For example: I can't tell you the number of times I've received demos over the years at DataObscura and have replied with where it needs some more work and what tracks are weak, only to see it come out shortly after on a netlable in the original and, in my mind, sub-standard form.
A thousand times this! Every time I think I should reach out to some netlabel artist and say "Hey, I liked your album XYZ, do you want to consider submitting something to Hypnos?" I recall the experiences I've had similar to what APK describes above.
I worry that when someone is accustomed to releasing music with no gatekeeper, no obstacles of any kind between their "rough draft" recordings and a final released product, they come to believe there's no point in editing, reworking or refining in a painstaking way to come up with a recording that's the best it can be.
I think the netlabel mindset too often is, unfortunately, "fuck it, just stick it up there so people can start downloading and I can brag about how many thousands of DLs my release has."
There are exceptions of course and I don't mean to paint the entire scene with this brush.
And oh shit, I'm off topic.