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  1. Hefebreo
    Hefebreo Published |

    i barely understand ur post, but i can tell is a great idea, hope u get enought buzz for this and u go big whit this, if u happen to need spanish language testers or someting i will glady help

  2. Steve
    Steve Published |

    Hi Justin,

    Basically you’re taking over where wpdesigner left off, and you’re already surpassing it. This is gonna be big – for both you and the world of WordPress. So much so that I can see certain developers noses being put out of place… great! Your ethics are good and your work speaks volumes. Kudos!

    I’m only the tinyest bit jelous of what you’re building up to, but maybe in a few months I’ll be able to make contributions to the community like yourself.. for now though i’m remaining anonymous (well, link-free anyway…)!

  3. TheWeeJenny
    TheWeeJenny Published |

    I think this is a marvellous idea (another meaning for the M in project M maybe? lol) and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition. I also can’t wait to start finding ways to contribute. You’re doing some really great work here and just speaking for myself, it’s greatly appreciated. ^_^

  4. Michael Castilla
    Michael Castilla Published |

    Sounds like an awesome idea Justin. It’s really sad to see what happened to Tung, so I’m glad you stepped in and took the initiative.

    Oh and as for advertising, why not just banner ads on your site like you had before? 4-6 rotating banners on the sidebar would be ideal. You said ads “use up valuable real estate on a site”, but they wouldn’t in your sidebar, seeing as your main content is always a lot longer than your sidebar.

    Anyways, good luck bro šŸ™‚

  5. Raimy
    Raimy Published |

    This is a fantastic idea. A community such as this will be an asset not only to the Wordpress community but to design and development in general.

    And with all you given us with your work and your time, if there is anything I can do to help please let me know. I’m not in a position to give much financially but I can give my time.

  6. Jimmy
    Jimmy Published |

    Hi Justin, good idea with Project M.

    My first hope was that it was a designer meets coder concept. I design but I don’t code.

    I’d love to contribute sweet designs for the WP community. So in that respect I’m hoping for a section the community can vote up great PSD designs to convert to Wordpress.

    Knowing which designs rule before they’ve been coded could be an advantage for everyone. Let’s give the designers the space to do what they do best and the coders the glory of bringing to life popular designs.

    Just a thought anyway.

    Once again, thank you for all your WP service.

  7. honest ape
    honest ape Published |

    I’m a lurker. I admit it. But this post prompted me to drop my lurker status and comment.

    This project sound phenomenal, and I’m looking forward to being an active member of the community.

    Do you foresee any type of “Community Themes” section on the site, i.e. themes submitted by community members? Just a thought. I’m gearing up to release my first public theme (hopefully one of many), and a community section of Project M would be a great addition to what you’re describing.

    Recommencing Lurking…

  8. Remkus
    Remkus Published |

    A marvelous project Justin. I really like what you have in mind. I love Jimmy’s idea too. I think his idea combined with your coding / theming has success written all over it.

    Also, I would love to contribute on the localization part for Dutch. I am working on translating your themes right now..

  9. Ely
    Ely Published |

    Awesome initiative. Yes it is indeed a marvelous project! Go for it!

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    Hi Justin. With you 100%. Check your email when you get a chance.

  11. BoltClock
    BoltClock Published |

    I want in! Wait, I think I might already be in.

    Let’s show those ‘premium’ people what makes real premium WordPress themes šŸ™‚

  12. Steve
    Steve Published |

    Hi again,

    I’m really into Jimmys suggestion of voting up PSD Designs. It could also be a lab/in development section, whereby designers like myself who struggle with extending the options of a theme – purely down to a lack of knowledge in php or the WordPress loop for example, can design a ****hot theme and write the stylesheet, making it look pretty and then offer it up to a coder to really get those functions going.

    The level of development before a theme is offered up is of course entirely down to the individual designer. If it were me offering my design, I’d probably build 80-90% before letting go of it, but I should probably stop after the design and css is done! – it’s just so easy working between Xampp and photoshop it’s hard not to stop….

