I AM NOT GENERALIZING ALL THEME AUTHORS, PLUGIN AUTHORS AND WEBSITE OWNERS.
So as it happened in WPChat, it happened in WP.org before they said no more and all over different forums…
theme and plugin authors (not just in the WordPress environment) are asking for feedback/reviews.
Even website owners would ask for a review.
Why ask for the feedback if all you want is butt kissing feedback?
I am not going to say “it is so amazing, the best theme/plugin/website I have ever seen in my entire life”, Go ask your mother for that. She is supposed to like everything you do.
There was a plugin in the WP.org directory that added a banner for business card with affiliate link on top of my plugins list.
I mention that on my review, then I reported it to WP.org. It got taken down, the author came back to the thread on the forum (not on this site) and asked me if I reported the plugin, I told him yes. He wrote a 10 paragraph bitching at me.
If you are going to put a banner with affiliate link that is NOT anything to do with your business then, that’s against the rules.
If you ask for feedback for your theme, I am going to tell you my opinion on what could be improved. Maybe move the menu from there to here.
My standard question on any plugin review request is: Why would anyone use your plugin over the other 100 that do the same thing. It is a legitimate question.
Most theme authors, plugin authors and website owners are capable of accepting criticism however that tiny minority tends to be the loud one that really want to just get their rear ends kissed.
Last year I spent over $7,000 in themes and plugins for my own sites and well over that for clients (they paid for their themes/plugins).
Isn’t there a manual someone could write for theme and plugin authors that if they ask for feedback, that part of that feedback it might not be “hey it’s a great plugin/theme”?
Is it an ego problem? Just because they created something that they should be put on a pedestal to be worshiped like WordPress GODS?
I have met with many of the authors of the themes and plugins, I even paid for tickets for them to go to their country’s WordCamp.