llandar wrote:He tries to put a fresh coat of paint on it every now and then, but Adder's basic argument (every. single. time.) boils down to "I don't like how things are run, and I think they should run MY way because I think my way's better and I'll call everyone who disagrees 'SPOOKTACULAR!' until I win."
If you read anything I ever wrote, you'd know that wasn't true. My argument is "things are broken. fix them."
"My Way" is "choose designs that have creative merit." That's not some obtuse personal statement. It's pretty easy to discern creativity. It is "hold designers accountable for their actions." That means having a finite amount of times someone can make egregious derby errors before they're put in a designer doghouse. If you're rejected every other week because "similar shirts exist," and the other weeks are questionable too, someone needs to be on watch. This is not some difficult, exclusionary mindset, unless you also feel that the pizza place down the road that serves pies that tastes like cardboard is excluded if it is not allowed into the citywide "best pizza" contest.
You read what you want to read. You are not remotely reading what's being said, and you are definitely not realizing how many people, at the root, agree with me. If it was just about personal taste, why would anyone, let alone longstanding wooters (and I'd say the majority of the artists here) take even the slightest stock in what I'm saying? There are huge issues at play here which need fixing. I don't mind that people aren't in love with how I say it, because I know there is no small number of people who nevertheless understand what is being said. Writing off my voice is writing off this "weight ratios" issue, which totally screwed artulo over (someone who already languishes most weeks no matter what he submits, ironically enough). It's writing off the fact that multiple accounts exist, and writing off how different a derby could be some weeks if 10, or even 1, vote had been cast differently. It's writing off the simple question of what deserves promotion: the guy who can bring in the most quick money, or the guy who will do the best job? Sure, I want it "my way." Because I think my way is better-reasoned and fairer. To the same token, one could say you want things "your way." So lay out your reasons. It is simply not good enough to say "that's the way it is". I know the way it is. The debate is, what is the way it should be and why?