I think this has been happened to others before, but it’s a first for me.
I’ve had people re-upload my products with minimal modifications like a color changed from the provided config or even less than that. Usually I would report a clone or spam and it would get sorted. Thank you @opendesktop for the moderation by the way.
Today I became aware that a certain user is massively re-uploading a theme of mine with different wallpaper images (which is part of the KDE config rather than the theme’s to begin with…). I already reported a few of these with its ID from the clone button. I realize that this is a flattering result of the quality of my work but mind this:
I just checked and the user in question has been uploading minimally modified SDDM themes (and other themes in fact) for months (changes colors and sets a different wallpaper then makes a screenshot)…Is this how this is supposed to work? Mining cents by quantity with no real effort involved like Walmart?
After investing weeks of programming I have to do a shitload of different configurations with my provided config options and upload every single one of them so users do not have to go through the unimaginable hassle to do it themselves? (That’s why themes provide a config file to begin with and the reason I make them highly customizable…). This is not right to me.
@userinquestion I would actually appreciate it if you removed these yourself. (Yes it is open source but I see you are quite active and should understand why I’m not ok with this. Before monetary involvement nobody would’ve given a dime and just used the theme to their liking…)
Also note that I’m not talking about forks but rather dead brain clones. If you think there’s an option missing or the elements should be positioned different or whatever; In short: things that are not part of the user configuration of the theme; then go ahead and make a fork!
Another side note:
I do not create a new product for every new option I implement!
I update it…
I do not create a new product for every update I make!
I update it…
I do not create thirty versions of my product to confuse people and mine downloads
I just update it…
I do not try to exploit opendesktop
Maybe I should start doing every single one of those instead though? Maybe it’s actually more time invested in doing all those uploads and slight modifications to justify the payout? Thoughts oh thoughts…
But generally speaking:
@opendesktop What do you suggest how to go about this?
- Search every clone and report as SPAM?
- Search every clone and report every freaking ID as clone from my original product?
- Report the user in question?
- Post to forums?
- Accept abuse?
- Accept that it’s not abuse but rather how open source can naturally be exploited?
I’m currently working on a KDE window decoration fork with extensive modifications writing tons of C++ resulting in billions of possible combinations not taking desktop wallpapers into account…Am I supposed to upload 250,000 different looking versions that could have been made by the user from system settings?