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There hasn't been any major news items lately besides the reveal of the early 2015 sets, and those were covered. There were also a couple of really-really (I mean really!) interesting articles from Gary Istok, one from Huw about LEGO on cruise ships, an update on the newly approved LEGO Ideas sets, some of the holiday sales going on... all standard good stuff.
Also, Huw announced the very valuable addition of LDraw instructions to the database and also worked on adding tags to sets. These are just what I remember off the top of my head from the past couple of weeks. So no, I haven't noticed any changes - all awesome stuff. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! Sorry, had to add that... ;)
No, I don't, but I would very much like to know specifically why you think so. What in the news articles don't you like, and why are you linking it to Huw's (and co.) participation with Blocks? If it's the articles concerning Blocks, then, as @akunthita said, you can op-out or simply ignore them. If it's the content of other articles, then I have to say, I think they are the same or higher - I particularly like the articles from guest writers about the history of certain themes.
If you have complaints, do try and be more specific, otherwise people are going to think you're just trolling. Similarly, you could have (politely) voiced your concerns in an email to one of the admins, rather than writing it here, which is a little rude, as he will most likely see it anyway.
If anything its slightly better this year as we've had some of these old lego articles. One thing I guess we could have is reviews of this years Christmas stuff - notably the snowman and reindeer (unless I've missed them) although maybe its still a bit early (although they're now sold out at [email protected]!).
I can understand why some might think that stuff will be kept over for bricks but I suspect that would be a bad idea for Huw (damaging a proven format - brickset - for an as yet unproven one - blocks) and not one he's considering. There's certainly no sign of it at the moment.
I'm actually writing very little for Blocks. That which I have contributed so far is not really website material anyway. I certainly won't be holding back any news or reviews: I guess recently there hasn't been a lot to report on or review so I've been concentrating on adding new features to the site such as the tags (which has gone slightly pear-shaped, I admit, but that's another story...)
Unlike other sites' owners, I don't feel obliged to fill the news with trivial stories of little interest to the majority (such as this one, not to pick on BrickFanatics specifically, but is that something you'd want and expect to read about here?) Even The Brick Fan, which does an excellent job of news coverage hasn't published anything much this week other than video games news which I don't cover here.
I'll be reviewing the Skating scene set next week and then launching a competition related to it.
Come December you'll be begging for less news once we get stuck into the Advent calendar daily rundown and, hopefully, reporting sightings of 2015 sets in shops, not to mention the traffic review of the year and so on...
Maybe some fillers are needed, (joking, but part of me wishes these were real ;-p)?.... "Breaking News! Woman finds crisp shaped like a mini fig!" .... "Man has to call fire brigade after gust of wind blows poly collection into tree" .... "TV psychic holds séance in an attempt to communicate with members of HH".
I seldom actually login to Brickset's main page or comment on the articles, but I do glance at the article overviews. I comment on the articles even less frequently. I obviously always login to the Brickset forum as that is required to post. The purpose of the main page (for me) is really just awareness.
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Speaking of Christmas (dangit it's still November, guys XD), which Advent Calendars will you be doing this year? I quite liked the "Star Wars and best of City/Friends" format.
@LostinTranslation I wouldn't wait too long. They're already OOS at [email protected] and probably wont last a whole lot longer in stores either. (I know you'll have them already but for others seeing the review!)
And to stay on topic, no, I do not feel the quality of the articles on the site has gone down. I would prefer Blocks available in a digital format though instead of a hard copy.
It may be that the quantity and frequency of articles has tailed off a little, but Huw addresses that point above.
You specifically point out though, that it's the quality, not the quantity, of the articles that you feel is lacking. Can you identify any pieces that you feel are sub-standard, and explain what exactly you think is wrong, because at the moment your point is a little too vague to carry much weight.
May be the OP is like me and constantly checks brickset main website and forum on a minute basis, so their post may be born out of disappointment with a lull in news during this time of the lego season.
Also, I find it takes me a long time to do them: building and photographing are no problem but adding the words seems to take me ages. I've been faffing about with tags lately and preparing for a holiday/vacation so haven't found the time.
Does that mean that logically speaking these derogatory comments are coming from people who shouldn't exist? :P
I actually have precisely the opposite issue to Huw. I find that the writing is quick and easy once you get into a flow while photographing is the most time-consuming part.
If you do review the new Hobbit sets that would be great. And it fine with me if you don't really know the source material. I would be more interested in the picture; since I know a whole bunch about the source material. Huzzah!
We now have multiple "predictions / EOL" threads, each big set getting it's own titled thread, but the conversion naturally veers to other sets so there is a lot of cross talk. Not so long ago these would have all been merged into THE predictions thread. Multiple threads about what are the rarest minifigs and their value, marketplace trade threads with no location specified despite the rule saying they have to, sometimes multiple threads for the same item from the same person ...
And we also seem to have a Rocket Raccoon spammer now too.
Not complaining, just observing, but Brickset is the most over-moderated forum that I've ever been on. If Blocks keeps some of those mods busy elsewhere, long may it continue!