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Showcase Quality Guidelines

Hey everyone,

In our continuing journey to make sure rules and terminology is clear, here is a post about what 'Showcase Quality' means!

In the rules for uploading, you will notice that some sites have a large green 'Showcase Quality Only' text

An important note: NONE of this is about whether something qualifies for our creator program! The rules and guidelines for the Alpha Coders creator program can be found at . You can submit creator content that is not considered showcase quality! It just needs to go to a site that isn't marked for only showcase quality submissions.

Now that we have that out of the way, lets move onto what showcase quality means for the different parts of Alpha Coders that only accept showcase quality content:

Showcase quality for Wallpaper Abyss means the image must be an exemplar of its class

So if it's an image of a car, it needs to be a really good image of a car. If it's a picture of a bird, it needs to be a really good picture of that bird. If it's an abstract image, it needs to be really good.

  • If you can have multiple variations of the same image with simply different colors, it's probably not an exemplar.
  • Spending a large amount of time on something does not automatically make it showcase quality
  • Simply being large and an image without artifacts is not enough
  • The barrier for something being showcase quality is slightly relaxed if you are submitting your own work.

With the showcase quality guideline, it's impossible for it to not be at least somewhat subjective. So please see what decisions moderators are making, and tailor your submissions to how moderators move things around.


Lets do some examples

Below are a few abstract images that I generated.

None of the above are showcase quality. They are all 4k resolution rendered as JPGs with 100% quality. But nothing about them is particularly exceptional, noteworthy, or not reproducible by anyone that can click a few buttons in an online photo editor. Red and black isn't really any better than blue and black, green and black, etc.

Lets take another quick example:

It's not showcase quality. I think a desert tortoise semi-burrowed by a cactus is cool, but it's not an exemplary example of photography, cactus, or tortoises. I personally probably like it more than someone else would because it's one of my tortoises.


For Mobile Abyss:

The above applies

For Art and Photography Abyss:

We allow exceptions for your personal bests. If you are sharing content from a source other than yourself, all of the above would apply. If you are submitting your own photography or art, you would be able to share your high effort pieces, independant of whether they are truly exemplary. Beginning artists and photographers are more than welcome!



A final point for now:

  • The criteria for something like a brand new movie, vs a really old movie will be slightly different. Common sense says that there will be more high quality content for a newer movie in the HD age, than one made decades ago. So there's probably less good HD content of the old movie, making meeting the criteria of an 'exelmplar' of its class a bit easier to obtain.


I hope this helps, and keep in mind - you can create what you want to create. We just need to keep the showcase quality sections of Alpha Coders exactly that.

Please let me know if you have additional questions or comments.

David West
Alpha Coders

By DavidWest 3 months ago

I think good sir that you forgot that quality is something very subjective. For example couple of minutes ago you lowered my submission score and changed the type of my submission from wallpaper to image because IN YOUR OPINION there's something wrong with it (here's the pic while at the same time some other moderator accepted my other wallpaper, made the same way and the same style not seeing any problems with it. Other example. First submission, simple 3d eyes here: one of you decided it's ok for wallpaper and the next day, almost the same image just a different girl one of you decided it's art and not good for wallpaper abys again lowering my submission score. So in conclusion I think that you should first decide between yourself (moderators) what is wallpaper and what is not because at the moment you are confusing people (me included) where I should upload next time when I decide to make for example a picture of eyes. Also c'mon, you are telling me in the messages that pictures should be exceptional quality to be in wallpaper abyss but obviously you have not see how much low quality content there is in that section. Sorry if I made some mistakes, english is not my native language. Best regards.

EDIT: some examples of your EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY in Featured Wallpapers: - pink circles - orange lines - this 

How those pics even compare to something like this:

So yeah, again, it seems that quality is more or less subjective amongst moderators.

By KoikatuCenter 1 week ago

Hey KoikatuCenter,

I moved due to the background. It just presented as a bit blurry/pixelated in my opinion. I think the background of presents a little better.

The featured examples you linked to are all very clear images. Abstract content isn't necessarily everyone's cup of tea - but technically those images are all very good.

You are correct that there is subjectiveness involved. Definitely let me know if you have any other questions about this!

David West
Alpha Coders

By DavidWest 1 week ago

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