joelterrific wrote:I would have hoped this move would be viewed, as Geckotek said, a positive move toward fairness in the Derby. In the past, there have been a few (I emphasize few) entries that may have benefitted from this, but it's not a simple push of a button or wave of the wand. A developer has to be involved and is, very arguably, not the best use of their time.
I think it's still fair to say that we do not generally 'unreject' entries, but that's because we don't generally plan on making mistakes. I hope this move doesn't open us up to a flood of lobbying for the reinstatement of legitimately rejected designs, but I also think we need to have the ability to admit our mistakes and make right when we can.
So when you rejected Josephus' "drunk slug" design mistakenly and all he got was a formal apology, how was that different from rejecting a shirt with a slogan that existed elsewhere on a derby where you insisted that the slogans had to be original? Is it because this one was in the fog and has a chance of selling well? Yes, it is a positive move forward as a concept, but all it's going to lead to is more whining about vote reinstating on peoples own designs, as well as more disenchantment with the derby. You've basically told everyone in the derby "hey, thanks for playing for the last 42 weeks, but these threadless guys are the designers we REALLY want."
Why this shirt? Why lie for 43 derbies to save a TEXT shirt? Do you really expect the derbygoers who have been here 20, 30, 40 derbies to be ecstatic that you decided to overturn what was a hard-set rule, in fact not even a rule but a stated impossibility, for this shirt, a shirt in the fog by more professional designers, when you've never done it for people who've played the game for months? If you want to play havoc with your rules, fine, but it is unfair to everyone, not the least of which people in the top 10, to change them in the middle of a derby, unannounced. I think we have a right to know why this shirt, with a slogan still in the running at threadless, deserved it more than any number of others that were rejected as a mistake.