even more pagerankchasing idiocy

No. Please, just stop already.

I mean, what is the rationale behind this one? That there’s only about 110 styles for Classic already, and we need to be catching up to the Kubrick clones?

See, I fear that kcyap opened the floodgates on this and now everyone and his dog thinks they can run a wordpress design contest, but they can’t. It is hard. You have to get good prizes. You have to get good judges. You have to co-ordinate the judges. You have to co-ordinate the sponsors. You have to co-ordinate the entries. I do not believe you can do it successfully by yourself unless you make a full-time job of it.

And I do not understand why anyone would want to make a full-time job of it when there are already, literally, a thousand themes out there. You don’t get any glory from it, if the themes aren’t needed and everyone and his dog is doing the same thing. You don’t get any pagerank, if we can’t muster up the enthusiasm to link to them anymore. I suppose you could always con people into sponsoring prizes then take them yourself, but it’s a fair bet the sponsors will get jaded even before the designers do.

Look, just go read this old entry, I can’t be bothered to make the same points over and over again.

As for theundersigned’s contest, it’s all very well saying you’ve got Automattic on board, but how far does that go? As far as being able to call it ‘official’? As far as getting a guarantee that the winners will be adopted on wordpress.com? All I can see is a vague offer from Matt to post about it on the dead blog (whoopee!) and ‘kick in some sponsorship’. Which is, admittedly, more than anyone else has got so far. But sorry, it’s going to have to be official and the prizes are going to have to be extremely kickass to tempt me to chance my luck again.

7 Comments »

  1. miklb said

    I can assure you this was not geared towards “pagerank”. Those 110 styles you point towards were done quite some time ago, prior to different approaches to blog design, ie, “fat footers”, or “bottom sidebars”, not to mention different approaches to white space, font sizes, the list goes on.
    I simply offered up the question as to what people thought. Obviously you have made your point. I don’t think the concept I am entertaining is at all the same as a full fledged contest such as the one that undersigned offers up. Likewise, I never expected the wide range popularity or “juice” from such. It is merely an idea I’ve bounced around after a discussion on #wordpress. More of a diversion, nothing else, except the possibility of a few new styles for a rarely used theme.
    I generally find your posts entertaining, even subscribe to your feed, but the two posts you’ve offered up on the theme contests are broaching the hateful, rather than satire. I can’t speak for a contests that I had nothing to do with, and hardly mentioned on my WP blog. I can only say that I have but good intentions, with the community in mind, and that the sponsorship of the contest was something that sorta fell into my lap via the potential sponsor contacting me regarding promoting/advertising on the site, and I asked if they’d be interested in my idea. They said yes, and the prize they would offer would be based on participation. It’s gone no further. The bottom line is it’s a bloody style sheet. No more, no less, unless someone wants to create some graphics to go along with it.
    I will say for someone questioning pagerank, I find it humorous that you have a pagerank widget displaying yours.

  2. But sorry, it’s going to have to be official and the prizes are going to have to be extremely kickass to tempt me to chance my luck again.

    hell hath no fury, huh? pray tell, when did you chance your luck before? your anonymity is piquing my curiosity.

    what should be noted from that IRC log is that matt asks thomas if he’s ready for a full time job (as you’ve described), and thomas says he’s already doing the legwork.

    thomas is a good guy, i don’t think you should be trashing him because you hate competitions. that said, wordpressstation needs their head checked. but then, i think that about everyone who runs a ‘how to blog’ blog.

  3. wank said

    I’m not ‘trashing’ Thomas, and I don’t hate competitions per se. The 6A competition produced some nice designs, ditto the Typo one. They’re a useful way of getting a range of styles together for a tool which lacks them. It’s a tribute to the strength of the community that we don’t need contests to get people to make new themes. The fact that most of them are derivative and unimaginative is more likely to be because wordpress has always been orientated more towards coders than designers, rather than because we’re not being bribed with offers of free hosting😉

    I just hope he’s going to get the level of support from the powers that be that he needs for this not to degenerate into another farce. Get it right, and yes, it repairs a lot of the damage done by the previous botched efforts. Get it wrong, and it makes things one hell of a lot worse.

    I find it humorous that you have a pagerank widget displaying yours.

    Glad you got the joke, it’s a bit subtle for some people🙂

  4. Stephen said

    >wordpress has always been orientated more towards >coders than designers

    Isn’t that one of the main troubles with almost all opensource projects?

  5. wank said

    Yes, totally. And you only have to look at wordpress.org or the wordpress.com home page to understand that the developers don’t really care about design. Of course that’s going to filter down to the wider community and influence who chooses to use wordpress in the first place.

    The reason we have a lot of themes is because coders think design is easy, because the languages involved are easy. The reason most of them are not that great is because you also need some kind of aesthetic sense, which many coders just don’t have.

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