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This is NOT a WordPress Theme

Another anger post? Well, yes, another anger post. What triggered it you ask? This:

I’m using your ChaoticSoul theme which is very nice, but Aries is definitely the best WP theme! Gonna use it soon ok? Congrats.

Sure, it’s a few days old, but the feeling’s still there. I guess you can’t get away from it. People asking for Evolution as a WordPress theme? That’ll never happen (maybe in another 3-5 years). The only reason I released ChaoticSoul as a theme is because I didn’t want the Wayback Machine to start forgetting more of my old layouts. People expecting this layout to become a WordPress theme? Excuse me? I don’t know about anybody else, but the sound of that just gets to me.

Anyway, rather than completely rant about it, I have a few more examples from my buddy Kyle Neath. We had a few conversations about this and he seemed to be running into a few of the same problems.

Hey, I was looking at totalspore.com, and I loved the way you layed out the site. I make wordpress themes and release them to the public. I have made [theme name removed], maybe you heard of it. Anyways, I was wondering if it would be at all possible for me to get ahold of your source code. I don’t really need the css, but I would love to see the files like index.php, sidebar.php and all of those.

Here’s a bit of our conversation.

Kyle
Well, I dunno it's weird I feel there's a distict difference between a deisgn and a template... comparing something like k2/hemingway/squible to something like my site, or totalspore
Kyle
like... for example, I would say something like what Jeff Croft has: [http://www2.jeffcroft.com/][2] is a design based on a template like hemingway: [http://www.warpspire.com/hemingway_example/][3]
Kyle
I've always seen a distinct difference between the two.. so when someone says "Can I download your Warpspire theme?" it bugs me
Bryan
I guess I'm more focusing on the fact that they call Warpspire a theme.
Bryan
Somebody left me a comment that said, "I can't wait to use Aries," to that effect at least.
Kyle
Exactly what I mean
Kyle
like, I could easily see a theme *based* off Aries
Kyle
but Aries is your design
Kyle
not a theme
Bryan
And therefore, it'll never happen.
Bryan
But they expect it to.
Bryan
Yes, but I don't think people should expect anything to be available as a template. Where's the fucking originality in that?
Kyle
I guess just because it's a set of templates (be it wordpress, MT, or HTML) doesn't mean it's a theme to download
Bryan
Yep.
Kyle
themes are sets of templates that authors willingly release
Kyle
That's why I think most wordpress "themes" fail... in that they're not really themes, they're designs
Kyle
That's why Kubrick became so popular... it was a great starting point that allowed easy customization on top of it
Kyle
be it header, or other
Bryan
Indeed.
Kyle
People just need more originality in their life :)
Bryan
Yeah.
Bryan
I mean, it wasn't like this years ago.
Bryan
People have been ... I dunno, warped into thinking that they can view anything based off a blogging platform as something that they can use on their own site.
Kyle
There weren't this many people blogging years ago :)
Bryan
Rather than using it as inspiration to drive them, they want the work done for them.
Bryan
Still, design is design.
Kyle
I guess you have to realize that there's a surge of people blogging that can't design.
Kyle
Howevver, they should realize that designs are designs, and templates are templates
Bryan
True, but can't they have some dignity to realize the difference?

Harsh? Could be, but I try not to hide anything from you guys. But in this case, I feel that certain people need to be bitch slapped. The rest of this I’ll leave up to all of you. I’m intrigued to hear your opinions.