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Featured creations
Featured LEGO creations Lately, a lot of you have been e-mailing me with questions or complaints about the daily creation that is featured on the homepage. How is it chosen? Why are creations featured more than once?

The short answer is: the creation is chosen programatically, based on ratings, comments, popularity, and so on.

The longer answer is that the creation was never intented to be a "best of MOCpages" or a "MOC of the day" as most of you call it... it was just something to spice up the homepage so that you wouldn't see the same old boring stuff everyday. And it also was meant to show you something that you might not have ever seen before... maybe from a long time ago.

It used to be chosen completely at random. But people fill my inbox with complaints (and alternate suggestions) when the creation isn't very good. So I added criteria that considers the creation's popularity before randomly choosing it. By selecting creations that have a lot of positive ratings and comments, the creation is likely to be something that everyone visiting MOCpages will like.

So for now, just understand that the home page features a creation that the community, as a whole, really likes... Even if you don't, and even if you've seen it before.

posted by Sean  # Tuesday, October 07, 2008
 
How to get your stuff deleted
What the heck, guys? Lots of you have been adding tons of pages that have nothing to do with LEGO creations. I delete this stuff as soon as I see it ... so why are you bothering?

I used to delete a bad page once every few weeks. Now I have to delete about 10 pages every day! What's going on?

How to get your stuff deleted


It's really easy: MOCpages is for sharing your LEGO creations. Anything else will be deleted.

posted by Sean  # Monday, August 25, 2008
 
Upload bug: fixed!
Upload images Many of you have noticed that when you uploaded pictures to your pages, sometimes you would end up with doubles of every other photo, instead of each unique photo.

I'm happy to say that the bug has been fixed! (It turns out that sometimes, the MOCpages server would process your images so fast that they'd finish two at a time and overwrite each other. Bah! Computers!)

Let me know if you're still having problems.

(And don't forget to check out the image uploading tips.)

posted by Sean  # Monday, August 18, 2008
 
Searchy goodness
As of today, (August 12, 2008) MOCpages now has over 68,000 LEGO creations! It can be hard to find what you're looking for sometimes, so I've added a new feature that lets you sort your search results. (Just like you could in the directories.)

By default, your searches return "all matches", which is what you always used to get. Now you can also choose to sort by "most popular", "newest", and "oldest". And these new searches only look through the titles of everyone's LEGO creations -- not the summaries or the contents -- so you can find a good match even easier.

posted by Sean  # Tuesday, August 12, 2008
 
Those new fangled moving pictures
You can now add videos of your LEGO creations to your pages!

While you can't upload videos directly to MOCpages, you can now embed them.


And for you brickfilmers out there, there's a category in the MOCpages Directory called Movies, where you can add your LEGO films.

And remember, MOCpages is for showcasing your LEGO creations -- only. Pages that have videos of other things will be entirely deleted. (And your account could be deleted too!)

Play well!

posted by Sean  # Wednesday, July 30, 2008
 
Spamming and ratings
A lot of people have been e-mailing me about problems with people "attacking" their creations with low ratings and other similar rudeness.

It's a shame that a select few are ruining things for the whole. I'm aware of these "spamming" problems and have been working on broader improvements to the rating system that will be implemented in the coming months.

Did you know that MOCpages is the biggest LEGO fan community in the world? One in ten people visiting LEGO.com also come to MOCpages! More people visiting means, sadly, more people that can abuse the system.

When the rating system was created in 2003, blogging and social communities didn't even exist. The only thing similar at the time was Amazon.com's product rating system, and MOCpages' was modelled after that. But a lot has changed on the internet in 5 years, and with blogs and social communities everywhere, people are more and more accustomed to "flying in", hiding behind an anonymous shield, and doing whatever they want, nice or not.

Web sites like digg.com and flickr.com are now a much better model for how to request the opinions of millions of people... Instead of "rating" a LEGO creation, you'll be given a way to mark creations that you like. This way you'll be able to easily find creations you like (and builders you like). At the same time, the builder of the creation will be able to see how many people (and who) likes their work.


Update 19-Aug 2008

Many (many, many) of you have suggested these same two things:

  1. "people should be forced to create an account to leave a comment or rate a creation"

    That won't work. People will just create secondary dummy accounts when they want to be rude. More importantly, it will only discourage the hundreds of thousands of anonymous visitors that come to MOCpages every day. Remember that in addition to being a community of LEGO - lovers, we're also a window to the world of LEGO creations to the millions of people that aren't LEGO fans.


  2. "People should be forced to leave a comment when they rate a creation."

    TRUST me, you do not want to see the things people write when they rate a creation 1-out-of-5. I delete dozens of them every day, before any of you even see them... they're usually vulgar, rude, attacking, foolish, or just plain stupid. But besides that, whille 1 out of 10 people rate a creation, only one out of 100 leave a comment. By forcing someone to leave a comment, they simply won't leave a rating. That means you won't get 90% of the feedback you get today.


The bottom line? Forcing people to do things they don't want to do is never useful. No one will create an account or write a comment just because you're forcing them to. The real solution is to come up with a way for people to interact civilly and to build web applications that cater to what people are really doing already.

posted by Sean  # Thursday, July 24, 2008
 
Start commenting!
By popular request, the MOCpages "review" system has been changed to a "comments" system. It's less restrictive and will behave more like the commenting features you're used to elsewhere.

Now you can:

Adding comments works exactly like writing a review. As always, rating a creation will only count once, even if you write lots of comments or change your rating.

We've tested it out, but it's pretty complex stuff, so we hope we've got all the bugs ironed out. Contact us if you're having problems

posted by Sean  # Thursday, June 05, 2008
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