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How to make a Popular MOC
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Hello and welcome to class. Todays lesson is How to Make a Popular and Successful MOC. It has been a question that I have frequently heard and have been asked. BUT how exactly do you make a popular and successful MOC? Get blogged on the hit lego web-sites? Or get on MOCpages' home page? I've been here for almost a year how and I'm quite experienced with these things (I think?). For those who have ever asked that question, here is your answer...


A. Introduction
This is just to introduce you viewers to the structure of this lesson. I've separated the information by categories in numbers. Each category has info about a different topic. I've also incorporated a example of a sucessful MOC that I think really represents a mastering of each section. Once again, this is from my opinion and experiences, answers to this question will vary. I would also like to say that there is to be no talking, gum chewing, or doodling in this class. (Yes that means you too Kelso.) Anyway here we go...

1. Cheats or just an easy step?
The easiest way to make a popular MOC is to show us something that we've never seen before. This can be extremely hard to do, but the results are phenomenal. Example:



This is a lego creation by Legohaulic. I choose this as an example because of the fact that is very unique.It uses a simple technique but this one made it to the #1 on Explorer over on Flickr. Click the pic to see more.
Using a technique no one has ever seen before will make people click on you page out of curiosity.

2. Do not use other peoples techniques.
Although it might seen tempting, do not do it! If you think that just because one MOC was so popular because it used a technique no one has ever seen before, yours will be just as popular too, your wrong! After a couple uses of a similar technique, the technique will seem worn out and no one will care anymore. I will advise you to use others peoples techniques and combine those techniques with other elements in building to create a unique result. This sometimes adds to a MOC, and other times not.

3. Timing.
Often we see MOCs related to a certain holiday or event get a lot of attention. These types of MOCs are really cool and get a lot of attention by lego bloggers.
Example:
This was made by Doctor Sinister over on Flickr. It shows the recent Swine Flu epidemic. Although a very simple MOC, it attracted a huge amount of attention because it has to do with everyday lives. This type of MOC also works for Holidays, Birthdays, or real world events.


4. Presentation
This subject is a big one, so pay attention. It doesn't matter how big or good your MOC is, if the pictures aren't good, blurry or out of focus, your MOC is likely not to get as much attention. Keith Goldman gave some advice in his newest group about this. He stated that you should set your cameras to macro mode (flower icon) and anti-blur mode. Then you can use advanced lights or simply wait for a overcast day outside to take your pics. It is always nice if you clean up the background of your MOC by photoshop. For those who do not have an image editing software, I'd suggest using a white blanket or poster board to cover up the background. Also Nannan gave me some advice on how to use the sharpen tool on Photoshop, which is usually found under the effects tab. This allow the details of your work to come out clearer. Photoshop also helps when your making a story, add some facial expressions or weather techniques. Also I've found that taking mulitple pictures of your MOC and then combining it all into one picture works too. For example, take a picture of your guy and then of a your creation. Photoshop the guy into the photo and this eliminates having a picture blurry in some areas.
Example:
This is Mark Kelso's Apocalypsis. It perfectly represents this category because it clearly shows a great presentation of the story using photo editing tools. Click to see the full story.

5. Getting yourself known.
You are not going to be MOCpages's latest and greatest MOCier overnight. It takes months and even years to get to this point. Getting your self known with certain people and group will help you get more attention. Putting your MOC in a contest usually results in all the contest members having a look. Joining other sites rather than MOCpages also helps too in a way. Meeting new friends and people who like your things also help. Some people only have a few people who added them as a favorite builder, while others are well over a hundred. It can take very long to get to that standpoint. Don't worry just keep trying and people will find your stuff and you'll make friends quick.

6. Don't give up and keep building.
Some people seem that they just have an itch for building. I guarantee that you will make mistakes in your builds along the way, but learning from those and not quitting is the key to being a successful builder. Some builders take months and years into making their MOCs and have made and corrected many of their mistakes on their MOCs. Sometimes mistakes can lead to the discovering of a new technique. DO NOT GIVE UP!

7. Use what you have and make the best of it.
Most of us normal builders do not have a million bricks. This is used as an excuse a lot of times either in contests or for some mistake. If you make the best of what you have and not always want new stuff then your more likely to make something awesome!

8. Combine and get creative.
The biggest thing here on MOCpages is creativity. The more creative you are, the better your creations will be. Combine some techniques, use colors, and do some wacky and weird building. This can lead to an awesome new technique and a lot of fun! Get creative with your pieces and make something that stands out from the crowd.

9. Don't write blah blah blah.
If you plan to write a description of your MOC, make it sound exciting and bold. Have some confidence toward your build. Try and be humorous with that you have. Stories always work well, but should be well written most of all...PLEASE, please try and use correct grammar and spelling. This might be hard for some but they're sights to help you out with this. No one wants to read something that go's like... Thiz is mi besst creatioon, it'z callled.... and so on.

10. Don't be the Big Mad Meanie
Try and be serious here people. The main point of this section is to tell you to take constructive criticism seriously. Don't be mean and everyone will have their own opinions about your MOC. The truth is that there is something good and bad about every MOC. Use criticism to help you fix your mistakes. Do not try and argue, everyone has a right to their own opinion.

11. Summary
Lets review what we learned about making a successful MOC.

*Creating something new and exciting is the easiest way to get your head on the mantle, urrr, I mean the hall of fame.
*Be creative with your builds.
*Enter contests and meet new people. Your not going to be a great MOCier overnight!
*Present your creation in the best way you can.
*Try not to use old and worn out techniques.
*Make the best of what you have.
*Make a MOC related to worldly events or holidays.
*Add text that is humorous or exciting. Stories are always good.
*HAVE FUN!
*Use the advice given by other people.

12. Extra points.
I'm leaving this space open for anyone who wants to leave a comment which states something I didn't happen to mention here or someone who has an idea of their own. If I like what you have to say, I'll be posting it here.

John Moffat:
*Don't make Phipson jokes. They are way overdone. Try something different, like Kelso-smack. One builder was even so bold as to unleash some Goldman-smack.
(very true John, lets see what you got people!)

Christian Collins:
*Don't spam! This is NOT a good way to get attention, it just gets you a bad reputation and a bunch of nasty comments.
(ahem)

Chas Irish and Blake B's ideas: This one is absolutly huge and I can't believe I forget it. DO NOT COMMENT ON OTHER MOC'S AND ASK THIS: COOL, COME SEE MY...(insert name here). This is rude and looked down upon. I've seen a lot of people doing this (including myself back when I started :() and it really decreases your reputation.

Robo man's ideas: THE AFOLS ARE NOT GODS. Stop acting like they are. Sure I'd admit that getting comments from them helps, but that doesn't mean go bug them about it. Learn from the AFOL's, ask them advice, or questions about techniques. They will be happy to help. It doesn't matter your skill level though, just as long as your looking for some advice or friendly conversation rather than comments, comments, comments.

Mark Kelso:
Don't make your MOC too busy, with colors everywhere, or too much going on. Keep it CLEAN. Give it a focal point. And simplify your color schemes. This will go a long way when people are scanning the thumbnails.
(a great point on the presentation of your photos)

Thomas Benedikt:
Another good tip is to use a reference pic that lures people into clicking your MOC.
In other words choose a main picture that is intriguing and attracts people's attention, for example a giant question mark.

Michael Rutherford's ideas: It you are going to start a MOC, plan to finish it. WIP posts can help in a way. Also try to spend your time making your MOC rather than important "friends." I'll use this term loosely because shame on people who are trying to attract the attention of some of the AFOLs just to get more comments.

Shannon Young:
Just build and have a fun time doing it, the rest will come later.


