So the maestro of WP decided to clamp down on sponsored themes? I think someone is having delusions of grandeur here, thinking that they can act like the Big G and paid links. Well, I have invested time and money into sponsored WordPress themes (which you can see here) and I am certain that the sponsored themes industry is not going to go away. Some people might be jumping for joy when they hear this news but these people certainly do not not care squat that WP theme designers and coders need to eat and make a living in order to contribute to the community. I am into investing sponsored themes as well not just for the backlinks and money, but also to contribute to the community. What’s wrong with making a honest living off the free themes?
Anyway, I shouldn’t be too worried. There are many WordPress theme galleries that will allow sponsored themes into their database. So the industry is not quite dead yet, no matter how much some would wish that it will.