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Should There be age divisions in the contests? Answered

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From what I've seen there are a fair amount of people under 18. So my question is: Should we have age divisions?
Please give me your imput on this.

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OutOfTime (author)2014-02-24

In my opinion the best contest are ones with a vast variety of ideas and opinions. What better way to achieve this than by having contestants of all ages. I think its fun to see all the different ways of thinking that people have, young and old alike should be able to participate so long as they understand what it's about.

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Kiteman (author)2012-04-18

As I recall, a number of major contests have been won by young Makers.

Age-divided contests are a nice idea, but it would be almost impossible to police the true ages of entrants,

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vroom...vroom... (author)Kiteman2012-04-19

I guess even if you where lying all you have to do do is go off the age of their profile. And besides, what pearson on THIS website would lie?

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Good point. I (really) am 17, been on here since 2009. Birthday soon, so that'll be updated as needed...

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Yes, I removed it because you might be crazy of seeing the correct words. Thank you!

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i think there should be contests for kids from 16 and younger. most winners on this site are professional people at what they do. on the workshop contest there is a self made trailer. how is any one without the help of an adult supposed to beat that! i entered the fort contest when it first started and pretty soon people were putting forts up that you could have lived in. I'm not saying ALL contests should have an age limit but at once in a while there should be, and if an adult changes their age then that's pretty mean to take a kids chance at at least getting a small prize. i really hope the authors of instructables see this and put a couple age restrictions on one or two contests. please think about this instructables.

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Lithium Rain (author)2012-04-20

There are many mistakes bro...

1. You should use double quotes when quoting someone directly. Single quotes go inside double quotes.

2. You should not have put an ellipsis, space, then a comma in 3.

3. "I lied the age" and "you wrong again" are not grammatically correct. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you were channeling Yoda on purpose.

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Alex Mercer (author)Lithium Rain2012-04-20

1. You shouldn't use three full stops.

2. I wrote "I have lied my age" and "you are wrong here again". Read the sentences carefully again.

3. I used double quotes. Watch them carefully again. I guess you should go to a psychologist to be sure about what you have read. You should also go to optic expert to show what is wrong with your eyes. Thank you!

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Kiteman (author)Alex Mercer2012-04-21

1. It's called an ellipse, and can be used to show an extended pause.

2. So what? Your "correct" versions are no more correct than the versions Lira gave.

3. You have conveniently deleted the post, so nobody can read (not watch) them "again". I guess you need to read site's policy statement and terms of service before you decide to post any more libellous statements.

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Alex Mercer (author)2012-04-20

Aaaahhhmmmmm,............. I can smell the scent of danger here.

Oh well, nothing to do with this forum, I am smelling danger. Outta this forum before get caught.

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MissouriVillian (author)2012-04-19

I can't see any need for it, some of the younger folks on here know more than I ever will on some things. I think it would be a bit insulting to them truthfully, like saying we don't think they can hang.

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Well, it was more of a capability issue to me, I'm 13, so I'm stuck with DeWalt drills and hand saws...not much to work with. I don't mean to brag, but just as an example. I skipped 6th grade, so I know what you're talking about.

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I understand that, but lack of tools and funding isn't a problem that only young people have. I believe in you, you can overcome the hinderance. Your plasma gun tells me so.

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vroom...vroom... (author)2012-04-20

I know it will probably never happen, but this was just to tell all of you who run this thing my thoughts.

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MissouriVillian (author)2012-04-20

I never said you couldn't hack it bud. I said the exact opposite, that it would be like saying you couldn't if contests were divided. And Sir is a horrible thing to call a fella, Kid ;)

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The Cartographer (author)2012-04-20

I think its a brilliant idea, although it would have to be at the discretion of the sponsors of said contests.

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vroom...vroom... (author)2012-04-17

I thought that the picture would look nice.

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Thrasym (author)vroom...vroom...2012-04-18

I'd think that would be a good idea. But I don't know how anyone could regulate it. I don't think there's a COD with proof of age instead of money shipping option.

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caitlinsdad (author)2012-04-17

but not enough to warrant even offering separate prizes or contest.  Yes, it would be a good idea to have youth divisions to encourage more young makers but the laws are complex enough to be a burden in trying to run contests for those of legal age in international entries.

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I agree, just thought i'd throw it out there.

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