Noah Mavael:
Look at a piece that's really hard to use, and think, "What is the most creative way I can use it?" Don't just use pieces as they were intended! Make people go, "Wow, that's really neat!"
(Brilliant advice here, Noah)

Steffen Kasteleiner:
Keep contact to the outside world: do some sports or meet some friends when you don´t make progress on your WIP, see the sunlight, etc.

Espen Stalder:
Creativity is a huge part of MocPages. Humor is also big. Combine the two, and, there ya go. Big Contests are a good way to strut your stuff. So many people enter, and many more follow it through. Hundreds of people can see your entries, and think, "Wow, this guy's good, I wonder what some of his/her other mocs look like". I've found that people have commented or rated one of my MocOlympics entries, and shortly after rated or commented on another one of my mocs. And yes, creative, humorous contest entries work well too.
13. Conclusion

Well that's it for now, hope this class helped. Now you all get your A's, except for you Ghostman, you've failed. Until next time, class dismissed.


-Professor Dylan



Comments

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  March 21, 2014
I''m not sure how the MOCPages search system works, but try to give your creation a more well known name.(but be creative) When people search for a creation, they are most likely going to type a name like Tank, Car, or Army Minifig. That seems to bring up MOCs that have names like that. So try to name your MOC something that is likely to be looked up, but with a bit more creativity. For example, you made an ATV. Don't just call it ATV. Give it a name like Tykes E-Class ATV(completely made up...)
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  March 6, 2014
Awesome! I'll have to take this stuff into mind when I upload next. Thanks!
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  February 2, 2014
Great advise Thank you!
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  November 30, 2013
Thanks for the help!
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  November 28, 2013
Very helpful, thanks.
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  November 20, 2013
Great advice, lots of these steps are new to me. Hopefully, I can make them work for me.
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  November 12, 2013
Some great advice here! I don't think you should just want to be popular tho! Just have fun doin' what ya' do!
  November 11, 2013
well done! How does moc of the day work?
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  October 8, 2013
Here is another tip don't make long wordy creations. JK! :P you really helped me allot!
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  June 23, 2013
Hi I'm relatively new here and would like to say: some people, myself included, would like to obtain large quantities of pieces not because they think it will improve their skills but because they have a small variety of pieces, and would like to have enough pieces to build BIG or to be able to have more than one or two mocs built at a time. The reasons I have for this are that I specialize in constraction figures, but my builds are small and have inconsistent looks to them. Also I still play with my MOCs after building them and I would like to have something that will entertain me for a while.
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  June 23, 2013
Hi I'm relatively new here and would like to say: some people, myself included, would like to obtain large quantities of pieces not because they think it will improve their skills but because they have a small variety of pieces, and would like to have enough pieces to build BIG or to be able to have more than one or two mocs built at a time. The reasons I have for this are that I specialize in constraction figures, but my builds are small and have inconsistent looks to them. Also I still play with my MOCs after building them and I would like to have something that will entertain me for a while.
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  May 8, 2013
Here's an advice thing:Try to keep your MOCs KID-FRIENDLY, because there's a lot of younger builders on the pages!
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  March 6, 2013
I've seen this once, adn it took me a year to find it again. Love it!!!
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  October 19, 2012
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH IVE NEEDED THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME !!!!!
Dylan B
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Sierra-117 .
  September 5, 2012
Advice: Try not to build one theme only, branch out. If your a bio-moccist, have a system, technic, or nxt branch. Maybe all of the above! This will attract different people and gain some new followers. (I should probably take my own advice, I've been kinda stuck with just Bionicle lately.)
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  August 15, 2012
Yeah, my favorite advice would be Noah's. I try to do so all the time. I turned the Pohatu Nuva Claws into a halo! So, yeah.
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  July 12, 2012
nice
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  July 11, 2012
Oh, you rock. No wonder I wasn't getting many views, well, my stuff has been pretty original. Great pointers, hopefully I'll be a famous MOCer.
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  July 4, 2012
You do make some good points there :)
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  June 17, 2012
Nice pointers =)
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  May 14, 2012
Thanks!
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  May 1, 2012
Man its hard to be famous! No one told me this would be like school!
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  March 14, 2012
Use light to your advantage. Simple surfaces will seem to pop out if you use partial raising to cast shadows. Also remember to build like you would paint. Make sure your moc is interesting from far away, a few feet away, and right up close.
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  February 28, 2012
THIS SURE IS HELPFUL
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  February 7, 2012
These are really usefull. Thank you for the advise.
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  January 18, 2012
Thank for the advise! It helped because Im new here and I only posted four things!
  January 14, 2012
Okay, thanks!
  January 8, 2012
Chewy: posts with no images get deleted; posts with nothing but drawings get deleted. Stories with lego "illustrations" are fine, though. As for the r, TECHNICALLY yes, but in practice, nobody gives a stuff, least of all the site staff.
  January 4, 2012
I'm just getting started here and I haven't posted any creations yet, but these are certainly excellent tips, and I'll keep them in mind (except the photo editing/lighting/non-blurriness one, I'll do the best I can, but I really can't do much in that department.). Could you please tell me what exactly counts as a "LEGO" creation? I ask this because I really like writing things, and I've developed my own huge back story for lots of LEGO stuff, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to just post my LEGO stories (stories with minifigs as characters, incorporating lots of my own ideas and various references and connections to different LEGO themes, particularly the LEGO universe online game) without accompanying creations, or if I am allowed to post characters and locations without building them, only sketching them in a LEGO-ish style, until I get around to making them out of bricks. I'm sorry to complicate things so muck when I'm just getting started here, but I would really appreciate it if someone could answer this question. Also, what exactly is the rule for putting the "r" symbol after the word "LEGO?" Was every usage of "LEGO" in that post supposed to have the symbol after it?
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  December 25, 2011
Thanks! That should help for me. And here's my idea for the empty idea: Build a MOC in a theme that is popular. There's alot of Star Wars,Bionicle and Lord of the rings fans that would rate or comment MOCs that goes along with their favorite themes.
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  December 9, 2011
And THATS how you make a popular MOC! 225 likes!
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  November 23, 2011
This is VERY helpful, but I still can't get my mocs noticed much.
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  November 21, 2011
Thanks! With the Cool, Check out my... it's sometimes ok. Well under the circumstances off you and another MOCer building the same creation (like 2 people building the same transformer or that sort of idea) Like: This is great! I like how you used _ technique right _ or on the _. I also built a version of this guy, could you check it out? I used this technique _ where you used a _ technique there. I like it :) Anything other than that is just being annoying. And I'll usually only do that when commenting on my buds stuff.
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  November 13, 2011
Cool!!!Thanks for the help!
Dylan B
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The Active One .
  November 7, 2011
Thanks Dylan!
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  November 2, 2011
*Snrk?* "Wait what? I zoned out." Just kidding. this was very helpful. Thank You. ~Steve
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  October 28, 2011
Thanks for the tips!!!!!
Dylan B
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Dave Russ
  October 19, 2011
It helped me!
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  October 18, 2011
Very Helpful!
Dylan B
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  October 12, 2011
Dylan, I Enjoy How You Presented Such A Detailed "Class" And I Agree With You. Also, I Normally Try Not To Advertise My Group Using People's Pages, But I Feel That Since Those Who Would Look At This Page Could Benefit That I Should Let You Know. I Run A Group Call Hump-Free Rates!!! For Those Who Need Help With Various Aspects Building MOCs Or Presenting MOCs, I Look Over MOCs In Detail And Give, To The Best Of My Ability, Detailed Opinions On Whatever Issue Builders May Have. My Group Also Provides Other Services That May Help Builders As Well. To Those Who Wish To Check It Out, Here's The Link: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/18247
