David Thomsen, on 27 April 2012 - 02:05 PM, said:
Look at it this way. If Toyota let people vote on their next car design and they give us the choice between a practical sedan or a car shaped like a dinosaur, everyone on the internet is going to vote for the dinosaur car but very few people are actually ever seriously going to buy it. I think Minecraft is the dinosaur set of the Cuusoo range. A few serious Minecraft fans are going to buy it, and some AFOLS who see it as a good parts pack, but otherwise it is kind of blocky and ugly and specialised for a Lego set. Also, who on earth plays Minecraft any more?
I think there are two possible solutions to the problem. One, raise the voting requirement for sets if they are derived from pre-existing fictional worlds. Two, ask people who vote for the product to rank on a scale of one to five how likely they are to actually buy it.
I think the Shaun of the Dead set actually did a good job of appealing to both SOTD fans and Modular Building fans, but something like the Eve Online model means absolutely nothing to me.
I love your analogy of the dinosaur vs normal car. I just think it's hilarious, but also accurate.
I also agree that the number of supporters required for a Cuusoo project to pass should vary. It should depend on whether it's licensed or original, whether it's a single set, series/subtheme, new theme, or a bring-back, and how big the set is (if it's a set). They could also have something where someone can pre-order the set, and it would count as more than 1 vote.
I do like the Sean of the Dead Winchester because it's good for both fans and modular buildings collectors, as you mentioned.
I'm curious as to what demographics dominate the supports on Cuusoo. Is it KFOL's that joined illegally, TFOL's, AFOL's, or NFOL's that joined just to support a single project based on something that they're interested in.
I'm a TFOL who mostly likes medium to large non-licensed sets, like trains, modular buildings, and creator houses. I'm getting into building MOC's, but after seeing how many bricklink orders it took to build my EN kitchen car, I don't think that I'm going to get into larger MOC's. I've supported quite a few projects on Cuusoo. Hardly any of them are licensed. Most of the projects that I supported are pretty unpopular. My Cuusoo username is "GeekTeen2".