A word on these redistributed “edited” themes floating around in the RPCHA/whatever community:
I keep seeing the argument, “But, but, we aren’t stealing themes, since we are giving credit to the original maker.” Here’s a newsflash for you—it is not about whether or not you are giving them credit.
A lot of theme makers ask those who use their themes to like or reblog the post. That is literally the only form of payment or appreciation they get from spending hours and hours on coding those themes for your benefit. Some theme makers also like to check up on their themes and see how they’re being used, and they do that through those likes and reblogs. By reposting their codes, no matter how edited, no matter whether or not you are crediting them, you are robbing them of that control, and it’s pretty freakin’ disrespectful.
Here’s a simile: Imagine you spend several hours on making a graphic, just because you have mad as fuck Photoshop skills, and it’s something you enjoy doing. You absolutely love the end result—in fact, let’s say it’s the best goddamn graphic you have ever made, and you just can’t wait to post it on Tumblr and have other people reblog it so you can see their reactions. You go back and check the tags in which people are marveling over its beauty, and all is well in the kingdom. But wait! Someone decides to repost your graphic. SHOCK. HORROR. They are giving you credit by listing you as the source, but because they have reposted instead of reblogging, you are not getting the recognition you deserve for your graphic. Would you be okay with that? I’m guessing the most likely answer is no, so why do you keep doing that exact same thing to theme makers?
Yes, most theme makers say you can edit the theme to your liking, but that refers to personal use. I have yet to see a single theme maker who allows for you to redistribute their themes, unless it is specifically made as a base theme. So cut it the fuck out, because it pisses me off to no end.
Kazza over and out.