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  October 12, 2011
Thanks a lot! It's really helpful!!!
Dylan B
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Oliver King
  September 27, 2011
it helps i looove it
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  September 17, 2011
Hmmm.... Well this was made about 2 years ago, but i'm thinking it still might work. I have learned the best thanks to you!
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  September 13, 2011
Cool tips!
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  September 12, 2011
...Or make an MOC that helps people, add it to MOCpages Help, and that'll get you 205 likes (this one does). :)
  September 6, 2011
i truely believe that the only way to get yourself in that kind of fame is Practice and experimentation. like you should try one technique for the MOC your making, and if it doesn't work, then try to make a way for the design to fit. and in my opinion a popular moc doesn't need to start off that good either, as you find new ways of building, try to fit it to your Moc until you have the perfect MOC! i mean, i can't be as good at building at thirteen as ui will be at sixteen. although originallity is important, it's not going to garantee that you will get you to the explore page.
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  August 22, 2011
Many thanks for the advice, Buddy! I have to confess I was doing the: "could you come and check my..." error, when I started on Mocpages.
Dylan B
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Darth Legor
  August 16, 2011
An excellent way to explain how to get a good builder!
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  August 15, 2011
This is really helpful, and a really good idea to put on mocpages. I'll have to check out some of your creations.
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  August 15, 2011
Inspirational! Thank you so much for making this, it really has helped me a lot! 5/5
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  August 13, 2011
I remember seeing this a while back and saw it again today while scanning through the mocpages is broken forms. Some really great advice here, something I think every new MOCer should see.
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  August 9, 2011
Great summary of how using MOCpages. If you don't have the money to spend for expensive software like Photoshop, try PhotoFiltre, it is free at least for older versions. By the way it only costs $25 and it covers all basic technics an average photo editor will use anyway. I use it for years now. http://www.photofiltre.com/
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  July 24, 2011
I say MOCpages is BETTER than Brickshelf!
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  July 16, 2011
That advice is very good! I agree with every bit. Another thing is to be active in your groups. If you join tons of groups, and you're not active, people won't think much of you.
Dylan B
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AA (Noname)
  June 26, 2011
I have another advice: Be helpful and nice, give advice to other builders, and be active. When you comment on someone's MOC and post a thoughtful review, he will go and look at your homepage out of curiosity, gratitude or just to know you better. It sounds pretty selfish, but when I started to post some reviews on MOCs that interested me, I saw the affect. Moreover, whenever someone comments on my creation I go to his homepage to see who is the person who commented. The most important part of that advice: say "in my opinion" and such phrases that show you don't intend to hurt or harm anyone- show them you do it to help them improve. To sum up: be helpful and nice (write constructive criticism), but make sure it doesn't clash with number 10 (Don't be the Big Mad Meanie).
Dylan B
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Kris Flaten
  June 24, 2011
Thanks Dylan, this is a great help to me.
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  June 11, 2011
Also, you should put this creation in the group, "MOCpages Advice" here: http://mocpages.com/group.php/8176
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  June 11, 2011
This is great man! All the tips are appreciated. =)
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  May 31, 2011
Two things: (1) Don't post too many pics. If your post is a giant build then it's fine to post extra pictures of the details and close-ups. But, you don't need a lot of pictures that look like the pic above it but blurrier. (2) Remember that when you reply to a comment on your MOC it will not send an e-mail to the person your replying to, (Not yet at least) You will have to either reply in a group that you both are in or on one of their creations. Great tips BTW Dylan. :)
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  May 26, 2011
This is something that could really help me out alot! I better get my stuff straight if I want my comic series to get a high rating. Thanks alot for the advise Dylan! :D
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  May 13, 2011
This is a fantastic article! I agree with everything you've said; if more people read this, I'm sure we could clean up the clutter on MOCpages!
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  May 6, 2011
Quoting Nick Nitro Brick may I please copy this and give it to a friend? I will give you credit!
Yes you may, I'm glad it has helped!
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  May 1, 2011
may I please copy this and give it to a friend? I will give you credit!
Dylan B
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Henry Byrd
  April 25, 2011
Thanks for the advise(sp?)Here's one. Having a good buddy icon helps a lot. Put something your interested in. If you like star wars put your favorite charater or sig fig in. You might put your new puppy in and people will say "aww how cute" or say that looks like dog and they will click your name. You could put a good shot or your best creation. Dont take other people pictures as your icon which people will hate you. joining groups can help you get popular
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  April 24, 2011
some very nice ideas and tips here! i agree this are the golden rules to MocPages! you have even followed them in this Moc too! humorous and unique! well done
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  April 11, 2011
I got one: ask perrmision before you use a creation as the base of your creation and technigues . like if I was to ask (Piere nomade) hope I spelled his name right. If I could use the design of a semi he built as inspiration for a creation i plan to build. i have done this my self and he okayed it. 2nd one: sometime asking where someone got a part helps you out allot espicialy if it is a new lego company part or breick link part.
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  April 8, 2011
Some very good advice here, I think time applies to me the most, I’ve had my account for a few months now and more people are starting to post then when I first made it. This is a great guide. I admit I have gone against some things one it once or twice, blurry photos and asking people to comment on my stuff. - I only do the second one occasionally and only after I give a good long comment on theirs first. Oh, and of corse bad spelling, but that's solved now, I just right every thing in Microsoft word, spell check, then copy/past. I will defiantly recommend this to some of my friends, it's a good guide.
Dylan B
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Brandon Tennant
  March 22, 2011
The biggest problem that affects my unsung popularity here on MOC pages is #4. The quality of my camera is bad, but I plan on getting a new digital camera, good for close-ups.
Dylan B
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Soap MacTavish
  March 19, 2011
Wow! I learned alot today thx for the class! I am greatful to have you for edvivce! Thankyou so so much! Great builder you rock!
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  February 4, 2011
thanks for the tips and another thing is sometimes people are lured to the most crazy thing like chris phipson's MI COOOL HaLO PGE is his most popular moc just because he, a great builder. just built a ton of stupid halo things with duplo and made fun of the halo kiddies. people see this terrible thing and see who created it and say "what the !@!#%$ has that guy been smoking."
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  January 21, 2011
What would you say about this style of photo? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/247516
  January 8, 2011
@ Monkey, what I was saying was the title of this page makes people think the reason to be on MocPages is popularity. I don't like it when people leave because "I wasn't getting enough views" or something like that.
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  January 8, 2011
Quoting Al Shows Hey, thanks for the great advice. The only thing I don't like on MocPages are the "somewhat pitiful" (Not to be rude) MOCs that ends up being MOTD. It's annoying to see on the home page something that has been obviously spammed with the creator self-liking his own MOC.
Very highly agreed there. The randomness of MOCD gives us a bunch of random you know what to look at. Yes, there are good creations on there but there is also plenty of not so great stuff to say the least.
  January 7, 2011
Quoting Matthew Novosad Hmm, interesting... Though, I would have called it something like "How to make your MOCs better" or something of that nature. Your current title just makes it seem like popularity is the reason to be here .
The reason for the popularity is that fact that this MOC gives good advice; advice that many people need to hear.
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  January 7, 2011
Hey, thanks for the great advice. The only thing I don't like on MocPages are the "somewhat pitiful" (Not to be rude) MOCs that ends up being MOTD. It's annoying to see on the home page something that has been obviously spammed with the creator self-liking his own MOC.
  January 7, 2011
No, I'm here to post my creations, to have good times. When I first joined, I joined to join. I have made friends here, they are what matters. The creations may have likes, but it doesn't matter to me. The friends do.
