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LEGO Ideas: Transition fun facts, and responses to your questions!

Thank you all for a great first week on LEGO Ideas! Our team is busy catching up on approving new projects, and we’re working on small fixes and improvements uncovered since launch.

Before diving into responses to your questions about changes on LEGO Ideas, I’d first like to give a huge shout-out to our development team! These world class men and women engineered a system that migrated the entire LEGO CUUSOO activity history over to LEGO Ideas, writing 6.3GB of data to our database, and importing and converting about 400,000 images, totaling almost 39GB. The migration brought over…

  • 578,668 User Profiles
  • 283,008 Avatars
  • 60,173 Projects (including drafts)
  • 227,768 Comments
  • 283,903 Comment “Likes”
  • 1,438,537 Supports for Projects
     

…and 174,559 Friendships :-) (when people follow one another). WOW!
 

Changes on LEGO Ideas

A wise person once said, “The only constant in life is change,” and a wise minifig once said, “I know that sounds like a cat poster, but it’s true.” LEGO Ideas brings a few changes from the LEGO CUUSOO open beta; some have been warmly accepted, and others slightly less so. Here’s our response to your most prevalent comments and questions:

  • LEGO Ideas is built using responsive design and re-formats when you are on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. You can submit projects from a desktop or tablet, but not from a smartphone, as our experience has shown projects submitted on smartphones are of much lower quality (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc).

    If you experience any issues with the site (for example challenges on different devices), please send a description of what you experience along with as much information as you have (screenshots, operating system, browser, device, and version information) to us at support.ideas@LEGO.com, and we’ll forward this to our development team to investigate.
     
  • Video links now appear embedded automatically when you include a YouTube video URL into your project. We feel this adds to project pages since many of you like to create video promo reels of your projects. Just remember that the videos must comply with our Project Guidelines and House Rules for your project to be approved. Some projects that were migrated from LEGO CUUSOO included hyperlinks to videos in the middle of a sentence, and those have unfortunately generated some formatting issues. If that has happened to your project, please write us at support.ideas@LEGO.com and our team will clean up the video placement in your project as we’re able.
     
  • Projects are now given one year to reach 10,000 supporters in order to create urgency, enthusiasm, and raise the bar to be considered as a potential LEGO product. The LEGO Review Board creates a business case for each project in Review. We’ve set the one-year benchmark to show there is sufficient demand to invest (time, money, people resources, and market priority) in producing a LEGO product. As a project creator, we encourage you and your fans to get out there and promote your project so it reaches 10,000 supporters within a year.
     
  • Projects can no longer be edited, only updated. On LEGO CUUSOO, you could edit your project as much as you like. Some members went so far as to change their projects entirely, all while keeping their supporters. This made the project’s original supporters unhappy, and made it impossible for us to determine exactly what the supporters counted toward.

    Going forward, you can no longer edit your project, as it is a proposal for a potential LEGO product, and we must ensure the concept you are asking people to support doesn’t change its nature throughout the process. Therfore we encourage you to take time and submit your very best images, and thoroughly proofread and edit your project before submitting. For former LEGO CUUSOO members we know this will take some time to get used to, but if you want to improve upon or refine your work, please do so in the Updates tab.

    Note: If you have projects brought over from LEGO CUUSOO with formatting issues, such as awkwardly-placed embedded videos or outdated mentions of “LEGO CUUSOO” you may contact us to make very limited edits, at our team’s sole discretion, as priority allows: support.ideas@LEGO.com. We will not edit new projects on your behalf.
     
  • Clutch Power (which includes both your points and badges) is awarded going forward. Since Clutch Power is new to LEGO Ideas, your past activities on LEGO CUUSOO don’t count toward your Clutch Power  - unless your project reached 1k, 5k, or 10k supporters of course, as that’s a really big deal. Our team will add these badges to project owners’ profiles in the coming weeks.
     

