I've just seen this on the BBC site...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39728707
In a nutshell, an Australian chap has terminal cancer and has spent time with his son playing with Lego in his final days. They feel that there aren't many 'Australian themed' sets, and have put forward an Ideas project for a Surf rescue set, which, thanks to the publicity his story has received, hit 10,000 votes quite quickly. Apparently Lego will 'take his illness into account'.
While I feel sorry for the man and his family's terrible situation, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I can't abide these talent shows, such as 'The X Factor' and so on, and don't watch them, but from what I understand, there's a trend to not just turn up because you're a good singer, but because you've had some tragedy in your life, and 'I'm just doing this for my Mum / Aunt Flossie / my sister / next door's cat'. etc etc
Should an Ideas project just stand on the quality of the build, or should the 'backstory' be taken into account.
I'm really not sure...