exploding wank

Since the official wp.org plugin list is derived from wp-plugins.org, I’m assuming the official wp.org theme download list is pulled from the largely defunct (because unusable by anyone allergic to command lines) wp-themes.org repository?

And I’m assuming — no, scratch that, I’m reading — that all these themes must be GPL or GPL-compatible?

How in that case do we explain the presence of #15, ‘Girls Suck’, which contains this image?

girls suck, apparently

That’s from explodingdog, of course. Which states the following in its FAQ:

can i use you art on my site?
if it is a noncommercial or personal site, i probably will not mind. but please give me credit and a link. credit: “sam brown, explodingdog

Attribution. Non-commercial. Doesn’t sound GPL-compatible to me.

So… either wordpress.org is condoning the relicensing of third-party non-GPL content as GPL (is that even legal? it sure doesn’t sound it). Or the theme obeys and reinforces the licensing terms of the creative artwork it is based upon, which means it is not GPL-compatible, and should not be there.

Either way, it is a mess; and it is probably just as well that the majority of theme designers are too dim to master SVN, because they sure as hell haven’t got to grips with the GPL.

Also, can somebody see about fixing themes.wordpress.net up with some kind of autoresponder; or, failing that, some kind of volunteer staff; or, failing that, shutting down registration until the system can actually cope? It won’t help the inbox situation to keep getting hit with repeat emails from people assuming that their upload requests can’t have been received because they submitted them weeks ago and have heard nothing since . And their questions on the blog inevitably get ignored because theundersigned is more interested in pimping his kewl new market research poll than keeping them informed, or indeed letting people in to fix their own themes.

Not that I’m bitter or anything. I mean, the wordpress community will survive just fine without a widgetised version of my ancient centred-fixed-width-1.5-era effort. But what if I’d found a major bug? I have to hang around indefinitely begging for access to my own theme while people keep downloading the faulty version? I see why everyone has to be rubberstamped, and I see why it takes time; but I don’t see how ignoring them will help the site in the long run.

2 Comments »

  1. adam said

    it could be worse, your theme could have a bug, and it could be auto-installed by a host with no technical support contact. then you’d really be up a creek.

    thomas seems to reply to personal entreaties far quicker than official emails, my guess is that that’s due to the large number of boneheaded emails from people who download their own theme a couple hundred times. but yes, given the number of people who would volunteer to answer emails, it seems a shame that thomas is the only one doing it. he does seem to be otherwise preoccupied.

    “girls suck” is a real shame. matt should know better. (assuming that the first option is the one that sticks).

  2. […] except that as i mentioned, the theme isn’t available with that header anymore. given that matt doesn’t really understand the concept of relicensing, or why the GPL is such a pain in the ass for designers, i guess i shouldn’t be […]

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