This forum has endured needless and incomprehensible strife in the past month, largely as the result of a feud - I can find no better term to describe it - between less than a handful of its members. This has resulted in no fewer than five warnings being issued, and worse, it has seriously disrupted the harmony and sense of fun that we normally enjoy here on a regular basis. Not to mention reflecting very poorly on this forum and its members. Further, this rancor has spilled over onto the quasi-regular TrekArt Challenge, an institution implemented not by the administration of this forum, but by its members and intended for its members as a way to cooperate and compete in a spirit of fun. Now, that fun is in serious jeopardy as accusations and counteraccusations fly about the legitimacy of the current challenge, both as an event and through its application of rules. This thread is not a place to continue those arguments and accusations! Anyone attempting to do so will earn an immediate trolling warning. You have been notified. What this thread is for is to review the efforts and effects of these monthly challenges, and to reach a consensus on whether it is necessary to implement moderator-supervised review of challenges before they are presented to the forum. We can discuss the issue that some feel that some challenges may or may not be "exclusionary," in that they rule out individuals' participation based upon those individuals' perceptions of their own abilities or interests, or that for budgetary reasons they may exclude members who cannot afford materials specified by the rules. Because this is to be a discussion, and an attempt to solicit suggestions, I don't expect that I have covered all the bases here that some individuals feel need to be addressed. Don't be shy in posting your thoughts, but do be civil, and remember that your opinion is just that: an opinion. No one has any more rights here than any other; no one is due any more nor any less respect than any other. If you can't maintain a civil, rational tone, you will be asked to leave, or, if in violation of board rules, you will be dealt with appropriately. I say this because I'm frankly tired of the behavior that has erupted here lately - this has not been TrekArt's proudest hour. - Ptrope ------ Before the discussion begins, I would like to make one suggestion for a change in future rules: Because we hope to create a calendar for the board, most likely in terms of wallpapers at standard screen resolutions, I think it would be a good idea for challenge entries to be a minimum size, which we can determine through discussion, but I would recommend at least 1024 x 1024, if not larger, so that wallpapers for high resolutions can present the artwork at its best, and not require images to be 'blown up' and degraded to make them fit.