This is part three!
In Part 1, we looked at the campaign, its press coverage, what the project promised, and why it interested me.. In part 2 we moved onto the first seeds of doubt… Then a silence descended on the project.
… Twenty two days later …
And fifteen pissed off messages from people chasing updates, plus a few expressing concern over the Android (lack of) progress, and other things. Several saying PMs had not been answered. The next update (not to the Updates section but again to the Comments section) :
This felt like a “bet hedging” update; warning people that the app would be crap. The main issue I felt upon reading this was that 22 days and zero response to anybody was beyond a joke. What else was the guy doing? The $78,000 dollars was impossible not to visualise in ways other than “productively employed on the Camsformer“.
Finally Clive posted mentioning that everyone needed to update their addresses in Kickstarter as this would be the source of the postal addresses for shipping. Half a dozen backers chirped in that he needed to do a survey, and that every other project they’d backed had done it this way. Again, the feeling of “clueless” rather than “scam” came to the fore.
And then there was the update that properly caused me to lose my shit :
Excuses, excuses. Oh dear we’ve now gone into a Chinese holiday that isn’t our fault. Maybe if it hadn’t been so badly delayed this wouldn’t have happened. That part wasn’t the bit that caused me to lose my shit though… This part was :
This part, above, was the part that caused me to lose my shit. After all this bullshit about making the board perfect, testing it etc, otherwise we’d have 400 useless boards, there appears to be a major change proposed. Again, my feeling honestly was, “we’re being set up for a failure; this behaviour is so inept and stupid as to not be credible as ineptitude or stupidity. It has to be deliberately set up to fail.”
The lack of any kind of evidence was my main concern. I am a bit disappointed that it took me such a long time to come to this conclusion. I am a skeptic. But I think I really wanted to believe in it. It’s an odd psychological effect; once you have “money in”, you really want to believe in something. I guess that is how almost all monetary scams work. Jumping forwards in time, to today, March 2016, I’m now nearly convinced it wasn’t exactly a scam, or at least not one that was as efficient as it could have been.
Others agreed with my sentiments :
… And having not lost my shit enough, I went on a losing my shit rampage :
Anyway… I was still going …
Several members echoed my comments, and commiserated with one another, over the next day or two. One pasted his report to Kickstarter, warning them that we all thought this project was a scam.
End of part three! Part four is next!