    This could help build new and wonderful relationships all over – Personally I’d love to find a coding partner, who just loves the backend stuff, and the new site could encourage this.

  13. Daniela
    Daniela Published |

    Me, I favour the idea of a community projects. WordPress has also a big community around, helping to improve and collect ideas.

    In case of Project M,I like the concept of providing a download center, which is not only focused on mere WordPress themes, and a support form is an important factor in the theme world. Many people need help in using and customizing themes, at least this is what I think. Following the comment of honest ape, I think a community theme section would be very interesting. Of course, there would have to be some quality control.

    If you need some foreign language support for German or Spanish, feel free to contact me šŸ™‚

  14. honest ape
    honest ape Published |

    You’re not throwing any ideas out? Then how about a section of photos devoted to Monkey-related sports? That’s what I’d like to see. I’d also be interested in themes that incorporate images of Justin Timberlake and / or Hannah Montana.


  15. J Mehmett
    J Mehmett Published |

    Justin, you’ve more sweet ideas for Project M, I was known that it’s some helpful phenomenon when you mentioned several times on your previous posts.

    I got excited with the community driven aspect, Iā€™m huge fan of your Options theme, and I can create new stylesheets and PSD files for WP themes, as I can write how-to-hack WordPress tips, though my English is bit strange (lollz, Iā€™m self thought).

    For the name of the project, Iā€™d suggest the name of the project to be the same name of the new website (domain name).

  16. The-Elder
    The-Elder Published |

    I believe most things have been pointed out. I shall be happy to contribute and give a hand should you need it.

    It’s a great idea with a lot of potential. I have additional ideas and thoughts which I’m happy to throw in in due course.

    Drop my a mail and let me know if and when work needs to be done.

    M as in Mpire?

  17. chris
    chris Published |

    Hey Justin, I would be willing to help out with graphics and such if needed. Let me know where to sign up for the club and I’m there.

  18. dinu
    dinu Published |

    Great Idea.. all the best… šŸ™‚

  19. BoltClock
    BoltClock Published |

    What do you mean if I’m not in? I wonder what being in this project actually means šŸ˜›

  20. Tharique Azeez
    Tharique Azeez Published |

    Hi Justin,

    Since I’ve been a fan of your site, always coming to your site and look for new things and I’ve learned a lot from your site. Big thanks to you. The Project M sounds great and the way you describe it makes me to leave a comment and wishes here in your site.

    How amazing that your description about the projects! The post has everything itself. I’ve more enchanted by the description you’ve stated under the “Documentation” title. It’s true. It has the value.

    Since, am a fanatic of WordPress and using WP in both English and Tamil languages, I hope to give my support in making Localization a success. Its a great idea and you rock all the way. You and WP designer are some of my favourite geeks in terms of WP. Better luck with your phenomenal upcoming project.

    Creating a better world through WordPress – This going to be happen one, that’s for sure.

    Best smile,

  21. The-Elder
    The-Elder Published |

    Cool and many thanks Justin. I can’t wait… and by the way, aren’t you on vaction – don’t answer that – over and out.

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  23. Tharique Azeez
    Tharique Azeez Published |

    Hi Justin,

    I am sure to give my support to in Localization and other areas that I can help with. Waiting for the release of Project M.

    Keep growing and have nice wonderful vacation.

    Best smile,

  24. Ryan
    Ryan Published |

    I only have one question, where do I sign up for this at? As far as advertising you can advertise on my new site, free of course!
    I plan on opening the new site (dealing with The Indie Music Industry)within the month & am going to use the Options(dark) theme. I’m still a newbie with the word press stuff but I can hold my own pretty well.
    Enjoy your vaction.

  25. BoltClock
    BoltClock Published |

    Opening things up sounds great and provides even more opportunities. Have fun on your vacation!

  26. gofree
    gofree Published |

    I will keep all my eyes and ears open for the Project M.

