As we know, Doom mapping is simple. Therefore it attracts a lot of (amateur) level designers. Nothing to wonder. Thanks to the simplicity, a great quality can be crafted out with a relative ease, in low time - if you know how. Level creators are allowed a lot of freedom and possibilities in a low scale. As a result, I believe that the really top quality level design principles out there had been developed around this community. (debatable maybe, but read further to get my point)
As a prove, we have a lot of skilled and experienced Doom mappers, who are able to constantly put out great maps, wads and projects, with outstanding feel of professionality. Even though it's just an old game. (sorry if my speech lacks sense, but read further)
Then, Doom mapping scene also attracts a lot of people who can't achieve such a great quality results (yet). Maybe better said without the "yet". But some are talented, and many of them are enthused and interested. Not all of them have the skills, endurance, time and luck to succeed on this field, though. I mean, with their work, and with improving their work in level design.
AND I've thought: What if Doomworld had some sort of educational programme, where old mapping veterans would directly teach less experienced "students" the principles of good level design?
In the name of improving world's good game design overall!!! :)
Seriously I still think there's something on it. An organized educational system plays a major role in forming and improving standards of people's skills and knowledge. See the history of schools, and the state of education in different countries in the world. So let's say if we (the people here) are after good level design, what about to manage it an effective way? Instead of "self-student" mappers gradually growing in their skill, let's organize some sort of theory lessons, practices, advice centers for particular individuals. Perhaps even a form of apprenticeship! (I'm just throwing ideas.) Led by those who have the skill and experience, and attended by those who want to listen and learn from them.
Maybe I've been too much comparing with a real school system, but... Do you think there would be a realistic way to organize something like this on the internet? Or in some similar/analogous form? Would there even be a good will? And interest?
I've just brought up the idea which crossed my mind. Feel free to discuss, expand on the idea, condemn it, analyze, whatever. With respect and seriousness, please.