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Paper Airplane Contest 5 (Closed)

Although my previous PAC4 competition failed to attract any entries, I have decided to reboot it—with relaxed specifications. Paper Airplane Contest 5 (PAC5) takes a step back, decreasing the minimum range requirement by 10%, and the decreasing the longevity requirement by 33%. I specifically designed this contest to appeal to the concerns of those who analyzed the specifications of PAC4. For this contest, the specification is again for a long range plane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to fly at least 50 feet from a launch height of 5 feet or higher • Durability to fly at least 20 flights • Provisions for landing gear and/or skids (not required for flying wings) • Use of less than 8 inches of Scotch tape in construction • Use of less than 3 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction • Usage of glue or wood (excluding toothpicks) is prohibited • Aircraft must be named 2. Instructables Requirements: • 1 page strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 5 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-5/)” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. However, unlike previous contests, each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Instructables Pro membership. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, May 27, 2011 and ends Thursday, June 30, 2011. Entries must be published before Thursday, June 30, 2011. From July 1 to July 3, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Entries: DJ Radio: "Super Bullet" (https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Super-bullet-Possibly-the-fastest-paper-air/) The Skinnerz: "Goose" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Goose-Paper-Glider/) heavyfire88: "The 50 Calb." (https://www.instructables.com/id/The-50-Calb/) Results: 1st Place: “heavyfire88”: “The 50 Calb.” (https://www.instructables.com/id/The-50-Calb/) 2nd Place: “DJ Radio”: “Super Bullet” (https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Super-bullet-Possibly-the-fastest-paper-air/) 3rd Place: “The Skinnerz” “Goose” (https://www.instructables.com/id/Goose-Paper-Glider/)    

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Paper Airplane Contest 10 (Closed)

After several of my contests drew no entries last year, I decided to give the community a break and wait a while before hosting another contest. As a result, this contest has come 6 months after its closest predecessor began. In addition, the requirements for aircraft have been greatly relaxed. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: Ability to fly at least 10 feet Aircraft must be named 2. Instructable Requirements: 1 page strictly devoted to materials required in construction 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 10.” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 paper airplane instructables* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft. The first place winner will also receive one 1 year Instructables.com Pro membership. The second place winner will also receive two 3-month Instructables.com Pro memberships. The third place winner will also receive one 3-month Instructables.com Pro membership. Prize Distribution: 1st Place: 1 Patch One Instructables 1 Year Pro Membership 2nd Place: 1 Patch 2 Instructables 3 Month Pro Memberships 3rd Place: 1 Patch 1 Instructables 3 Month Pro Membership   *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one patch. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: I will judge entries based on aircraft performance, and quality and presentation of its instructable. The contest begins Monday, March 12, 2012 and ends Friday, April 20, 2012. Entries must be published between these two dates. From April 20 to April 22, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Monday, April 23, 2012 and issue them their prizes Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Entries: e=mc^2: The Bat Bot1398: The Breeze abraham_no_chiz: The Lightning Bullet OfficerZawOoKoSCPD911: The Mighty Falcon Results: OfficerZawOoKoSCPD911: The Mighty Falcon Bot1398: The Breeze abraham_no_chiz: The Lightning Bullet e=mc^2: The Bat

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Paper Airplane Challenge 1 (Closed)

