Introduction: How to Enter Burning Questions: Round 4

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****Updated rules - please read****

People search for stuff at Instructables all the time. Sometimes they find what they're looking for, and sometimes they don't. But there are a few common how-tos that come up often enough that make us wonder, "why don't we have an Instructable on that?"

The answer is of course, because no one has written one. But you can change all that.

Below I've listed a number of popular "wanted Instructables". If you write an Instructable about one of these topics we will send you a free Instructables Burning Questions Prize Pack consisting of a robot patch and a Burning Questions bumper sticker!

Wanted Instructables:
  • How to fight
  • How to make your car exhaust purr and growl
  • How to make a lowrider (car)
  • How to be photogenic
  • How to clean a laptop screen with household products
  • How to blow smoke rings
  • How to pop a wheelie
  • Team building exercises
  • How to upgrade or replace your car stereo
  • Set up an NCAA Betting Tree
  • How to bet (and win) on sports
  • How to get a tight butt
  • How to bulk up
  • How to tell a friend that you like them
  • Fun things you can do with fire extinguishers
  • How to cut hair
  • How to fly fish
  • Ham radio how tos

  • Rules:
  • The Instructables have to be of good quality. Lots of people are looking for these answers so put some extra effort in. They have to be detailed, contain plenty of good pictures, and actually provide a good answer to the question. If they're lousy (you know when they are), no prize pack for you.
  • They have to be titled exactly as they appear above. Why? Because that's what people are looking for.
  • They have to have a publish date after March 27th.
  • They have to be on the list! Only Instructables answering questions on the list will be admitted to the group and prizes. Otherwise, don't submit them to the group!

Each entry will be reviewed, so don't worry if your entry doesn't show up immediately, it just means we're still taking a look at it. If your answer is approved, then we will add it to the contest group.

If multiple Instructables from multiple users are submitted as answers to the same question, they will all be entered into the contest group. Once the contest closes, we'll pick the Instructable that answers the question best and declare them the winner. So, there's an incentive to check back in on the group, see who's submitting what, and make sure that your answer is the best it can possibly be!

Unlike previous rounds of Burning Questions, prize notifications will be mailed after the close of the contest rather then along the way as before.

Grand Prize: Burning Question Prize Pack

The Burning Questions Prize Pack consists of a custom made Burning Questions bumper sticker and a brand new robot patch!
Value: $10

Open to enter: 2008-03-27 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: 2008-05-01 11:59 PM PST

[/contest/burningquestions4/ View Contest now!]

Step 1: Previously Answered Burning Questions

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Check out all the burning questions that have already been answered from the three previous rounds!


Keith-Kid (author)2008-05-11

I could've done How to be Photogenic, since I have learned to overcome camera shyness. But I wasn't just gonna post pictures about myself....

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)2008-05-11

how come mine never got entered??

noahw (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-05-11

Your project was not allowed into the contest because it did not answer the question of "How to make a friend" sufficiently. 121 projects were submitted to the contest, but only 61 actually made it into the Burning Questions group. Of those, only 38 were actually selected as being sufficient answers to the questions. Projects had to thoroughly answer the Burning Question and ideally contain original images.

laminterious (author)2008-05-02

So. does our votes determine who wins if there is more than 1 instructable for the same topic?

the_don125 (author)laminterious2008-05-08

It sounds like the Instructables people will make the final decision amongst themselves, evaluating the content of the instructable, rather than vote/view count

laminterious (author)the_don1252008-05-08

Curious as to why is why the voting time was extended...

noahw (author)laminterious2008-05-08

Results are coming! Probably tomorrow I'd say...had to do some changing of the voting schedule in order to use the new voting system we've been testing.

laminterious (author)noahw2008-05-08

Cool, thanks for giving us a heads up as to whats going on.

noahw (author)laminterious2008-05-09

Winners have been announced! Look for them on the contest page and expect prize claiming instructions to be sent early next week. Congratulations!

crestind (author)2008-04-28

I don't know where to ask the Burning Questions, but my burning question is- How do I Make a Facebook Application It seems Facebook went to great lengths to make it difficult with all that Facebook jargon...

Gunk on Floor (author)2008-03-31

Where did my instructable go? At the moment I only see 3 instructables in the contest, and yesterday there were 14. Were they removed because they had been answered or something? I'm just curious. Thanks, Gunk

Your Instructable was very good, it just wasn't one of the questions.

Thanks, but mine was on the list. Splintercells was also on the list, but is not now. There were also approximately 12 others that were on the list, became answered, are no longer on the list and have been removed.

I took them down because I didn't see them on the list, but when I checked the revision history, I saw that they had been there. So don't worry I will put all the projects that belong there back up. I'm just in the process of figuring out what is going on, so it might be a few days.

This doesn't have anything to do with April fools day would it? If so, it was a good one!

Uhh... yeah, sure, why not ... April Fools!!! You all should have seen the looks on your faces ... priceless :)

Mine used to have five votes, now it has zero. :(

It doesn't look like you have any competition though.

