Im brand new here (just learned of this site yesterday) and submitted my first design today.
I can't help but notice that the majority of the high vote getters so far have links to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, ect. with "come vote for me" type of signatures. I see some extremely good pieces of artwork from people that don't have those sort of outside links hardly getting any votes/love.
So, my questions:
Is it even worth it for us who don't do Facebook/Twitter, ect. to enter submittions on here?
Is there a fair shot to the artist if you're not one of the people that's popular in the world of social media with dozens of friends that will vote for your work who have bought something here before?
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not putting down any of the top designs or saying mine comes anywhere near competing with them, I'm just trying to see if these derbies are more a popularity contest or based on pure skill.
So far it reminds me of the art contests I entered when I was little...if the names were on the front, the Mayor's kid or the Dentist's kids always won....but you hide the names so the voting isn't swayed either way and you get a whole new group of winners. I really hope I'm wrong on that though...