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You generally want to have only one happening at a time, if possible. You don't want custom sets competing with other custom sets. I also think that even with how big the community is, there aren't tons of well developed sets ready to run, though I'm always looking for them ;)
Apr 16, 2018
dvorcol
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Regarding active drops, I completely agree - one at a time is best. But understanding potential upcoming drops is also important. Especially since the time to make suggestions for additions/revisions is well before the drop goes live. Some sets are known to be coming way in advance, like MiTo's SA Pulse & Zambumon's Serika. But others - your recent GMK Mint Dolch & cassidoodledoo's XDA Scrabble, to name two examples - just seem to pop up out of the blue. And until very recently (and even now), most of the pre-drop discussions went on outside of Massdrop (for example Geekhack & Reddit), leaving out all but the most die-hard followers.
I am not alone in thinking it would be in everyone's interest for Massdrop to support advanced notice by hosting discussions about sets: additions, omissions, revisions, etc. Not to mention giving members the opportunity to prioritize investments within budget limitations. There are Talks and Polls, but seeing them in the first place and then coming back to them to stay up to date has been very difficult.
Providing an Interest Check category for Talks is a great step forward.
Apr 16, 2018
Starius
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I agree with your thoughts entirely.
The ability to manage one's financials with advance foreknowledge alone can't be underestimated and beneficial to both Massdrop and the buyer alike. Yes, you do get the timespan of the drop itself to plan, but many of your hardcore customers are going to want to purchase on the first day and will often be the ones to plunk down the largest chunks of money. Giving people extra time in advance to mentally or financially prepare themselves can only lead to potential greater profits and sales, I would think.
And I don't want to discredit the other online communities in any way, because they're huge. But I would think it would be in Massdrop's best interest to strengthen the capabilities of their own community as well. The more people can do here throughtout the creation process, the better. Especially for new folks just getting into this stuff, and who may feel intimidated by the other communities. Don't underestimate the friendly appeal of Massdrop, that is one of its strengths. And one it may not be using fully to its advantage.
Apr 16, 2018
dvorcol
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Well stated. I couldn't agree with you more.
Apr 16, 2018
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