I found this most helpful, and haven't seen him explain it this well before and didn't want it to get lost in the comments of node/3184 'Why's there fewer starred submissions these days?', so I politely quote it here.
eihrul | 2011-10-15 01:40
The problem is that the mapping community is shooting itself in the foot. Quadropolis built mappers from the ground up, but now tries to operate at a level of sophistication that does not allow mappers to get feedback and grow. As has been said, new mappers are shoved away when they want community and feedback. Its standards are too high and simultaneously the wrong standards. I have a rough set of standards which I apply to maps for inclusion, which are really a balance of many aspects. If you only focus on one of the aspects, to the neglect of another one, the map is unlikely to get included. If you do a passable attempt at all of them, the map is likely to get included, even if it is not amazing. The bar is not amazing, the bar is balance. They are:
According to the last email I've send all admins/moderators, I'm planning to let every admin, moderator or user choose a certain service to focus on.
The reason for this is as Quadropolis is being maintained by only 2 á 3 persons, while a lot of ideas, suggestions and things which actually were once planned to do are being pushed further towards another date.
As this situation won't last forever (admins/moderators tend to 'burn up' after a certain period of high activity and leave Quadropolis for good or only appear about once each month), I'm trying to get the team of admins and moderators more focused on certain goals (which can't be reached in the way it goes around like now).
As a lot of admins and moderators didn't reply to this Forum Topic, neither to any email I've send about this, I've decided to give the public the chance to rise up as a worthy admin or moderator (which greatly depends on the task, your skill and quite a bit on your past).
As it eventually is the meaning to get a proper running Quadropolis with a team of dedicated and reliable admins/moderators (towards each other), I've listed certain 'key-ranks':
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