It’s always been ‘highly curated’ and stringent, but yes there have been some changes in my opinion. Although with the amount of choices that are already in there, it’s really not too surprising. I’m not sure what to think, really, and many of us seem to have the same queries. Why can some names get approved and yet very almost reflectively similar names cannot. Or sometimes quality of some are questioned by some as I’ve seen here in the boards – but I see that as I do with entries into contests, that quality is like art and everyone’s a critic and 100 people can look at the same thing and there be a hundred different ideas regarding the aspect of it being quality or not. It’s subjective and varies literally by each and every different person that submits, each and every submission, and each and ever person that views it. What is trash to one is treasure to another.
But, this is why I’m known as being very opinionated on things that cherry pick. But, to each their own. I look at it this way, someone somewhere may like it. If one person does there will be more than one person, probably even many. It just comes to timing, location, ability, and most importantly patience and ability to feel out the landscape. Persistence can pay off sometimes and so can patience and having many options. Or you learn to discern what the criterion is. But, so far we’ve really not been able to all be quite successful time and again at figuring that out and the guides, while helpful, still allow there to be some esoteric information into hitting the nail on the head more often than not.