Josephus wrote:The adult designers you are so protective of, Adder, have submitted 34 entries with text in them, and at least 2 'boob' shirts,
19 without including the year in the title, and one of whom actually submitted shirts for two different years, apparently figuring no-one would notice.
This doesn't include all of the shirts rejected for too many colors, or using obviously copyrighted things or directly pixel for pixel copied artwork, or traced artwork.
These designers need reading lessons, and/or to attempt to comprehend what they've read. They don't need to be protected from one 10 year old kid.
...and you've decided to choose a 10 year old kid as your target of the week. nice work.
I guess what I'm trying to say here is that there are differences in the quality of work among the adult designers, just as there are among the more youthful ones. I don't think that excluding kids younger than, what, 16? is that old enough for you?
anyway, I don't really think that excluding the few kids that might be interested in submitting designs is going to affect the more adult designers in any way. They will continue to complain about how really crappy shirts win every week, and how woot is never going to be a quality place, all because of some other issue- clipart, or traced images, or whatever.
You fail to make a very important distinction in all this, though... this is successful only because it's done by a kid. decomposition wasn't successful because Luke was 16, it was successful because it was a wearable design. Your daughter's work isn't successful because she's a kid, it's successful because she can draw, and draws cute. People LOVE cute. This is not wearable or drawn well (and is arguably not cute). I don't like this sort of thing from adults either, but the adults don't get pity votes. That is my issue. A ten year old putting up something that would get rejected by Highlights isn't the issue. Look further. This is a bad design, undeniably so without bias, and it is doing better than plenty of GOOD designs. I don't care about the boob designs, the idiots who can't follow simple no text rules... that all gets rejected, and it's hilarious when it does. This is on topic, but so far off quality. Most people who enter low quality don't see 25, let alone 50. This has surpassed both because it's a kid. And a design like this succeeding DOES have repercussions. You just may never see them, outside of in the form of more and more bad shirts from otherwise great artists.
Also, way to claim ageism about a post or two above this. I'm being crapart-ist. If a Black Arab pleasantly upbeat Woman submit this, it would still be bad. And people would say "this looks like a kid did it." Because it does. Would they be ageist, too? Would they be racist, homophobic, sexist, for hating a bad design? No. You're defending bad designs, and nothing more.