Edit: Added in a proposed variation by zapatones.
Over at communityrelations we have a Gallery Make Over Project running and I have always thought that Digital Dolls is structured really oddly, I have thought of some hypothetical changes. So I have a couple of proposals to change the structure that I think would benefit from input from the community.
Proposal 1 - Merge all the Things
This would result in digital dolls submission process looking like this:
Customization > digital dolls > finished dolls
Customization > digital dolls > bases
The simplest we can make the gallery look. Would cut down on miscats immensely, especially with regards to tracing and shading style, and should be easy to keep clean. This does mean that traced and original work is merged again.
Proposal 2a - Merge some of the Things 8D
This would result in a similar plan as above.
Customization > digital dolls > finished dolls > pixel shaded
Customization > digital dolls > bases > pixel shaded
Customization > digital dolls > finished dolls > tool shaded
Customization > digital dolls > bases > tool shaded
This keeps shading styles as separate categories, will cut down on some of the miscats with regards to shading style (how many colours before pixel shaded becomes tool will still be a debate) and will immensely cut down on miscats due to tracing. But this means that traced and original work are merged again.
Proposal 2b - Merge some of the things differently 8D
Customization > digital dolls > finished dolls > original work
Customization > digital dolls > bases > original base
Customization > digital dolls > finished dolls > traced work
Customization > digital dolls > bases > traced base
This keeps the traced vs original variation and uses the wording original base in a way that is more logical than it's being used now.
Proposal 3 - Essentially Rearrange What We Have
This would result in something like:
Customization > Digital Dolls > Adopted Base > Pixel
Customization > Digital Dolls > Adopted Base > Tool
Customization > Digital Dolls > Original Base* > Pixel
Customization > Digital Dolls > Original Base > Tool
Customization > Digital Dolls > Base > Pixel
Customization > Digital Dolls > Base > Tool
Customization > Digital Dolls > Traced Base > Pixel
Customization > Digital Dolls > Traced Base > Tool
*Original base really needs a rename if it is kept and I am open to suggestions.
Probably won't clear up miscats very well but it makes more sense submission-wise. You'll notice that misc/other is missing. I honestly think that any shading style aside from pixel is essentially brought about with tools; even no shading, just a flat colour is the paint bucket tool. And just black and white pixel by pixel dolls or doll bases can go into the pixel category. So it seems like a redundant category to keep. We can let the doller's own discretion decide where they wish to place pieces that they would normally reserve for misc/other.
Proposal 4 - Leave things alone
No change because we're too old for that
I'm going to be perfectly honest and say that I am most partial to proposal one or two. They both use plain language and are simple to follow, which will help with anyone new to dA or to digital dolls. The set up is muddled enough that even veterans get confused on occasion. There are already several divides in the community based on dolling method and I think the current categorization system, which was meant to cater to the niche aspects of dolling, reinforces the divide and helps to fragment the community, which was not the intended aim. I think by merging as much as possible, we can move towards becoming a more unified community.
Please feel free to express which proposal you like best, why and any changes that may improve any of the proposals