Dear Admins and Members, Immortal-D asked what happened with the latest contest and about some negative comments he has gotten lately, so here are my two cents. The things below have been simmering in my mind since I started using this site a year ago, and have come to a boil with the fact that my payload map will apparently not be included in the contest because it was a little late. This is my opinion, take it or leave it. So you don't think I'm taking my beef into the public without trying the proper channels, I messaged a number of admins yesterday (and one of them was online at the time) and have yet to get any response. To be honest, there is a streak of elitism on this site that has been bugging me more and more. I know I'm not even close to the best mapper on the site, but I have vastly improved since I first began mapping (for any game ever) a year ago. This site need to be more sensitive to all level of mappers not just the old hands. This does not go for all the admins and users of course. A specific example, is that the better mappers get the most feedback. This is backwards, its the inexperienced mappers who need the most help and are most sensitive to being ignored. I'm not just trying to bitch, but to give honest feedback. You are going to be a much more succesful community if you welcome with open arms mappers of all levels. You great mappers need to excitedly share your knowledge with those who are seeking it. Those who already do this, thanks. I'm not bitter about my map not being included, I know it did not have a chance to win, I'm just upset that I put so many hours into it and missed out on an opportunity to get some play testing done and get some feedback from experts so I could make it better. I'm sorry to complain, but I imagine my words hold true for a lot of people on this site. I'm not saying you become like the madhouse that are sites like fpsbanana.com and teamfortress2fort.com, but you could learn a lot from how they really welcome gamers and mappers of all ages and experience levels.