A lot of 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.
If you would like to see AFOL inspired projects get more attention on Cuusoo, then here is your chance.
There are two fundamental truths behind the success of special interests projects on reaching 10,000.
First off, 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 three 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 sub-group 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, but I would certainly like to see what we can accomplish.
What I have done here is create 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 from the list. The project with the most votes in two weeks will be freely promoted on Brickset and my own site.
Now I also ask that we as a community support all these projects through Cuusoo as well as 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 there are perfectly good reasons why these projects could fail the review, but let's give them the opportunity to get reviewed. Remember, supporting a project is not a declaration of intent to purchase so please don't be stingy. If you expect participating FOLs to support the projects you like, return the favor. This is also by no means an exhaustive list, as I said, it is just what I have written on to date.
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, hmm... 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've got to spread a message.
For those of you complaining about Cuusoo to other FOLs on forums, I respect your opinion, but 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! It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Links to the Selected Projects
Each of these projects has an article on Brickset already but a gallery of the images can be found here.
Select the projects you think deserve Special Recognition
A Week (or Four) of Cuusoo
My pick from the last few weeks is the "Road to Oz." It showcases Dorothy's trip along the yellow brick road quite well with some great technique, high playability, and high displayability. The very enjoyable and clever Super Hero Racers and the well built Burj Al Arab came in as close seconds.
Since I last posted I have also made great strides in a new feature on the site. It is far from done, but it reveals patterns of cross-project support. Basically, it shows what other projects any given projects supports have also supported.
On a tangential note, Brent Waller, creator of the Tumbler, Ghostbusters, and Costume Store Modular has a Kickstarter for a game called Satellite Reign. Other than being AFOL driven, this is not LEGO but if you are a fan of Syndicate, it looks like it might be up your alley.
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