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Kicksaver: Find and save Kickstarter projects ending soon. Pick your budget and find out what you can fund. Like right now you could save a Fire Breathing Dragon Boat for $87! Has a corresponding twitter feed that tweets endangered projects. Kicksaver is open source too. By mefite ecmendenhall. [via mefi projects]
posted by cjorgensen (45 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
o god kickstarter is bad enough for my wallet as it is why did you make that
posted by mhoye at 12:30 PM on June 13, 2012 [3 favorites]


I would like a sorting option by percentage closest to goal. Because the list otherwise ends up dominated by low stakes $500 projects that just need $100 (20% of the total) to finish.
posted by smackfu at 12:32 PM on June 13, 2012


....The very first project that came up for me is a conceptual artist who was asking for $500 to try to make an eight-foot yarn cupcake.

It strikes me that there is a reason why some projects aren't being funded.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:34 PM on June 13, 2012 [18 favorites]


I would like a sorting option by percentage closest to goal.

Maybe you should start a kickstarter project to fund it. You could even set the stakes low. Ok, ok, I'm done.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:35 PM on June 13, 2012


....The very first project that came up for me is a conceptual artist who was asking for $500 to try to make an eight-foot yarn cupcake.

It strikes me that there is a reason why some projects aren't being funded.


Surely these two thoughts are unrelated because EIGHT FOOT YARN CUPCAKE
posted by dismas at 12:35 PM on June 13, 2012 [15 favorites]


I like funding projects, and kickstarter is my new metafilter. It's where I find out about people doing cool things. I too think it's bad for my wallet! I think I've fired up kicksaver most mornings. I've found myself thinking, "Huh, for $25 I can fund a man that wants to do a fire puppet show with finger puppets! How can I not fund that?"
posted by cjorgensen at 12:36 PM on June 13, 2012


The other night I was thinking about getting the cast of cheers for a drinking game I'm making for the promo video and I thought how expensive that would be (if they ever even wanted to do it) so then I thought, I should have a kickstarter for that and then I can make a proper kickstarter video for the drinking game and then get filthy stinking rich!
posted by symbioid at 12:36 PM on June 13, 2012


I would hate to live in a world without Ateon: Gerald the Steadfast Warrior.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:37 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


....The very first project that came up for me is a conceptual artist who was asking for $500 to try to make an eight-foot yarn cupcake.

Yes, but, it's an 8-foot tall doomsday bunker cupcake
posted by lakersfan1222 at 12:38 PM on June 13, 2012


Metafilter: EIGHT FOOT YARN CUPCAKE!
posted by Fizz at 12:38 PM on June 13, 2012


....The very first project that came up for me is a conceptual artist who was asking for $500 to try to make an eight-foot yarn cupcake.

It strikes me that there is a reason why some projects aren't being funded.


If you're here to make fun of stupid kickstarter projects, there's a tumblr for that.
posted by zamboni at 12:39 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


While we're on the subject, anyone know of a decent way to sort/search through current projects? Their interface seems to be one of those "we actively don't want you to have an easy browsing experience" type of things. I can only guess that they suspect it will generate more random fundraising fees for them but that doesn't mean I can't opt out if there's a thirdparty option/route.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:39 PM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


Surely these two thoughts are unrelated because EIGHT FOOT YARN CUPCAKE

Actually, if it were just the cupcake that'd be one thing, but it's meant to be a disaster survival bunker that looks like an eight-foot cupcake, and there would be disaster rations inside lovingly swaddled in yarn cozies, and the whole thing just otherwise reeks of contrasting-the-bunker-aesthetic-with-the-fun-of-a-cupcake-and-feel-the-aesthetic-frisson and that just makes me say "oh, honey, you're trying too hard."
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:40 PM on June 13, 2012


I like how we've all clearly tried to figure out the minimum amount of money to give.
posted by griphus at 12:42 PM on June 13, 2012


Alright, someone else posted a link to another thing, so:

The Doomsday Cupcake.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:42 PM on June 13, 2012


If you're here to make fun of stupid kickstarter projects, there's a tumblr for that.

I'm not even sure why I clicked on a random tumblr link at work, but that's mildly NSFW.
posted by griphus at 12:42 PM on June 13, 2012


I like how we've all clearly tried to figure out the minimum amount of money to give.

$20 SAIT.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:44 PM on June 13, 2012


there's a tumblr for that.

Second link from the top about the "I hate child porn so here's a visual novel of a child being raped" kickstarter makes me *facepalm*.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:45 PM on June 13, 2012


The eight-foot cupcake project is only $30 away. Metafilter could make this dream happen.

The cupcake kickstarter has 10 backers, at least two of which are members of the project. Are there any rules against funding your own projects? As long as get enough money to cover the ~10% kickstarter fee, there is no reason not to make up any remaining funds yourself at the end of the kickstarter right?
posted by pseudonick at 12:47 PM on June 13, 2012


Holy cow, of course you make up the remaining funds yourself.

It's kind of amazing there aren't more out-and-out scams on Kickstarter.
posted by box at 12:50 PM on June 13, 2012


I've wondered that as well, seems like Kickstarter shouldn't have any qualms about it since, if funding is successful of course, they get their cut and another successful project under their belt.

