with two themes in as many days, wp.com managed to grab a theme from a long-standing member of the wordpress theme community. i’m impressed, that’s getting to be a rare thing. i think i might have actually sent in feedback asking for mistylook. or at least thought about it really hard. (this would be before i bought my CSS upgrade).
Being designed by Sadish means that it has things like archives/links templates, and the oft-requested contact form. The original also supports asides and re-ordering the page link, and dropping pages from the nav bar:
of course, options panels are stripped from wp.com themes, for the crime of not sanitizing values (sensible for text fields, less so for ticky boxes and drop down menus), but rather than sanitizing the values, the options panel, with its oft requested features, is dropped entirely. [snark removed, real reason in the first comment]
so we’re left with fauna as the only theme that supports asides (because it does so without an options panel, kudos to joen). of course, it’s an aged version that doesn’t support sidebar asides, which are the only kind that can’t be achieved with sandbox and a CSS upgrade. i recognize that i’m in the minority when it comes to wanting asides, but that doesn’t stop the contradictory nature ‘designing themes for wp.com‘ process from really annoying me.
it’s just so very anti-open-source. users ask for a feature, someone gives it to them, and the benevolent dictator takes it away. mind you, i’m still confused as to how the benevolent dictator model can possibly nurture a meshwork and not turn it into a hierarchy, but i think that comes from reading ‘a thousand years of non-linear history’, rather than ‘the cathedral and the bazaar’. i’d link you to those books, but linking to amazon is forbidden.
now I’m really far afield. misty look is a great theme. kudos to Sadish.