wooterer wrote:This is why I think it would be nice to submit designs anonymously, so it's not the fan base that matters, but design quality/novelty/etc
In a perfect world, we would all be objective and nonjudgmental and able to discern underlying values like design quality/novelty/etc. and put aside our bias. Unfortunately, we have the habit as a society and as individuals of liking certain designers and manufacturers (Ford, Saturn, Cadillac, Clinique, Calvin, Revlon, Del Monte, Hershey's, Pepsi, whatever) because we find that their offerings mesh with our preferences more often than not. Being creatures of habit, we will tend to stick with what we know we like.
That said, I agree that anon. submissions would make it much more fair and probably more exciting. Wonder if Woot would ever consider doing that - like using software to automatically assign a number to each design upon submission, instead of letting the username show. It certainly would level the playing field, wouldn't it?