Kickstarter- What the Hell?

If you pay any attention to me at all (not that you should), you know I’m a pretty big fan of Kickstarter. Well, I was, anyway. The concept is still brilliant and wonderful and allows people to do cool stuff, but lately Kickstarter seems to be slipping.

A lot.

Kickstarter has some very strict standards– in writing only, it seems. In the last few months, it seems like just anything is getting through.

Here is a guy who wants to build a fort for him and his cat. For $5,000. It will clearly fail, and miserably, as it should. But why is it even there? There is no reason this should ever have been approved.

Here is a guy doing… something with stickers that tell people they are beautiful. I guess he had a bunch made? But he says he is going to make a book? Of pictures? Or something? He’s not really clear, despite having a ‘what’s this about?’ section, a ‘no, really, what’s this about’ section and ‘what’s the Kickstarter for?’ section. For the low, low price of $50, you get a book and 250 stickers, which you could have made yourself for cheaper. Sorry dude, your project is about you buying a car, not telling people they are beautiful. Unless you actually believe yourself, which is even worse.

I shouldn’t have to explain why.

And of course, the piece de resistance right now: The Death Star. Now, I love Star Wars as much as the next guy. Actually, probably more. But this… this is just stupid. Geeks everywhere had geek-gasms when there was a petition to get the White House to build a Death Star, and more when the White House responded with a fun, tongue-in-cheek response.

I get it; it was funny, but now this? This is a waste of time. For one thing, yes, it’s a joke, but why do we need to make it? It takes away from the legitimate creators on Kickstarter.

Even worse, it’s just not well done. There are two rewards, and they are stupid. The description is completely lame. The only reason this has any attention is because it says DEATH STAR at the top. It’s clear that no real thought or effort was put into it.

So come on, Kickstarter. Up your game. If ‘projects’ like this keep appearing on the site, you will lose visitors and credibility with real creators- and they will go elsewhere.

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6 thoughts on “Kickstarter- What the Hell?

  1. Seth W says:

    I’m torn on my reaction to this article.

    On one hand, you’re absolutely right; Kickstarter should make a greater effort to enforce their rules. Obvious scams, projects like the one David posted about, and the like are clearly against Kickstarter’s code of conduct, and take away from the quality of the site.

    On the other hand, this is the underlying drive behind crowdsourcing in the first place: those low barriers that give anyone with sufficient motivation a shot at success. Most people are like you and me in that they can identify a project that is clearly BS, and subsequently won’t give their money up for it. But hey, you know, maybe there is a market for a book of stickers, or whatever it was. We’d never know if we only stuck to traditional methods of production.

    All that being said, there are alternatives to Kickstarter. I recently reported on CrowdsUnite.com, a site that aims to serve as a directory of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe. There are many sites that specialize in a specific type of project, like scientific research, artistic endeavors, or homebrew video games. If you’re getting disillusioned with Kickstarter, maybe it’s time to make a switch.

    http://tinywork.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/crowdsunite/

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