Yap there are many layers of irony The more forum posts about this as well, the more authors learn how they can game the system. The more forum posts about the problems with Elements, the more customers hanging around the forum learns about how good deal it is for them and we all to some degree advertise it. Maybe thats why Envato does not want to chime in and calm down the frustrated authors
To stop rewarding sales number so much would also help with self purchasing/self rating and other destructive copycat behaviour. ADP has made this activity very easy. I’m very grateful for ADP, but it has completely changed the game, while the old search system is the same and does not harmonise.