please don't with this - it's a slap to all the hard work those popular creators put in as well as the work a person has to put in to "just draw decently." Annnd isn't true or constructive.
One thing that strikes me about unpaid collaboration posts that I've seen here (and personally I don't have a problem with unpaid collaborations as long as it's really a collaboration - I'm in one, it's great and I know the value of my writer is immense - though I think they're very fragile unless there's some outside factors) is that it's definitely easier for artists to pitch. All we have to do is post samples of our work and writers can see our skills and style and decide if we seem like a good fit. I glance through most of the collab posts from writers and have seen very few that look like interesting pitches. These creative projects take so much effort from both sides - if I was looking for a new writer, I'd want to be damn sure that I'm excited about their vision and if they can't get their vision across and make it sound compelling in a post, I'm not going to trust that they write well or can get their story across either.
Like we could be looking at potential for hours and hours and hours over months or even years of effort and all that's in the post is that you (not you, spiderbrah, but some of these posts) have a story idea that's gonna be big so dm you for details. Like hell no, I'm not wasting my time - I could be off practicing hands or noses.
Maybe I'm crazy, but I think the reactions to posts that are in-depth, well written, reasonable (as in, actually sounds like collaboration, not just "execute my vision") and contain links to work (novel, script, samples) that artists can look at and determine fit have been significantly more favorable. And so are reactions to projects that are short, because they don't require such a strong commitment.