The year 2019 is already 2 months behind us. I wanted to take a final look back on the year. Nathan already wrote a blog on stuff that was going on from the developer and admin side of the site, like traffic, new features etc. JaredHinton wrote a blog on the admin's favorite sets of the year. I want to take a look at a very import aspect of Rebrickable: YOU. Without you, Rebrickable wouldn't exist. We count on you to submit and build MOCs, and help us keep the database up-do-date and correct errors. 2019 has been the busiest year for the admin team. With the help of some graphs and numbers, I want to show how much you all have helped us.
Last year I introduced the My Change Log feature for Pro Plan users which allows you to see all the recent changes you have made to your LEGO Collection. This is a great help in keeping track of what you are doing and identifying any mistakes made. Now, I have expanded this feature to track more changes that weren't possible before and added an undo button for each change.
Over the last few months, I've been gradually enhancing the search pages. I think Rebrickable's search features were already the most powerful and easy to use you can find, but the new system is far easier to use on mobiles and for casual LEGO users who aren't as familiar with the catalog as most AFOLs.
The Rebrickable-hosted Premium MOCs feature was introduced in late 2017 when Mocplans shut down. There were thousands of LEGO fans who needed access to the building instructions they had purchased, so Rebrickable started hosting them. At the same time, it became possible to submit new MOCs using this hosting method. This is now our preferred way of hosting Premium MOCs (vs self-hosted where the designer has to serve the files and handle payments), and so I have spent a lot of time lately focusing on improvements to make it fully competitive with other digital sales platforms out there.
It has been asked many times, and has been on my to-do list for ages, but finally the concept of ‘Any Color’ parts has been added.
The part color called [No Color] has been renamed to [No Color/Any Color], to better match it's new meaning. In official LEGO Set inventories it's used...
I've been thinking about adding this feature for years, but I kept putting it off as too hard and too low priority. I've finally gone ahead and added it primarily to assist the admin team with discussing submitted change requests etc. However, I'm sure it will find some good use outside of that.