Objective-oriented Contests

On Instructables, contests have tended to had very limited specifications beyond a general theme they work to. I propose this trend be broken in favor of something a bit more actively competitive: hold contests where the objective is set and have people compete to meet that stated goal as set by the contest host. The parameters that entries would be judged upon would be laid out in the briefing, as would any material or cost limitations.

Holding competitions in this manner would entice people to competitively build something to meet the requirement the host sets and to do their best to hone their project to succeed in the relevant parameters.

I think this would be a nice change from the chaotic randomness of current contests where there isn't much competition among entries, besides wooing people for votes to win finalist positions.

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Yonatan2411 months ago

I disagree with "randomness of contests", but can you give some examples for what you mean?

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  Yonatan2411 months ago

What I mean is that given the considerable scope of most contests, few have entries that are similar in any meaningful ways. Thus, there is limited competition between them besides garnering the votes/attention necessary to make it to the finalist stage.

What I am proposing is that the scope of contests be very limited and instead dedicated upon a particular goal to push development in that direction.

I think I understand where you're coming from, it could lead to a more focussed set of entries, but if the criteria is too narrow it would probably result in too many similar projects being published.

I think there is a certain charm to having the broad variety we see currently, but I have no doubt that the occasional specific contest would be a good thing.

To me it's an avenue to fostering a very direct competition wherein ingenuity and focus on results is king--things I don't think are terribly well represented in contests as they are right now with their great expansiveness.

What's wrong with this? I'm not getting notified for your PM's or comments. Only yours (OAE), as far as I know.

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  Yonatan2410 months ago

If you're not getting notifications for TED's comments, it's because his replies were made to my comment (a reply to your own), not yours.

I didn't get notified for this one too.

If someone replies to someone that replies to me, I'm supposed to get a notification...

OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  Yonatan2410 months ago

Something to sort out with the bug team then.

just published a tutorial on how to check viewership to avoid the similar problems had with the Stats tab. It never seems to pick up the relevant information.

There's a general appetite for appealing to the masses, which is understandable, so it's in everyone's interests to keep things relatively broad. Making contests more open widens the appeal, plus it makes more people feel like they can get involved and have a chance of winning.

But even with that in mind, maybe they could run a challenge with stricter criteria and just see what happens.

I understand the reasoning for the contests as they are. Given the associated limitations though, I imagine there are many looking for a more engaging sort of contest, as the ones I have proposed.

Essentially, running test contests in the manner that I suggest is all I am proposing. I think those who feel that such a setup would be boring and thus should not even be tried are being needlessly unreceptive.

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