Tell us what you think of Brickset

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Want to tell us what you like and dislike about Brickset and how we could improve it? Now's your chance! I've been playing with a new online survey tool and have created a short questionnaire to gather feedback from you.

I'm interested in feedback from everyone but particularly from adults, so if you have 10 minutes spare, click on the image to complete it and I'll be eternally grateful...

Update 1st Sept: The survey is now closed. Thanks to all of you who completed it. I now have nearly 800 responses to analyse. When I've done so I'll post the analysis here.

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By in Germany,

There is one feature I am missing desperately:
A checkbox for owning the instructions of a set!

Most lego fans as well as bricklink.com define "owning" a set as having the bricks AND the instructions. I sometimes build a set that I don't own yet out of the spare bricks I have. But I would not consider me "owning" this set unless I also own the instructions. So what I need is to keep track of what instructions I have to look for on ebay or elsewhere. This could be solved easily by one more tiny checkbox at my favorite LEGO-site which is brickset.com.

Anybody agree with me?

P.S.: If you intend to give that idea a shot, I'd also suggest to change the color system to something like this:
green: you own bricks AND instructions
yellow: you own bricks OR instructions
red: you want the set but have neither bricks nor instructions yet
white: you don't want this set

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By in United States,

@EDOM: I like the idea, although you don't need the white box. If you don't want the set, just don't click on any of the other boxes.
Sev

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By in United Kingdom,

I heard brickset is one of the top 100000 best websites in the world. I think it is the best website ever :)
ps: I taken the survey :)

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By in United States,

I took the survey today as well. Brickset users can record any loose minifigures that they have, besides what they own in sets. My idea was to extend this feature for other pieces as well. Due to extra pieces in official sets, pieces purchased from the online or in-store Pick-a-Brick features, and pieces purchased at a garage sale or websites (bricklink, ebay, etc.), collectors can end up with quite a few extra pieces that would not be recorded when marking what official sets they own in 'My Sets'. A catalog of lego elements could allow users to record what extra pieces they own, in what color, and how many. Even if a catalog of this kind proves too cumbersome to maintain, allowing users to manually enter the number of extra pieces they own would help to give a more accurate piece count of a collection.

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By in United States,

EDOM, owning the instructions to a set doesn't really matter anymore since you can just download them from lego.com. I've been able to reconstruct like 8 of my old lego sets by doing that.

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By in Germany,

@Leggodt: When I build a new model from my spare bricks, I always build them following instructions I found online at lego.com or bricks.argz.com. So yes, all instructions are online nowadays. But not owning the original instructions to me is like owning a virtual LEGO model. I want to have both "offline", the bricks and the instructions. Else I just don't feel like "owning" the set.
P.S.: Please don't tell me to print the instructions. Speaking of "owning", printed instructions would be like building a LEGO model out of Mega Bloks, Tyco bricks, COKO or anything. At least that's how it feels to me.

Comments anyone?

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By in United Kingdom,

Just 24 hours in and there's over 400 responses! Thanks guys!

Already the feedback is excellent, better than I could have hoped for. There are a lot of common themes emerging. When the survey's ended I'll post a summary of them and what I plan to do about them.

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By in United Kingdom,

brickmatt: you gave me an idea! Once you've recorded the extra pieces that you own, how about at the click of a button Brickset could tell you what official sets you could build, now that would save me some serious time (Huw, didn't mention this on my survey, well because I thought of it after I'd taken it!). Other suggestions I made on the survey are separate fields to record how much you paid for a set and when/where you bought it from, perhaps also a way for you to record the condition of the set/box/instructions etc would be useful.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've not had a chance to read the nearly 600 responses in full yet but I have implemented a couple of 'quick wins' that were mentioned in the 'what don't you like' question:

- The Amazon carousel has gone
- the AddThis/share social bookmarking link is now at the bottom of the menu which will keep it out of the way of the search box on most pages
- I've rearranged the menu on the home page and the popular searches cloud is now not so large

This will be the start of many little tweaks and improvements I suspect...

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By in United States,

@EDOM, I think that owning a set means having most (if not all) of the pieces. For example, I recently purchased an incomplete Jabba's Saill Barge off my friend, and some parts were missing, but I think I still "own" the set, because the majority of it is still there.

As for owning the instructions, that should not count as "owning" a set, since you can pull the instructions off the Lego website. I built a Republic Gunship using my spare parts and the instructions on Lego.com, but I don't think it counts as "owning" a set.

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By in United States,

Much appreciated - excited to see what comes out of this survey. Thank you Huw, and your helpers too.

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