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  1. i thinking about this theme:
    http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wp-themes/glossyblue/
    and i wish that one day i will be able to choose it ;)

  2. You might want to pass this suggestion onto staff through the 'support' tab in your blog admin as well so they know your support!

    Trent

  3. This theme has previously been requested. You can verify this by using the forum searchbox. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/search.php?q=glossy+blue
    That being said, the process for requesting a theme be adapted for wordpress.com use is to contact staff, provide the link and list the reasons for your request.
    http://wordpress.com/contact-support/

  4. NIce avatar TT. Welcome to the club :)

  5. This has been requested on multiple occasions. I think it's safe to say that if staff were going to add it they would have done so by now.

  6. Hey, how it is install to put itself such themes on the my blog?
    Here:

    http://www.justskins.com/themes/wordpress-themes/

    thaks!

  7. You can't install themes on a WP.com blog. Those themes are only available to people who self-host the wordpress.org software. If you purchase the CSS Editing upgrade you can change the appearance of your theme, but you can't install a new one.
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/09/27/edit-my-templates/

  8. The license for Glossy Blue is not GPL, so we can't use it on WordPress.com.

  9. @tellyworth
    Thanks for clarifying this. :)

  10. If Automattic are that violently against crediting theme developers for their work (because that really is the only non-GPL-compatible aspect of the terms of use I can see, since it does allow for modification, redistribution and commercial use -- you could even put a nofollow on the designer's link if the idea of giving them PR troubled you that much) then yes, it's best that they don't use it. I think most designers would prefer people with that sort of attitude not to use their themes, and certainly not to profit financially from them.

  11. @sunset89

    i thinking about this theme:
    http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wp-themes/glossyblue/
    and i wish that one day i will be able to choose it ;)

    Note that tellyworth Key Master has answered your original question.
    September 12th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    The license for Glossy Blue is not GPL, so we can't use it on WordPress.com.

    Will you please mark this thread as "resolved"?
    Thanks and happy blogging :)

  12. We're not violently against anything. We always credit theme developers for their work.

    If it's straight up GPL, we know can use it. If it's not, we don't know what the consequences might be. We're engineers, not lawyers: I can debug PHP, but I can't debug a license.

  13. Well a lot of designers - and I am one of them - think it is a great shame that WP has adopted a GPL only stance for themes. It is even worse if that policy is in fact unreasoned. W raises - and has raised for more than 3 years - a subject which is very close to the heart of many serious themers. There is no reason at all why themes can not or should not be used under the Creative Commons licence - which please note - is the proper license for creative / artistic work. Historically this has - and does - inhibit many designers who would otherwise be happy to contribute their work. It also in this case - denies to end users - a nice looking and apparently popular theme, without any good reason. It also reinforces the suspicion - unworthy I am sure - that the back end devs are not really in tune with the front enders. :)

  14. Oh great. I wonder that's why I got suspended [I try to change the themes >> I haven't read the ToS]

    Well, let's take a look at this theme

    http://pupungbp.erastica.com/wordpress-theme/dewantis-dandelion-2-columns/

    Cool calming themes. Hope this theme available soon. Thanks

  15. yea, if it hasn't gone up yet, then perhaps you need to approach WordPress through a different avenue.

  16. @sundaelicious
    Support will be open tomorrow and you can make your request directly to staff using this link during the hours support is open http://wordpress.com/contact-support/

    /nod to indiessance :)

  17. @timethief
    i will be mean... i forgot about that thread :D

    @tellyworth
    u said: "The license for Glossy Blue is not GPL, so we can't use it on WordPress.com. "

    look at this points:

    # Can translate and distribute your theme?
    Yes, as long you keep the credits at the footer as original and same terms of use will apply.
    # Can I use your theme for my client project?
    Absolutely, as long you are not selling my theme directly.
    # Do you have a licensed version that does not require linkback?
    If you really don’t want to give credit linkback to N.Design Studio, contact me for a licensed copy.

    so i think that as long it will be for free for us ;) and in footer will be credit linkback to N.Design Studio it will be ok ;)
    but as u i'm not lawyer so i'm not sure ^^

  18. I know. The Automattic obsession with GPL makes no sense.

  19. Well, it makes sense in that Automattic want absolute freedom to do what they want with the theme without consulting the author about anything, ever (including any bugs they may find, which has always seemed to me at odds with the open-source ethos).

    The GPL obsession is about securing an unlimited supply of potential wordpress.com themes without having to engage with the people who create them. Once something is GPL, it's GPL forever. Hence the need to force everyone to embrace it before they figure out its full implications.

  20. Once something is GPL, it's GPL forever. Hence the need to force everyone to embrace it before they figure out its full implications.

    Also hence the lack of good, usable, customizable themes. That four of the more boring ones came from one person and four from another is ridiculous, and a little bit hostile to the creative community gathered around WordPress.

