I just wanted to say that the recent change to return the derby to 1st and 2nd place being based on votes and the 3rd place to be an editor's choice is a positive development. I've had zero interest in participating in the derby when it was first place take all and the other two prints selected arbitrarily.
The derby was a good thing that a lot of people looked forward to being a part of and recently it seems to have gotten away from what makes it great. Interest is way down, votes are way down. Artist participation is way down. It just isn't what it once was...
I used to eagerly anticipate Thursdays to see what the derby theme was and see if myself and Ignorant could come up with an idea for a shirt. Recently, Thursday comes and goes and I completely forget to even check the site. Sometimes multiple Thursdays will pass before I remember to look. It's amazing to me that I went from waiting for the site to update on Thursdays... to forgetting to check for weeks... I can't be the only one.
Now myself and Ignorant produce some rather mediocre artwork. We've never had a shirt print but I'd have to say we were getting better and were getting close to striking paydirt. We have a few designs that we've talked about submitting to other sites... but to tell you the truth, if they aren't gonna be Woot shirts... than what is the point?
Ok, I'm just rambling now... my point is I'm happy to see the derby return to the former rules (somewhat) and I (and Ig) look forward to being a part of it again.