This contest has been specifically drawn up for contenders of my previous contests, whom expressed interest in participating in further competitions. (However, it is by no means exclusive to them, anyone can enter!) Having already broken from tradition in name, I have decided to specify point values for the individual requirements too. The aim of this challenge is to design a paper airplane or family of paper airplanes that can fulfill three tasks. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to: (A) fly at least 30 feet; (B) perform at least one full loop, wingover and/or half Cuban eight and fly a further 15 feet; and (C) carry at least four 100mg toothpicks (20 pts each; 60 pts total) • Up to three differently configured variants can be submitted to fill the A, B and C capabilities. Between variants there must be at least 40% commonality in construction (2 of 5 steps are identical). (5 pts) • Durability in each airframe to fly at least 20 flights (5 pts) • Use of less than 15 inches (0.381 meters) of tape in the construction of all aircraft  (5 pts) • Use of less than 6 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in the construction of all aircraft (5 pts) • Aircraft must be named (if there are multiple variations, identify each distinctly with names and/or designations) (5 pts) (This totals to 85 points possible for the aircraft.) 2. Instructable Requirements: • 1 page (not the intro page) strictly devoted to materials required in construction (4 pts) • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft (if there are multiple variants, illustrate how to fly each if necessary) (4 pts) • The instructables’ license(s) must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)". Entries not wholly original must honor licensing agreements associated with the original publisher(s). (4 pts) • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: "This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Challenge 1." (3 pts) (This totals to 15 points possible for the aircraft’s instructable; 100 points possible for the entry as a whole.) Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 3 paper airplane instructables* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft. The first place winner will also receive one 1 year Instructables.com Pro membership. The second place winner will also receive two 3-month Instructables.com Pro memberships. The third place winner will also receive one 3-month Instructables.com Pro membership. Prize Distribution: 1st Place: 1 Patch One Instructables 1 Year Pro Membership 2nd Place: 1 Patch 2 Instructables 3 Month Pro Memberships 3rd Place: 1 Patch 1 Instructables 3 Month Pro Membership Bonuses: An extra 3 month Pro membership will be awarded to the designer of the most original, successful design. This bonus prize is not subject to the distribution limit below, and therefore, the top 3 contenders remain eligible to win. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each contender can only win one prize. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “Challenge Entry Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructables’ URL(s) included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic below, under "Entries". Judging: I will judge entries based on aircraft performance and the quality and presentation of its instructable. Aircraft will be analysed and scored based on the requirements and whether or not they have been met. The contest begins Friday, June 8, 2012 and ends Friday, July 13, 2012 July 27, 2012. Entries must be published between these two dates. From July 13 27 to July 16 30, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, July 17 , 2012 July 31, 2012 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, July 18, 2012 August 1, 2012. Entries: bramblebee100: The Daredevil papercrafter408: The Delta-Fighter Results: First Place (Tie): bramblebee100: The Daredevil papercrafter408: The Delta-Fighter

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Paper Airplane Contest 6 (Closed)

To coincide with the publishing of my one hundredth instructable, I am hosting a sixth paper airplane contest (PAC6). However, unlike my previous contests, this one is aimed at origami aviators just beginning their flights. Although the previous “PAC5” has yet to conclude, I feel it is an appropriate time to start up another contest, due to the different aims of the two. For this contest, the specification is for a trainer paper airplane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to fly at least 25 feet (7.62 meters) from a launch height of 5 feet or higher • Durability to fly at least 25 feet, at least 15 times • At least two of the following must be featured on your aircraft: flaps, elevators, rudders, ailerons, spoilers, elevons, decelerons, spoilerons, flaperons, air brakes, slots, and/or slats • Allowed materials include: 2 sheets of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper, 8 inches of Scotch tape, scissors, a stapler, 5 staples, a ruler, a pencil, pen, and 2 paper clips • Aircraft must be named 2. Instructables Requirements: • 1 page (not the intro page) devoted solely to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 6 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-6/)” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. However, unlike previous contests, each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Instructables Pro membership. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My NGT Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. (The “NGT” acronym refers to Next Generation Trainer, in order to distinguish it from PAC5 entries). I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, June 17, 2011 and ends Friday, July 15, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, July 15, 2011. From July 16 to July 18, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Entries: wat.: "Hammerhead Glider II" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Hammerhead-Glider-II/) vishalapar: "Smoothliner IV" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Smoothliner-4/) Results: 1st Place: vishalapar: "Smoothliner IV" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Smoothliner-4/) 2nd Place: wat.: "Hammerhead Glider II" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Hammerhead-Glider-II/)

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Paper Airplane Contest 7 (Closed)

