Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cuusoo Analytics: Days to 10k

The Rise of Purdue Pete

Purdue Pete

Purdue Pete is the icon of (you guessed it) Purdue University.  Yesterday it launched upward from the hundreds to the thousands and will no doubt reach 10k sometime today, if not before this even gets published.

This was done though a well organized effort on the behalf of Purdue fans (faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc.).  They got the word out and organized a "voting day" with a set goal of 10,000 votes in 36 hours.

This was assisted by having a table set up with three iPads set to Cuusoo.  Students could come up, register, and support with great ease.

All in all it looks like a well orchestrated event.  I speculated that some group would eventually do this kind of networked voting process to promote a project.  I had however assumed that it would be a company at a convention though rather than a University.

There was one identified case of ballot stuffing.  This was less than 100 supports and negligible to valid support levels at the time and of course, relative to the support pouring in.  None the less, Cuusoo takes fake votes very seriously and has addressed the issue.  

Some Cuusoo users are a bit offended by what Purdue has done but it is well within the rules.  Cuusoo has a very clear policy on this.  As long as it is one person per vote, that is all that matters.

There were others who were very upset that the project's unique tags isolated it from other projects on Cuusoo.  Tags are the metadata that Cuusoo uses to suggest related projects that Cuusoo users might also like.  With the tags being unique like "boiler up" they had no connections with other project and therefore people coming to Cuusoo to vote for Pete, were not shown other projects that they might like to support.  
I asked the project creator, Dr. San Miguel, about their unique tags.  They confirmed that this was not intentional and upon being informed expanded their tags to be more inclusive of the larger Cuusoo community. 

Of course there are also the detractors who still think that this is some kind of "invasion" of Cuusoo by people who "don't care about Lego."   To them I have this to say:

Cuusoo is not an election or a competition.  Excluding very similar projects (i.e. the two Portals projects), the success of any one project does not impinge on the success of another.  If one more person know about Cuusoo because of the Purdue Pete project, it is a net gain for Cuusoo.  If one person supporting Purdue Pete supports one other project, that is a support that would not have occurred otherwise.  This is a win for Cuusoo as a whole, not just for Purdue Pete.

Pete and the Review Phase
Only a few projects have made it to this phase so any guesses as to the eventual outcome is a bit of a gambit. Each new project reaching 10k does seems to bring a new perspective on what projects are viable for Cuusoo to produce.

This project is very unique relative to all the other projects in that it has a very specific, identifiable, localized audience.  There is no question of inappropriateness of subject matter, and there should be no difficulty for Lego designers to recreate a viable Pete using Lego standards.  Purdue does not seem to be against the idea of working with Lego so their is likely to not be a dispute over licensing.  Most of the hurdles that many Cuusoo projects face have already then been addressed.  This leaves of course Brand Fit and Business case.  This is wholly  up to Lego to decide with very little to go on for speculation.  TLG is going to have to decide on whether or not there is a legitimate market for the set and if they want to go down the path of producing corporate/institutional icons.  I for one am eager to find out, but it will likely be a long time before we hear back on the matter. 

Open Letter to Purdue Fans
If you want to prove that you got what it take to do this twice, well, here is a Boilermaker Special VII.  Dr. San Miguel, you are free to use it if you so choose.

What follows is the 10k report that I write every week.  This is an analysis of the top projects on Cuusoo and how quickly they are getting to the 10k mark.  As you can see, most will take years to do so, and these are the most supported projects on Cuusoo.  Please take a moment of your time to take a look at them and spread some support around.

Not convinced you will find something on interest?  How about an example of a set that does Purdue proud.  Neil Armstrong is an alumnus of Purdue, why not help immortalize his famous mission in Lego by supporting the Apollo 11 Lunar Mission



Approaching 1k Milestone

Hardsuits passed the 1k mark this very day and of course Purdue Pete just blew past it all together.   

Star Wars Opee Sea Killer
Support Level: 972
Ancient World Civilizations
Support Level: 928
the Rhinoceros by Theo Jansen
Support Level: 928


Deadline Review

The next review is December 3rd, 2012...that is 39 days from today.  Any project that does not make it to the December 3rd deadline will have to wait another 3 months to even get started.

Don't like how slow a project is going? 

Give it some indirect support to help speed things up.  This link has plenty of examples how.

