Changing Theme

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(Hopefully the last naval gazing post of the year…)

I asked if using a WordPress theme to emulate the Svbtle theme was unethical.

The results were mixed – you can see some of the discussion on HackerNews and AppDotNet (visual view).

Broadly speaking, people fell into four categories.

  • People who had never heard of Svbtle and didn’t see a problem with using a similar theme.
  • People who had heard of Svbtle and didn’t like the ethos behind the platform, so didn’t like the theme.
  • People who were vociferous in their hatred of anyone who tried to impinge on a design classic sent from the gods themselves.
  • People who just couldn’t give a shit.

As I said before, I didn’t realise that Svbtle was such a big deal in certain circles. Some online communities tend towards the perpetual drama of high-school. I can’t be bothered with that – it’s the same reason I don’t get involved in Wikipedia and other cliques.

So over the next few days, I’ll be changing my theme to something that keeps the simplicity of Svbtle, adds some features that I felt were missing (like archive), and – hopefully – prevents anyone from having a hissy-fit online that I’m betraying the brotherhood and that they’ve been deeply mislead by my style-sheet.

One thought on “Changing Theme

  1. Keith says:

    The point isn’t whether Svbtle is a big deal, or whether you like or don’t like it.

    It is simple. A theme lifted off a copyright protected site is a stolen design.

    You did the right thing.

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