Saturday, July 27, 2013

FOL CUUSOO Campaign

A lot of serious FOLs are upset that the "best built" projects on Cuusoo don't get recognition while special interest projects achieve 10,000 support quickly like Purdue Pete and ATLAS.

There are two fundamental truths behind this.

First off, the complaint that these FOLS is absolutely true, the reason is that FOLs don't drive Cuusoo, Special Interest Groups do.  64% of every user supporting a project on Cuusoo only vote for the one project that interests them.  82% support 3 or less.   These are people who really like a singular concept like Purdue Pete, ATLAS, Curiosity, or the Wizard of Oz or like a specific theme of projects like Real Space, Buses from Poland, and Batman.  The idea that it is made out of Lego is secondary to their love of the subject.   

Secondly, FOLs also have special interests.  Any FOL can appreciate a well made MOC, but they are really drawn to the builds that fit whatever niche subgroup they really like.  Some FOLs are into accurate recreations, some into Trains, others into sci-fi, some share their fascination equally between comic book heroes and Lego.  I know one AFOL that is singularly into building in the style of Classic Space.  FOLs, as a community, share a love of the medium for creation, not the subjects created by it.

So, that brings us here.  I am under no illusions that FOLs will exceed the overall voting power of the special interest groups that come to Cuusoo in pursuit of their favorite subjects, nor is there a point in doing so , but I would certainly like to see what we can accomplish.

What I have done here is created a survey listing the Cuusoo projects I have showcased on Brickset that emphasize the skill of the project creator while not having an extremely popular IP or organized audience to boost its ratings.   

To show your support for great Lego Crafters, despite any opinions you may have for Cuusoo, please vote for your favorite MOCs in the list.  The project with the most votes in two weeks will be freely promoted on Brickset and my own site.  I also ask every other FOL site to post this project as as a service to the community.  

Now I also ask that we as a community support all of these projects through Cuusoo as well to help highlight great builds on Cuusoo and show solidarity for our fellow AFOLs who are trying to make their mark on the Lego Group.

Yes, I know a lot of these projects have issues that will prevent them from reaching production.  Please put that aside for a moment and let Lego deal with the complexities.  

If you have no other reason to support these projects other than to show this solitary within the AFOL community then please consider voting for the project and using the following feedback when Cuusoo asks "why you like this project"

I am supporting this project because I want to see unique creations from the AFOL community get supported on Cuusoo.

If you want to make a stronger statement consider this alternative:

I am supporting this project because I want to see unique creations from the AFOL community get supported on Cuusoo and I am committed to purchasing any Cuusoo set that is inspired by AFOLs.

Will this bring any change to Cuusoo?  That is really up to you.  If  100 FOLs respond to this. No, just an unusual blip in Cuusoo usage.  If 1000 FOLs, hm...maybe.  IF 10,000 FOLs put these and every other cool, unique, FOL inspired build in the review box, how could it not?  So please, help get the word out on this campaign: tell your local LUGs, post on forums, tweet to your followers, face your bookers, and red your its, or whatever other way you got to spread a message.  

For those of you complaining about Cuusoo to other FOLs on forums, you are accomplishing very little other than ruffling the feathers of other FOLs.  Supporting a movement on the other hand can potentially accomplish something very interesting!  If nothing else, it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.    

Select the projects you think deserve Special Recognition