07/28/09 Update:I’m in the process of re-writing this page, having recently re-purposed the point of the site. (and having discovered Flickr’s Blog this feature!)

I can’t catalog all of the tools, tips, and techniques for building with LEGO by myself. While I am spearheading the effort and contributing articles, I need the help of others in the community.

What to submit?

Check the existing Catablog first. If you have an idea for something that is not already there, or if you have a new spin on an old technique or some tips you’d love to share, contact me, and tell me what you’re thinking.

Does it cost anything to contribute?

Just a little of your own personal time.

How much does it pay?

Nothing monetary is offered at this time. Everything here is for the benefit of the LEGO building community. Of course, I will experience a personal on-going debate as I pay for hosting, and consider using AdWords, but that is not presently in my view.

Do I get any credit?

Yes. I try to give as much credit as possible. If you have a preferred name or a screen name, I’m glad to credit you either way. Also if you have a website, MOCPage, or other thing you’d like me to point to, let me know.

Crediting others

As much as possible, I’d like to credit original developers of particular techniques. Though with all the examples out there, it is not often easy to track this down. At the very least, I’d like to be able to point to specific good examples and say “here’s this person used this technique” and “here’s how that person” did it, etc.

Using Photos

Photos were a tough issue to think through. When you post a photo, it is, presumably your copyright. And, technically you are not allowed to just go copying other people’s photos and posting them to your own website. One way some websites “work around” this issue is to point to photos on someone else’s server. That’s how JetEye works, and other such “bookmarking” services. The Brother’s Brick is a good LEGO example of this. Anything they blog about that occurs on MOCPages, Brickshelf, Flickr, etc., has an image, but they are not hosting the image on their own server, they are pointing to the image existing on Flickr, or wherever. Some of the pro’s of this method are: they don’t take up your server space, copyright issues are a little less sticky, since you’re not actually hosting someone else’s picture on your site. Some of the con’s of this method are: 1)when the person controlling those pictures moves or removes those images or 2) when you are at a location (at work, a library, etc.) where public image-sharing services like Flickr are blocked. 🙁

While my primary preferred method is to create my own examples, this is not going to be always feasable since it takes time, effort, etc, when the original inspiration is just sitting there. So, while I am writing an article, gathering examples, I will make a provisional copy of the image locally and contact the owner of the image for permission to use it on BricksABillion. The standard terms I’m offering are: 1) While I may crop  the image down  to the particular technique I am trying to highlight (and perhaps make other modifications in Photoshop), I will make the image link to the page it is currently being hosted on. 2) At the end of the article, I will credit the author and link to his desired webspace. 3) Ask the author’s permission to post my own full copy of his image in the event that he moves his image and I can no longer find it, but include a note to the affect of what happened and that I have the author’s permission.

Of course, if an author denies me permission to use his image I will not use it. And he will derive no internet traffic from BricksABillion. Poor him.

Regular Contributors

I plan to add contributors as I find people with helpful things to say, an ability to take a decent picture, etc. If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor, start by contributing something. And then keep contributing. If I don’t feel that your writing quality is up to par, that’s okay, b/c I will do some editing. If you’re not contributing things that I feel “fit” I’ll let you know.