Before I found SCN, I had stumbled upon EAS, and in between EAS and SCN, I found JoaT. To me, JoaT was the pinacle of fan designed ships. They were THE BEST of THE BEST. Not neccisarily in skill involved in the design's creations, but more upon the creativity, and ingenuity in tackling the design challenge. I readily accepted it as an elite site, not only because of the very consistent quality of works in it, but because it was added upon rarely. I worked for nearly four months trying to get my designs, :-Xskillfully
crafted in MS Paint, onto the site. Not surprisingly, at least in retrospect, they didn't make it.
I should note that I used Bernd's designs as a basis for the majority of my early ones. Earlier still, I had run across several of the early POC paint drawings at a now defunct website, and had suspected that they were made by the same person. When I stumbled across EAS, I recognized the much better renders of them, and was hooked. For a while, I tried to emulate them, which explains some of my hesitancy to switch to Sketchup.
Now I know that some designs presently at JoaT are below par, but those were, as I understand it, from the very begginnings of the site. And I understand that some persons at SCN believe that maybe, maybe the bar's been raised too far, too high, too fast.
To which I respond with the short sweet answer NO. As I've always believed, JoaT should be somewhat elitist. It is meant, as I understand it, to showcase the best of the best of the best. Sort of like the scoring for the Olympics, actually. You may get a 9 out of ten, but if the other guy gets 9.2 of 10, you've got to get an extra .3 from somewhere to get the gold.
Perhaps to apease those that find these standards to exacting, some sort of return form should be mailed to all who submit, ranking the design in all aspects, ie drawing quality, concept, backstory, specifications, etc. Rated say, 0 to 5, it could help alot of people tweak their designs up to the bar, and beyond.