I think there is something to be said for only taking quality art for your groups, and I can respect that to a point. My main beef is that none of these groups will accept fanfiction or literature of any sort. It makes me mad that people who are genuinely good writers but can't draw are precluded from having their works featured in groups that get hundreds of hits a day, if not more. Sure, there are a lot of mediocre or downright bad fics out there, but there are also some really good ones too. Past Sins, Fallout: Equestria, The Conversion Bureau, My Little Dashie, and Shipping and Handling, just to name a few. Even Cupcakes should be mentioned simply for how well written it was. I know that it is ultimately up to the admins to choose what they want in their groups, but it makes them seem like hypocrites if they won't even give the time of day to some of the superb works of literature that this fandom has produced.
Since I am an admin in two of these groups I of course prefer them.
I watch High-quality groups because I'm looking for a special feeling and quality int eh fanart I watch. I also submit to high quality groups because I think that's a great way to spread your artwork. Now even if you are a great artist that doesn't mean that your work have a free ticket to High Quality groups. My work has been accepted many times, but also declined many times, and it is sometimes just because of the moderators personal preference (but yeah you have to live with it)
Also as an admin in two of these groups, as a response to people who doesn't like men HQ groups doesn't say why they decline. We get lots of submissions every day, and between 3 to 4 admins must vote yes or no on a picture to have it go through a result. The opinions on a picture can be very varied between the admins. We don't have time to write a critique on every declined artwork, but if the artist want to have one, they can just comment on the submissions comment sector and we will give one.
I'm an admin of which is a group that only allows pictures of a certain quality. We have to vote on images as well.
It's not that people want a lengthy critique...they just want a reason. No reason listed leaves it as a cold, inhuman response. On Cute-Critters we always give a reason as to why it was declined--a simple reason such as "Anatomy issues" is enough.
Just food for thought. Also, hi Arena pal. I always like looking at your adoptables.
In all honesty, I like them all. They all have the same overall goal and that is what truly matters to me. As an artist, I like to do a lot of cross over illustrations because I find fun it in personally. So when I receive requests from groups like these asking for my art, it makes me feel appreciated.
How is it unfair? People keep tossing this around as if groups are supposed to let everyone in.
For #PoniesPlus I decided to go for a system where members are actively screened. This was quite new at the time, as no other MLP group had such a system. Therefore it was a new experience for me as well. Many people seem to mistake membership with watching a group, and not be able to just join is an alien concept, I suppose.
Reversely, if we decided to basically let everyone join under the banner of "fairness", would this be fair for those who actually worked themselves up to membership? We actually have members who improved their craft and got accepted into the group after being rejected initially.
One other group I want to add to the list is #Watchable-Ponies. The lack of an artist memberbase, and instead basing their submission on sought out art results in a variety of art ranging from good quality to the exquisite tier that the elitist groups have, and they manage to find works from a huge range of artists, not just popular ones.
It's not as gated in terms of what gets in, but it's still above average in terms of quality standards, and there's no pressure or stress on the artists who receive the requests.