Both our community and development teams are already improving LEGO Ideas based on your input. We’ve noted your other questions and concerns not addressed here, and we’ll respond as the need and priority allows. Launching LEGO Ideas as a complete LEGO brand experience is the LEGO Group’s commitment to innovating on products with you, and we’re looking forward to where we go together. If you have any feedback or challenges, please write us at support.ideas@LEGO.com.

legoarmy2436

7 months ago

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How do you follow someone?

SaMe

2 years ago

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Hi,

"unless your project reached 1k, 5k, or 10k supporters of course, as that’s a really big deal" ... what's the status of getting the points for previous projects with 10k? Also the followers and so forth.

Cheers
SaMe

Tim Courtney

LEGO Ideas Team Moderator

2 years ago

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Hi Sascha, we're only awarding badges for 1k, 5k, and 10k projects in the past. We won't be awarding points for the other activities in the past, because it pre-dates the Clutch Power framework.

tarasis

2 years ago

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I'm curious if you are going to revist old projects and reconsider them. For instance one of the Serenity ones you'se decided to pass on it largely because it didn't fit with your core market of 6-11 year olds, but you have since approved Ghostbusters (which I love) but that is also a movie that was never aimed at young kids.

GRusso

2 years ago

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I have to say that I like the new site, I was truly excited to finally see CUUSOO move forward from its beta version (by the way, on a side note, interesting how there are no traces of the old CUUSOO because it has evolved into “Ideas” and yet we are stock with our first presentation), but then again, in retrospective; since I first joined CUUSOO it’s been said that there has been some changes. However, I see a long list of things that have been eliminated, why anyone would call them changes is beyond my understanding of the basic definition of a change. The list goes through many features, like comments in the activity feed, the top ten list, the unlike button, the edit option and others I can’t remember right now. I understand that some features may be open doors to some problems or inconveniences, but to amputate features that are creating some problems, do not require that much of a thinking process when it comes to find an acceptable solution. To eliminate a feature can hardly be called something “new” or a “change”, and by this practice I believe that the only goal achieved has been making the site tight and less entertaining. (cont)

GRusso

2 years ago

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One of the features that were eliminated was the capability to edit a project. I agree with the new "no edits" policy as there are certain basic rules in the process of presenting a project that must be followed, and one of those rules is that when presenting a project, it must at all times, have all the history from the very beginning. But under the very same rules, a project must also be presented at its latest version, not its first. One is supposed to go "back" to see the original concept. Updates have no meaning if the very first view of a project remains the same forever. In fact a person with a minimal knowledge of project management would assume that the projects has evolved from the latest post in updates to what's in the main picture at the front page right under the title, to have it the other way around makes no sense. Another thing to consider is that if a blog or any other publication for the same matter, or even the staff chooses to promote the project, they will inevitably pick the main picture which certainly does not reflect the project in its latest version, this is where "updates" become meaningless as one would be showing a version with flaws and defects that were probably addressed in later versions. The main picture of a project should be the last version uploaded, I understand that we all want the projects to stay truthful to its original concept, but to freeze the front page even for minor edits like misspellings, is a decision oriented to avoid monitoring rather than to keep the spirit of the original project. (cont)

GRusso

2 years ago

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I recently was asked if I visit the site every day and I immediately, almost automatically said yes. But then again, I asked myself; to do what? New projects are posted every 3 to 4 days, and whoever is running the site has made it a personal goal to reduce the visitor’s activity to a minimum expression, to support or to post empty shallow comments like “very nice” or “Excellent!”, so why would I visit every day if for periods of 3 days nothing changes except for a feature that gets eliminated out of the blue with no warning or explanation? I understand that we do not want the site to turn into a social media like Facebook or YouTube, that’s not the idea of IDEAS, but even a 13 year old is aware that there has to be something in the site to make it attractive and entertaining for users and visitors. I do not know the level of expertise of the people behind the site, but I have a 13 year old expert in having fun at home that is no longer interested because the site is boring. There seems to be a steady trend in eliminating features, even little things that were considered a small token of motivation for a creator like the milestone notification an the official comment for 1000 supports are gone. (cont)