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  January 7, 2011
Quoting Matthew Novosad Hmm, interesting... Though, I would have called it something like "How to make your MOCs better" or something of that nature. Your current title just makes it seem like popularity is the reason to be here.
If that was the reason for people to come here, many people, including yourself, must be eagerly desperate for popularity.
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  January 7, 2011
Quoting andros tempest shame it isn't mandatory to read this, in the last week I've seen every one of the suggestions broken or ignored. my personal bugbear is people asking for Instructions. Even those MOCs I've created which are inspired directly by other people's creations were made by "guessing" how the original was made - half the fun is working these things out for yourself. The only reason anyone asks for instructions is to recreate it EXACTLY, which is ok if they credit you - but I've already encountered some people who haven't.
Agreed. Plagiarism is one of the things in which I have the least tolerance for on this site.
  January 5, 2011
shame it isn't mandatory to read this, in the last week I've seen every one of the suggestions broken or ignored. my personal bugbear is people asking for Instructions. Even those MOCs I've created which are inspired directly by other people's creations were made by "guessing" how the original was made - half the fun is working these things out for yourself. The only reason anyone asks for instructions is to recreate it EXACTLY, which is ok if they credit you - but I've already encountered some people who haven't.
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  January 2, 2011
I think the proper grammer and spelling thing requires it's own MOC...
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  January 2, 2011
Hmm, interesting... Though, I would have called it something like "How to make your MOCs better" or something of that nature. Your current title just makes it seem like popularity is the reason to be here.
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  January 2, 2011
Quoting Falco Lombardi BEST LEGO creation EVER! :P Thanks for the advice; Im new to MOCpages.
Well welcome and I'm glad that my random blabber could be of some help to you. :)
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  January 2, 2011
BEST LEGO creation EVER! :P Thanks for the advice; Im new to MOCpages.
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  December 6, 2010
This is very well written and helpful. I'll be referring to this frequently. Thanks for the helpful information.
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  December 5, 2010
wow thats very helpful
Dylan B
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Ali Cooper-Williams
  November 29, 2010
Very good post! I can't tell you how pleased I am :) Again Thanks I will never forget anything here!!!!! Ali
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  November 3, 2010
Quoting Espen Stålder Some wise advice here, Dylan. Creativity is a huge part of MocPages. Humor is also big. Combine the two, and, there ya go. Big Contests are a good way to strut your stuff. So many people enter, and many more follow it through. Hundreds of people can see your entries, and think, "Wow, this guy's good, I wonder what some of his/her other mocs look like". I've found that people have commented or rated one of my MocOlympics entries, and shortly after rated or commented on another one of my mocs. And yes, creative, humorous contest entries work well too. :P
Some very good words...
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  November 2, 2010
Some wise advice here, Dylan. Creativity is a huge part of MocPages. Humor is also big. Combine the two, and, there ya go. Big Contests are a good way to strut your stuff. So many people enter, and many more follow it through. Hundreds of people can see your entries, and think, "Wow, this guy's good, I wonder what some of his/her other mocs look like". I've found that people have commented or rated one of my MocOlympics entries, and shortly after rated or commented on another one of my mocs. And yes, creative, humorous contest entries work well too. :P
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  November 1, 2010
Thanks!
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  October 31, 2010
Wow this was really useful. I find that posting your MOCs to groups will get some comments.
Dylan B
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Fruity Toucan
  October 8, 2010
Hey here is another idea. If you post your MOC to alot of popular groups, chances are, someone is going to comment.
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  October 8, 2010
I NEED HELP! CAN YOU MAKE A HOW TO MAKE A CUSTOM BIONICLE BODY FOR ME IT WOULD BE MUCH APRESHIADED THANKS!!!!!
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  October 4, 2010
Great Tips! I've thought of another one that gets comments fast: Buildinga mysterion or two (no skill involved).
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  September 28, 2010
I have some things to add here, for instance: if all mocs u build centre around a certain story or two, or making your own theology (if u can do that you will some day 100% become god in eyes of others, like J.R.R. Tolkien) and centreing around one style (i.e. minifigs, buildings, vehichles...) and perfecting it. But hey, thats just the opinion of one person!
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  September 18, 2010
thanks for the advice. I see my self as getting better over time, and eventually getting there to really popular
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  September 13, 2010
I know how to make a popular creation! Make a "How to make a Popular MOC" creation! XD Thanks for the advice, I think the guy who said to use hard-to-use parts to make things had the best advice.
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  August 8, 2010
Also make something original! My Halo: Comics are getting me alot of attention on the BAF! Wolf96
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  August 8, 2010
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner keep contact to the outside world: do some sports or meet some friends when you don´t make progress on your WIP, see the sunlight, etc.
: )
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  August 5, 2010
Stay in the real world and keep building. Spending time in virtual Lego online communities is nice, but makes you feel depressed when it dominates over actually creating MOCs. // Also, keep contact to the outside world: do some sports or meet some friends when you don´t make progress on your WIP, see the sunlight, etc. // It´s not a shame to not finish a WIP (unless you never finish one). Sometimes, starting something "fresh and new" helps to get more creative again. // No matter what others say: if you like something you have built, be happy. Don´t let others tear you down. Beauty is as subjective as taste: everyone has his own definition of it.
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  July 25, 2010
Don't make anything violent or disgusting. This does not help. Blood and heavy violence will repel younger MOCers and disgusting MOCs repel older ones.
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  July 19, 2010
THANK YOU!
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  July 18, 2010
Quoting Lee Hardwick Just enjoy what you make and the comments will come later, in the end their are no prizes for the most comments.
I'm truly glad at least some understand. : )
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  July 17, 2010
Great advice. I have been on mocpages nearly 3 years and yes at first it's like wow gotta get me some comments. An nearly 3years on I have just over 100 comments, yes it does take a long time to get noticed but I find I get more comments on things I like to build, than following the masses. Just enjoy what you make and the comments will come later, in the end their are no prizes for the most comments.
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  July 12, 2010
Don't steal/copy other's MOCS. Its uncreative, and only causes trouble.
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  July 12, 2010
Don't steal/copy other's MOCS. Its uncreative, and only causes trouble.
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  April 19, 2010
Quoting Will Jarman Brilliant Mate. Took notes and everything. Maybe some advice here: Don't necisarrily use SNOT everywhere on your MOC, the studs add texture to your creation. Hope it helps!
Thanks for the positive thoughts. I'm not going to consider that advice but more of an experiment. I usually prefer SNOT while I've seen many others amaze me with their stud-full creations. The reason I'm not going to add it to the advice list here is because it's more experimental. I'm not trying to state that one is necessarily better than the other. That is up to the builder to decide which they would like to primary work with. Had I decide to sum it up in a single piece of small advice from me, I'd say " find a sensuous medium between the two and work from there."
  April 18, 2010
Brilliant Mate. Took notes and everything. Maybe some advice here: Don't necisarrily use SNOT everywhere on your MOC, the studs add texture to your creation. Hope it helps!
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  April 10, 2010
good advice. i really am going to use this.
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  March 12, 2010
Cool, but if you care so much about grammar and spelling, please fix our good friend, John Moffatt's name, by adding the second "T". And thanks.
Dylan B
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Bob Roberts
  March 7, 2010
Thanks! Very helpful!
  February 10, 2010
thank you so much for posting this! it really helped! (especially the "how to get popular" part ;) ) im trying to make my name known to the world :D anyhow, great job and keep up the EPIC stuff :)
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  February 3, 2010
