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I agree there is a lot of wasted space on either side of the profile pic. I'm not sure what I'd do about it. Perhaps an image could be personalized into that space like the top of a Facebook page?
I like the new profile page. The feed does bring old projects into the spotlight whenever someone favorites it, and I love being able to decide which ibles are featured. There are a few tweaks I'd like to see. The total number of ibles should be somewhere on the profile page. I like BrittLiv's suggestion to have the button say "View All 107 Instructables." I also miss seeing my number of comments. It's not on the "you page" to my knowledge, though if it will be on the new private page, that works too.
Don't leave! You'll earn a medal one day, perhaps even a contest. I too would like to see the old icons for contest wins come back. It's a small thing, but they're more fun than the generic, while still being uniform and clean.
This is cool. Nice!
Quilted Pillow Case
Not at all!
Custom Binder Travel Journal
Instructables are step-by-step instructions for how to do something, so how to set up a speaker system is totally acceptable. If you do a good job explaining and documenting the process, there's no reason why you couldn't win. The key to winning contests is engaging the community, so give it a shot! As you said, even if you don't win, you're contributing what you know to the community, and that's never a bad thing. Good luck!
You should only compare your project to the top half of the finalists, because chances are high those "poor" instructables were finalists due to votes. Staff can put good entries with less votes in, but they can't remove less good ibles if they have the necessary votes. A loss just means you weren't in the top of the votes or in the top of the small number of overlooked ibles staff get to throw into the ring.
No-Laser Leather Vest
Antique Digital Camera
Embroidery 101: Freestyle Weaving
Perks of Being a Wallflower Leather Redesign
Pocket Watch Pinhole Camera
Any problems with the toy melting or smoking in the oven?
Mod a Vinyl Art Toy With Sculpey
i like this design
No More Tears Watercolor: Crayon Resist
Trying to analyze why specific ibles win contests in order to make the perfect ible and win every time is pretty futile. Sometimes they make finalist because they related well to voters, sometimes it's because staff or sponsors put them in the finals. Whether it's clever ideas, great pictures, or documentation, there's always a reason. Just put out the best product you can and always strive to make the next one better. With hundreds of entries and only around 20 prizes in each contest, even good ibles won't be awarded prizes. Sometimes you just have to acknowledge you got beat. Keep making.
I've entered a lot of contests, and with the current contest page setup, I personally don't think there's a benefit to entering early. Most people don't want to click "more entries" more than a few times. The earliest entries get buried at the bottom of the list as it gets longer. The daily views count drops significantly after it drops of the front page of the contest. Therefore, everyone generally gets about the same amount of exposure.
Bubble Painting for Kids and Artists
1 Chain Stitch = 3 Transformable Accessories
Refashion for a Better Fit
Travel Watercolor Set
Studded Leather Knuckle Ring
Poké Ball Charger
Only finalists are up for a prize. Check out the contest FAQ for everything you could ever want to know about contests. http://www.instructables.com/community/Contest-FAQ...
Ministry of Magic Leather Passport Cover
Oh, I'm getting so nostalgic about that book now! It was so important to me when I read it in High School. This is just beautiful, thanks for sharing :)
Hand Painted Leather Headband
Coin and Leather Wrap Bracelet
DIY Designer Art Toys
2 LEGO Journals - Coptic Bookbinding
Bigger on the Inside Invite
Pencil Perfect Ring
Actually, I meant that the number of people that actually view the newsletter is likely different from day to day. Certain days of the week or events may effect the number of people who actually view the newsletter at all.
Draw an Impossible Tardis
Have you considered the days that the different newsletters were sent out. Perhaps the first one was on a particularly boring day compared to the others, and thus, more people looked at the newsletter all together?
Candy Corn Jellies
Handkerchief Wedding Program
Electronics Pallet Shelf
Thanks! Yes, prickly pear Shiner is awesome. It's a summer seasonal.
I've got a PhD in Horribleness
Color Me a Rainbow Headphones
Bluetooth Speaker Scooter Holster
Stop Motion En Masse
Dragon Wing Boots
This is so cool! Also, Shiner makes a prickly pear beer?! Is it good? I no longer live it Tx and the only Shiner I can get is the original bock.
3D Printed Designer Art Toys
Interactive Art with Scratch and Makey Makey
Herringbone Chevron T-Shirt Quilt
Cross Stitch Wood Necklace
Art Deco Inspired Wood Refinishing Treatment
Leather Calavera Mask
Painted Irish Meat Pie
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