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Zymie and Kansas:
What I am really getting at is the community is (and always has been) irrelevant to IDEA SELECTION, but yes, also in other areas (most areas actually).
And Zymie, it's true that the community has *always* been irrelevant, but in addition to many users refusing to accept this, Quirky was always at least complicit in encouraging this misperception, if not actually attempting to mislead about the role of the "community" in idea selection, design choices, etc.
The problem is that Quirky wants to MARKET themselves as "community-driven", "collaborative", etc. but actually RUN their business using in-house *experts* to select ideas, design ideas, etc. (even come up with ideas in the first place) while ignoring what they view as as a necessary evil: our annoying, amateurish "community input". It's a disingenuous system, with so many internal inconsistencies that it's bound to at least partially implode from time to time.
Ben's answer in Town Hall when asked "why vote if there's no influence?": (something like) "just to be helpful".
I for one congratulate Q on recent changes - they are finally becoming more forthright and making it official that the "community" is irrelevant.
Very cool Amy - thanks!