I agree with what you’re saying, @Charlie. I just think that these systems should have some backwards compatibility, as to not cause incidents like this.
I don’t know @Typps - I would think expecting things not to randomly break is pretty realistic. But I may be wrong. And I definitely try not to take for granted the time people put into something that I use, though the other side of that coin is that giving free beer to someone can have real life implications - what if the beer is contaminated, for example, which causes poisoning? Will the gifter not be held responsible? Surely an extreme example, but it does get my point across.
Ultimately though, I do agree with your point as well, as it is indeed a good lesson that I have learned: “free beer” is not always free, and I should be wary of it. And you’re right, the theme is affordable enough, and I’ll likely buy it anyway (because hey, what can I really do now?) Like I mentioned above, I’ve bought a good number of themes and plugins from Themeforest - so it’s not a matter of being stingy, but a matter of losing reputation (which will end up costing me a lot more) to those who I have promised a free, long-term functioning theme. I’ve claimed one thing (i.e. that this theme will last for at least a few years), and now I have to go back and say “well, not really - oh by the way, sorry that your website has not been fully operational for the last week, that must have been stressful and reflected badly on your business. Looking forward to working together again! ”
But you’re right, it is my fault. I should have known that free beer was more like “free” beer.