So I came online today to see if a comment had been said and I found the Master Skin deleted....Interesting I thought.
Then I came on here and saw this thread and honestly, proceeded to laugh for the past 10 minutes it took for me to sift through this thread. So let me see the general consensus.
1. People who don't buy 4.99 themes that they can't get a refund for are no longer allowed to post "negative" feedback because they can't legitamitely use the theme.
2. People with a low post count/lurkers clearly do not know what they are talking about, because they are merely individuals and not skinners.
3. There is a conspiracy to antagonize Master Skinners and coerce them into possibly leaving.
Let me start off by saying this is some of the most moronic bits of information I have ever read. I have been using Windowblinds for over 6 years now and have used countless skins. I have helped test themes from multiple skinners around the world and have given them constructive feedback to create the skins they create for this website and this community. I no longer have time to sit here and comment every single time, but when I feel that a skin is NOT worth the pixels, I am damn well going to say it.
I wish I had my post still, because it was constructive.
Let me try to recollect my thoughts as I can't even see the screenshot anymore.
Overview: Minimal theme, with no gradients, dark lines on top of even darker backgrounds. Min/Max/Close buttons too small to be "usable" in a day to day environment. Start Menu shutdown/restart dialogue buttons were too generic to discern WHAT they did. The skin was only designed for Vista, when I use Windows 7.
Now tell me this, are these things suddenly going to change when I buy the theme? Are the gradients going to magically appear? Are the buttons going to instantly grow, as if they had injested Mario magic mushrooms? Are the dialogue buttons suddenly going to spring to live and say "I AM RESTART! CLICK ME!"? Is this theme suddenly going to work perfectly on Windows 7?
The answer to this is an absolute, 100% no. Perhaps my approach was negative too quickly and she decided to go to the forum midway in my post. I told her I really liked her Start Button. My main concern was the fact that it wasn't up to the caliber of other Master Skins. I pointed out that for a minimalistic skin, you have to play a huge balancing act. If you sway one way in minimalism it can bite you, and I felt she had unfortunately fallen to these problems.
I understand Stardock is a company and they rationale is somewhat to the tune of...
"This theme is good enough, and she wants to charge for it. Okay cool, I'm done, let's make some money."
Not to bring up the economy, but right now I'm not going to just blindly shell out money for a theme that I am 90% sure will not be up to the standards I want. I gave feedback in hopes that she would understand where SOME users are coming from and try and bring up her caliber in work. I like some of her themes, I just don't have time to pat everyone on the back every single second of every single day.