Kickstarter Is "Not a Store," Introduces New Rules

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None of these changes are particularly strong extra protections for pledgers.


albino boo:
You are not a consumer but an investor so standard consumer rights don't apply. The terms an conditions of Kickstarter only require any remaining money to be refunded. So if a major project fails and they have spent all the money then there is no way of getting it back, unless you can prove deliberate misinformation or fraud. Thats the whole point of the change is to make clear you are taking the risk with your money as an investor. Just like any other investor not all things that you put your money into will pay off, but unlike all other investors you get none of the profits.

Actually, no. Not in the case of rewards. That's the point:

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.

Reward tiers which include the product are thus rewards they cannot fulfill, even though the campaign was successful, simply because the product didn't get produced - for whatever reason.

I'm not saying they're required to refund, if the product isn't produced, per say. I'm saying that, if the product is included in the reward tiers, it opens a loophole for any of the backers to sue the hell out of them for not fulfilling said reward as per th Terms of Use Kickstarter presented.

How are they going refund when they spent the money. These are limed liability companies, if there is no money in the company that's if you can't anything back. People don't work for free the power company doesn't keep the lights on for nothing and you have pay rent and taxes.


That pisses me off, and I'm not sure if it's because I've only ever heard that story with the perspective of the woman being stupid and entitled, or because I didn't even bother to look up whether it was true or not. Well I can be pissed because of both, I suppose.

Good on you for admitting it, though.

albino boo:
How are they going refund when they spent the money. These are limed liability companies, if there is no money in the company that's if you can't anything back. People don't work for free the power company doesn't keep the lights on for nothing and you have pay rent and taxes.

Common sense tells you that, of course.
Legally speaking however, they have to fulfill the rewards, or hand out refunds for them, as that's the ToU they agreed to when submitting their project.
Do I believe it makes sense to sue them over it? No.
Do I believe it's possible? Definitely.
Do I believe it will actually suceed? Maybe.

As I said: It's a can of worms noone should want to open.




"people who were aware of their own biases were not better able to overcome them."

That article was an interesting read but that one quote in particular interested me.
They said that they ran the tests but didn't actually describe said tests nor did they give the exact statistics of said tests. As opposed to the MIT test with the ball and the bat, it seems like they made a generalization without listing the full information surrounding the tests or admitting that they made a generalization.
What I'm interested in is whether or not there are any outliers. People that performed significantly better or worse on said tests.

The way they stated it leads you to assume that this was the same for everyone, and implies that biases are inescapable. Leading you to forget that the interpretation of the results from the test itself could be biased.

I feel like it would be best if they posted the raw statistics themselves as opposed to making a generalizing statement.

This already sounds to me like a debate that is going to have scientists and philosophers arguing over for years to come.

Also, what would be interesting to look into would be figuring out whether or not people who are aware of their own biases able to deal with and correct mistakes that they are called out on better that those who aren't as aware?

He won a nobel prize in economics for his research on this, despite being a psychologist. It's fair enough to assume that his research was fairly thorough. The article was just a little glimpse of the work that he'd done and a bit of promo for his book :D It should be fairly reliable.

I believe though, that there are people who can recognise their bias and learn from it, but the point is that if you are one of those people, you will be unable to tell, because everyone, including the people who can't learn, think they do.

I think he suggested that the research was that people once made aware of their biases, actually often performed worse at the task.

It's really interesting stuff, I want to buy his book and when I've done economics experiments for people a lot of those questions in the article are often repeated :D (I don't tend to fall for them because whenever I do an experiment I'm hyper suspicious of trick questions and force myself to think slow on all of them, which is definitely some bias they probably don't account for)

the few projects that interested me enough to back (and that I caught in time :{ missed a few good ones) were ones that I actually believed to be worth throwing money at lol

the promised rewards are a nice touch, and may reasonably boost my amount given a little but definitely not the main factor. while somewhat understandable, these new rules might be a bit overkill?

Expecting project initiators to offer a honest analysis of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is not that far out-there, is it? It's just common sense. Before I pledge my money to anything, I want to be sure that it's a realistic project. Plus, even if they come to the conclusion that "It's unlikely that this project will be able to to EVERYTHING we are planning", that still shows that the project creators know their limits.

This makes sense.

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