Many compliments, Phantasico!
Just a few thoughts, since I need to understand, so pardon in advance for exposing my point of view. I think it's useful for everyone here. I deeply respect your work, I'm in no way against you and, besides, we're in the same age range. Sixties guys rule...
So, you basically had to give away 84 (eightyfour!) free watch faces, and had to apply for Premium Designer two times before being accepted. We know the second time took a couple of weeks, but how much time passed from your first to your second application? And how many watch faces have you created during this time?
I'm asking because I've applied in February and I've been promised a lot of times - via email - that I would be in the infamous "next batch" of Premium Designers. But it never happened. And we're nearing July.
So, maybe my three watch faces are awfully bad. More than 5000 people downloaded them, they all must be stupid or color blind but, anyway, I'm ok with that. I don't need others approval to do something i don't do for a living. It's kind of a hobby, after all. Just passion.
But I do care for sincerity. And trust. And i don't like to be mocked. I'm quite sure I'm not the only one here which is having or has had the same experience. Care to share anybody? I'm grateful that Facer.io gives the developers the opportunity to sell their work, of course. And I also agree that they have all the rights to filter the content to their liking. That's an understatement.
But the way it's happening is not the right way of doing it. Why not just tell the truth?
Dear developer, after thorough review, we decided that your work does not qualify for this community.
You cannot re-apply until three months have passed. Practice your skills, learn Photoshop, visit modern art museums, go to an ophthalmologist. Whatever.
But to keep people giving away - for free - their creativity and passion - during months - while giving them back just vague promises is not fair.
Besides, the whole "Premium Designer" application/approval process is fairly opaque. Why can't we see the number of syncs of other authors just to check that everyone is treated correctly?
I wish you all the luck you deserve, Phantasico. But I'm in no way inclined to give away for free not even a pixel more of my work until things change.