Since getting my new laptop, I haven't installed one Stardock product on it. Blasphemy I know, but Win7 has pretty much all I need. All this other stuff from Stardock is add-on junk anymore. Sure, I like to come out and see what's being created still, but it's mostly lame. And I haven't been into skinning that long but from when I started to now...it's gone down hill fast.
What really gets to me is seeing people never progress. They started out with horrible graphics and design skills and they've been pumping out skins but not gotten any better AT ALL. That's kind of been mentioned already (the quantity vs quality). Problem is, nobody says anything. It's always "That's great!", "That's super-duper!". That's bullshit is what it is. Those types of comments only serve to puff up the head of the shitty skinner. But most people on here can't take constructive criticism.
And then you have others who preach "Skin for yourself..." News flash, if they were truly skinning for themselves...they wouldn't be sharing it on WC. People come here and share because they want people to like their stuff. Nobody likes rejection, but it serves to make some people strive for better results. Others just get pissed off and say "fock you, let's see you skin something." Look, I don't have to be a skinner to know something looks like shit. I've got enough design experience to know if it looks like shit, it's because it's shitty looking. Not because I don't know how to skin.
Bottom line, 10-15% of the current skinners around here are really striving to better themselves. The rest are attention whores and download count sluts. A perfect example of someone striving to be better and making it...Xiandi. Look at her gallery from beginning to end up to her current WIP. Now that's a skinner.