To spur more paper airplane posts, I have decided to host a seventh paper airplane contest, (PAC7). Hopefully this contest will encourage more people to submit their innovative paper airplanes for all to see. For this contest, the specifications are for an advanced stunt plane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to perform a loop, wingover and/or a half Cuban eight • A ground range of at least 25 feet (7.62 meters) and an air range of at least 30 feet (9.144 meters) • Durability to fly at least 20 flights • Use of less than 10 inches (0.254 meters) of tape in construction • Use of less than 3 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction • Aircraft must be named 2. Instructable Requirements: • 1 page (not the intro page) strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 7 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-7/).” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Instructables.com Pro membership if his/her plane meets or exceeds all specifications. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one patch. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My PAC7 Paper Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, July 29, 2011 and ends Friday, September 2, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, September 2, 2011. From September 2 to September 5, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Entries:

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WAT.1 paper airplane contest [closed]

WAT.>1 paper airplane contest [closed] New Contest: WAT.>1 Contest - This contest is simple, make a paper airplane, put the link in the comment and see if you have won or not! Prize: 1st Free Windows 7 Ultimate Activation Key Code, 2nd Free Microsoft Office 2010 Professional, 3rd Be a Extream Member of our group! Runners Ups Prizes: A Bronze Medal handed out by OrigamiAirEnforcer.   The contest ends at the 29th July 2011. To enter: Go to the comment [below] and put in the link of the instructables and you might want to put up you image to stand out and a comment about it. Prize: 1st: Free Windows 7 Ultimate Activation Key Code and a Gold Medal to be handed out from OrigamiAirEnforcer to the 1st prize person. 2nd: Free Microsoft Office 2010 Professional and a  Silver Medal to be handed out from   OrigamiAirEnforcer to the 2nd prize person. 3rd: Be a Extream Member of the Paper airplane builders [Club and group] 2 2011 group and a  Bronze Medal to be handed out from   OrigamiAirEnforcer to the 3rd prize person. Runners Ups: A Bronze Medal to be handed out from   OrigamiAirEnforcer. Objective: You needed to make any paper airplane but it got to be good as it can be and it has to be in the instructable.   Final Date: 28th July 2011.   Review Date 29th July 2011 Since vishalapar is the only one to enter it, he will get the taking part prize.

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Paper Airplane Contest 8 (Closed)

As summer ends and school begins, the need for great paper airplanes increases again. Because of that, I have decided to attempt to coax instructablers everywhere into designing a new paper airplane to perform common requirements. In addition, I have decided to increase the prize values. Instead of the first place being a 3 month Ibles Pro Membership, I have raised it to a 1 Year Ibles Pro membership. Perhaps that will stir interest among this site's many innovative creators, eh? :) For this contest, the specifications are for a multirole airplane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to: (A) fly at least 50 feet; (B) perform at least one full loop, wingover and/or half Cuban eight and fly a further 15 feet; and (C) carry at least four 100mg toothpicks • Up to three differently configured variants can be submitted to fill the A, B and C capabilities. Between these three there must be at least 60% commonality in construction. • Durability to fly at least 20 flights • Use of less than 15 inches (0.381 meters) of tape in construction • Use of less than 6 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction • Aircraft must be named (if there are multiple variations, identify each distinctly) 2. Instructable Requirements: • 1 page (not the intro page) strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft (if there are multiple variations, illustrate how to fly each) • The instructable (or instructables’) license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 8.” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 3 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 1 Year Instructables.com Pro membership if his/her plane meets or exceeds all specifications. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of prizes wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My PAC8 Paper Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructable(s)’s URL(s) included. I will then put the link(s) and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: I will judge all the planes myself based on their abilities. I have decided to test this way because I believe judging on performance and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach. The launch height of all test flights is 5 feet above ground level. The contest begins Friday, August 26, 2011 and ends Friday, September 30, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, September 30, 2011. From October 1 to October 5, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Thursday, October 6, 2011 and issue them their prizes Friday, October 7, 2011. Entries:

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Is there a way to download/privatize multiple Instructables projects at once en masse?

Is there a way to download/privatize all of one's own projects in a single stroke?

