gmalivuk wrote:Took advantage of, perhaps, but when other people voluntarily gave her almost 30 times what she asked for, it's a bit of a stretch to say she was abusing anything.
But it's an interesting question: if your project isn't one which can easily make use of a money surplus and people give you far more than you wanted: what are you supposed to do with the money? I guess keep it, getting much more than expected can't force you to expand your intended project far beyond it's original dimensions if you didn't set stretch goals.
Maybe kickstarter should give an option to set a second optional amount beside the stretch goal for the amount of money that can be used fqor teh project and after that kickstarter adds an pop up which says: "Any contributions at this points won't be used for the project and are essentially donations to the maker".
Well, I do think that it's an unusual project that cannot utilize extra money effectively. Usually, more money allows you to do more/better things, and adding stretch goals is kind of a nice thing to do. You don't HAVE to do that, though, and if people keep throwing money at something that promises nothing more for it...well, that's kind of on them. It's perfectly ok to donate extra money to a cause, but one should probably at least read what is being planned with the money before deciding to do so.
gmalivuk wrote:All of the money earned is essentially donations to the maker, as far as I know. There's no real contractual obligation to do anything in particular with the money, even if they get millions of dollars more than they set as their original goal.
Well, an obligation exists, even if it's a hard to enforce one, to provide the promised rewards or, failing that, a refund. In this particular instance, it seems she is delivering on the promised rewards. Therefore, I have no real problems with that. The backers are getting what they were promised, so far as I can tell.
Perhaps they have made assumptions beyond the explicit promises...but assumptions are just that. You can't expect others to always have the same ones you do. I'm perfectly ok with criticizing her for failing to do proper crediting, etc(and that would be just as reasonable a complaint had she only made $6k), but I don't really expect her to do more than what she promised to do. Anything over the stated goals is a straight up bonus.