Meant to squeeze this in as an edit but couldn't.
I'm discouraged. I understand what I am reading and where it's coming from...and heaven knows I'm not trying to bring any wrath down on myself..
But it's a little discouraging when you see a mod saying things like
'you seen one you seen 'em all' followed by another about how a majority of the work may
be rated from the get go.
I realize the mods are 'volunteers' and the submissions just keep coming in a steady flood..and forgive me for not knowing how else to say it...but it sounds like
your 'burnt out' and it is discouraging. At the least, it doesn't sound hopeful for noobs or someone who thinks they have found a better way to present 'clouds over grassy fields'.
If you're trying to make a living at this stuff....go ahead and bitch about your ratings if you want.
Everyone seems to have something about ratings at one time or another...good or bad. I think the poster and others have legitimate concerns and questions. I don't understand why these things result in some of the language or tone they do and as much as I respect you and your work and opinion, I'm kinda taken aback and hope I am just reading 'unintended' tone into the quote.
'Periods' coma and go, like impressionists (water lilies, etc), or styles, etc., etc., and 'clouds over grassy fields'. Some are unique, some are not. Some are done better and some done even better. It's discouraging, to even imagine, that a mod might roll their eyes at one such work (be it wall, boot, DXTheme, or whatever) and give it an automatic rating of 4 or 5 just because they are tired of seeing the same old thing.
This is all my humble opinion. I'm really not trying to offend anyone.