Thank you so much for this advice. It's a good thing that you included the comment article about 'sweet! Could you check this out? (link). The reason being that a guy called E.K.O. Builder was spamming annoying comments on one of my creations saying something like this: "i'm sorry but i cant rate this because i sold my Wii and ds so you must comment on all of my creations!!!" That was extremely annoying...
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  February 3, 2010
Very interesting, I'm here for a while now and at the beginning it was all about getting as much comments as possible. I follow Shannon, have fun in building, our hobby is building with lego, try to imagine mocpages didn't excist, if you wouldn't make any creations anymore you're making bad progress, a real mocer doesn't spend its time gathering comments, it makes its creations gathering comments
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  January 8, 2010
try get your name spread around by commenting and if you really want comments comment on creations that have very few comments or none at all that way people realize that you've commented and think yay i got a comment and decide to check your work out
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  January 5, 2010
When trying to be funny remember creative is funnier than crude.
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  January 3, 2010
Thank you Dylan! It is about time somebody got some stuff straight. And this earns every single one of those smileys. I particularly liked the excuses about quantity of bricks. I'm not a Nathan Sawaya but I do have a pretty good size collection but I do run out of Bricks. I think it is fun to work with a limited pallet. Set alternatives and contests using limited pieces are very innovative and encourage using new designs. Another thing that I really liked about your lecture. DO NOT STEAL OTHER PEOPLES DESIGNS. I do have some original designs and I have taken ideas from others but I do always give the "glory" back where it belongs. Such as in my latest creation "Hobbiton" I got the yellow tree idea from Anthony Sava and I mentioned his name for the idea of the tree. ~blake~
Dylan B
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carlos siri
  December 23, 2009
same hat rite. can you chekout this:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/174296
  December 23, 2009
can you give me your opinion on this? merry christmocs! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/173119
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  December 16, 2009
One thing that bugs me about some MOCs is when they have waaaaayyy too many pictures posted of them. It's good to have a variety of pictures, but having thirty-some pictures of one small/medium creation seems to be going too far.
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  December 15, 2009
Sweet tips.
Dylan B
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Spaztastic the Great
  November 28, 2009
I don't know if this has been said, but don't be afraid to borrow a little (or a lot) from other builders. Nothing's copyrighted on here, so feel free to use a similar fighter shape, or cannon design. Especially if it looks cool on your MOC.
Dylan B
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Lucas Hüter
  November 27, 2009
wow this will be really helpfull, there are a lot of good tips in it, thanks for making it :D
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  November 23, 2009
this is very helpful. like robo man said with the afol thing, ibefore i looked at this i asked and afol for some advice on how to make a nice mini battle and so he gave me a little advice, and well i'm getting pretty good at them.
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  November 23, 2009
Quoting Black Hawk How do you earn MOTD? And how is it picked!
I believe that it's random. Although I'm not for sure, so I might recommend asking Sean on that one. -Dylan
Dylan B
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Black Hawk
  November 22, 2009
How do you earn MOTD? And how is it picked!
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  November 18, 2009
You could spread rumors around Mocpages then wait a little while. When you post the Moc, everyone would come and see what it is.
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  November 15, 2009
Has this ever gotten a MOC of the day before? It should, because it's brilliant advice for newcomers here on the 'pages.
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  November 8, 2009
Excellent advice! it had never occurred to me to join a contest to get myself noticed more. I think you've done a real service here for all builders, and for that, i personaly thank you. If i get noticed a bit more by using your advice, i'll be sure to tell you. Again, thank you very much.
  November 4, 2009
Nice advices you have given. I have been doing just Bionicles for around a year and I guess I'm already quite very good or so what others in the bionicle sectors think. I would like to give additional tips: 1. Good color coordination and combination is important in building great creations. A great build can be disrupted with uncoordinated colors in the build. 2. The color of the background is just as important as having a clean background. While white neutral background is a good choice, it is not the only choice. A good contrast colored background hI think works even better. For example, if your creation is mostly white, a black background works better. 3. After taking multiple pictures, choose the BEST PICTURE for your main page. The BEST PICTURE should be the one that will most attract others to visit your page. More visit equal more chance of better ratings. 4. Good introductions should also not be ignored. Catchy introductions e.g. the largest blah blah... works as long as it is true.
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  November 3, 2009
This is really helpful any way whats spamming? CAn you check out my pages to tell me what im doing wrong or like if the pics are bad or somthing.
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  October 29, 2009
Quoting Yuri Fassio You signed up to be a judge in the Spinning Top Contest. Remember that the contest ends Oct 11, in that day the judging criteria will be posted (it's going o be easy).
Yes, Yuri. I know. I don't think that you realize that Oct. 11 was two weeks ago. Hopefully you meant Nov. 11? I'll be there, don't worry. -Dylan
  October 29, 2009
You signed up to be a judge in the Spinning Top Contest. Remember that the contest ends Oct 11, in that day the judging criteria will be posted (it's going o be easy).
  October 29, 2009
From Dave Shaddix: "or pretending to be a 14-year-old japanese chick or something." Oh boy, do I remember that pandemic. Geez, that plunged the entire middle-class MOCers into chaos. :P Anyway, this is a very nice guide, and I'm sure it has helped a lot of people out. This was also very nicely presented. Well done! *applaudes*
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  October 25, 2009
Quoting Yatz . Oh, by the way, what's the meaning of "TFOL" and "AFOL"?
A TFOL is a Teen Fan of Lego and an AFOL is an Adult Fan of Lego. Hope this helps, and I'm looking forward to see what you can do in the future! :) -Dylan
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  October 24, 2009
Quoting jason D. woooow(i think u bored some people here D: )i will egmight i copy some times buy i do give credit(some people just cant read)but mocpages needs a better way to get more attention like haveing 3 MOC's of the day r something.
Hmmm, maybe I should talk about some new advice. Spell and use grammar correctly or else no one will know what your trying to say.
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  October 24, 2009
woooow(i think u bored some people here D: )i will egmight i copy some times buy i do give credit(some people just cant read)but mocpages needs a better way to get more attention like haveing 3 MOC's of the day r something.
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  October 15, 2009
Quoting Frank Hardy thanks for the help. and who are the AFOL?
Adult Fans of Lego.
  October 15, 2009
thanks for the help. and who are the AFOL?
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  October 14, 2009
Nice work my friend, this should help a lot of people. ~T
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  October 6, 2009
I have a lot of pictures, so I don't think I'll fix them, put thanks for your help anyway. I'll try it in a different MOC.
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  October 4, 2009
these are really goo tips! thnx for the help!
  October 3, 2009
I heard that, Herber.
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  September 30, 2009
I like this, these are great tips, but you commented on Joe P's thing, and it was basically the same as this. No no.. THE same. Just with a different subject. Hypocrite.. Lol.
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  September 30, 2009
Hey!!! it's so ironic that this is Dylan's most popular moc. I guess the kid really knows what he's talkink about lol!
Dylan B
Master Builder
  September 29, 2009
well this good if you only want to get populare but I build things that I want to build not what other people want me to build but I do like getting reviews still, you should probly ad that in and also could I get your opion on this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/154857
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  September 29, 2009
Kool! cud ya chec out mi stuffz! lol hahaha :D, anyways great job on putting this together Dylan. it's sure to help alot of builders, Including myself.
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  September 24, 2009
So there's no way I can try to get my MOCs noticed besides being looked down appon and waiting years? Man.... So how do you tell somebody to look at one of your moc's without being aphored? ( hmm I think I spelled apored wrong..oh well I'm 12)
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  September 23, 2009
Sick burn, Dylan! hahaha
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  September 23, 2009
Quoting Luke Chapman Hey, Dylan. I've got a point you missed off: Be female, that's a sure fire way of getting attention on the pages.
No wonder why you get so much attention around here, Luke.
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  September 23, 2009
lol thats my little bro hes 1 1/2
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  September 23, 2009
