The other day, I came across a post written by Patrick Algrim of HellYeahDude.com entitled, What Not To Put Into WordPress Themes. Patrick dove into some well known, freely available WordPress themes to see if he could uncover anything out of the orindary. Unfortunately, he discovered some things inside of themes that I find appalling. Things such as blog ranking code to theme author RSS feeds that when clicked on, the end user would end up subscribing to a feed other than your own.
For a few weeks now, there have been a number of people that have preached about how the safest way to download themes is directly from the author’s website. If what Patrick discovered is true, (it sure as hell looks that way) then this leaves the door wide open as to how to go about downloading and using WordPress themes that are not filled with this stuff.
The WordPress Theme respository is not off line but it does contain a number of outdated themes that most likely do not work with WordPress 2.5. So the question is, why are theme authors including this crap into their themes and secondly, do we really need to go through each and every theme and look for this stuff before sites such as WPCandy give themes any sort of press?
Lastly, how do you feel about this situation?