Friday Forum: Ask an Editor (Contest Edition)

Hey everybody! On Friday, May 30th from 1-4 PST, I'll be answering your contest questions! (Though feel free to keep asking me after. I'm always around. :D )

Here's a link to our current contest FAQ (frequently asked questions).

You guys might know me, but just in case: I'm Jessy, and I'm the contest manager here at Instructables. I've been officially working for Instructables for a few years now, but before that I posted instructables obsessively, spent all my time on the site and entered a TON of contests here between 2006-2011. :D

I'll have support from Carleyy (she's responsible for nearly all of the fancy sponsors we get!) and audreyobscura (she works with the sales team at Autodesk and huge sponsors like Home Depot and Radioshack) on this Friday Forum too, so if you post a question I'm not 100% sure about, we'll see if they know!

YAY! Excited to talk to you guys soon.

P.S. You can also ask me not-contest-things if you want, too. Especially if it's about my cats. ASK ME ABOUT ME CATS!!1

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Porda3 years ago

Hi Jessy, I'm submitting my first ible for a contest but the more I work on it, the more I'm realizing I could submit it to multiple. Are there any negative effects for submitting the same ible to more than one contest?

Also, do Big Dee and Luna Tuna always hang out together?

jessyratfink (author)  Porda3 years ago

It is very rare that submitting it to multiple contests causes any problems. You can put one project in up to three contests, so if you hit the criteria for three, why not? Sometimes being in multiple contests can be helpful because you can get a few more views. :D

Most of the time they do! They're really good at plotting and getting into trouble together. Normally if I hear a crash coming from another part of the house, they're both hauling butt from that direction. :P

Hi Jessy I'll ask about your cats how many do you have?

Also im almost ready to publish another ible but there is something going on with the main image, the red kart is the first image in the intro step but when I view the draft thumb nail I get the yellow kart. I seen a few post on how to change but I haven't had any luck. any Ideas?

Oh and which photo do you like the best Kart, or robots and kart?

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jessyratfink (author)  liquidhandwash3 years ago

I've got two! Big Dee (right) and Luna Tuna. (left) :D This picture is super old though - they're all grown up here:

As far as editing the thumbnail, you can only do it once you publish! I've tried to edit it before I publish and it just doesn't stick. :(

Once you publish, give it a go, and if you can't get it to work, PM me and I can go in and poke around. We'll get it looking fancy!


Thanks have a great weekend

Ok that's cropped the first image in the wrong place, you might have to click on the image to see it properly

sunshiine3 years ago

Could not resist, how old are your babies? I hope these discussions will continue for a little while because I know the answers will be beneficial to everyone. I think as it catches on there will be more people who will contribute. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Have a super weekend.


jessyratfink (author)  sunshiine3 years ago

Big Dee is 7 and Luna is 3. :D

I'm also really excited about these and hope they catch on, too! I know sometimes it can be hard to find info on the site so I hope making this front-and-center will be helpful!

This information is valuable to me. Mike recently shared his un-published instructables. I thought it was great! I think it would be great to share some real deal instructables that have been published but not featured and give members a chance to see good instructables do not get featured and why they didn't.

I have had so many questions for a long time and hesitate to post for modest reasons. I know it can be disappointing not to get featured, make finalist, or win a contest. But . . . I am always thrilled if I do get featured, make finalist or even win last prize because I feel it is an achievement.

After all . . . I am competing with all the great artist and DIY enthusiast WORLD WIDE here at instructables. It just makes me dig a little deeper within myself to see if I can create something different.


What I mean by good is the written and photo part of an instructable was good but perhaps the instructable was not unique, timing off or content was not very popular.

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