    And how many people actually use Banana Smoothie (which doesn't have any attribution links, which explains why it's still here)? Or that Christmas one? A quick google search turns up about 200 blogs using Flower Power, the one that scrunches everything to the left and ignores half of the screen. Why couldn't these be replaced with (again) customizable, dynamic, attractive themes?

    It's so frustrating to look at the .org side and see how much the .com side is being held back.

  21. IMHO we are not being held back one iota. If we don't like the limitations at wordpress.com then we can move to the second wordpress option. We can hire a web host or self host a downloaded original version of software from wordpress.org and then download the theme of our choosing or create a new one.

    In fact, I have my own wordpress.org install for my domain and I hired a web developer to create (yes to code) a unique theme from scratch to ensure there were no weird links embedded anywhere in it.

    The most frustrating thing I see on the wordpress.org side is the lack of support. Bloggers post there and do not get answers from their "peers".

  22. Thanks for that, timethief, but you didn't address an important question. Why are we offered a bunch of old crappy themes that hamper the creation of awesome blogs instead of themes that actually demonstrate the power of WordPress?

    If they're doing this to get people to go with .org or buy a css upgrade out of frustration, I can handle that. I just wish someone would come out and say it instead of pretending like they're always looking for new and exciting themes that will make wordpress.com even better.

    Don't toy with me, WordPress! I loves ya too much for that!

  23. @pipsqueal4

    Thanks for that, timethief, but you didn't address an important question. Why are we offered a bunch of old crappy themes that hamper the creation of awesome blogs instead of themes that actually demonstrate the power of WordPress?

    Of course I did not address this decided question which has already been answered by Matt andr provide an answer on behalf of wordpress.com. As you know those answering forum questions we are all volunteers and not corporate spokespersons. Moreover, you and the others posting to this thread know that wordpress.com corporate policy is made by management and by staff. Therefore posting here is analogous to barking up the wrong tree.

    There seems to be some off-beat notion that by posting here bloggers can overpower corporate policy and contrive a democratic rule. What utter nonsense. We both know this issue has been thrashed to death on wordpress.org's support forum and in blogs as well. Matt has made his decision and this thread is not likely to have any weight with him.

  24. Oh, we know that complaining doesn't change anything, but a) it relieves the frustration slightly and b) people tend to interpret silence as satisfaction.

    (Also, Flower Power is there so Matt can say 'we DO have girly themes' and never has to add another one ever again. It doesn't matter whether anyone uses it or not.)

  25. @wank
    I respect the bloggers that are posting to this thread and clearly understand and am sympathetic towards what they are articulating. However, as Matt has already considered and rejected these "ideas" I'm wondering if this thread wouldn't be better placed if it were removed from the ideas forum and transferred to the off-topic forum. What say you to that?

  26. I feel like I'm supposed to apologize for asking a question in a forum billed as the place to go to with 'Ideas and suggestions for WP.com'. But that would be silly, so I must be wrong.

    I'm not asking you to be a 'corporate spokesperson', timethief, and I'm not 'barking up the wrong tree'. I'm asking a reasonable question in a reasonable fashion in a reasonable venue. If you don't have an answer for it, I understand that you're a fellow and not a paid answer-giver-outer. You're allowed to not answer questions you don't have answers for. My question was more to the general population and/or PTB, not to you personally.

    I don't, however, understand your notion of 'like it or lump it'. That's counter to the image that the WordPress team has tried to engender. If the team has decided that prefer the 'like it or lump it' image, they should come out with it. I'm fairly sure they <i>don't</i> want that image, though.

    Finally, I have no desire to 'overpower corporate policy' in this thread. But if the good folks at WordPress.com are concerned with what their customers think, they'll at least throw this suggestion (again, offered on a forum built specifically for making suggestions) on the stack.

    I heart WordPress. I heart it a lot. So much so that just Monday afternoon I suggested a friend use it and am probably going to be helping her set it up. I heart it so much that I <i>do</i> use the .org version for another site.

    That's why I'm aggravated that they require us to build our .com blogs with a bunch of tools removed from the box.

  27. sigh ... maybe what we need is an aggravation forum ...lol :D

  28. This thread seems to be mostly between people that already have decided on their position. A licence that dictates how that attribution is presented isn't in the spirit of the "open-source ethos".

    As Tellyworth explains we don't want to spend our time debugging licenses.

    As I have written about a few times on my own blog the GPL is pragmatic.

    I also tend to agree with http://wordpress-plugins.feifei.us/10/wordpress-themes-are-gpl-code/

  29. As Tellyworth explains we don't want to spend our time debugging licenses.

    In spite of not being a lawyer, I didn't have any trouble understanding the ToS on ndesign-studio.com. In fact, I found it quite a bit more comprehensible than the GPL. Which part were you struggling with?

    (Also, it's quite telling that the link you cite is by a guy using a CC-Attribution theme who has removed all reference to the designer so he can pass it off as his own work. Classy.)

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