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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Kickstarter's Problem (210 comments)

You COULD fund the fundseeker without going through KS, but it would be hard to do and incredibly inconvenient for both of you. The contract is this: you exchanged money for goods and services, and is no different than any other purchase you make; a store can't make you pay for something and then go put the item back on the shelf; there is an obligation to deliver. The brokerage introduces an interesting but not novel complexity: KS gets a fee for hosting the exchange, but the money goes to the vendor still.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Kickstarter's Problem (210 comments)

The whole reason for an FAQ is so you don't have to answer the same question every 5 minutes. I found the answer in 15 seconds with a google search.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Kickstarter's Problem (210 comments)

BTW, I'd like to know what board game company this is. That was a douche move, and I'd like to name and shame. "Sorry, I found a better way to make money of this" is not a frikkin' excuse.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Kickstarter's Problem (210 comments)

I understand your frustration. But the TOS says you are entitled to a full refund from the creator, and the FAQ states that they are legally obligated to provide it to you. I hope that helps. KS is uninvolved because they have no business with the creator after the campaign ends. At that point, it's all on the creator to deliver. The FAQ suggests that you look carefully at the people behind the campaign before you decide if it's an acceptable risk; even though in the worst-case scenario you are still entitled to a refund.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Kickstarter's Problem (210 comments)

If I was KS, and I was assuming legal liability for all campaigns I hosted, I'd damn well ask for copyright, trademark, and patent assignments from all campaigns, too. But that's not how it works, currently. KS is a broker for a business transaction between you and the party that established the campaign.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Kickstarter's Problem (210 comments)

The TOS is clear. Your quarrel is not with KS, but with the guy that reneged on his promise to deliver. The FAQ further clarifies that the TOS to which the company agreed when they started the KS campaign imposes legal obligations on them, to you.

Don't blame KS; get a lawyer and sue the company that broke their promise.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous did fine (210 comments)

Star Citizen had a couple things going for it:
1) It was meeting a need felt by anyone that loved Wing Commander: Privateer.
2) They didn't give monthly or weekly updates, but DAILY updates. Backers know exactly what the state of it is.
3) The Chris Roberts name was big, but not as big as #1 and #2.

Unsung Story: Tales of the Guardians is the exact opposite. It was also a speculative KS campaign with both #1 and #3 going for it; it promised to be the second coming of Final Fantasy: Tactics. Completed Funding in February with only monthly updates since then, already some backers are feeling scammed.

Update early, update often. Backers will forgive delays if they know what's going on.

3 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

halivar Re:Kickstarter's Problem (210 comments)

Not true. From the KS TOS:

Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill.

And from the FAQ:

Is a creator legally obligated to fulfill the promises of their project?
Yes. Kickstarter's Terms of Use require creators to fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill. (This is what creators see before they launch.) This information can serve as a basis for legal recourse if a creator doesn't fulfill their promises. We hope that backers will consider using this provision only in cases where they feel that a creator has not made a good faith effort to complete the project and fulfill.

3 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

halivar Re:Which begs the question (222 comments)

Clearly, the AC who clicked the link to comment.

3 days ago
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Journal Published Flawed Stem Cell Papers Despite Serious Misgivings About Work

halivar Re:Publish or perish (35 comments)

I think you accidentally a verb there.

4 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

halivar Re:Rule #2: The Double Tap (257 comments)

I hope some day someone double taps you.

And this one throw-away comment turns (+1, Insightful) turns into (-1, Hypocrite).

5 days ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

halivar Re:The web of life... (211 comments)

I blew my wife's mind the other day

Did you mean to post AC? This is admissible in court, you know.

5 days ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

halivar Re:Privatized=Compromised (142 comments)

Privatization is a means by which corrupt bureaucrats hide the largess of government from an unsuspecting populace. Then they run on a record of "shrinking" the government.

about a week ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

halivar Re:ITT... (312 comments)

No, protectionism is all about "profit uber alles", just not fer them damn ferner's. And Europe in particular is a little chauvinist in this regard.

about two weeks ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

halivar Re:Which Invasion? (205 comments)

*cough* *cough* [UID needed]

about two weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

halivar Just wait (261 comments)

Soon there will be a mod so you tell the guy who just cut you off, "fuck you, you fucking fuck, right in the fucking fuck-fuck-fuck" at max volume using their cabin speakers. I'll probably hear it a lot.

about three weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

halivar "Unwisely" (465 comments)

Understatement of the year. This is a sad case of a stupid law intersecting with an incredibly stupid person.

about three weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

halivar Re:Sad Puppy Slate (180 comments)

So the Hugo awards are a popularity contest.

about three weeks ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

halivar Re: Unfortunately (69 comments)

That would indicate to me that you are unfamiliar with either.

about a month ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

halivar Unfortunately (69 comments)

The only way to save the planet from the volcano is to pronounce its name backwards. Correctly.

about a month ago

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