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December 8th, 2004

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05:12 pm - Idea for Mod's Choice improvement
I posted the following message in Elfwoodrant but I found out that there actually a suggestion livejournal so I'm going to post a copy here as well:

I just thought of something that may help resolve some of the anger and frustrations toward MC. I think it is nice to have quality and diverse artwork displayed at the main page. However, the real problem arises from that fact that MC is given on a purely subjective manner: Mod sees picture, Mod thinks picture is worthy, picture gets Mod’s choice. Since Elfwood is a website for aspiring artist, wouldn't it be great if the Mod's actually gave a brief explanation as to why a certain piece is chosen. Maybe point out some of the technical strong points or just tells us why they picked it. I think when people understand the reasons behind the chosen pieces then there would less annoying comments like "this sucks" or "why did this get picked?" etc. and it would be a more constructive way for others to understand why their pieces weren't picked. I think it would be a win win situation.

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Date:December 8th, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I don't think comments like "this sucks" are justified even with the current system, but I've always been curious as to what captures people's heart (the mod's in this case) in a particular piece of art. Knowing the why is, in my opinion, more important than knowing that a mod out there liked it.
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Date:December 9th, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
On a second thought, if this idea gets implemented... I really, really hope we won't be seeing artists saying things like "but the mods thought this MC picture was good at ____ and my picture is better in that aspect!" Or artists copying the praised aspects of the MC artworks just to get MC, when they should be focusing on expressing their own creativity.

But then, I guess things like those are happening already.
Date:December 9th, 2004 03:59 am (UTC)
On the one hand, I think this would be nifty and informative, both to the audience and to the viewer.

On the other hand people already put (I think) way too much stock in what the mods have to say sometimes, usually on all the wrong things. Moderators are just people too, and their reasons for choosing an artwork is simply a personal opinion. But I think there are a lot of people who would take such a statement too seriously or without reviewing it first, and figure since a mod said it, anyone who says otherwise (unless they're just the most awesome artist evar) is wrong. It might tun them off to criticism, which would be bad and stupid and wrong and couldn't really be blamed on the moderator, but still.

I think if a mod comments as a private individual who HAPPENS to be a mod on the artwork, the artist might be more willing to accept it as a personal opinion. But when you slap up someone's thoughts as if they're from an "official" source, it sticks more importance on them than they're worth.

Also, sometimes mods just pick pictures because they look cool and no elaborate, analytical reason is really behind their decision. It would be kind of lame to have a note that just read "Awesome!" or "I like it!".
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Date:January 25th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
I think this is a really good idea. I see Mod's Choices sometimes, and although I don't particular care for it, I can see why the Mod. liked it. Other times I see a Mod's Choice and just think: Why? I think putting a comment on the 'why' would be great. Putting an "I think" or "in my opinion" might fix the issue of the 'authorative' problem that allcishpa brought up.
Date:January 25th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yes I'm glad you agree. I've been trying to convince allcishpa about this for a while now but it appears some of the mod's aren't confortable with the idea of having their names revealed next to the mod's choice. Which to me still seems childish but I guess we all have our reasons. Anyway, Thanks for the response :-)

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