Interesting how this conversation is progressing.
In terms of this whole favoritism thing, I think most people forget that they sometimes just need to do some campaigning on themselves. Even if you don't get people's attention the first time, you just need to be persistent and eventually you will have success. I'm not really phased by any sort of elitism, favoritism or any of that stuff. Since if you have enough motivation, determination and good material; people will eventually be drawn to you. Lurking on the forum a bit, interacting with others and eventually submerging yourself into the community will allow for that.
I remember the 2007-era myself as a fond memory where there were many types of skype convo's, interactions on the forum and across youtube through the different editors I knew. However, as with everything, times change. For both the site, alternative AMV places and ALL editors: you either adapt to your new surroundings as things die, or die. It's about as simple as that in my mind.
At least, for those trying to get opinions/views. If you still do this because you GENUINELY enjoy it and don't care about that, then just keep doing what you are doing. But obviously, if you keep repeating the same thing and getting the same results, it's time to try something new, experiment and see what gets you interaction, views and people liking your stuff. I haven't put in the full amount of effort here/my youtube, but I've still noticed from the work I have been put in a sustainable amount of feedback, coverage and views since the past few weeks I've started to get back into editing and it's helping me get back on my feet after being out so long.
With that said, people should also make use of ALL tools at their disposal to really share this. Rather it be youtube, tumblr, the org, AMVnews or whatever other outlet you can find. It's all about taking advantage of anything you can get your hands on in my book.