miasmahair wrote:*sigh* Obviously I already do. I was only thinking that a best-of gallery is more valid and might get more of the best hair if it isn't self-nominated. Galleries are awesome and people love to look at them, there are heaps of people on this board who maybe don't make their own or would be too shy to post in the current gallery. I'm just saying it would be cool to have a gallery of, say, roving dreads where there are more than 10 pictures...
We purposefully tried to steer away from people picking others' work because for a start we wanted to value all members, with our current system anyone can set up their own gallery and show off anything they feel is worthy. I know you aren't suggesting changing this, i am just putting some rationale.
On the ezboard there was a best of section which was chosen by moderators, again we wanted to steer clear of that. We considered voting but were concerned that some people might get their work included through coercion of others, or simply just by being a popular member regardless of their hair making skills.
Personally I don't think we need any more ways to show off things or express your opinion on something.
VSB is right, the post count on show offs will give you a good indicator of what people like. You don;t have to hang around on the show off section for long to notice which people's work people like. I can think of about 10 or so names off the top of my head that would be the current "Big 10" as it were. I don't know this info because anyone told me, just because you can tell by the number of comments, what people say, and how sincere they sound.
Regarding how new people tell what is good... We all started somewhere in knowing that! The biggest indicator is whether you like it. The galleries which have one picture by each creator only are a good starting point to the style, they have been selected as the best of each creator's work by the creator's biggest critic - themselves, can't get better than that! The reason the galleries in some sections are small is because those styles just aren't as popular at the moment, and also because we haven't been doing these galleries for very long.
You could look at the original quinnster's site for more inspiration, or maybe the old ezboard still has some active photos in the show off and best of sections.
I think your idea is nice, I just think we don't really need it, we don't want the board to get any more cluttered than it already is. Thanks for your input though