I know this might be considered one of those reverse discrimination type things, but what if a certain number of spots out of the total pages for 2009 were set aside for the lesser known artists. And then comes the problem, who's a lesser artist? The best bet would be someone new versus someone who's been around for 5 years and only has 2 submissions. This in itself isn't bad, but the only reason they aren't as recognized as some other people is because of the lack of activity.
I personally believe that, if requirements are set, there needs to be at least SOME activity in the art forum to participate in the sketchbook tour. That way, each user might understand what they're contributing a bit more?
What a problem! So far, any solution being put up, still discriminates/puts down someone. To find that perfect balance would be difficult. The best solution that I can think of right now would be to start working on the 2009 collab now. Not sending out the pages, but getting the flash itself set up, because as I can imagine, that's a large, if not huge, time consumer. If the flash is set up with a basic/generic template, you can post up that template in .fla format so that those who are able can set up their own page and then send it in.
Actually, since I'm just writing as the ideas come, that's a really good idea. Luis, or whomever is in charge of the coding, post up the necessary information needed and the generic actionscript along with a .fla file of the template page for the sketchbook page. If each person, or most people, could set up their own page, I'm sure that will cut down on a lot of work.
Also, there is still the potential problem of just the sheer number of people who want in versus the "small" number of pages available. This year it was around 115 or so, and I can safely say that there was at least 150, if not 200, who wanted to participate. If there could be a way that a sketchbook page would be easily accessible at minimum cost, that would work out so much better. I was thinking that the pages could be put into the NG store, or something, but then you run into the issue of money. The past two years, the sketchbook has been free (minus shipping) to those of us who participated. If you start to charge for each page, then it kind of loses its charm.
But there still remains the problem of the fact that only one person is in charge of it all, which is a quite time consuming process. I wouldn't want to be the one to individually package, label, and ship 300 pages just because there is a demand for it. Of course there will be a demand, but it's costly. All I'm figuring right now is if you (Luis) got some help so you wouldn't be the only one doing this.
I dunno. I'm just shooting out ideas here. This is such a great project/opportunity, I don't want to see it go downhill.