No, it's not a jokewad, or a gag, or whatever. I have been asked that before. I don't know why.
As for "god awful", are YOU joking? The original Duke sprites were awful looking and pixilated as hell.
I improved them, in my opinion.
The vacation wad zip is included (with the author's approval) because it's also a "duke rip", and it's fantastic.
The help I need is just this; Talking about the project. If someone wants to help with a script issue, or a map, that's great too.
The way I look at it, the community helps me by spreading the word about my project, and discussion about new projects keep the community alive.
Let me just say, few people make custom 3-d models for Doom wads. Using sprites and other art is a valid way of creating art, as long as you don't mis-represent it as your idea,defame it, or try and make money off it.