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Opened 8 weeks ago

Last modified 8 weeks ago

#52270 new defect (bug)

Please remove "Proudly" from credit banner

Reported by: TylerTork Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Bundled Theme Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


The “Twenty …” themes display a footer that reads “Proudly powered by WordPress.”

People often prefer to hide this footer. I can't speak for everyone, but I want to hide it, and I'd like to discuss why.

When text appears on a website, it’s speaking for the site owner. Just as it would be improper for a theme to display a copyright notice claiming copyright of the site’s contents for the theme developers, I feel it’s inappropriate to claim the website owner is proud to use WordPress.

The developers of WordPress have plenty to be proud about — it’s fine software. But as a WordPress user, I’m not proud to be using it. I just chose the best tool for the job.

I believe fewer people would object to a notice reading simply, “Powered by WordPress” — which is at least accurate — as opposed to one that makes a false claim about how they feel about it.

Change History (4)

#1 @fierevere
8 weeks ago

Likely, a duplicate for #3931

#2 @SergeyBiryukov
8 weeks ago

  • Component changed from General to Bundled Theme

#3 @Clorith
8 weeks ago

I'm not sure this is something that needs changing, in my mind the theme is proud to be powered by WordPress, which makes sense for a default theme created by WordPress to be.

#4 @TylerTork
8 weeks ago

Pride and other emotions can only be experienced by sentient beings. Are you suggesting that the 20 something themes have achieved sentience?

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