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12 Nov 2012 - 15:0093810
Why do people post "secret" costumes?
I can understand why you might not want to reveal a costume that is a surprise, or hold off on revealing a costume that might not happen after all.

I can even see why you might play a guessing-game by revealing the shopping list, source, or hints, but not the full thing yet.

But there are over 50 costumes listed as secret that have nothing (and some of them are for events that have been and gone).

Can anyone (particularly someone who has done it) help me understand why you might post a "secret" costume rather than posting nothing until it is finished?


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Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (12 Nov 2012 - 15:00)
12 Nov 2012 - 15:0493811
I've never done it myself but I do use this site to keep track of costume progress as well as to share with others. I suspect that those that have nothing filled on are ones that the user started posting to keep track of than either forgot about or lost interest in and couldn't be bothered to delete. I mean there are plenty of costumes on here that haven't been updated in years but never have been deleted. That or they didn't have it ready for the planned event but still intend to do it someday.


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12 Nov 2012 - 15:0993812
I'd assume it's because they don't want people to copy them in the run up to the event, or they want to be (as far as they know) the first person to complete the costume.

What really irks me is when people list something as secret then give away clues as they make more. This just seems attention seeking to me sadly. If you want to post progress on something, then just reveal what the costume is :/

To be honest, I think if you want to keep a costume secret, you just shouldn't upload anything for it altogether. My friend has done this to me before and just turned up on the day in a costume I had no idea about and it has way more of an impact than making people play the guessing game.



Last edited by Mungojerrie (12 Nov 2012 - 15:11)
12 Nov 2012 - 15:2293814
Quote Mungojerrie:
To be honest, I think if you want to keep a costume secret, you just shouldn't upload anything for it altogether.


This ^

Why post it up at all if you're gonna play games or not show any progress? I don't see the point of posting a "secret" cosplay, as when you want to reveal it you need to jump through hoops to do it anyway - much quicker just to hold fire until you're ready to show what it is.

Any "secret" cosplays that appear on the front page I ignore - I feel there is nothing interesting to see in it and it's just tedious.


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12 Nov 2012 - 16:2293815
Personally I don't see why people get so irked about secret cosplays. Some people do them, other people don't.

I've done them twice before, for the first Hyper Japan event. Nocturnal-Blossom and I wanted to let people know we were making something to enter the competition, but wanted it to be a surprise as to what it was. No biggie. We hadn't seen anyone cosplay the versions we had done before, and since we wanted to make it a special project, making it 'secret' seemed like a fun way to say we were entering, while still keeping it a surprise.

Similarly, we did the same thing with our Gormenghast twins cosplay. We thought it would spoil the fun and the illusion of what we were making if we told people straight out (plus we guessed most people hadn't seen the series/read the books) so we made it a bit of guessing game. People seemed pretty happy to guess, and those who weren't, didn't guess. It made people all the more excited to see the project when they guessed it and we uploaded ref. pics and so on.

I have plenty of friends who have uploaded secret cosplays, most of whom upload progress pictures, but not a reference picture or mentioning what it could be. Its just a fun way people can show what they're making or not. It makes people curious and discussions can arise over them. Of course, when it finally gets to an event when people wear their secret cosplays, people can get more excited over finally finding out what the cosplay was.

Either way, it isn't a big deal. Secret cosplays aren't hurting anyone. Those who like to get involved do, and those who don't, well, shouldn't get involved.


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12 Nov 2012 - 16:5193816
Ones that bug me are the "secret with no hints or content" - I just don't see the point at all.

Ones that make use of the journal, give subtle hints or show completed parts in the photos can be interesting, or amusing to play guessing games with your friends.

I have one I'm vaguely contemplating, but the 'secret' ones I've done so far I've just found it far more entertaining to just turn up in


12 Nov 2012 - 17:2393818
I have one listed now, its quite big and i want it to be a surprise thats all


12 Nov 2012 - 18:1693823
But Monkey, you actually post stuff about it. It's not like you just put on a secret cosplay then put nothing, sometimes not even the event it's planned for. Those people who ci costumes bit which are flooded with "secret" cosplays, with no imfo no nothing; what's the point?


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12 Nov 2012 - 18:1993824
Well, as said maybe it is simply a pagemarker for them. If no one else knows what it is, what harm is it doing? Perhaps it is for a cosplay they don't want people to know, because they're nervous about wearing, but they want to keep it there for their own personal encouragement? Who knows?

