The Crowd-funding model is you pay to contribute content. You don't pay you don't get to contribute (unless you get hired).
Hm, I don't believe it.
A) Those who paid to contribute content didn't only pay to contribute content. Didn't they get to bounce ideas directly with Obsidian? Oh and paying for "You get to design a backer item!" is also a sure-shot 100% hit. Not to mention you'll get some renown for it as well I'd imagine.
B) What we have been doing here, discussing ideas, thoughts, what's good and bad, analyzing and picking stuff apart... it's been indirect contribution. Who knows... some of JFSOCC's design ideas might've made it into the game but with a different name, different look, but the core inspiration comes from it... I wouldn't say that it is 100% certain that this is the case (don't expect anything), but there might be a chance.
- Paying for Backer Content = Direct Influence/Contribution+Obsidian gives feedback to Backer/Designer. 100% chance of getting in.
- Posting on Forums, no BC = Indirect Influence/Contribution+We give feedback to Obsidian/Designer. Depending on the idea, has a higher chance of getting in or "inspired by", but for the sake of the example... let's say "Roll 1d100".
Well, that's what I believe at least.
EDIT: Furthermore, weapons statistics & title is one of the easiest things to mod in most games. I could create like 100 "backer" weapons after the game has released.. but will it get anywhere near as much respect or renown as a backer who paid to be in the official product? Nope. Everyone who plays Pillars of Eternity without mods will be able to find the Backer Content. This is also something that you're paying for.
Not to be an asshat, but people put waaaaaaaaaaay too much stock in how influencial forums are.
They teach you not to post on forums for a reason.