Can we agree to disagree on the Screenshot issue?
As for the rest...I haven't made a blind yet. That holds me back from making comments. As for Master skins. the combo of not having made a skin and the fact that 'Master' is in the title holds me back. But what the hell..
I've seen a few, quite a few Master skins that I kinda shook my head at. The 'quality' is there. I see the clean lines, they work well, etc. But I have only ventured to buy a few. (YOurs, as a matter of fact) and the others I won't purchase.
Me, personally...I want more Oxidized. It's a good skin. If I lose you on this, I am sorry. I have a hard time with my descriptions which is why I don't comment as often as I would like to. Oxidized has soem weight to it. You can almost touch it. It's bold but not overdone. (The wallpaper sucks..but eh) It's not too heavy like say WOW or Rogue Proton. It's original without being gimmicky (Like Naked which is an outstanding minimalist skin) The closest I have seen to it in recent times is Dragon. I want less 'Halloween' and less 'SPiderman'. And it seems to me a lot of folks with some truly amazing talent have played it safe.
We all know that they can execute a skin well, now step it up. I can't belive some folks get all hot over some of the skins they do. For VOIP, as far as what I like about it...the icons stand out the most. It doesn't do it for me. The taskbar color reminds me of the nutral tones (Sand?) of Win2000 and the bllue, green, orange do the same. Yet, as a minimal, nutral skin that is clean, easy on the eyes, and somewhat stylish in an angular, clean line kind of way, it's great.
I guess the reason I get stuck (I have five blinds half started) is because I am trying to capture the same feeling and imagery that first got me interested in all of this. I have one or two very minimal skins also, but they don't interest me as much.
Your skins are well crafted. I can see it on each corner and in each line. I would hope I could be half as good. But even though I snagged two of your Master skins, which I love, I am still waiting for the one that will knock my socks off.
That's all I will vber say about any Master skin or any blind for that matter. Aside from the usual 'I love it. Looks great.". I don't feel I have earned the right to critisize. I DO feel that those who have earned the right, should do so with the same intelligence that got them where they are.
Hiding commets would be bad for the reasons I originally mentioned and for others. People rely on them for bug reports, fixes, and to get a feel of rthe overall impression. I don't think one asshole comment is going to stop them from downloading a quality skin if they see it as such and want it.