To get straight to the point, there are a fair amount of request topics here that I feel are too general to qualify as legitimate requests. These topics usually go something like these:
I'm making an RPG / MMO, and I need weapons, armor, tiles, and HUD graphics, so make whatever you want and I will use it!
I'm making a Pokemon game and I want all the Pokemon you can make, any size, shape, or color will do!
I don't have any ideas for the characters in my game yet, so you can make whatever you want!
These topics don't usually give specifics on content, sizes, colors, views, etc. They call on people to create and post whatever they want, and turn into a huge mess of people posting random images, discussing game design with people who aren't working on the game, and generally not doing anything productive. There are no criteria for completing the request, so the topic goes on and on and on, bumping very reasonable and legitimate requests downwards.
I know that not everyone can have a popular topic or get all the help they need here, but these topics are bloat, and just make the problem worse. This needs to stop.
So from now on, I'd like to see newly created topics have clearly defined requests. Follow the guidelines posted in the pinned topics. List everything you need, and update the list as necessary. If you haven't decided what your game is going to be about yet, you shouldn't be getting other people involved yet. It's not fair for you to waste their time in creating graphics that you might not want, and it's not fair for the rest of the people on this forum who need help too, and deserve to have their topic seen by others.
For topics that already exist, you should clean up your first post within the next week.
Feel free to post your thoughts about this below. I want the graphics forum to be a fun and interesting place for everyone here, but I also want it to be helpful. If there is enough demand, I may also be willing to attach a poll to this topic to see what everyone thinks. Thanks for reading, and thanks for helping to make the Graphics Forum a better place.