In regards to hosting, that is also a sham now. Please don’t make judgement on “top authors” when you do not know the full story. Unless I am misunderstanding you, that is what it feels like you are doing.
When we were approached to join this, it was all about the theme itself + hosting. And was going to be open to anyone who wants to join it. A aimlessly “Buy Theme” or “Buy Theme + Hosting” option on item pages, the author still gets the item sales and it opens it up to additional buyers who want the option of no hassle hosting.
First it was just a normal page with theme preview images like this: http://d.pr/i/AL1IeP
Then, sometime in April it changed over to a hybrid with the new hosted site, yet still showed the theme itself: http://d.pr/i/YqUuAo
As you can see, both of those screenshots show you it is all about the theme still, not designs. Now, it’s all about designs and not the theme… this was not part of any original discussion nor told to us about it. Envato has made this change, and it is now all about the “design” and has absolutely nothing to do with the theme. The theme
s capabilities, ratings, reviews, history, features, author, etc have absolutely nothing to do with it anymore.
We currently have an on going conversation with Envato about this also.
Don’t presume to know what is going on with top authors, the ones I know are on your side and we do all that we can to battle decisions like that that overall hurt the community of authors who helped build this place into what it is today, or at least was the other day. What we do realize, is that Envato looks at the forum as a place for people to voice their opinions and chat, not a place for change.