Hey, Dylan. I've got a point you missed off: Be female, that's a sure fire way of getting attention on the pages.
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  September 23, 2009
great! i wish high school was like this...(not really) thx for the class Dylan
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  September 22, 2009
Look at a piece that's really hard to use, and think, "What is the most creative way I can use it?" Don't just use pieces as they were intended! Make people go, "Wow, that's really neat!"
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  September 22, 2009
Quoting Shane ? thnks so much well i guess this counts as staying afters school oh hey teacher are we aloud to text?
By the looks of your picture, you shouldn't even be in school yet...
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  September 22, 2009
thnks so much well i guess this counts as staying afters school oh hey teacher are we aloud to text?
  September 22, 2009
If you do say so yourself (lol)
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  September 22, 2009
Quoting B. Criswell Thanks! Hey, does having a good profile picture affect anything? Im working on a better picture, 'cause I dont believe a helmet is very... intriguing.
As far as affecting your MOC, probably not. BUT I'd guess that it would intrigue people to come to your page. Use something cool like a frightened minifig head...
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  September 22, 2009
Great tips! As someone new to MOCpages this is something that should be very helpful! That is, assuming you know what you're talking about... jk!
  September 22, 2009
Thanks! Hey, does having a good profile picture affect anything? Im working on a better picture, 'cause I dont believe a helmet is very... intriguing.
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  September 22, 2009
I got a tip: Never make pictures with a flah, use lights you place at your creation! why? bricks reflect the flashlight and you get a waste of photos, most of them also flashes the background wich makes your creation fading away in the background, Greetins, Fut
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  September 22, 2009
Quoting Kriss Olympis Kool, a great, and thorough, help page! Oh, but by the way: "...PLEASE, please try and use correct grammar
You might want to consider that yourself, Kriss. AND please only hit the submit comment button once. Thanks - Dylan
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  September 21, 2009
Kool, a great, and thorough, help page! Oh, but by the way: "...PLEASE, please try and use correct grammar and spelling. This might be hard for some but they're sights..." When speaking of the internet it's spelled "Sites", seamed a little ironic to me, but what ever. Great MOC! =)
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  September 21, 2009
Kool, a great, and thorough, help page! Oh, but by the way: "...PLEASE, please try and use correct grammar and spelling. This might be hard for some but they're sights..." When speaking of the internet it's spelled "Sites", seamed a little ironic to me, but what ever. Great MOC! =)
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  September 21, 2009
Kool, a great, and thorough, help page! Oh, but by the way: "...PLEASE, please try and use correct grammar and spelling. This might be hard for some but they're sights..." When speaking of the internet it's spelled "Sites", seamed a little ironic to me, but what ever. Great MOC! =)
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  September 21, 2009
Kool, a great, and thorough, help page! Oh, but by the way: "...PLEASE, please try and use correct grammar and spelling. This might be hard for some but they're sights..." When speaking of the internet it's spelled "Sites", seamed a little ironic to me, but what ever. Great MOC! =)
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  September 21, 2009
Good advice! Number 9 is my favorite.
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  September 21, 2009
Giving Kelso advice on how to become a popular and good builder? hehe Anyway I'm glad you took the time to do this and I think we all can learn a lesson from this. Good Work Dylan
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  September 21, 2009
I am here for my own benefit, because what I do has my own reasons driving it. But I am far from selfish. I will bring others along with me to the promised land; cliche, I know, but if I can help others, as others have helped me, then I will. Popularity has never been my bag, but I have the energy to do a lot and to share a lot. I am also, unfortunately, a prolific writer. So, you will often find a few thousand words in my back stories, comments left on peoples' MOCs, etc. Am I tooting my own horn? No, just saying how I roll here on MOCpages. Maybe others will get ideas...
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  September 19, 2009
Nice, helpful for everyone. Another tip, don't write a 10,000 word essay for a clone-on-a-plate MOC. Just a simple few sentences is enough. Actually, never write a 10,000 word essay for a LEGO creation, because no-one will read it any way. Also, it has been said before, but don't ask people to 'check out ur stuph'. Most people look at you stuff if you comment any way. Just thanks for this info Dylan! Also could you check out my Mustang? ;)
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  September 19, 2009
haha, this is kind of ironic, a post on how to get popular mocs is on the most popular list. good advice you have here, this will be helpful to lots of people.
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  September 17, 2009
Quoting Joe P. Thia gave me A LOT of hints so thanks! And by the way, would LDD creations get alot of attention?
Most likely not, based upon what I've seen. The fact with LDD is that it allows unlimited parts. My advice would be build it and have fun with it. If you would like to use LDD, I'd recommend using it to design your creation and then either buy it or build it out of the pieces you already have. -Dylan
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  September 17, 2009
Thia gave me A LOT of hints so thanks! And by the way, would LDD creations get alot of attention?
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  September 17, 2009
Quoting Dylan B And I should mention, Young and LEGOgirl, no kissing in the classroom
Sir! Mark and Phipson gave me a Texas wedgie! Heh heh heh... more popular now... Keith? Shannons? What are you doing with that baseball bat?
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  September 17, 2009
Quoting Shannon Young Because popularity, countless comments and stratospheric smiley-face ratings are the most important things, the reason we're all here, right?
Wrong Shannon. Sorry but, although you do make a fantastic point, it was not my intent to do as you've listed below. Take a look at the comments below you dude, do you really think that like Mark Kelso,Sean, Heather, Chris, the Daves', or JD really build to do this. This post is meant to help others who are just getting back into lego or have a hard time with building. You speak of a creative process below, to help each other in a friendly community. Here is what I'm doing here, sharing my ideas for others to see and interoperate in their own ways so we can all generate new ideas from others. Sorry if you are taking it in the wrong way, but if you possibly still think that I posted this just to help those clonies, you are wrong my friend. Once again thanks for the interoperation, but this is just for help, and that's IT. -Dylan
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  September 17, 2009
And I should mention, Young and LEGOgirl, no kissing in the classroom!
Dylan B
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Dave Sterling
  September 16, 2009
Excellent contribution Dylan. It is clear that you spent a lot of time thinking about this and organizing your thoughts into a logical and helpful document. Great work! I can assure you that this will be useful to a large number of people both here on MOCPages and in the LEGO Community at large.
Dylan B
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Heather LEGOgirl
  September 16, 2009
I can never be anyone's girlfriend because of my unrequited love of that crusty curmudgeon Shannon Young. Some day I will chip away his big meany exterior and get to the soft, chewy center. *sigh* ;)
  September 16, 2009
Quoting Heather I can never be anyone's girlfriend because of my unrequited love of that crusty curmudgeon Shannon Young.
I shall come to you in the BrickCon moonlight, my sweet, with love in my eyes, music in my heart, and a box of chocolates in my hands.
  September 16, 2009
Because popularity, countless comments and stratospheric smiley-face ratings are the most important things, the reason we're all here, right? To be blunt, this mindset makes me sick. I know everyone wants to feel popular and well-liked, but all this clawing and grasping after ratings strikes me as shallow and sad. If getting those ratings is your goal as a MOCer, then I guess this may all be good advice. But whatever happened to simply taking joy in the creative process? Here's my advice: Just build. Have fun doing it. Everything else will take care of itself.
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  September 16, 2009
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  September 16, 2009
*stands up... applauds. Nicely done Dylan. You've given some VERY good advice to the new comers (and some of the others that just aren't gettin it) here. Hats off to ya on this one! And yes... you may toss Phipson smack anytime you want. Just be sure it's funny or I shall unleash my hoards upon you muhahahaha! ~ Chris.
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  September 16, 2009
Thanks for the lesson! ;-)
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  September 16, 2009
Although this is not a Moc, it deserves 5/5 for the awesome tips it gives! Nice :)
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  September 16, 2009
Quoting Michael Rutherford As for WIPs, they kill your impact. Start the MOC, finish the MOC, and THEN post the MOC. Attack!
