I do appreciate your comments and stance and can see exactly what you mean.
I don’t do ‘client’ work using files from here so am lucky in that respect. I imagine one challenge is to explain that if they want to avoid these issues then pay for custom solutions. That is fine is you are as you say being ‘transparent’ but I would bet that a large % ‘forget to mention it is a template’. (I have actually interviewed someone who showed me a top 5 theme on here as his own custom work!)
I think one of the biggest problems (and what frustrates me the most) is the sometimes narrow-minded comments and sense of entitlement from some people (again I don’t think this is an attitude you come with at all).
On several occasions I have asked that if a process is so wrong or ‘illegal’ then someone should be able to provide examples of alternatives which have never materialized.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and as you said every coin has two sides.
I would never argue that many things could be improved, but I don’t feel it is fair when people attack envato to excess without considering the implications and complexities of making a change in an organization of their size and international status.
This is why I offer up another view on some topics - it’s about playing devil’s advocate and in the interests of impartiality that tends to drive more valuable discussion, like your comments bring.