I'm actually going to throw out another (admittedly boring) option just in case it's decided that it is best not to use Brick Overflow. How about just:
Many other SE sites have very simple names (e.g. Law, History, Arduino, etc).
I don't think "Bricks" would cause much confusion about what our community is about. Users who aren't logged in would ...
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
(with Rock Monsters, naturally)
A drummer with a mohawk
A keyboard player with an Afro (I call him Rockmaninoff)
A guitar player channeling Kiss
One crazy-difficult-to-build Christmas tree
I have a suggestion for next year: perhaps we can make the lottery draw for the prizes weighted? So everyone who gets at least three hats gets as many entries as they have hats. This would stimulate further participation, as it is fairly easy for a regular Bricks.se member to get 3 hats, but getting beyond 5-6 hats requires several secret hats, which can ...
See also: FYI - informed LEGO of the existence of bricks.se - where TLG responded with:
Also LEGO needs to be written always in capital letters and should never stand alone so LEGO bricks, LEGO Sets...
Our general approach here has been that we don't go around capitalising every single instance (in the same way that we might not purge every single ...
It's a bummer The LEGO Group won't make an exception, but I understand why. When it comes to trademarks and such, there's good reason to avoid confusion between official and unofficial sites.
The ideal name under our naming convention would be "LEGO Stack Exchange". But that's clearly a step backwards when it comes to strengthening the relationship with ...
Few questions I have and they can be too much for a comment so asking in answer:
Any restriction for any country due to shipment issues etc.
New contributors will be considered?
only hat activity counts or other things will change the probability in the case of a tie?
Indeed - I would suggest flagging those comments as "No longer needed" or "Something else", and we can remove them from the site. If they are in the body of the post, they should be edited out.
I don't mind the occasional comment on an answer along the lines of "If this helped, please consider marking it as an answer and upvoting&...
With Christmas and New Year both cancelled, a lot of classic Christmas motifs kinda fell flat. I had really liked to build a little micro-scale Christmas market, but that's just not 2020. But there's still a few things we can enjoy over the holidays, like football! So I designed a model of Heinz Field, the stadium of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I wanted to ...
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'Becoming a recognized LEGO User Group' - 11th January
In January, jncraton successfully applied for Bricks SE to become a recognized LEGO User Group. Since early February jncraton has been our sites ambassador to The LEGO Group.
Related: 'New recognition status with TLG' - 11th December
'LEGO Answers is now Bricks' - 21st April
Winter Bash 2018 has come to a close! We had 376 users earn 552 hats this year.
Alexander O'Mara earned the most hats, and also won our building competition, so he will be receiving the Aston Martin and Fire Station.
The following 32 users earned at least 3 hats and were eligible for the prize drawing (excluding myself):
A 1968 Ford Mustang reborn as a Christmas tree
The accompanying lyrics (with some minor changes to the original...):
Last Christmas, I gave you a car
But the very next day you took it apart
This year, to save me from tears
I'm building you something special
This little build is an exercise in creativity in a constrained environment born ...
I'd like to explore the internals, functionality, and potential hackability of the new Mario intelligent brick:
I would perform a teardown via a self-answered Q&A question covering the internals of this element.
If there are funds available, it would also be helpful to get a few of the Power Up Packs to determine how they interact with Mario.
I have supported LEGO Stack Exchange since its infancy at Area 51. As a pro-tem moderator of the site for over two and a half years, I have become very familiar with how Stack Exchange works and I feel comfortable explaining to other LEGO fans what LEGO SE can do for them.
I would like to be able to bring the site to the attention of a wider ...
We already have a few questions about mini-figure authenticity (and other elements), along with a few tips about recognising them:
How can I tell if minifigures are custom-made or LEGO Originals?
If those don't help, then by all means post a question with some pictures :)
This is an excellent idea. New users are often confused about our association with The LEGO Group. Having official answers would provide a lot of insight into a variety of questions.
"What kind of plastic are LEGO bricks made of?" is one example where the community has done an excellent job piecing things together and quoting official ...
I would like a chance to review 21310 Old Fishing Store and answer the question:
How big is the color inconsistency problem of Sand Green colored LEGO bricks?
Sand Green has historically been a color with significant color shade differences, and since Old Fishing Store has a lot of these bricks and tiles, it will be a good set to review this.
The easiest place to track our progress (and where that screenshot came from) is on the original "Area 51" proposal:
LEGO - Area 51
As of today (11 September 2018), we're showing:
The key metric that we're down on is questions per day - we're fairly slow to generate new content, and this is now the key driver of a site's consideration for graduation (...
I am very sorry for the inconvenience, this was my mistake.
I misunderstood the intention of the edit. I would have approved the removal of the 'Best, X' part but it appeared as though someone had added their answer to the post. After looking at the link again I understand the context.
If you would like to make the same edit suggestion again, I will make ...
While I would prefer that this didn't create noise for us, I believe that it is a beneficial trade-off.
Our site isn't very noisy, so a few more edits to review probably isn't a big deal. The noise also primarily impacts our most active users who are managing review queues while not harming the experiences for new users who are interacting with our ...
I'm not aware of us making a decision about this topic specifically, but I have no problem with us fielding these questions as long as they are specific, answerable, and not opinion based.
If these questions are better suited for SFF, we can certainly move them there, but I have a hunch that our community is better equipped to answer them given the amount ...
I've been thinking it would be cool to try to make a working LEGO glider using the sails in the 42105 Catamaran for wings.
Unfortunately they made the sails 2 different sizes, so I would need 2 copies of the set.
I could probably also do a question on a motorized speedboat.
Can I make a glider out of the large sail pieces in the 42105 ...
I appreciate your patience! The election is scheduled to start September 20th. For more information, see this post.
Elections aren't annual, actually. We have some literature that says they're "regular" but that doesn't mean they're on a schedule. We actually run elections when they're needed, in most cases - and we decide ...
Thanks for the reminder. I had prepared this beforehand, but I forgot to post it promptly. This year's competition post is up now:
Winter Bash 2020 LEGO Prizes!
Please use that thread for any questions, discussion, or adjustments that may need to be made.
So what else can we do during Christmas quarantine? Watch films, of course! But since I already built a model of Nakatomi Plaza recently, I turned to the next best Christmas classic and designed a model of the McCallisters' house from Home Alone. It might make for a nice addition to the minifig scale version we'll likely get on IDEAS next year.
It features ...
We get a large number of "What is this element?" questions, which we are great at answering, and provides a good service to the askers, but doesn't really provide much "long term value to the internet". What is your approach to improving these questions to avoid a wall of identical questions?
We don't run moderator elections until a site has graduated. That's not in the cards any time soon.
The good news: we don't have any plans to close up shop.
If you are interested in helping out, some sites have had success building an audience with question challenges.
I'm not a big fan of these questions for the reasons you've highlighted.
Usually I will re-word the title to be more descriptive and adjust the tags used on the question to match the accepted answer. (If a set has been identified as a Star Wars set, it will be tagged as such). It can be difficult to find descriptive titles for every question.
Also we ...
The distinctions stated in the document are not too big. However, bullet three in the LOC brick of tier one is what Bricks SE is about: "Forum traffic mirrors activities
and is perceived as valuable by
We mostly don't spread press releases or other fan media related material. Therefore, the category chosen by LEGO is fitting, or the other ...
We had 91 users earn a hat in Winter Bash this year! We hope that you all had fun!
39 users earned at least 3 hats, so excluding the moderators, we had 36 of us eligible for the drawing. About a quarter of those user accounts were created in the last month. It is exciting to see participation from new users, and it looks like this activity may have driven ...