Word Press Arbitrarily Changing Themes
Putting a Spin on Twenty Ten’s Header Image
While the intentions are good, I have to agree with a previous comment on the aforementioned article that modifications to themes should not be arbitrarily implemented without prior notification to the users of that particular theme regardless how easy it may be to switch back to the desired settings.
I know if I logged onto my blog and my theme was altered, even in the slightest way, I would be annoyed simply because the changes may not reflect the visual statement I am attempting to make with the blog: How would you like to wake up one morning to find that your car had been painted a different color by the manufacturer? Not too bad if it was a color you liked but probably really pissed off if it was a color you did not approve of…
I think its great that Word Press wants to improve and update themes but show a little respect and let the users of the theme know in well in advance that a change is coming.to their presentation.
The blog I need help with is thebobshow.wordpress.com.
I love WordPress.com, but trust me, after four and a half years here I have realized that they NEVER give prior notification of changes like this. And it’s not like we haven’t asked.
Wow, that is just not right…a little courtesy goes a long way but I guess this just goes to show you that the only thing WP is interested is the number of subscribers regardless whether they are happy or not. Too bad…
on the otherhand, remember that the service we are using (for free) is a business. They are not our mums and dads who will allow us to live at home again with no rent, free laundry, and meals.
They are a business, WordPress.com, and must make money.
We may love them, but they don’t have to love us in return!
(Even so, I believe courtesy does go a long way toward making a pleasant environment and friendly encounters)
Thanks for your thoughts.
The thing I’d like to underline is that changes like this are not arbitrary, they have well-thought reasons. We are always working on perfecting the themes available on WordPress.com — that’s one of our most important goals on the WordPress.com Theme Team (see all our goals).
With any change — regardless of how much it benefits your site: new features, more security, better options — someone isn’t going to like it and will ask that we put it back the way it was. In some cases we cannot do that, but in the case of the Twenty Ten header image, it’s very easy to go back to the image you like, as @fatbellyproductions said.
That’s the best of both worlds: everyone gets a nice improvement, but you can adjust the change by choosing to go back to the image you had before.
@1tess We do love our customers… if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be working hard to make themes and WordPress.com features better and better each day. :)
@lance “… changes like this are not arbitrary, they have well-thought reasons. We are always working on perfecting the themes available on WordPress.com — that’s one of our most important goals on the WordPress.com Theme Team (see all our goals).
“With any change — regardless of how much it benefits your site: new features, more security, better options — someone isn’t going to like it and will ask that we put it back the way it was. In some cases we cannot do that …”
And I do understand that. But what about giving us some advance notice?
I feel that these folks really do not care if they just change themes, delete ones you install and on’t tell you or explain what they are doing.
You learn how to use one and then it disappears……
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