epigone wrote:Contrary to popular belief, ratings do actually matter. Though they are arbitrary and most people don't really care what rating they have on their maps (to a degree), I feel like it's hard to argue against the fact that when people see a map that's rated well, they are drawn toward it. It's a basic psychological principle in action: when something is popular, more people want to see it.
This is true, I find myself playing maps that are rated or are one or two votes away from a rating more often than maps that need 5 votes. Or if they're by authors that I know are good. So I guess what I'm saying is that rates are important and so is the author: if you've made a name for yourself then more people are likely to play/rate your maps.
For example, if I see a map by Palemoon with no votes yet, I usually play it regardless of what it looks like because I'm assuming the quality will be high (the same with many other authors).
lord_day wrote:blackbelmoral wrote:a hint to build a reputation: nart
I disagree. That will only give you an N Art reputation. Though perhaps it will get your name known.
l_d is right, jut look at schaaaf. After his tidal wave map, he got a reputation for being a good tileset artist. Now if he makes a normal map it won't get rated, but most of his tileset arts do.
Anyway, thanks for writing the article l_d I'll try and use some of the ideas you stated here to raise my profile a bit.