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Well so much for having someone younger on the council! hahaha ;-)
No but congratulations Constantine, Elizabeth, MarcR, and Yell. I feel a big sense of relief knowing that there will be smart and experienced community members judging similar submissions. The other people on the list and some other people in this thread would have been great choices too. I am also kind of glad I wasn't picked because it means I would have to wake up a few hours early before my 7pm-7am shift at work, that's a LONG ass day! lol :-)
I'm hopeful things will get (and feel) better here shortly because of 4 things....
1) 200 votes for ER will be gone so people will not spam ideas much anymore.
2) Collaboration tools will be making a new and improved comeback, people will be able to help each other enhance ideas.
3) The Influence Council will be dealing with similar submissions, hopefully inventors will get fairer outcomes.
4) Product category general managers will be selecting ideas for their category, hopefully this leads to better ideas at eval and chosen ideas.
Well said Neil.
Even if one were to have the necessary money to launch a product, either by private funds or something like Kickstarter, you're still looking at a ship load of work to do. And anything you can't do yourself you'll have to pay someone to do, and its work just finding people, finding manufacturers, etc, etc.
Clinton, I agree with everything in your post, well said! We need to be encouraging and rewarding to people with good original ideas, the community can collaborate to make them better, and Quirky can make final tweaks to make them better.
This situation was probably largely due to taking away the collaboration tools (which are making a comeback soon). With no way improve original ideas before they hit ER and eval, people can easily just take original ideas and improve them, then submit them. That is NOT fair to the original inventor.
The thing is with similar claims.... I can tell they are an uncomfortable situation for Quirky. The same way that "killing" winning ideas is uncomfortable. Someone "has to lose" and they have to deliver the news. But as the saying goes "It's nothing personal, it's just business." and that is totally true. Business decisions have to be made, it has nothing to do with who we know or who we don't know, especially in an online setting like this.
I think in the future (and this year alone) there will be less picking winning ideas that will "probably never be made", and less choosing winners without checking the archives. The GMs will be trying to pick the best ideas for their product category, and I think that will help the idea selection process tremendously. Not to say that there will not be any future winning ideas that do not get manufactured, because there will be, but at least we'll be taking our best ideas forward. With similar submissions I think the influence council will do what is right even if its uncomfortable. There will probably be a member or two taking to the forum in the future saying their inventorship was given to someone else, and that the influence council isn't fair. But take those claims for what they are....A highly biased opinion of an un-biased influence council.