I make a gingerbread house every year, so I do a lot of search online for ideas. As you know, there are contests everywhere, and gingerbread house building is a well-known hobby. But since it takes so much time and effort to build one, I assume people feel a need to display their work, and they tend to be disillusioned by pride about the outcome of the house.
Most people who post ugly houses are naturally moms who think their kids’ work is cute. Their houses are of poor quality, but not so interesting because it’s okay for kids to be clumsy. So when I say “ugly,” I mean gingerbread houses that evoke pity–the more disillusioned, the better. It is the gap between the creator’s pride and the viewers’ opinion that makes these pictures interesting.