There could be a number of different reasons. If you skim over it anyway, there's no need to worry about it.


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12 Nov 2012 - 20:2793830
It was more idle curiosity to be honest. The way I use CI* it makes no sense, so I thought if I asked, I might understand better.

I can sort-of understand it if you have a lot of fans/followers who would otherwise wonder why you didn't have a costume listed for Event X. And a guessing game can be fun (where the costume is unknown, but the journal drops clues). But for all other circumstances I still don't really see how it is worth the effort over not posting it at all.


*=I look for specific costumes, people who are cosplaying from the same source as myself at the next event, and the costumes of friends.


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16 Nov 2012 - 22:5994049
Some people do put up "secrets" just for attention, but the majority of people I know who do it do it for fun, to build up the excitement for the costume. Expo just been my boyfriend and I cosplayed the blues brothers, but didn't tell anyone about it - in fact we didn't tell anyone there was going to be a secret cosplay at all. The reason? I guess I just wanted to surprise my friends and see what their reactions were XD

But I can see both sides of the story - I get excited when my friends put up secrets but then I can see how it can be tedious when it fills up. I have a secret one planned but I have a least said where it's from.


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17 Nov 2012 - 01:5194056
Quote Freyarule:
Some people do put up "secrets" just for attention, but the majority of people I know who do it do it for fun, to build up the excitement for the costume. Expo just been my boyfriend and I cosplayed the blues brothers, but didn't tell anyone about it - in fact we didn't tell anyone there was going to be a secret cosplay at all. The reason? I guess I just wanted to surprise my friends and see what their reactions were XD

But I can see both sides of the story - I get excited when my friends put up secrets but then I can see how it can be tedious when it fills up. I have a secret one planned but I have a least said where it's from.


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17 Nov 2012 - 22:5594090
Quote Monkey:
Personally I don't see why people get so irked about secret cosplays. Some people do them, other people don't.

I've done them twice before, for the first Hyper Japan event. Nocturnal-Blossom and I wanted to let people know we were making something to enter the competition, but wanted it to be a surprise as to what it was. No biggie. We hadn't seen anyone cosplay the versions we had done before, and since we wanted to make it a special project, making it 'secret' seemed like a fun way to say we were entering, while still keeping it a surprise.

Similarly, we did the same thing with our Gormenghast twins cosplay. We thought it would spoil the fun and the illusion of what we were making if we told people straight out (plus we guessed most people hadn't seen the series/read the books) so we made it a bit of guessing game. People seemed pretty happy to guess, and those who weren't, didn't guess. It made people all the more excited to see the project when they guessed it and we uploaded ref. pics and so on.

I have plenty of friends who have uploaded secret cosplays, most of whom upload progress pictures, but not a reference picture or mentioning what it could be. Its just a fun way people can show what they're making or not. It makes people curious and discussions can arise over them. Of course, when it finally gets to an event when people wear their secret cosplays, people can get more excited over finally finding out what the cosplay was.

Either way, it isn't a big deal. Secret cosplays aren't hurting anyone. Those who like to get involved do, and those who don't, well, shouldn't get involved.


I agree with Monkey. Especially if its just for fun.

I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of 'secret cosplays' but that's because I suck at keeping them secret. I don't see the point of adding them just to get attention then do nothing with them but its no biggie for me.

I like the idea of doing them for fun and playing the guessing game.


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17 Nov 2012 - 23:0094092
agreed...

I don't think i'd ever post a secret costume, I have too much fun talking with people about my costume, showing how it's coming along, asking for peoples thoughts and ideas on how to improve it...

M


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18 Nov 2012 - 20:2194119
People just like attention I suspect and nothing wrong with that. They like the guessing game they like teasing people and playing with there big reveal the reason some are blank I suspect is they start it off as secret then forget about it

I've had secret cosplays one I posted to tease people and played a game of clues one I didn't list oh I should make that 2 I've just started on another secret project not planning on listing yet or at least not till its close to finished and I can give clues

I think its just one more way people can have fun with there work


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20 Nov 2012 - 07:3794196
I myself have done a secret cosplay but due to other ones needing to be done for groups and such I havent really been able to as you say post clues. Its really mine and my cosplay partner chance to mess with the group and keep them guessing till we have actualy complted it.


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