My Dear BВⅭ
What happened? Almost every single topic I look at has at least one post that's spam. Or even if a post isn't spam, all it says is, "I like the legs." or something extremely short like that.
And, why must almost everyone put extremely large pictures into their topics? I'm being completely honest here: I visit a topic [to review - I might just be browsing for pleasure, and this doesn't count for that] if the name [or MOCist, depending] sounds interesting. However, if the pictures won't load within a couple seconds, I simply press the "back" button. Unless the MOC sounds extremely cool, I won't review it if it has extremely large pictures. You can count on that. I shouldn't have to wait five minutes just for the pictures to load. I mean, I don't mind fairly-large pictures [like 800 or so pixels], but once you get in the thousands, that's way too big.
It's even a rule of BBC that your pictures can't be larger than 640x640.
Just re-size your pictures, it's not that hard. In fact, there's a website you can go to [though I forget what it's called - I saw Primus link to it once in a review he wrote]. Or you can just download some free image editing program. I'll edit this part here with some links/names if I can find any good ones.
Speaking of pictures, I suggest that everyone visits this topic before taking pictures.
And, please, for the love of Pete, say more than just a sentence or two in your review [unless it's a really small MOC or something]. Even if the rules of BBC don't consider saying "I love the legs!!!" spam, I do [though I won't report things like that]. I mean, everyone should be able to say more than that. Seriously. I'm not asking everyone to write a full, in-depth review [though those would be MUCH better, and everyone should try to do those], but just a few sentences explaining what you like/don't like and why.
That's why I started the BBC Critics Club. To get more people to make better reviews. It seemed to be working, but what happened? No one's reviewed anything in a while. I'll definitely review a few [at the least] MOCs a week as soon as finals are done [Wednesday].
And, if you're a critic, you are expected to review EVERY MOC as if you're reviewing it for the BBC CC. I [or one of the Co-Curators] will be PMing each critic saying just that: Any MOC you review should be reviewed well. I've already seen several critics review something in the BBC Forum with a review that would earn a Junior/Average review, so I'm going to make it official, and I'll most likely be adding it to the rules, too.
Oh, and if someone says, "the gallery isn't public," please don't say the same thing. I really hate it when a bunch of people post saying the gallery isn't public [and it's not usually because of the server - these are a fair amount of time apart from each other].
And, don't say "I'll vote for you!" in the topic. Seriously, just don't. Wait until the polls are made to decide who you're going to vote for.
Please, BBC. I know you can be better than this.
And, I encourage everyone to read the rules of BBC again, and then report anything that's violating a rule. If we want to see BBC cleaned up, we have to do it ourselves. It starts with us. Let's clean the ship.