I suppose it could be construed to be disingenuous and misleading to other backers to fund your own project but, honestly, if someone is funding the project because it's looking well-funded and not because of the content/idea/project then they're kinda missing the point and I, for one, don't feel bad for 'um.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:50 PM on June 13, 2012


Reminds me of the nuns who used to make us pray for "the most forgotten soul in Purgatory".
posted by R. Mutt at 12:52 PM on June 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


The eight-foot cupcake project is only $30 away. Metafilter could make this dream happen.

You know, I was just thinking it'd probably serve me right if a gang of Mefites all chipped in to Fund The Cupcake after I'd scoffed at it so publically.

I wonder if maybe that could be part of this project? Y'know, hire me to do stealth trash-talking of some smaller projects to drum up the sympathy vote or something?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:56 PM on June 13, 2012


So as long as you pull in over 10% of the goal, you can cover the rest yourself if needed and still come out ahead. Interesting, I too am amazed there aren't more scams. But then I'm also amazed by people chipping in $50 so someone can build an 8' tall doomsday cupcake. What a wonderful and baffling world.

Hey $473! Three dollars from a mefite?
posted by pseudonick at 12:57 PM on June 13, 2012


Y'know, hire me to do stealth trash-talking of some smaller projects to drum up the sympathy vote or something?

And thus even links that were casually related or one degree removed from an actual kickstarter project were made verboten on MetaFilter.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:58 PM on June 13, 2012


...Dude, I was kidding.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:59 PM on June 13, 2012


Me too.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:59 PM on June 13, 2012


Is the "more" button broken for anybody else?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 1:07 PM on June 13, 2012


smackfu: That's a good idea! I'll work on it.

I'm glad I learned how to use memcached last week.
posted by ecmendenhall at 1:07 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why would anyone contribute to a kickstarter project if you don't get shit for it? A shout-out? Fuck that. Access to your secret blog? Fuck that too.
posted by DarkForest at 1:12 PM on June 13, 2012


Seeing a project with a $500 funding limit fail isn't so bad, because with some work most of those could probably be turned into successful $500 projects. If you want to see some depressing projects, set the amount you're willing to give to $10,000.
posted by Pyry at 1:35 PM on June 13, 2012


Why would anyone contribute to a kickstarter project if you don't get shit for it? A shout-out? Fuck that. Access to your secret blog? Fuck that too.

Because you're a fan of the artist and want them to be able to make more work?
posted by empath at 1:43 PM on June 13, 2012 [4 favorites]


It's kind of amazing there aren't more out-and-out scams on Kickstarter.

It's a fine line between scam and failed project.
posted by smackfu at 1:47 PM on June 13, 2012


Because you're a fan of the artist

If I had to pay them for access to their "secret blog", I don't think I'd be a fan for very long.
posted by DarkForest at 1:47 PM on June 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


You are kind of missing the point.
posted by empath at 1:49 PM on June 13, 2012


Yeah, I don't know which project has a secret blog, but I'm pretty sure the purpose is to give donors something special when a more tangible reward isn't feasible. The purpose of giving to that kind of project is because you believe in the work of a creator enough to want to help bring more of it into existence. If you really can't relate to that motive at all, I think it says more about you than about Kickstarter.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 2:02 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


pseudonick > The cupcake kickstarter has 10 backers, at least two of which are members of the project. Are there any rules against funding your own projects?

If you pledge to your own project your Amazon Payments account will probably be cancelled.

That said, if you have the liquid funds and are like sixty bucks short of the goal I think you could certainly give a friend those sixty bucks and get them to pledge it a couple minutes before the end. But you should first put out a "We are down to TWO HOURS and a mere SIXTY BUCKS SHORT, please tell your friends!" kind of notice because that might tip a friend-of-a-backer over, or a few deep-pocketed backers who REALLY WANTS IT might all increase their pledges enough to cover it.

This is from experience - when my Kickstarter was stalled for a while at a few hundred from its goal, I twittered about it and suddenly had two $500 pledges, and when I was ending really really close to my stretch goal, I had a similar thing happen.

(Protip: Put some ample margin for error in your calculations for your stretch goal, that way you can look awesome when you make like 95% of that stretch goal and then run the numbers and make it happen anyway.)

Horace Rumple > Is the "more" button broken for anybody else?

Yep.
posted by egypturnash at 2:05 PM on June 13, 2012


is there a tumblr for making fun of ressentful dudes because that guy probably goes through like two shirts a day just from rage-sweat

scratch that, though, it would be cruel
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 2:40 PM on June 13, 2012


oh man addendum
gay ass nerds

homophobia :(
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 2:41 PM on June 13, 2012


When are we going to have a Kickpuncher website?
posted by Vindaloo at 3:55 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Where you get to punch anyone that gets over a quarter of a million dollars.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:10 PM on June 13, 2012


I am in no way connected with this one, but I think it's an important movie that needs to be made, and you all should pledge something:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iconoclasts/no-no-a-dockumentary-about-dock-ellis
posted by old_growler at 7:52 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Holy crap, the cupcake is funded.

How many of you had a hand in that???
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:20 PM on June 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Huh. Logged onto it and the first project I saw was by someone I knew. Finally got me to sign up to kickstarter.
posted by DRMacIver at 12:16 AM on June 14, 2012


Hmm. Open source? This will be a great boon to my yet-to-be-started website dedicated to finding projects with no hope of being funded. Get all the pleasure of pledging like a high roller to a dozen projects without destroying your retirement! If anyone wants to pitch in, I still need a name for this disaster =)
posted by pwnguin at 8:05 AM on June 18, 2012


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