Kickstarter – A Rant
Normally I back a project every week and write about it, but this week I’ve got to get something off my chest.
I’ll start by saying I love Kickstarter. I love what it does for legitimate creators, and I love looking through projects to find something to back and write about each week. Hell, sometimes I can’t even decide on just one and I end up backing 2-3 projects that week. With that in mind I want to share with you two projects that caught my eye.
What’s worse is that this just opens the door for abusing Kickstarter with scam projects. If they’re willing to let joke projects like this slip through the cracks, what happens when someone creates a project that appears real with the intention of making some quick money and running with it? Or, worse yet, what happens if these two projects, by some crazy viral fluke, actually get funded? Neither of them has promised to actually deliver anything in exchange for the money they’d be receiving, effectively bilking thousands of people and becoming multimillionaires. If they succeed, there will be thousands of people who will try to get themselves some free money, too. If this happens, it will completely destroy the good name Kickstarter has built for itself over the last couple of years. It would prove all the people who said Kickstarter would fail because people would start abusing it right. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to see that happen.