1. Most people would just vote for their favourite colour.
Everyone wants to see more sprites in their favourite colours, especially if they base their collections on their favourite colour (myself included). Regardless of whether we show the sprite before voting, or we just say what the colours would be without showing it, it is highly likely that most people would simply vote for their favourite colour. If that is the case, then the majority of votes would turn out the same, and most new colour schemes released would align roughly along the same set of colours.
Let’s say you really hate yellow albinos, but yellow is a very popular colour so many people vote for yellow and most new albinos released are yellow. Would you want that? Substitute “yellow” for your least favourite colour, or any other colour, and I’m sure that a lot of people would be unhappy seeing the colour they voted for lose the vote. One set of colours can't cater to everyone!
(Not to mention, if the vote is very close, it would probably cause a lot of unnecessary drama, which I wouldn’t wish upon our colleagues the moderators.)
While people would definitely be biased, it is unfair to not allow us to vote because of the assumption that most people would vote for a favourite colour even if it didn't look good. Would it not be better to at least give it a try before making an assumption like this? There could even be rounds of voting where the most popular 2 have a head-to-head vote if it's super close :D
2. It would take too long.
I’m sure you would like the sprite revamps to be completed sooner, so you can see the new sprites and decide which ones you want to hunt and collect. We artists would also like to spend more time working on releasing more brand new things for the site, like CS, costumes, trainer stuff, events, etc etc and even new generations (we’ll have more work to do once gen 9 comes out later this year!).
If users were allowed to vote, it would definitely have to be at least a few days to a week, which is what we’ve been trying to do for site votes, so that people who are not online every day can have a say too. But if we did add a week to every recolour (and more, in some cases), the timetable would be dragged out much longer. You’d all have to live through longer periods of uncertainty for the generations that are slated for revamp – like gen 6.
A vote being open wouldn't stop the artists from moving onto a new sprite though. It would delay the release by what, 2 weeks? Spriters don't have to be sat on their hands waiting for the userbase to decide which is their favourite if, like has been mentioned, the multiple choices of colours have already been made. They can just move onto the next one. Hopefully i'm not misunderstanding this :p -
In addition to re-lining and sometimes even re-posing the revamped sprites, there has never been an occasion where only a single version of the sprite was created for recolouring. Up to 10 colour combinations have been proposed, tested, and discussed for every sprite. This process takes time, while the same artists are generally working on multiple projects.
the only delay would be a two-week wait for the sprite to go live on site with this method, which would lead onto the next bunch of votes pretty well looking at the date pattern on the Unova recolour thread
3. You still have opportunities to give your input!
The most recent examples are Munna and Vanillite, but they definitely aren’t the only examples of when recolours were released and then changed based on user feedback. We don't always get it right on the first try and that's okay.
What we’re NOT going to do is make white-with-pink-eyes albinos and black-with-bright-highlights melans willy nilly like in the past. That era of Pokefarm is gone and it’s not coming back. That doesn’t mean we won’t release any more white albinos or black melans (we just released Hisuian Qwilfish and Overqwil with black melans), but there will be much fewer of them and more of other colours.
But we CAN still accept your suggestions on specific colours you’d like to see, especially if the theme is particularly compelling like with Vanillite. At the end of the day, we want you to love our recolours as much as we do! I hope that you’ll continue to give us quality constructive feedback, we really appreciate that.
(P.S. It’s easier for us to understand comments phrased like “please do X” rather than “don’t do Y”.)p
nothing to add here, it was nice to see the criticism to the vanillite sprite taken on-board and changed :-)