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Paper Airplane Contest 9 (Closed)

Because speed appears to a popular theme among origami aircraft designers, I have decided to direct this new paper airplane contest--(PAC9) in their direction, in hopes of seeing even more innovative instructables from them. For this contest, the specifications are for a fast, long range paper airplane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to: (A) fly at least 50 feet; and ( B ) fly at a speed of 20 feet per second (~6 meters per second) • Durability to fly at least 20 flights • Use of less than 3 inches (0.0762) of tape in construction • Use of 1 piece or less of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction • Other permitted materials are a large paper clip and up to 3 staples • Aircraft must be named 2. Instructable Requirements: • 1 page (not the intro page) strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable’s license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 9.” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 1 Year Instructables.com Pro membership if his/her plane meets or exceeds all specifications. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of prizes wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. In the event of multiple winning entries, the higher ranking entry will be named. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My PAC9 Paper Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructable’s URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: I will judge all the planes myself based on their abilities. I have decided to test this way because I believe judging on performance and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach. The launch height of all test flights is 5 feet above ground level. The contest begins Thursday, September 29, 2011 and ends Friday, October 28, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, October 28, 2011. From October 28 to November 1, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, November 2, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, November 3, 2011. Entries:

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Paper Airplane Contest 4 (Closed)

Yes, I have decided to host another paper airplane mini-contest. My goal is to further stimulate the paper airplane channel and encourage more paper airplane builders to post their innovative designs. For this contest, the specification is for a long range plane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to fly at least 55 feet • Durability to fly at least 30 flights • Provisions for landing gear and/or skids (not required for flying wings) • Use of less than 11 inches (0.381 meters) of Scotch tape in construction • Use of less than 3 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction • Usage of glue or wood (excluding toothpicks) is prohibited 2. Instructables Requirements: • 1 page strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 4 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-4/)." Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Pro membership. These patches will be medals (1st place, Patch with 1st Place Medal image and 3 month Pro membership; 2nd Place, Patch with 2nd Place Medal image; 3rd Place, Patch with 3rd Place Medal Image; 4th Place, Patch with 4th Place Medal image; 5th Place, Patch with 5th Place Medal image). *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. How To Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, April 15, 2011 and ends Monday, May 16, 2011. Entries must be published before Monday, May 16, 2011. From May 16 to May 18, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Thursday, May 19, 2011 and issue them their prizes Friday, May 20, 2011. Entries:

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Paper Airplane Contest 2 (Closed)

In hopes of seeing more paper airplanes and innovative designers on Instructables.com, I have decided to host a second mini-contest. My goal is to stimulate the paper airplane channel and encourage more paper airplane builders to post their innovative designs. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Stability at all operation speeds • A minimum glide range of 30 feet (9.144 meters) • Durability to fly 30 feet or more after 15 flights • Use of less than 15 inches (0.381 meters) of tape in construction • Use of less than 5 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction • Ability to carry at least 6×100mg toothpicks • Provisions for landing gear and/or skids 2. Instructables Requirements: • 1 page strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • The sentence and link (see below) publicly indicating the instructable’s acceptance into this contest The sentence which must be displayed on your intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 2 (Instructable URL).” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. The first place winner will also recieve a 3 month Pro membership. By default, these patches will be medals (1st place, Patch with Gold Medal image and 3 month Pro membership; 2nd Place, Patch with Silver Medal image; 3rd Place, Patch with Bronze Medal Image; 4th Place, Patch with 4th Place lettering; 5th Place, Patch with 5th Place lettering). If the winners of the patches would like a different image, there will be a 24 hour period between the announcement of the winners and the awarding of the patches. During this time, the user would need to send me a private message with their desired picture. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. How To Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Current Entries". Judging: For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, January 14, 2011 and ends Monday, February 14, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, February 11, 2011. From February 11 to February 14, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Current Entries:

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/You page not showing content or notifications

To my great surprise getting on today, I found my /you page is no longer carrying any of my content or notifications. Can someone tell me how I can remedy this problem?

