Other than book writing, working at church, working with clients, and being a hard core ‘family man’, I post on here maybe twice a month. This is mainly my digital playground to test code, break it, learn from it, and look at layouts. Every now and then, I see something worth having a discussion on. So, I’ll fire up my own site, write out the scenario and get people’s contribution and thoughts.
This is one of those times when I really want your contribution and thoughts!
I was in a discussion with some folks over on a Facebook group when someone made a comment that really stood out – significantly. Here’s the comment that I want to talk about:
calling someone else’s design your own work is fraud, it’s dishonest and it’s disappointing
Now, let’s take a look at a typical, normal, random, totally-not-related, normal web person’s “Our Work” section of their own site.
Now, here we have a typical portfolio / our work type of page. It clearly states that the work they did was Design, HTML/CSS, WordPress Template, SEO. Ok, fine.
Now, put their work in contrast with the comment of ” it’s dishonest and it’s disappointing”….
The basic notion in the comments section and in the thread was that it’s not ok to claim someone else’s work as your own. Ok, I agree with that, but clearly this is (yet) another example of someone who is NOT giving attribution to the original authors.
Let’s look at it piece by piece.
Well the theme used here is actually a http://thematictheme.com child theme from http://themeshaper.com. Did the web guy tweak this theme? ABSOLUTELY! Let’s make that very clear. But is it really honest to call the design necessarily his ‘work’? …with no attribution to the theme, original theme authors at all?
Again, is the html and css all his work? No. But – continuing with the fairness – Was the css tweaked and modified? Absolutely! But again, the question remains: Is it “dishonest and disappointing” to not give the person or entity who did the overwhelming majority of the html / css creation any attribution and simply label this “our work”?
Or would it be more honest to give the theme author credit?
Ok, I think we can clearly tell by now that this “wordpress template” is clearly not work of the the website owner who has listed this as his ‘work’. Again, no honest attribution / credit to the person or entity who has done the overwhelming majority of the template development. So is that considered dishonest and disappointing?
I’ve seen it done a billion or so times. Do I have an opinion? ALWAYS! 😉
But I want to keep my thoughts out of this and open a discussion. Either put this in contrast to the comment they’ve made, or process the thoughts with this site being a standalone issue completely separate from the above mentioned comments. I really want to simply point this out and get your comments and thoughts.
Do the comments match their website? Or is this simply “dishonest and disappointing”? Let’s think this out together.