I should never have used the word RATE. That seems to be the only part of my post that every one zeros in on.
Sorry. I wasn't trying to distract from your point. Though, if it had received a low enough rating or not been rated, iy would have been sent to the author's personal gallery, where as something 'unfinished' it should have gone...IMHO. I don't know how you can rate something not finished
A quality piece of work should not be downgraded because a particular mod or any other person rating the piece is tired of the subject matter and does not find it unique any more than a poor piece of work should be elevated because a mod/rater likes the subject matter.
What he said.
I don't know how well the 'unique' factor works in rating something. It seems to go both ways. I have seen things that were quite unique and done well that wererated rather low as well as the opposite. I would go back to what I said in post #21..
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'.......'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.
One has to start somewhere to rate anything.
I agree. But from what I'm reading here...again, IMHO...it needs to be an open mind and not an average.