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Paper Airplane Contest 3 (Closed)

In hopes of seeing more paper airplanes and innovative designers on Instructables.com, I have decided to host a third mini-contest. My goal is to stimulate the paper airplane channel and encourage more paper airplane builders to post their innovative designs. For this contest, the specification is for a stunt plane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to perform a loop, wingover and/or a Cuban eight • Durability to fly at least 15 flights • Use of less than 15 inches (0.381 meters) of tape in construction • Use of less than 5 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction 2. Instructables Requirements: • 1 page strictly devoted to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 3 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-3-Open/).” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Pro membership. These patches will be medals (1st place, Patch with Gold Medal image and 3 month Pro membership; 2nd Place, Patch with Silver Medal image; 3rd Place, Patch with Bronze Medal Image; 4th Place, Patch with 4th Place lettering; 5th Place, Patch with 5th Place lettering). *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. How To Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Current Entries". Judging: For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach. The contest begins Monday, March 14, 2011 and ends Friday, April 8, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, April 8, 2011. From April 8 to April 11, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Entries: ATTILAtheHUNgry: (https://www.instructables.com/id/Worlds-best-Paper-Airplane-simple-and-sturdy/) heavyfire88: "The Outsider" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Ready-for-the-competition-The-Outsider/) Results: 1st Place: heavyfire88: "Outsider" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Ready-for-the-competition-The-Outsider/) 2nd Place: ATTILAtheHUNgry: "Havoc*" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Worlds-best-Paper-Airplane-simple-and-sturdy/) *Unofficial name

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SUPPORT 2011 - Support the Maximum - Paper Airplane Builder 2011

Do you want to support: OrigamiAirEnforcer                                                                                      How to support: 1. Subscribe. 2. Say, "Support [Name] 3. Done! Support a maximum 2011 rank of Paper Airplane Builder! 

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Published Instructables Counter Stuck at 300

For two weeks, I have noticed published instructables counter has stuck at "300" when it should now read "302" instead. I haven't noticed any problems with functionality, but I figured I'd report it since it is a malfunction.

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Publication Dates Changing

Over the past six weeks, I have tried to keep to my usual post schedule of Fridays. However, after posting, I have found that without fail the instructables' marked post dates rollback to 1-2 days prior to when they were actually posted and continuously read wrong thereafter. I can only guess what it might do for contest entries and the like.

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My /you Page Is Riddled With Bugs

Yesterday I noticed my /you page has become riddled with bugs. The patch indicators all read 0 despite each having had some value besides 0 beforehand The subscriber count reads only "one" when the actual number is ~1420 or so. None of this has done me any harm, but I figured I'd pass it along anyway.

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How not to write complaints

As I see comments complaining over certain aspects of projects often enough, here is why some of these quips are utterly futile in their nature and go unacknowledged by many. Here's one posted a few days ago: "It's confusing for people without a technical understanding." This comment was posted to an instructable with 17 steps and several dozens of photographs. Because there is no indication of what the problem is, this statement is all but meaningless. There is nothing on which to base a response with help tailored to the commenter because he has not explained his plight's origins. If you are going to make a complaint or ask a question, identify the relevant subject. That will grease the skids for any correspondence that follows. Without it, your bid for a chat is more complex needlessly.

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Paper Airplane Contest (Closed)

In hopes of seeing more paper airplanes and innovative designers on Instructables.com, I have decided to host a mini-contest. My goal is to stimulate the paper airplane channel and encourage more paper airplane builders to post their innovative designs.  Performance Requirements: Entered paper airplanes must meet or exceed these requirements: Stability at all operation speeds A minimum range of 30 feet Durability to fly 30 feet or more after 15 flights Use of less than 15 pieces of tape in construction Use of less than 5 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 3 paper airplanes* one patch each. By default, these patches will be medals (1st place, Patch with Gold Medal image; 2nd Place, Patch with Silver Medal image; 3rd Place, Patch with Bronze Medal Image). If the winners of the patches would like a different image, there will be a 24 hour period between the announcement of the winners and the awarding of the patches. During this time, the user would need to send me a private message with their desired picture. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide, each entrant can only win one prize. How To Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic as "Entries". Judging: For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, December 10, 2010 and end Monday, January 10, 2011. Entries must be published before Tuesday, January 4, 2011. From January 4 to January 10, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, January 12, 2011. Entries:   wat.: "Hammerhead Glider" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Hammerhead-Glider/) legoman111: "Blizzard" (https://www.instructables.com/id/the-blizzard-paper-airplane/)

