Starting a new thread (if that's okay) for Project Swapfig
, in case people find it easier to comment here than elsewhere.
At the moment there's a second (and most likely final) attempt
at crowdfunding over on Zequs this time. The aim is to hire a web designer for a site makeover, as well as producing Swapfig merchandise.
At the time of writing there's 22 days left out of 45, and somehow it's at 46% of a £1500 target.
Unfortunately I've screwed up the rewards on the page, and it's too late to change them - so make up for this, if the target is reached I'll add a Gold Swapfigure (or an extra one) to pledges of £40 or more. (There are some "early bird" rewards for Gold Swapfigures left, as well as the "dibs" option.) It would be awesome to succeed this time, along with Mechabrick and the others.
In any case, I'm finally going to be adding support for other minifigures to the site, after the campaign ends and along with the next update.
The good news is we're past 50% of the target, and there's plenty of time (but not too much) to make a pledge. I've already decided on my choice if nobody claims "dibs"!
I did want to mention that Project Swapfig has over 500 active members and over 600 in total, yet only 20 people (at last count, including myself) have backed the campaign. The last attempt had almost 90 backers, who pledged just over this attempt's target. It would take only a handful of other members to reach the target.
This isn't about me trying to get paid, it's about improving and growing the site (which I know a lot of you still use!) and providing the best possible experience. I'm not asking for a huge amount, and I know it's definitely possible to succeed this time, but I can't (and don't want to) do it on my own.
PS. To those for whom web design is an issue: think about the fuss that's been made over BrickLink!
I've been a little busier than usual this morning, but things have certainly turned around thanks to "the Brickset Effect"™. Thank you folks for your support.
Here's the first caption competition:
Anyway, tonight's going to be spent celebrating with a bottle of malt, and then the hard work really begins with the redesign and producing the rewards.
I'm hoping to have a site update by Friday, where we should have the first non-CMF items available to trade.
I have uploaded a few SW figure "haves". It is very difficult to select the right one due to the images only showing part of the characters in some cases. It might also help to have the images clickable so that a larger image comes up to help with identification.
Are you allowed to use BL's naming convention (as brickset does)? And brickset's images?
Something to help identify figures more clearly is really needed, otherwise there will probably be problems later on with people getting something that is not what they thought, affecting the reputation of the site.
PS. It is great you can now order results by last login date, that's a good addition.
The minifigure names are pulled from Brick Owl's database (minus the "LEGO" prefix and "minifigure" suffix) and I'd be looking to shorten them.
Now we (I) just need The Hobbit and Superheroes added to get some trades going again.
I'll give it a try.
Anybody got experience of the site and doing some trades??
You can check how many trades they have done before through feedback, a bit like ebay.
There are a few brickset members on there.
It's also No Limit February, where trading limits have been disabled for the whole month. Trade as little or as much as you want in one go, as long as it's legitimate!
(I've noticed an inability to find out who has figures from the newly-added themes, I will try to resolve this tonight.)
Have pinged over a few minor issues I have noted @Silentmode.
There are only a few days left before the No Limit February promo ends, after which trading limits come back into effect. Polybags will then count as two items (contents and packaging) towards each user's limits.
About half an hour ago we've reached the latest milestone of 555 completed trades! I will be very pleased if we get to 2,000 by the end of the year.
Voting is open to all members, but only those who've joined before April 1 will have their votes counted.
I just happened to visit today for the first time in ages, and it is down for a week to celebrate.