YouPic has proven with their own star system that the most and highest ratings, awards, honors, stars, etc go to the ones who uses iphones and instagram apps the most. The "top photographers" are mobile phone point shooters who edit their pics with pastel and fog. It is a shame that those folks call themselves "photographer".
The YouPic admin himself has no achievement whatsoever in real photography, yet he is the one to star evaluate all pics. His own gallery is just a pathetic collection of loose point shoots. What a shame.
YouPic is NOT for the serious photographer. YouPic is a kindergarten for household point-shoot folks who on,y hunt for followers, likes, repics, stars, XP points, etc. Like Facebook. Has nothing to do with real photography. Even YouPic's "Tips" are written by rookies who know nothing about real photography. There's even an article that promotes B&W photography as "monochrome" photoshopping and no mention about real B&W techniques such as optical filters.
Most YouPic users score only pints by copy/pasting comments all over the place, knowing that this earns them points to move up to higher "levels". As though commenting makes them better photographers.
I have deleted my YouPic accounts and moved to National Geographic where things are more serious and without all that egotrip crap.
The YouPic Dev team keeps on revamping reblinging the site with absolutely useless bells & whistles that serve no purpose other than slowing down the site and disturbing the navigation and functionality. Now they implemented a blog for the users that no one asked for and that the blog form is not even browser cross compatible.
Soon YouPic will put ads and ask money for their "services". YouPic has already started to sink into the ocean of clones and failures.