About the ratings, I think that Golden Ring is a more 'normal' skin, there's nothing strange with it, it may pass unnoticed quite easily... The other two are more 'experimental', and more exposed to 'I love it'/'I hate it' reactions. If you look at the comments, you'll see Golden Ring has only two 'excellent', Whirling Illusion has one 'average' and two 'excellent' and The Colour of Money has four 'average' and two 'good', I believe these members' ratings weight more than the anonymous ratings in the 'Bayesian estimate'. Anyway, Whirling Illusion wins in downloads/day and it's my best skin in deviantart (even with Golden Ring being DD, I still love it, by the way).
My new project... yes, there is one (apart from the chain skin), it's going to be called 'The Best Winamp Skin Ever'. Arrogant? No, I don't think it's going to be the best, but it's the name I have to choose, because it's going to be full of Richard Scarry's characters (I hope not to have copyright problems). I have some other ideas, but they'll have to wait a bit