You’re welcome guys!
If it’s soft rejected, I would advise in trying to get it approved, as it is really close to approval but there are just some small problems with it that need to be solved.
I saw there was a request for an Envato Author Terms in PDF format in some of the topics here. While it’s not professionally formatted, I spent almost an hour yesterday to format it, because I needed it in PDF format as well, so I went ahead and made one.
Here it is for everyone that needs it: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w4smrwxpsj112i6/Envato%20Author%20Terms.pdf?dl=0
Have a great day guys!
What everybody was suggesting was not to add money to your account, but go to the item, press Buy Now and choose PayPal as payment method
Indeed it’s foul behaviour from the author of the item. The staff should take note of this and act accordingly: ask the author to change the preview image, otherwise it will be soft disabled.
Great job Envato on reacting so quickly. Well done! My faith slowly returns in Envato.
While I was seeing this technique as a clever one, as it didn’t violate any T&C, but it was exploiting a loop hole in the system and it was providing an unfair playing ground for all participating authors here. So I was not entirely agreeing to it, but great job Envato for reacting so quickly. It would’ve created a true race to the bottom which would’ve been more prominent than the current one.
EDIT: @ait: It looks like they don’t want any competition for Envato Studio now, don’t they?
Actually it is a smart technique and props to them. It’s all marketing. It doesn’t look like it’s breaking any rules of Envato, so I can’t see the problem.
The review process is quite transparent and there have been numerous articles on the Envato Market blog and as well as author resources on how to get your items approved. A really comprehensive guide is also found on the Help section of Envato.
So to answer your questions:
1. Try seeing it from another angle. It was impossible for you to get a theme right and approved from the first try. You still missed a couple of bugs, due to insufficient testing. They are also human, just like you, and sometimes they miss some stuff during the first review.
2. You do not have actual data of the scale of the influx that ThemeForest’s reviewers have to handle. There is a current system now, although it’s not perfect, it is still functional and working.
Indeed, timing is important in our business, but delivering an unfinished and buggy product is more important than delivering as soon as possible, or at least that’s what I think. You’ll have far more problems and less sales with a buggy product … only if you waited just a couple of more days … you could have made more Just think about it.
Talk about zombies ha …