Is this soft rejected?

Is this soft rejected? got this message 20 minutes ago, it is in the hidden tab. The truth is i don’t know which to improve the technical part of the code or the front end of the design. because the way i remembered it themeforest hard rejects if the design is not good enough now i get a soft reject.

Im really sad about it because the message was a standard one, i have experienced several soft rejects on my previous items and its all because of missing documentation, theme check plugin error and other coding issues. So my question is is the reject a design issue cause if its design issue it would have been a hard reject.

Here is the soft reject message.

Unfortunately your submission MoviePress WordPress Video Theme isn’t quite ready for ThemeForest. Here’s some feedback from our Review team on why it couldn’t be accepted.

Your item does not provide the necessary design quality for this category. As higher quality items become available in the marketplace, approval requirements will increase to maintain appropriate marketplace quality.

While I’d be able to provide feedback as to how to get this approved, I can only do after it has crossed a certain threshold, quality wise. I’m sorry to say this isn’t there yet.

After making the required fixes or improvements, please edit your submission at and submit for re-review.

Here is the link for the demo

That message usually means hard rejected

I actually think it is nice.

The whole thing does feel a little squashed together and the type very small in places

From a UX perspective it kind of irritates me to have to click the ‘watch video’ button or play button then have the video load and have to click play again. Maybe run autoplay on the videos?

While I do think it would be improved if spread out and increased a little in size, I do think a hard reject is a bit harsh

Then they should have did a hard reject instead of putting it on hidden tab to avoid confusion and excitement, should i continue or improve it?

this is soft reject, you must improve and modified your theme, in my opinion usually if you have soft reject like this your theme look like similar with other theme from layout, taxonomy,menu and other or maybe you must improve a features on your theme. you must make something diferent from your theme.

after that try to upload again your theme… Good Luck

Any experienced authors out there that can help me get this approved?

Looks like you have a problem with type size, If you want to use 10px size then make sure your letter-spacing is also set, or find a way to make the characters looks clear !
I don’t think the bold version of ‘Montserrat’ work especially with small sizes like 10px.

Generally I think you have something nice and deserve more work on it.

Thanks i’m working on a different font now, and a wider grid. Really thank you for that, what you told me was true i’ve seen the first page of the blogs on themeforest and they all have readable sized fonts. By the way can you suggest me a font that will match the design?

Anything else? anyone?

If we are talking about readable font especially at small sizes, then it’s not that easy to find a free one better than ‘Montserrat’ but give Source Sans Pro a try, Roboto can work well too.

Wider grid that’s a great idea, I recommend you 1170px width (bootstrap can make your life easy). or you can choose to play with full width layout with a complete pure white background that is can be a quite a challenge but your design can go with it and it will make your item stand out more.

Wish you good luck :smile:

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Thank you so much for your effort in helping me i appreciate it. anything else? at the moment im at my limit i can’t think anything else aside from changing the fonts into readable fonts.

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Reviewers in here are more and more strange with every month/year. Few days ago I got “soft reject” and the messages was:

Idea is great however design was not implemented nicely.

  1. Overall quality.
  2. Layout and organization.
  3. Usability.
  4. Readability.

So everything is bad. The reviewer should get a bonus for being so thorough in his job :slight_smile:

But I personaly delete item and sell it on other shops. It’s impossible to “fix” design with that kind of answer.

About Your message - this message I get always with “hard reject” so think about delete item, sell it on other markets and try make some new for TF.

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