One point to make clear from the off...I haven't written anything of FP length for months.
I looked on the writers page yesterday and read something from a famous name that was pretty good, but not very polished and not exceptional (it was loose, had clear repetition - 'Mr Clark said' was repeated three times in three short paragraphs- and a weak punchline- would have benefitted from editing. I wondered how it would be treated. I note many contributors have left grateful messages for the editing they have received.
This piece was immediately plain cut-and-pasted to the FP. No editing whatsoever of the entire piece.
Now either it was genuinely thought to be exceptional writing, no edit required...or someone saw the author's name and just slapped it straight up, copy and paste.
And before the 'sour grapes' comments hurtle in...I've not written anything of FP length, in fact only done comments on threads and the odd oneliner or decidedly shakey short piece for months. And I'm not gettign at any individual...the piece had much merit, in my humble opinion; but I do wonder whether all posts get the same chance or whether there is a preference for the famous names on here.