Thanks for the great input Michael! I have to argue that WIP's do not always kill the impact of a MOC. For example, Your making a story and post the first couple pictures of the story in a WIP post. People really like your post so far. Once they see the full story, they might say "Oh, Michael's story was was very good and well done in the WIP post, I defiantly want to see what the full story looks like." I've posted on the discussion board a somewhat different post, but still using your ideas. I hope you don't mind. -Dylan
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  September 16, 2009
Quoting EC-5752 "Rogue" Dylan B has a girl friend.....Just Maybe.....It Could Be.....Heather Lego Girl.....Just Maybe.....
Absolutely no comment...
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  September 16, 2009
Quoting Sean Kenney I hope you don't mind, I've added this creation to the MOCpages Help group
Awesome, no problem Sean.
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  September 16, 2009
Wow, you gave us a very nice lecture on that!
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  September 16, 2009
Wow. Looks lke I need to get started on something. QUICK! Great toutorial. B]
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  September 16, 2009
Dylan B has a girl friend.....Just Maybe.....It Could Be.....Heather Lego Girl.....Just Maybe.....
  September 16, 2009
Dylan, this is nicely written and I think will be very useful to the many people that have these questions. I hope you don't mind, I've added this creation to the MOCpages Help group http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/2600
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  September 16, 2009
Quoting Heather LEGOgirl But can't we just have a FEW teeny tiny Phipson jokes once in a while?
But he's already been crying in the corner for so long, have some sympathy and give him a day of peace, then unleash heII, Heather. -Dylan
Dylan B
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Heather LEGOgirl
  September 15, 2009
No more Phipson jokes?! Well there goes MY next MOC. ;) You've done a great service here to the MPFOL's, thanks for putting it out there and writing it so well. But can't we just have a FEW teeny tiny Phipson jokes once in a while? :) Keep It Studly Sir
Dylan B
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Dave Shaddix
  September 15, 2009
Wow, nicely done Dylan. I must confess, I thought this would be sarcastic and funny talk about posting sharpie-modified clones, or pretending to be a 14-year-old japanese chick or something. But this is actually thoughtful, useful and constructive. Thank you for the wonderful contribution. Very well done indeed! ~dave
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  September 15, 2009
Quoting Dave Shaddix or pretending to be a 14-year-old japanese chick or something.
That's ok Dave, when I was going to make this, that is actually what I thought it would turn out like too!
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  September 15, 2009
Very good post! We all need to focus on the process from time to time. Energy spent "making important friends" is energy wasted. Your efforts are best spent on your MOC. Talent and effort = hits. Anything beyond that is politics (read as base, vulgar, low, creepy). Also, never ever, apologize for your work. If you think the pics are weak, take the time to re-shoot. If you think the write up is weak, take the time to re-write. Take the time to do your best, then post it, and ask for feedback. As for WIPs, they kill your impact. Start the MOC, finish the MOC, and THEN post the MOC. Attack!
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  September 15, 2009
this made it onto the "explore" page, OH THE IRONY!!!!!
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  September 14, 2009
@ Weston. Are you sure you're really qualified to make that comment? 'Cause I think..... Thanks for the tips Dylan.
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  September 14, 2009
Heres something Kelso and I both do: If you're making a story/comic, try adding music to help create the mood. A lot of people are stunned by the music I am currently using in my newest series, and it's starting to gain popularity.
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  September 14, 2009
good job dan...oh my god that keslo smack joke angerd keslo EVRYBODY RUN!!!."SCREAMS OF INICENT PEOPLE ECHO THROUGHT OUT THE CITY AS THEY RUN FOR COVER AS MARK KESLO TRAMPLES THROUGH, OH THE HUMANITY!!!"just kidin
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  September 14, 2009
Some great tips there, a very clever idea to post this. Another good tip is to use a reference pic that lures people into clicking your moc, like a giant question mark for example.
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  September 13, 2009
There is one thing that I did. After Commander Fed left other people became popular. I stopped visiting mocpages and practiced building. And when I came back I was really good and people liked my stuff because I practiced. I also have a great comic and people want to know what happens next so they tune in and find out. Also try to make friends with famous people it helps a little.
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  September 13, 2009
this info is so valuable!, thanks sincerely for share it with all of us! -----best regards---- Henry.
  September 13, 2009
No, I am not trying to slam your ideas into the dust. You are a good builder, we all know that. I just find it.... what is the word? Irritating to see something like this. I am not saying your a bad builder, I just don't like this "MOC". Sorry if you took it the wrong way.
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  September 13, 2009
interesting....
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  September 13, 2009
What, I failed?!?!?!?! You kidding me!?!?! Don't I get some points for my barbed wire technique!?!?!?! Well, theres always next time . . . Some great and helpful advices you got here, Dylan. I bet more MOCs would improve becasue of this. ~ Ghostman :)
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  September 13, 2009
B++ i got in this, (lol) i'll do my homework sir.
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  September 12, 2009
So taking a few lessons from Professor Eggplant in Professoring eh? Anyway, I've gotta say the one bit of advice that I have is to try to give long well thought out comments instead of just "cool". People will respect you more when you do that, and sometimes it fosters the creative mind looking for the right thing to say. =)
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  September 12, 2009
Excellent speech! *clap clap clap*
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  September 12, 2009
Great stuff there! I have another tip, If you are going to build Star Wars, and trying to get a popular MOC that more people than the usual Clonies will view, you have to build something original or something not widely used. There must be at least 10 Salucami dioramas, all popping up in the same week. Try something that is a more unknown creation, or one that has not been built. If you are going for diorama, keep it clean and well done, but make it original. Don't build overused planets such as Mygeeto or Kashyyyk. (Unless your's is way better than the rest)
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  September 12, 2009
OO! I got one! Try to get your moc a headstart. Do this by cheating and getting it on the mainpage for as long as you can. Log off, and give it five smileys. Then if you have another computer, do that again. And if you can... do it one more time... Cheating is fun! Also, make friends, who will become your favorite builders, and will be notified about your creation. If their a good friend, they'll rate. I think that's one of ghostman's genius techniques.
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  September 12, 2009
Nice! I want to be well known and be FAMOUS! Woo!
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  September 12, 2009
Quoting Seth N. Very helpful! Though your missing the sure way to get views. Make a creation about how to make a Popular Moc =)
haha, yes I've just discovered that one!
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  September 12, 2009
Quoting Weston Wedeward I am not trying to be mean, but are you sure you're qualified for making something like this? I would expect someone like Kelso to do something like this, but you? I think you're becoming full of yourself a little too much. Nice idea though!
There are two reasons I'd consider this a smart aleck comment. First, am I qualified to make this? Would you like to see my resume or my transcripts Weston? No one here needs qualification to help one another out. This is what this MOC is about, helping and generating other ideas for other builders to speculate on. I'd agree with your argument that someone who was been on MOCpages a longer time than me would probably have better advice. No ones advice would be considered wrong, we can all build from this. The second point that I would like to make is generating off your statement "you're becoming full of yourself a little too much." Until you kids grow-up enough to realize that MOCpages isn't all about comments and smilies, your statement remains absurd. When someone is trying to hand you advice for free use it, don't try and argue with it. Once you learn that you can use any type of advice to generate your ideas, then come talk to me, but as of now I'd wouldn't want to be the one saying I'm too full of myself. I hope you'll take this into consideration. -Dylan
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  September 11, 2009
I kind of new all this but.. I would like to make a few comments on it.. 7. Absouloutely right I mean look at me no LEGO at all but I get some good MOC's
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Stuart Delahay Some people will just be downright rude about them too.
Thanks for the great advice Stuart! This piece of advice doesn't really coincide with the points I'm trying to make. Thanks very much for the input and I'm sure many people will be reading the comments and taking note on your thoughts.
  September 11, 2009
I am not trying to be mean, but are you sure you're qualified for making something like this? I would expect someone like Kelso to do something like this, but you? I think you're becoming full of yourself a little too much. Nice idea though!
