WordPress Banishes Theme Moneygrubbers
There has been a trend recently for people writing themes for WordPress to include some code which acts as links to sponsors. It means that if you deploy one of these themes (which are given away free, but have links included) you may be promoting sites with which you would not otherwise want to be connected.
There is some talk that you are legally able to remove the links if you wish as WordPress itself comes under a GPL General Public licence and some comments that the theme writers include heavy-handed legal threats to dissuade you from attempting to do this.
It seems, however, that the general line of thought from the users of WordPress is opposed to the attempt to make money while riding on the back of free software, which is a heartening reminder of the days when the internet was not just a platform for global corporatocracy.
Mark Ghosh, the boss of WeblogToolsCollection.comÂ (which is an important repository of WordPress themes and plugins information) has banned the inclusion of sponsored themes from now on. The announcement was followed by what seems like almost universal agreement and applause.
Matt MullenwegÂ (one of the originators of WordPress) has endorsed the decision and requested that all sponsored themes be removed from the official WordPress themes site at Themes.WordPress.net.
Lorelle.WordPress.comÂ comments about WordPress and draws more support for the ban.
I think the general feeling of opposition to people peddling sponsored themes is twofold.
One is that they can never be trusted to leave a simple, unobtrusive link. It has to be bolted into the code with legal threats and there have to be about a dozen links to dubious sites which eventually become the invasive singing and dancing graphical blitzkrieg of the pornographers’ arsenal.
Secondly, if you want to make money, do it in the real and spiteful world of the amoral corporate hegemony with all its psychopaths and henchmen. Don’t try to inveigle your way through the back door of the Open Source community.
It is similar to why people like Cherie Booth/Blair are castigated for speaking at charity events and then pocketing huge fees for so doing. You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.