At least if people are forced to watch some of the vid they won't automatically blam it for it being something they simply don't want to give any chance at all (often based on name alone)
Delay will be tricky to figure out. Has to take into account how long the film is, how big it is, and how long it'll take to dl. Maybe like 10% of the total # of frames? before the vote bar appears (min?) After its loaded. (Delay should wait to kick in Until the film has been downloaded).
I think its a decent response, tricky to get it working smoothly but once its in place I think people will adapt and voting will be Slightly more fair (a lot of people are going to be tempted to give 0s though, especially if they're forced to wait to vote).
I know my first (and so far only) submission got blasted pretty hard right off (and if you read the reviews it often sounds like a lot of them didn't even take the time to watch much of it before blamming) mainly from the title alone. Those who did and gave me constructive feedback, thanks!
If an artist isn't given a chance to grow, learn from their mistakes and improve but is instead greeted with a lot of blind negativity and no constructive input it can be extremely discouraging and might even cause them to simply give up. And there is a certain tendency in established communities to "bash the new guy" right off (be they flash, or otherwise). Constructive criticism is the only real way to help improve people's overall skill.
Hiding the batting average/number of other submissions might help (of course if people actually watch the vid its often likely they'll know who the author is after watching some of it if the author isn't new). But it might help some since it wouldn't force comparisons.
Too bad this system doesn't help out all the older flashes and potential artists that may've been destroyed simply because people wanted quick and easy blam points but oh well, any progress is still progress. Hope this works out.