Death of a Theme…I think NOT!

Posted by Terri on September 21, 2009 in WordPress |

My husband works hard on his themes and usually the graphics as well, but this time I did the graphics for a theme…Pinup Meets Grunge. In less than 1 month (22 days to be exact), Pinup Meets Grunge was downloaded 1100 times off of the WordPress.org themes directory. Today an email comes…Pinup Meets Grunge has been suspended…why…because they received “an email complaining that the theme ran against the no adult/mature themes rule for the directory.” To me “an email” means 1…hmmm…1 vs. 1100 downloads, that just doesn’t add up. themes_download

 I’m a 50 year old mother of 2 with 1 grandchild, I like art, I especially like 40’s and 50’s Pinup art, Nose-art of the old fighter planes. I like swing and Jazz, the shoes and hairstyles of that era. So why was my theme suspended. Can we say small minds? It’s 2009…get with the plan, there was nothing wrong with my theme, Wordpress.org approved it and then less than 1 month later they said “while it isn’t obvious and over the top adult/mature (like a theme with pornography in it), I do think it’s fairly suggestive and trying to push where the line is for adult/mature in the theme directory.” I guess they wouldn’t know art if it jumped up and bit them in the…So I guess if someone were to make a theme honoring the art of that era or the nose-art fighter planes of that era, it will not get accepted. Or how about honoring the Miss America, Miss Universe pageants? Oh and lets not even think about making a theme for the swimming competitions/synchronized swimming or even the gymnastics of the Olympic games…because the way they dress it might be adult/mature…give me a break.

Powers that be at WordPress.org answer me this? Where are the rules for the “adult/mature themes rule for the directory”. I have been all over your site, using this search word and that search word and I can’t find anything relating to the types of graphics you can use in a theme. Once again, you approved the theme and then you get 1 email and suspend it…where does the censorship or should I say favoritism end?

WordPress.org, shame on you for taking a piece of art and turning it into something dirty…shame on you!

For those of you who would still like to download Pinup Meets Grunge, you may do so here at our site. {title} ({hits})

So you see WordPress.org, my theme is not dead, it just moved to a better address. 😉

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  • James D Kirk says:

    Just a simple little site that I mess around with, but I’ve loaded up your Pinup Meets Grunge theme as a show of support. Seeing the actual graphic (just the one, correct? I don’t really see any thing else that could be construed in the neighborhood of being confused for suggestive) up close really makes me wonder why they would pull your access. Strange. And why not just set up an “adult/mature” section on the Extend site and throw in a warning screen before you are allowed to see those themes?

    Not that I’m in anyway condoning the censorship. Not at all. There is nothing wrong here. If I had time, I’d go through all the themes they are hosting and I’d bet there are others that are much more suggestive.

    .-= James D Kirk´s last blog … Kirk vs. Who =-.

    • Terri says:

      Thank you very much for the show of support. I love the tag line and the hot pink background color you chose. Thank you for the post also, it’s nice to see that people do appreciate art. Yes it is only the one image.

      My husband had asked the powers that be at WordPress.org if the theme could be resubmitted without the pinup girl as the main header. He wanted to know if he made an option to include the other headers I’ve made, could he include the pinup girl there. It was strongly suggested that he NOT include the pinup girl as an option. So I guess we’ve been told. lol

      Once again, thank you for the show of suppot…now back to reading your blog. 😉

    • Thank You! I am still at a loss how apparently “an email” can affect the standard a theme is measured by when over 1000 downloads would speak differently in my opinion.

      “Live Long and Prosper”

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