..will the new gallery be properly moderated instead of being full of all sorts of crap ripped off the net somewhere like the current bootskin gallery?
The moderators do their best to prevent obvious ripping. Unfortunatly there is no good way to identify whether a boot is original or a rip. If you see something you know is a rip and you have a link to the original, PM a mod. It'll be taken care of. We're all volunteers and we don't have time to *research* every submission. We look at history and similarity and stuff but with boots and walls . . . well . . it takes so little effort to churn out a rip that the moderators can't keep up.
If you think you have a process that will work better than what we have, shoot a PM to Island Dog.