I don't save cakes so I can look at them again later and stare in wonderment. I save them because there's something about them that I might want later. I saw your throne cake, and while it was magnificent, it's pretty unlikely that I'll need to reproduce anything like it. Saving into favourites isn't an acknowledgement of a great cake- it's a way for me to find it again. I'm not going to clog up my favourites list, which is already clogged up enough, with stuff I won't use.
I do this as well.... 99% of the time, I 'favorite' a cake for future inspiration or a particular style/technique that I would like to recreate later. Also I do admit to liking the 'girly' (and well photographed) cakes. I would most likely think your 'manly' cakes are awesome and be very impressed with the skill/talent it took to create it but I'm not going to reproduce that style of cake, as my style is different.
On the other topic of photography (not directed to any cakes discussed here at the moment): I really think the photography is so very important. I mean, if the photo is blurry or in bad light...why even bother saving the photo- let alone posting it?? I won't ever 'favorite' a cake that was photographed badly- it doesn't need to be professionally taken..but come on - blurry, fuzzy photos taken in the worst light possible? Makes me wonder about whomever took the photo! seriously.