Idea Funding

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http://forums.xf.themehouse.com/threads/introducing-idea-funding.8/#post-32

We were receiving a huge amount of feature requests. So to keep things simple, we're introducing a way where people can post an idea and find others who may want to help fund that idea. It is simplified crowd funding, in short.

The more up votes, the more likely we will build the idea. If it reaches a certain quota, unique per idea, we guarantee it will be built. You can purchase up votes here: http://forums.xf.hexthemes.com/purchase-votes

Post an idea and give it a go! It is free to post the idea.

For $30 it's possible to vote on an idea.
There is no assurance that the idea will be implemented.
Any possibility to get back the money spent?
 

LeadCrow

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As it is, this skin production system may look aimed at supporters of skinshops, but it's a way to significantly defuse the risk inherent to production of expensive skins with deadlines that end just lacking that itty bitty little bit to fully satisfy folks and accomodate others. So really, it's more like Steam's Early Access than crowdfunding.

The fee itself is more an abuse prevention measure and decreases risk and the cost of time lost from unsuccesful ideas or ones slow to bear fruit. Good in theory, the participation fee so far might reduce participation from the hobbyists that spend less than 30$ on skins, but this system appears to not limit the types of feedback one can share, just limit 'wishlists' to serious supporters for whom the earlier norm for paid skinning involved spending dearly (over 100$) yet bearing high risks from unsuccesful delivery of finalized works.

Still a nice concept. Maybe addon makers should consider a similar system, ideally on centralized sites (like XF.com?) that could make ideas resurface more quickly and leverage their common userbase/customerbase to boost 'vote purchases'.
 

Steve

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As it is, this skin production system may look aimed at supporters of skinshops, but it's a way to significantly defuse the risk inherent to production of expensive skins with deadlines that end just lacking that itty bitty little bit to fully satisfy folks and accomodate others. So really, it's more like Steam's Early Access than crowdfunding.

The fee itself is more an abuse prevention measure and decreases risk and the cost of time lost from unsuccesful ideas or ones slow to bear fruit. Good in theory, the participation fee so far might reduce participation from the hobbyists that spend less than 30$ on skins, but this system appears to not limit the types of feedback one can share, just limit 'wishlists' to serious supporters for whom the earlier norm for paid skinning involved spending dearly (over 100$) yet bearing high risks from unsuccesful delivery of finalized works.

Still a nice concept. Maybe addon makers should consider a similar system, ideally on centralized sites (like XF.com?) that could make ideas resurface more quickly and leverage their common userbase/customerbase to boost 'vote purchases'.
I'm certain their idea funding is aimed at add-on development and not styles/skins.

Also there doesn't seem to be a clear answer on the money put forward by users whether or not money is returned if the idea falls through.
 

PoetJC

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$30 to vote on an idea that may or may not be implemented?? Nope. Thanks for the opportunity - but I think I'll pass. Best of luck with the system though.

There are some folks who have money to burn who likely will have no issue whatsoever with dropping $30 for an idea vote. That is not I though LOL. I wish it were LOL. And hmmmm. I *believe* that some 'crowdfunding' type sources dictates that if a certain goal amount is not achieved by such and such a date - that all 'donated' funds are to be returned; that funds are only accessed to the crowdfund owner if/when the certain goal amount is achieved. If that functionality is part of Theme-House's new system - it would make the $30 vote a bit more palatable anyway...

J.
 

HWS

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Assumption: Your 400 users post 200 ideas. Now each idea needs 10-30 votes (each $30) to reach the goal.

Question:
How many ideas do you think will get founded?
How much money will be "earned" from ideas only get 1-3 votes?
 

Somniloquent

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This idea doesn't stand a chance in its present implementation. Nobody is going to pay them for the privilege of participating in their marketing research, which is what this amounts to. However, the discussion on the xenforo forum is interesting, and maybe this will lead to better ideas. A lot of developers struggle with figuring out how to make their work financially rewarding. It's good to see them tackling the challenge in an interesting way, even if it doesn't work out.
 

ozzy47

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Yeah, the idea might seem good on paper, but it defiantly needs some more thought put into it. ;)
 
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