After a discussion between members of admin, we have decided that the group will no longer accept Black Rock Shooter since it is not Vocaloid. From now on, all BRS-related submissions will be declined.
The rules on the group front page [link] have now been updated to reflect this change. All BRS-related content will be cleared shortly, and the BRS folder itself will also be deleted soon. (EDIT: The BRS folder and all its content has now been removed. BRS-related content in all the other folders such as cosplay and figurines will also be gradually removed in the next few weeks).
Thanks very much for your patience and understanding.
More on submissions: quality
We've been getting lots of questions about this, particularly when submissions are declined. While it's true that judgement of art quality lies with each individual mod who is voting on a submission at the time, every submission should follow basic quality guidelines. We get a massive volume of submissions every day and unfortunately that means we have to be more strict about what we can accept.
You should not submit art that seems to have barely any effort put into it, as judged by members of our admin. Our mods can tell who has done a 10-minute coloring job and who has spent more time on their artwork! Any work that feels "unpolished" or "unfinished" will only end up getting declined.
Scanned artwork needs to be clean. If your scan is blurry/dark/overexposed or has visible scan lines, we are not likely to accept the submission even if the artwork itself is stellar.
This also rings true for cosplayers. Please do not submit blurry, dark or overexposed photographs of your cosplay as we will not accept them. You don't need professional photography for this! We have seen crisp, clear cosplay photos taken even with smartphones and personal cameras.
Additionally, cosplay stands for "costume play", so please don't submit headshots / face shots that barely show any of your costume. What we see from photos like that are this is a face wearing a wig, rather than a cosplay. And this is already in our rules section, but we DO NOT accept wig tests / makeup tests / costume tests (you'll be surprised how many submissions like this we get every day!). All cosplays must be 100% finished and worn in such manner in order to be accepted.
As mentioned in our rules section: "photography of figurines with no artistic value whatsoever are NOT allowed". If our admins judge that a figurine photo has barely had any effort put into its artistic value, we can't accept the submission. We can tell the difference between a quick cellphone snapshot and a carefully composed photograph of a figurine! And once again, blurry/dark/overexposed photos are not accepted - they must be crisp and clear.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask us anytime, or better yet, to consult the list of rules on the group's front page.
We apologize for the amount of expired submissions recently and would like to ask you to please be patient with us!
For the sake of fairness, each submission requires more than one mod to vote on it in order for the deviation to be accepted into the group. There are times when there's only one mod around to vote and all the other mods are busy with RL.
IF YOUR SUBMISSION EXPIRES: please resubmit, and leave a comment in the correspondence message of your new submission with a link to the expired submission, and explain to us that it was expired. That way, when we reach your submission, we know what the problem is straight away and we can access/see everything. Please do not comment on the front page of the group because that makes things harder for us - it's really, really hard to find the submission in question when we have to comb through hundreds of other people's submissions to do so.
Thank you all for your patience, and happy submitting!