Personally, when you leave contest entries to be be voted on or 'thumbed up' it quickly becomes not a creativity contest ,but a popularity contest. See how many friends you can ask to vote for you. I don't think it's fair, that's why I prefer having neutral judges like GMs that will be fair about it.
Also, Thoreac, that is really strange! I'm not logged in and I can see the thread just fine. D: I'm sorry. But well, there were a few interesting pencil-drawn designs among a few plagiarised images and several reposts of the entries posted on this forum, so you're not missing out too much!
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