'd think that water was way under that bridge...

Have you thought that perhaps Matt and others have listened to the
feedback and are more careful about commercialization because of it?
Hence the concern now?

Live and let live is quite a bit different from "let you use my website
for your gain".

Live and let live means (in this case) don't do anything to stop you
from putting your ads wherever you want in your theme.

But that also means I don't have to use your theme and Matt doesn't have
to promote it.

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles
Subject: RE: [wp-hackers] Text ads in themes

Glass houses, stones, etc.  Live and let live, blah blah blah.

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