GRusso

2 years ago

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If we look at CUUSOO as a project in itself, which it certainly is, we do not have a voting count to determine its acceptance and success, but there are other indicators that would give us a clearer picture of its stage. For example, the “Discovery” page welcomes users with over 6000 projects posted, but does anyone know how many projects have been abandoned by their creators? I actually took the time to go through GlenBricker’s blog from the oldest post to the newest, and the number of abandoned projects is really high, more shocking was to realize that projects that were praised in their days, like the UCS Tron Light Cycle are today unattended and forgotten by their own creators. Why would have they left if not because they lost interest? If I was a team member of the IDEAS’ staff I would ask myself at least 3 times a day: Knowing that achieving the 10K supports is very unlikely, what can we do motivate somebody to spend endless hours designing a project to post it here and further more; to keep working on it even when the support is not that encouraging? Sadly, I do not believe that question is even on the table at this point as it is more than evident that the average quality of new projects has dropped significantly to a point so low that I don’t even see the need of having a preapproval process as projects clearly made to mock the site are published after 3 or 4 days of “reviewing”. (cont)

GRusso

2 years ago

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Unfortunately, I think the concept got much bigger than the end product; there are more rules in IDEAS than features to offer to new users. The learning process of CUUSOO is over, as I said before; eliminating features do not require that much of a thinking process, the new site is called IDEAS, maybe is time to implement what was learned to have some new ideas instead of focusing so much in getting rid of old ones, to make the site interesting, attractive, entertaining, self-promoting and above all, to motivate creators to keep posting and to keep participating. I know none of my projects are home runs, but they are nice and I took the time and effort to make them with the highest level of quality within my possibilities, because I like to show respect for the site, I want visitors to see that IDEAS is a place worth visiting and even worth joining, that’s my grain of sand, my contribution; and all I want in return is to log in with the expectation of finding something new and not with the assurance something is gone, that’s all I’m saying.

KingJosiahII

2 years ago

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I agree with you GRusso. All projects posted to Ideas should actually have some quality time put into them. For about roughly have of the projects on Ideas are something like this. A couple minifigures, a few LEGO bricks, and a LDD sand background. I think that if a LDD project is to be posted onto LEGO Ideas, it should have at least it's main image rendered. But hopefully though when all of the CUUSOO projects are wiped out, the 50% of projects with no time put into them will be wiped off the surface.

SavetheBrick

2 years ago

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Thank you for sharing your views. I was not really a user of the old site, so I don't know much about some of the features that have been lost, but I do agree that not being able to update the main image to the most recent update is a real issue (and one I hope is reviewed at some point in the future). I know on my own projects I am still learning and trying to improve from the community feedback (I understand people like the highest presentation possible from the start, which I find impressive, but I also like ideas that grow and improve, which is the approach that I started from, as I didn't start thinking I was in a race to achieve anything, the rules may have changed, but I will still have to take things at a slow pace, as for me it is all a new experience and I can only take on one challenge at a time, so I apologise if my projects are very poor in comparison to your great works). I appreciate your time and effort. Thank you. I also would like to say thank you to the Lego Ideas Team for the opportunity the site represents and that I recognise it must be quite a challenge to manage with limited resources and that I think the transition has been successful. I hope that with time and continued user feedback some of the remaining issues will be resolved. Thank you.

Castleguy121

2 years ago

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Except that that won't happen. More are being posted almost every day, so eventually tons of them will be deleted almost every day, but they'll keep coming. The one year limit does almost nothing to lower the number of low-quality projects, and whatever it does, it will be too late for the good projects.

SaMe

2 years ago

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Hej,

congrats to the new design and the new rules and ideas ;)
Looking forward to those Clutch Power points of mine :)

I might use the new site as a spark for a new project ...

Cheers
SaMe

Espiox

2 years ago

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Hey, is there an RSS feed for the blog?

Tim Courtney

LEGO Ideas Team Moderator

2 years ago

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Hi Espiox, no there isn't an RSS feed on the blog. We've received a few requests for this and will consider it with future updates along with our other priorities.