How to Enter Share the Love: the 2008 Valentine's Day Speed Contest





Introduction: How to Enter Share the Love: the 2008 Valentine's Day Speed Contest

Results are up - check out the winners!

Valentine's Day is almost here, so we're having a speed contest to celebrate.
Show us something lovely and special, and win some custom chocolate Robot candy or Instructables gear!

There are many people who want to express their feelings for another, but don't know how to do it without buying something expensive. These people need your help!

They might just get a Valentine's Day card and call it a day, but we all know that something handmade, something truly from the heart, means so much more. So share a Valentine-themed Instructable with the rest of the world and help others make the day special.

As a special Valentine's Day prize, we'll be giving away handmade candies featuring the Instructables Robot, cast from high-quality chocolate. The Ratings, Pageviews, and Random winners will also receive a t-shirt and the acrylic positives that were used to make the chocolate mold so you can make Robot chocolates of your own!

You have until February 24, 2008 11:59 pm PST to enter the contest. Since Valentine's Day is a week away and a few people have already posted Valentine-themed Instructables, all entries posted February 1, 2008 are eligible.

Since this is a short contest we're letting the audience judge!
Find the entries here and rate your favorite projects so we know what you like. Vote for as few or as many as you like - it's up to you. Only positive votes will count in this contest! We're not including ballot stuffing or negative votes, so please exercise good sportsmanship.

We'll judge based on the standings at noon PST on Thursday, February 28, 2008 so everyone will have time to check out and vote on even the latest entries. Results will be posted shortly thereafter.

How to Enter

- Make a sweet Valentine's Day project and post it on Instructables.
- Add it to the Share the Love group by 11:59pm PST, Sunday February 24, 2008.


Rating Prizes:
The five Instructables with the highest ratings will win a chocolate Robot heart.
The Instructable with the highest rating will also receive anInstructables Robot t-shirt and the acrylic positive so you can make your own chocolate mold.

Page Views Prize:
The Instructable with the greatest number of pageviews will receive anInstructables Robot t-shirt, a chocolate Robot heart, and the acrylic positive so you can make your own chocolate mold.

Random Prize:
We'll conduct a random drawing from the remaining pool of entries, and one lucky winner will receive anInstructables Robot t-shirt, a chocolate Robot heart, and the acrylic positive so you can make your own chocolate mold.


Only projects posted during the contest period are eligible. If you've already submitted a suitable Instructable, make another iteration with improvements and submit it to the contest! Post an improved version of someone else's Instructable with a link back to your source of inspiration!

We're looking for neat and creative projects, so let your imagination run wild.

Project Submission Start Date: February 1, 2008.
Project Submission Deadline: 11:59pm PST, Sunday February 24, 2008.
Audience Judging Deadline: noon PST, Thursday, February 28, 2008.

Fine Print:
You can only win one prize per contest, but may enter as many projects as you like and cross-post to other contests!

International entries are eligible - we're happy to ship prizes abroad.

If you're under 18, go ahead and submit your project - we'll just need your parents' OK if you win.

Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.



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    I've just noticed, there seem to be a lot of ... odd entries in the contest...

    A fuel cap, a "Glock", wasps, a paperclip man, a glider, a hookah, battery storage, a logo on a knife, lighting cigarettes from the mains...

    I know that they get filtered out later, but people, please - don't check every box on the screen when you write an Instructable

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    i agree. please, read what your entering and enter into the correct contest(s)


    sure, but i think the moderators should also remove inappropriate entries before asking everyone to vote.

    Hmm...if they took the photo of the chocolate already....How old does that make it when it is packed and shipped to the winner's doorstep? If I happen to win...will I enjoy month old chocolate? OF COURSE I WOULD!

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    Heh... that's the first batch. We'll make more when people win.

    so, who ate the first batch?


    Cool!!! Wish I can do one, but I don't got any good ideas. I was going to do a chocolate covered strawberry, but someone did it already......oh well.

    :'( I am so close to completing a "Companion cube ottoman" but sadly my sewing machine broke so its on an indefinite hiatus...sorry yall, seems i cant enter this for now :'(

    this looks like fun

    Awesome, I had a feeling you were going to have one of these :-) I'm thinking something blinky :D

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    Maybe an AVR revamp of my shirt - and a way to mass produce them? (collab?)

    Hmm... I'm a PIC man myself :D Depends if I get time with schoolwork etc...

    I just need to teach myself lost-wax casting... No more hints!

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    simple,all you do is get some casting materials together,wax,plaster,grog,a kiln,a furnace,some simple tools ,a crucible, some metal and a place to do it. i would need to know what level of skill you have i,e, can you mix plaster ,do you have experience in using propane gas,i.e gas pressures ,regulator capacities and burner control. also with the burn out ,which is where you melt the wax from your mould, you need a pretty well insulated kiln that can reach 800 degrees . there are some good books available as well,just google ; diy casting or backyard foundry's,good luck.paul

    Oh, you mean you expected me to do it by the book? You make me laugh... In this house, we solder like we're supposed to. We cheat on everything else.

    Wow, robot has a heart! =)

    Nice, this is perfect for an instructable im about to finish... :D no hints.

    So many contests!! I gotta get thinking!