A BEGINNERS GUIDE ON HOW TO
A V O I D
GETTING UPVOTES ON SIMPLE PLANES
By following these seven easy mistakes, you too can post creations that are certain to be ignored.
1) Zoom out:
Zoom way out on those thumbnail pictures, people hate it. They'll be sure to skip right over your post when all they see is a grey plate in the middle of a black background, especially when everyone else on the list did the exact same thing! A big long line of silver ovals. Awful.
2) Don't bother with a description:
If someone actually clicks on your post, you are in real danger of getting upvotes, or even worse: downloads! But don't worry, nothing says "zero effort" like not even bothering to fill out a description. Bonus points if you upload without using all 3 thumbnail images.
3) Avoid testing:
Establish a reputation for rock-bottom quality by posting your creations before you test them. Bonus points if you argue with anyone who takes the time to point out any of the crap that needs to get fixed. This won't just help you avoid upvotes on your current project, but help people avoid your work in the future!
4) Post lots of stuff on the same day:
One of the best ways to cut down your odds of success is to compete with yourself! Split your odds of making it to the dreaded "front page" by posting something, making some minor change, and then posting it again 20 minutes later. Not only will it confuse would-be supporters, but it'll also irritate them.
5) Post similar things over and over again:
The key here is to bore your audience. Just keep churning out the same old junk. Don't bother improving your style or even making something different than anything else. Bonus points if you can argue with anyone that tries to help you improve your skills with criticism. This ties in with establishing a reputation for just not giving a crap.
6) Make it a successor:
The dev team will probably hate me for saying this, but everyone hates successors. Many people see that tag at the top of the post and immediately hit the back button on their browser. Even high quality successor builds tend to get less upvotes than those lacking the successor tab.
IMPORTANT NOTE: UNLESS YOU GET PERMISSION FROM THE ORIGINAL CREATOR, YOU MUST USE THE SUCCESSOR TAG IF UPLOADING SOMETHING THAT CONTAINS ANYONE ELSE'S WORK. YOU CAN GET BANNED FOR VIOLATING THIS RULE.
7) Avoid detail:
I saved this one for last because it's so important when it comes to shunning large numbers of upvotes. If your creation looks like crap, people will likely treat it as such. Interesting thumbnail photos with background, a variety of angles, and lots of texture dominate the front page. If you want to avoid upvotes, you must stay off the front page. So keep it simple. Don't learn how to do things like 3D wings, decals, custom cockpits or engines. And whatever you do, do not download and study successful builds from other people otherwise you might learn something.
Well, that's all for now. Stay safe out there and good luck. Oh, and be sure to leave any tips of your own in the comments!