  27. Peedy
    Peedy Published |

    How about not just a Wordpress site! I for one would like to some Moveable Type themes/styles. I love wordpress just as much as the next guy but for certain applications MT does a much better job. A theme is a theme and in my opinion should be “cross platform”. This is what has made web 2.0 so great, people developing on a medium that works for all computers and operating systems.

  28. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    “Project M” with M standing for Marvellous is a very cool name. I’d go with it – especially since you’ve been building up the name already by teasing us with it!

    I’ll certainly be thrilled to share my style sheets. I’ll be posting my liquid layout Options theme as soon as it’s actually finished, anyway :).

    I noticed several people offering to localise things which is very very cool. I don’t know enough of any non-English language to do that but I’d be happy to help people who are ESL speakers to polish up anything they want to write in English. I noticed there’s a bunch of non-native English speakers on the forums and I think it’s totally cool! But it’s still true that if you’re releasing anything and want to write documentation or a README file or press release, that it works best if any English is a pretty high quality. I’m very much NOT meaning to denegrate anybody whose English language skills are imperfect – for a start any non-native English speaker is doing 100% better than I am with any other languages! I would just like to help facilitate the participation of people who’s English isn’t 100%.

    Now I’m wondering about *my* English skills. I hope that mess made some sense šŸ™‚

    Ohh, I can advise about accessibility too.


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    Invest Money Published |

    Hi Justin,

    I will definitely love to join the club. I am now learning and picking up knowledge about your options theme and I am looking forward to contribute to others too.

    Project M is a member help member club to me.

  31. Jeffro2pt0
    Jeffro2pt0 Published |

    Well Justin, I think you have become the next Small Potato šŸ™‚ In all the good ways that is. Looks like an interesting project and you have quite a few good ideas so far. I hope you can take what Small Potato was doing, to the next level and please don’t sell off the site and turn it into another 65 thousand dollar graveyard lol.

  32. Armen
    Armen Published |

    You are to be commended dude. I really hope this goes well for you; you deserve it.

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  34. Richard H
    Richard H Published |

    Watching and waiting Justin…

    You’ve got some neat ideas and based on what I’ve seen of your work to date, this will be a booming success.

    All the best with the project.

    Tadlock Themes dot com ?

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  37. gofree
    gofree Published |

    Oh, Project M, you will rocks man!!!

  38. James Spratt
    James Spratt Published |

    Potential names:

    Thematics (as in schematics)
    Themattics (in the spirit of ‘automattic’)
    Tad Unlocked

  39. mike
    mike Published |

    The M could stand for Medium potato (just joking). I think this is a great idea. I love the idea of community based theme design.

    My Ideas: (wordpress itunes theme store)

    I would like to get an account were every time I download a theme it cost me $1.00. This account could or would max out at $10.00 a month. For $10.00 I could download as many themes as I want. I don’t know how many times your themes are downloaded but this could add up fast and it would still be cheap for individual users. I know paypal cost a lot per transaction, so this could be setup to only put the transaction through when my account reaches #10.00. Think of it like the itunes store for wordpress themes

    Love your work best wishes with project M

  40. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    I love the pay as you go idea mike is talking about. I do this anyway—ask a support question in the forums, PayPal Justin a few bucks. I’ll never be able to afford to be a big donor, but a dollar or two each time I download a stylesheet or update—hey, I can do that!

    It’s the power of one—all those one dollar donations add up.

  41. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    Hi Justin, just recovering from a big hard drive crash – lost 3 out of 4 drives so I’ve been quiet a while. Even with very good back-ups that takes a while to recover from..

    Just a short note to assert my my continued support and I look forward to hearing what is coming next.

  42. Altona
    Altona Published |

    Hi Justin, great idea and I also like Jimmy’s suggestion too. As Thematics is already taken you might consider Themeatrics or some kind of compounding of the word theme – always seems kinda nice when you come up with a new word for a name!

    Happy to offer support and assistance!

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