Days to 10K


Space Marines!Nickroyer20.65 57
Andy/Bugdroid the Android by GoogleGlhturbo18.48 145
Exo SuitPeterreid15.18 157
Land-Rover Defender 110Sheepo21.73 184
- The Legend of Zelda Project -Ragaru16.73 290
League of Legends of LegoAddam19.14 374
Mini Shop SeriesPekko18.53 383
LEGO Bird SeriesDetomaso12.02 506
Batmobile Tumbler Minifig ScaleBrentwaller8.86 647
Labyrinth Marble MazeTouthomme6.83 1069
Macross VF-1 Valkyrie +Fast pack / Armored partsMaxvf14.53 1231
MINECRAFT Microworld Add-Ons!Dunc2376.55 1438
BTTF - UCS DeLorean Time MachineTeambttf4.71 1488
Small YELLOWBrickartist5.47 1522
Batman: Killer Croc's LairBrickqueen5.42 1542
Apollo 11 Lunar MissionSuzuki4.38 1803
LEGO PokémonKevinhink5.09 1835
HardsuitsIron_s4.57 1970
Japanese old style architectureTaxon553.06 2060
The Bat RisesVelociraptor4.2 2087
The Muppets!Jedikermit3.68 2392
Desktop Series: Sky-FiRongyiren3.82 2400
Realistic treesPaultox3.44 2404
Douglas DC-3Ssorg3.68 2413
Batman: Man-Bat's LabBrickqueen3.58 2428
Invisible HandLdiego2.78 2599
Corellian Defender (Star Wars the Old Republic)Glenbricker3.58 2606
Modular Apple StoreGotoandbuild2.26 2648
Pokemon: GyaradosRetinence3.3 2670
Transforming Retro Video Game AccessoriesVonbrunk3.39 2677
PianoHidaka2.36 2962
Red SquirrelVuurzoon2.83 3004
LEGO Mobile Designer for Nintendo 3DS & other devicesFrankie2.69 3023
LEGO Settlers of CatanMichael2.64 3094
Lego StoreRayc2.78 3235
Micro Scale Star Wars ScenesToomuchcaffe2.55 3298
Legolympus (Mythology Theme with Mount Olympus Set)Kiffington2.69 3403
Galaxy Diner and Empire TheaterSonicstar2.55 3502
Ultimate Collectors Series LightsabersScott345672.36 3522
Modular Town Plan CinemaHinckley2.4 3577
Flying DutchmanSebeus2.36 3737
LEGO Minecraft Board GameOrcaman42.4 3911
GhostbustersTeekay2.07 3946
LEGO Architecture - Leaning Tower of PisaMoctown1.79 4123
Castle CrashersCzar1.98 4167
Adventure Time! Tree FortDunc2372.26 4261
The Glory of RomeMminnitt1.79 4352
Female Minifigure SetAlatariel2.12 4377
Phineas and FerbAwesomeethan1.79 4432
Star Wars Season 4 Phase 2 Clone Battle PacksZspace2.14 4467
Motorized TumblerMahj2.03 4535
Western Town - Pif Paf CityKris_kelvin1.93 4596
Star Wars Universe PacksBorex2.07 4625
- MegaMan Project -Alatariel2.03 4801
Angry Birds - RedChiukeung1.8 4910
Avengers IRONMAN gantrymachine2.0Choisanghun1.89 5057
Ancient World CivilizationsMatija1.7 5337
ARAK-N3Mahj1.74 5338
Medusa's TempleStrider1.79 5363
Minifigure in 'Kalocsai' folk wearKLIKKinfo1.79 5456
UCS All Terrain Armoured TransportCavegod1.65 5504
Roller CoasterLuc20001.65 5582
UCS Venator-Class Star DestroyerJourianbax1.7 5603
RMS TitanicSsorg1.65 5686
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 GrandsportSheepo1.6 5701
Medieval Market StreetAlexp1.6 5704
Vampire GT SupercarCrowkillers1.32 5901
Porsche 997 GT3Crowkillers1.6 5920
LEGO WALL-E!!Suzuki1.56 5940
Lego DC Heroes Minifigures Series 1Maniacdude1.51 6403
LEGO AVATARreekardoo1.51 6424
Camper Van ForeverNuno25001.37 6828
UCS Star Wars Jedi Temple CoruscantDimitriniko1.27 6860
LEGO Star Wars Micro Chess SetAvisolo1.27 6938
Kashyyyk-Gunship 7676 UCS - Custom Star Wars 3d_predator1.37 6959
Modular Costume Store for Collectible MinifiguresBrentwaller1.32 6979
Majestic Airship!Ssorg1.32 7029
Mini BatmobileTiler1.27 7396
Mirage (realistically speaking)Nannan0.99 7628
Cinematic Minifigure SeriesSgtdisney551.23 7652
IRON MAN gantrymachineChoisanghun1.23 7737
Disney MinifiguresKeTi1.25 7839
LEGO UCS TARDIS and other Doctor Who setsXenomurphy1.13 8107
Ladyada's Workshop!Adafruit0.9 8246
Portal Test ChamberT-brick1.08 8409
Lego minifigures in action figure boxes! A new way to collect!Gruntbuddy1.13 8421
The Tumbler CollectionVelociraptor1.13 8436
Willys JEEPSuzuki1.04 8570
Mini CooperSteven19801.04 8633
EVE Online Ships - MerlinCzar0.99 8651
Log Cabin - Two Seasons!Ssorg1.08 8782
Minecraft, the NetherDookie1.08 8813
Wild EncountersWrinkledog1.04 8838
A UCS series of shipsKonajra1.08 8865
Marvel Avengers Board GamePekko1.08 8877
Micro-build Hogwarts CastleBekindrewind1.04 8897
Sonic the Hedgehog (Green Hill Zone)Gtrocks11111.08 8964
MINI Cooper Mark ISheepo1.04 8992
The Drake's Head InnAlexp0.99 9436
Minecraft, Snow biomeDookie0.99 9689

Not on the List? First, I tend to cut off projects after a certain day count, usually 10k.  Additionally, I only monitor projects that have at least 200.  Projects less than that are a little too volatile for proper assessment.  Finally, I track several weeks worth of data to get these numbers, so you might not show up until your project has been post 200 for a few weeks.  

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