If people didn't get worked up about rejections, both this forum and the e-mail inbox of the screeners would be somewhat more pleasant places to be on occasions. As a screener, having been subjected to some of the backlash from peoples' stress over rejections, I have reach the conclusion that a lot of the stress is simply due to rejection rather than inclusion or exclusion from this site. Of course people want their pictures here, but I believe that the people who get annoyed primarily get annoyed because they feel they've invested a lot of time and effort working on a picture, and merely get a rejection by return - no one likes rejection, no matter what the consequences (or in the case of airliners.net, lack of any really meaningful consequences!).
Of course, there is also the issue of "inclusion" which I've seen causing stress. Some newbies seem to desperately want to become a part of the airliners.net photographer community, and by that I mean have pictures in the database (for whatever reason), and a string of initial rejections will sometimes raise their stress levels to the point where a verbal backlash is dispatched to us one way or another.
AAGOLD said: A.net gives me the opportunity to share those photos with others. Some may like what I've done, some maynot.
I think that if a photographer fundamentally take this view, then its unlikely that they'll get really stressed about rejections. However, and to contradict to an extent what I said above, if a photographer sees getting pictures onto airliners.net as some sort of competition or having their pictures on airliners.net as a platform for getting their pictures noticed and making some money out of them (and some photographers do view airliners.net is this way), then the stress levels will almost inevitably be higher.
I offer no solutions because there will always be the two diametrically opposed views. I used to get a bit upset about the criticism of the screening process and the screeners the sometimes crops up, but I don't anymore. We screeners implement the policies of airliners.net, we don't make the policies, and in that role I can live with rejecting pictures that don't meet the criteria, whatever the photographer thinks of me or the process.
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots