Been really busy with work, family, and of course, Lego but I had to pop my head up to post on this.
Lego Cuusoo is to be retired and Lego Ideas will be established in its place.
The really big change is one that I have hoped to see for a long time now: A deadline.
Projects now have one year to get to 10,000. For some projects that seems a bit liberal, for others very tight. LOTS of people have already pointed out to me that most of the projects reaching 10k and even production took more than a year.
To that I say, don't worry guys. Deadlines inspire action both on the part of the project creators and potential supporters. It is a brand new game people, I suggest you leave your preconceptions at the door.
For those interested in getting FOL opinions on deadlines I suggest you check out this article I did for Brickset a while back. My model more strict in the short term and more generous in the long term but the responses track pretty well. I included a survey in which people could vote for any deadlines or no deadlines and 89% of over 600 voters were pro-deadline.
It is interesting to note that April 30th 2015 is going to be CRAZY on Cuusoo if around 6000 projects are set to expire on that day.