Yes, it does not affect the search algorithm. But it’s not ok for new authors and new items. I think it’s not a good idea. Because when a purchuaser come to the main page, he sees the items, that was in trend many years ago. I hope you turn back to the “newest items” standard sorted.
I really hope that it will remain only as a test. Search traffic is nothing, compared to the New Items traffic, which was the main traffic source for new items.
New Items traffic is a kind of natural selection. New items, if they are good, get sales and appears at the weekly top. If they are really good, they stay at the top for a while, getting buyers attention and more sales.
But now, new items may get lost for potential buyers. It is really demotivating for authors, who wants to create something new.
Now haven’t reason to create new templates.
It’s looks like Envato suicide!
Very worst improvement!!!
I’m working very long time on new project, but now don’t know what to do.
Upload and get “0” sales?