What are the votes for? If there is more than one instructable on the same topic?

noahw (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-04-03

The votes are there only because this round Burning Questions was published on the site using our new contest interface, which has voting built in as a key feature. It doesn´t matter that votes were lost while the group was being rebuilt a few days ago since they don´t figure into who wins the question anyway. In most cases, there is one question and one answer, and therefore one clearly defined winner. In some cases however, where there are multiple answers to a question, internal judging by Instructables will chose the best answer at the close of the contest, feature that Instructable, and send that author the prize.

duck-lemon (author)noahw2008-04-24

does your instructable only get featured if it's accepted! oh nose!

Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)noahw2008-04-03

Oh, thanks for clearing that up. :)

Well, atleast we know now that it doesn't matter how many votes we have. But it's still nice to know that people are supportive enough to vote.

Where did mine go? It was on the list...

the_don125 (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2008-03-31

Looks like the list was cleaned out somewhat, and dog washing (and also how to edit a Myspace profile, and how to make a cat purr) have been removed. Really should have made the announcement that not only had the rules been updated, but the list of instructables being called for shrunk, especially after 12 or so had already been answered (only 4 of which still remain on the above list).

noahw (author)the_don1252008-04-03

Your totally right and the snafu was totally my fault. I should have done a better job notifying everyone of what was going on. Our contest group had to be rebuilt and it took us a few days to get everything back to normal. I´m not entirely clear on what you mean when you say that the list shrunk however... The list was updated the same way that it had been in the past (questions that have been answered sufficiently have been taken off of it). Everything should be running smoothly now though, and again, I offer my apologies. Sincerely, Noah

laminterious (author)2008-04-17

Well, I just entered mine, How to use a bidet. Lets see how it does lol

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-04-09

yay the deadline is on my bday may first!

tech-king (author)2008-03-27

are there still openings for ham radio instructables? there were in one edition, but i dont think they were ever answered

noahw (author)tech-king2008-03-27

Hmm, I can't remember that ever being on the list but I might have just forgotten. I don't think that's on the list right now but I'll certainly keep it in mind for future rounds. If you'd like to write that Instructable, why don't you just go for it - it's a good one!

tech-king (author)noahw2008-03-28

okay. i think it was in round one or somthing

noahw (author)tech-king2008-03-28

Ah yes! Round 1 - the only round of Burning Questions that didn't oversee.

tech-king (author)noahw2008-03-29

so is it still valid?

noahw (author)tech-king2008-04-07

Sure, enter it! I just put it on the list, if you enter yours, and it's kickin', then I'll take it off of the list and when we announce winners at the end of the month you'll get your prize! Sorry for my slow reply.

tech-king (author)noahw2008-04-09

okay. ill get to work on it soon

tech-king (author)noahw2008-03-29

so is the ham radio question still good? like can i enter it?

tech-king (author)2008-04-05

so are ham radios still valid? no one answered them, and they were in the first round. please answer me someone.

tech-king (author)tech-king2008-04-06

what the hell, im just going to enter it anyways, if i can get the parts

killerjackalope (author)2008-03-31

Ummm when you say sleep with your friend? It's a pretty ambiguous term where I am and could mean either or a little clarification because either way I have answers (yes sleeping in the same bed as a friend is an exact science, avoiding body parts, on the other hand sleeping with them is more of an art IMO) Hopefully that's funny and not obscene.

noahw (author)killerjackalope2008-04-03

I had your second example in mind. It´s a little grimey for a Burning Question for sure, but up there none the less.

killerjackalope (author)noahw2008-04-03

Actually I started writing there and considering your the burning questions guru what do you think is a better answer and more in keeping with instructables: talking about getting them in to bed talking about the day after etc. talking about how to make the change between plutonic and sexual relationship? I realise I'm being a nuisance with all the questions but just go ahead and do it doesn't work here... well sometimes... sorry about all the innuendos it's my thing.

killerjackalope (author)noahw2008-04-03

It's a complicated subject, but I'll try and bang out a nice instructable... Pictures will either be tasteful or stick people...

the_don125 (author)2008-04-01

What kind of wheelie is the list referencing? Just making the front tire briefly loose contact with the ground, or are you talking about riding around on one tire, balancing the other wheel in the air? I can do the former, not the latter.

lawizeg (author)2008-04-01

OHHH dude i have to read the wheelie one when someone does it. I have to learn how to do that!

thydzik (author)2008-04-01

hmmm, a bumper sticker and patch isn't much incentive to answer some of these questions.

Gonazar (author)2008-03-29

Awww i missed it again? how do i add questions?? i wanted to put down "how do you clean your oven window so that you can actually SEE through it?" hmph Also was looking for a mod on one of those cheap cheap mini RC toys that are everywhere...

ongissim (author)2008-03-29

Can "how to shave your head" be valid, as it falls under the category of cutting hair?

Sunbanks (author)2008-03-29

I'll also do how to make hair bows!

lawizeg (author)2008-03-28

I'm still thinking about doing the how to sew ible, but does there have to be many different kinds of stiches in the instructable?

corinna.anni.roc (author)2008-03-27

As to the "How to sew" Burning Question: Is it handsewing? or Sewing with a sewing machine? They both require steps.

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