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  September 11, 2009
Wow, thanks Dylan! This is really great and it helped me a lot! Now could you check out my super coolz mega creeatiunz? Hahaha just kidding. Anyway this is really great and I will use your tips!
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  September 11, 2009
Superb article. I will be taking your advice on my next MOC's
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  September 11, 2009
Great advice all around! I do agree with the AFOL comment, I , um, happen to be one and as almost anyone can tell, I am certainly not a MOC God. We are all here to have a bit of fun and enjoy other creations. The camera tips were great, I have been having trouble with that.
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  September 11, 2009
Great tips, Dylan. You covered a lot. Here's another one: Don't make your MOC too busy, with colors everywhere, or too much going on. Keep it CLEAN. Give it a focal point. And simplify your color schemes. This will go a long way when people are scanning the thumbnails.
  September 11, 2009
Just another quick one to consider. Be wary of including clone brands, too many custom/ third party items (e.g. Brickarms, Brickforge, etc.). While I personally really like a few of these some people, including a hardcore of AFOLs, are purists and will shy away from commenting on MOCs which heavily feature non-TLC parts. Some people will just be downright rude about them too.
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  September 11, 2009
Well done Dylan, a very useful lesson indeed. I would agree with some of the comments below especially - Don't go fishing for comments/ being needy. I was going to say don't jump on a theme bandwagon, but I suppose it's a double edged sword. How many clone commanders and Halo kiddies for example have got buckets of comments because of their subject matter/ group affiliations and not because of the build? Look what happened with EOS. I guess it depends on what YOU the builder want out of MOCing - 100's of comments by guys with nearly identical buddy icons and badly spelt names or genuine, thoughtful comments by people who have actually looked at the photos and read your 'scrip, which you can then use to improve.
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  September 11, 2009
Great summery!
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  September 11, 2009
Very helpful! Though your missing the sure way to get views. Make a creation about how to make a Popular Moc =)
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  September 10, 2009
Great Advice, I must say!
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  September 10, 2009
I don't think it was covered that you shouldn't ask people to check out your MOCs repeatedly (if at all). It makes one look like a n()()b (censoring, grr!) who doesn't have good enough MOCs to get veiws on one's own. Let the veiwers come to you.
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  September 10, 2009
Thanks you. You forgot to say "don't go along telling everyone to 'check out my mocs!' cause' it's wierd. not cool dude, not cool." Btw, could you check out my MOCs please? seriously though, please do.
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  September 10, 2009
14. Self promotion is not cool. 15. Self promotion is not cool. 16. Self promotion is not cool.
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  September 10, 2009
Quoting Brickdoctor- In some themes, this can't be changed, but, yes, that should always be avoided, because blue text will be interpreted as a link.
It's not just link confusion, it's the eye-strain. My eyes had a hard time seeing the titles to begin with. Just use the <font> tag to override the css style setting. Dylan's code says: <font color=blue> which leads me to believe he can change it to something more legible such as <font color=silver>.
  September 10, 2009
Quoting PyBrick don't know if it has an effect on popularity, but I'd say blue text on a black background should be avoided to prevent eye-strain. Please change the color of your section titles.
In some themes, this can't be changed, but, yes, that should always be avoided, because blue text will be interpreted as a link.
  September 10, 2009
Quoting I want it to be transparent, such that it will be white on a white background, black on a black background, green on a green background, etc. Technically all it should do is show the background color of the current page around the circle that is my icon.
You need to save the image as a .png, and then use an image editing program to remove the background. Transparent backgrounds appear as a white and gray checker pattern. Check out the KAM Forums for more.
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  September 10, 2009
I absolutely agree with the parts about presentation and grammar. A couple more thing I've picked up are: 1) Join other LEGO groups in addition to MOCpages. The quicker you get yourself known, the more successful you can be. The LEGO pool on Flickr is one of the best ways to get blogged on The Brother's Brick. Getting blogged, in turn, pretty much guarantees you a few more comments. Of course, some of you might still be trying to get your parents to let you join AFOL sites. Like, say, me. 2) Make friends in high places. Lots of people add top guys to their lists. When a top guy comments on your creations, it shows up on all the activity lists for those who have favorited the top guy. Then they'll say, "Wow, Top Dude commented on this, it must be good." 3) Identify and develop good relations with your competitors. MOCpages is supposed to be a friendly discussion area, not an arena. Many builders are willing to share tips, and two builders always develop great techiques twice as fast as one builder can.
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  September 10, 2009
Quoting Chas Irish You need to add the background on the picture before you make it as a buddy icon.
I want it to be transparent, such that it will be white on a white background, black on a black background, green on a green background, etc. Technically all it should do is show the background color of the current page around the circle that is my icon.
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  September 10, 2009
Also, maybe try to minimize the use of acronyms and to expand them whenever used. Saying your creation uses the SNoT technique is not helpful to those not familiar with the acronym, so they won't even know what to look for. However, saying: SNoT (Studs Not on Top), tells the reader something more clearly than just: SNoT. The same goes for AFoL (Adult Fan of Lego) and even WiP (Work in Progress).
  September 10, 2009
PyBrick: You need to add the background on the picture before you make it as a buddy icon. It makes the pixels bigger when you shrink it for the buddy icon, causing the jagged edge like you said.
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  September 10, 2009
* Please don't comment on MOCs asking the builders to look at your creations. It comes off as needy and it's quite annoying.
  September 10, 2009
My word of advise is pretty simple. Don't try too hard to grab the attention of the AFOLs. Your time will come. Everyone started of as a beginner and moved there way up, some slow and some faster than others. Just keep creating Mocs and you'll find a way
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  September 10, 2009
Quoting Dylan B I really don't think that that subject applies to what I'm talking about here.
I think your subject is about making one MOC in particular popular. My idea is about preventing that MOC from losing popularity based on previous MOCs. It's a different approach to making a particular MOC popular and it will help accomplish the same thing as your advice will. I think that every major factor we can think of should not be ignored, left out, or otherwise abandoned. Those are just some of my thoughts.
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  September 10, 2009
It would also be nice if I could create a high-quality buddy icon with transparency so the headstamp (my icon) won't always have a white background on, say, a black page. I know I've tried it at some point and the edge was always jagged. Help?
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  September 10, 2009
Quoting PyBrick Replicas Too many WIP
Thanks for the opinion but I really don't think that that subject applies to what I'm talking about here. Thanks anyway PyBrick!
  September 10, 2009
Too many WIP: It seems to me that the more incomplete versions of a build that I post, (e.g. updates to show the progress of the build), the less attention each successive post gets. Try to keep the number of WIP sets down so viewers won't get bored or frustrated with a creation that remains incomplete for a long time. It may be better to make the wait for it.
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  September 10, 2009
Nice comments guys, your finally using some critical thinking! Great work.
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  September 10, 2009
*Don't spam! This is NOT a good way to get attention, it just gets you a bad reputation and a bunch of nasty comments.
  September 10, 2009
I don't know if it has an effect on popularity, but I'd say blue text on a black background should be avoided to prevent eye-strain. Please change the color of your section titles.
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  September 10, 2009
*Don't make Phipson jokes. They are way overdone. Try something different, like Kelso-smack. One builder was even so bold as to unleash some Goldman-smack.
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  September 10, 2009
You have taught well Sensai Dylan. I had recently improved some of my pics and they look alot better before I saw Keith's helpful advice.
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  September 10, 2009
Good advice. Hope people will take it too heart. see ya. garth
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  September 10, 2009
Very nice "Professer Dylan" Im a Professer too i found this Doctor Diploma and this Sharpie and well you get the point. Now its on my Wall displying To other people`s faces. Im a true Professer/Doctor/Walmart Super Cente Err I mean great Presentation! ~Aaron
 
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