CoralineCoraline is the story of a girl who finds herself in a different reality. I like the original Neil Gaiman novel, and the movie (and this photo, by origami_potato, of a Coraline doll).

Another Coraline story concerns users who find themselves with a different theme. Coraline is a new theme at, where it has replaced Cutline. I think that this is the first time that has removed a theme and switched all sites from that theme to another, without prior warning.

Is it surprising that this particular theme – Cutline – has been retired from Yes and no. Yes, since Cutline was one of the most popular themes at No, given the recent controversy involving Cutline designer Chris Pearson.

I’m not the only person who thought that Cutline might have been retired because of its designer. This thought is expressed in one of the many forum threads protesting the abrupt replacement of Cutline with Coraline. Other such posts include: YOU changed my theme without my knowledge; Cutline is Gone!?@(!(!(; WordPress deleted my theme w/out notification.

I note that there is another popular theme designed by Chris Pearson: PressRow. If I were using PressRow at, I’d be wondering how much longer I’d have it for, and what might replace it.


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