I just installed the first iteration of the Audio Scout system. Anyone familiar with the art portal will know what this is, but for those who don't, here's what it is:
Up until today, any new artist had to sit around with their thumb up their ass hoping a moderator would approve them. Now, any audio artist who is approved to submit to the portal can browse the list above ans scout for talent.
When you scout a user, they will be sent a confirmation request informing them you are trying to make them audio portal members. Once they accept your invitation, their stuff will be listed in the portal. This should make it a LOT easier to get people included in the audio community and when a new breakout artist comes along, one of you guys will have the bragging rights of being the user that scouted them.
You WILL be accountable for who you scout, however. If you invite a bunch of blatant rule breakers, or people simply submitting complete shit, the moderators can not only ban you, they can prune your membership. This will unapprove your memebership to the audio portal along with that of everyone you scouted, everyone they scouted, and so on.
Keep in mind, this is still an early version of this system, and there will eventually be more refinements to it. I just wanted to give it a bit of a soft launch to make sure the core functions all work before I get too far ahead.
The next update will most likely involve a way for all logged in users to look at unscouted submissions. Users will then be able to recommend users making it easier for talent scouts to fish out the diamonds on the rough.