There would be no requiermetn to join a team . . just an option.
In that case it would be a good thing. I was just responding to a couple of posts that mentioned the idea of making it a requirement.
Great discussion so far and good ideas!
To clarify a few points...
Special PrivilegesThere will be no real privileges for being on a team. It's not like your work will get past moderation any quicker, or you'll get special forum powers.
Requiring SubscriptionsSince we're primarily going to be extending free services (uploads, personal pages etc). A subscription will not be required. However, we could at a future point offer some sort of premium version of the service for skinning studios such as MaxStyles or Pixtudio (just as examples). But that would be something separate and much further down the line.
Requiring Users Join TeamsNope, this will be 100% voluntary.
The idea is to provide organizational tools to users to help encourage teamwork and coopration. Yes, everything that could be done in the team system could be done manually through existing site features, but it isn't necessarily easy. Features like this are about removing barriers and to make the process easier for skinners.
Personally, I want WC to start providing tools and services to skinners beyond simply hosting the skins for download. Anyone can host a gallery, but we should be doing everything we can to encourage and help skinners do what they do.
This all sounds great