I've been posting on Coolmini for years now, and I remember when I started, it said on Coolmini that a 5/10 was considered tabletop quality.. good enough to play on the tabletop.
Well, I've been posting stuff on Coolmini lately minis that I banged out quickly - not my best work, but in my mind, good enough to play with.
Well, I found that people were voting me less than 5 (usually just under 5). I couldn't understand it... was it some sort of snobbery, was it the haters out in force, was it people being malicious? etc.... There was no way my stuff that I posted could not be distinguished on the tabletop battlefield (as less than 5).
Well, I started looking at the voting scores on Coolmini and noticed that now, a 4/10 is considered "tabletop quality." A "5" now is "not bad" and a "6" is pretty good, etc. I screen saved people's scores and came up with this table:
2/10 - Awful
3/10 - Not Good
4/10 - Tabletop Quality
5/10 - Not Bad
6/10 - Pretty Good
7/10 - Great Job
8/10 - Excellent
9/10 - Amazing
In the last couple of years, Coolminiornot.com must have changed their scoring structure to take into account the increasing standard on the website. Lots of professional painters and skilled amateurs are posting and they are raising the bar, it seems. Stuff posted 8, 9 years ago as a "8" if voted today would be a "5" or "6" level now a days. A weird case of deflation.
This means that in 5, 10 years, a 3/10 will likely be considered tabletop quality.
Anyways, what I thought was anonymous maliciousness was just people voting by the new standard.
I feel much better now.