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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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How to Calculate Viewership

As the statistics page on Instructables has never been particularly reliable, I have used an alternate method to check my viewership for some time. As other people have expressed interest in statistics, I've decided to share how I do it. Overall viewership between two points in time To use this method, you will need to have taken a snapshot of your member page and have logged it into the Internet Archive or recorded the number of views you have attained at a previous date. Compare the number of views between the two dates to figure out the number of views that have occurred during the period between the two recordings. To find average daily views Using the date from the Internet Archive snapshot or your own records, use this to calculate the number of days that have elapsed since the previous entry to find the number of days that have transpired. Divide the difference in viewership between the two dates by the number of days that have gone by to find your average overall daily viewership. To find the average daily views of your instructables Perform the above steps and divide the number of daily views by the number of instructables you have posted. ----------------------------------------- As with most statistics, the figures you will see from these calculations can be skewed. However, they are still good for getting a good general handle on what the situation is for you as far as viewership goes. If you have not used Internet Archive beforehand, it is a harmless way to log this information as well as take a screenshot of something that you and others can look back on at a later date. Statistical use is only one of many this sort of thing can be used for.

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May 2019 site changes: my observations and thoughts

In early May 2019, Instructables' website has been radically reworked with a revamp. Changes I have observed include:Navigation: Many categories and subcategories have been eliminated and instead reworked under other folders as part of the changes (there is no "Play" category and subcategories such as "NERF" and "Paper Airplanes" no longer exist) "Recent" filtering is not directly available to people browsing the site--you must sift through the categories and get through at least two pages to find a way to filter the selected category for "recent" (i.e. Homepage -> Circuits -> Projects -> (Page at which you may select "recent")) There are no filters for searches On the front page and in the categories' main pages, featured projects are emphasizedThe Forum/"Community": Without manually typing in the URL, there is no direct way to access the "community" page Buttons to access the forum among in the category pages are tied to the community pages for that category (as a result. They do not allow you to see the general forum posts of the community without viewers manually deleting the category from the URL and going from thereThe way people navigate about sites controls what they can see and how they see if, so all of these things will change the flow and behavior of Instructables' viewers versus how it was before. Versus before, it is more cumbersome for viewers to get to recent content while featured content is more readily available. This will influence where people go and what they see.----------------------------------What do I believe this means for the future?Drawing on my decade of experience on this site, I suspect viewership of non-featured Instructables will drop. Thus, the viewership gap--between those projects that have been featured and those that have not--will then widen.Of these changes I think people will say you either "get featured or get buried."

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Instructables, Contests and Copying

Copying and rehash are not things often regarded as good for do-it-yourself communities, yet Instructables is currently quite accepting of things that would fit under this umbrella and in some cases even sponsor it. I hope to convince the administrators that new rules need to come into play--particularly with regard to competitions. I'll discuss why unoriginal projects are a problem, lay out the causes of this and present some solutions that the administration could pursue. Copying is a problem for Instructables because making your own example of someone else's creation with no alterations does not advance development at all. In many cases, these copies even infringe on copyrights. In competitions, such as ones on Instructables, copied projects can become popular and even eclipse original designs; this discourages originality. An author might ask himself why he should bother investing time researching and developing a project when he could just as easily locate an existing design and copy it instead. In many cases, the causes of copying can be innocent, such as when a child who posts his friend's favorite paper airplane design (which actually originates out of a copyrighted book, for instance). While innocent, this action still proves unhealthy to the DIY community. There are also less innocent types of copying as well; such as those who knowingly steal creations and post photographs or links to media of creations not of their own design. While this latter type is less prevalent on Instructables than places like YouTube, it still occurs due to embedding. To discourage unoriginality and encourage advancement, Instructables staff should make a few changes to how entries are looked at as far as appropriateness goes, as well as what gets featured or judged a winner in contests. Projects that are not original should be recognized as such. It might be appropriate to outright disqualify an entry or issue it a penalty or rank reduction in judging. It is not advisable to feature unoriginal designs. These sort of steps could encourage people to contribute rather than copy. I hope I have inspired thought in others regarding this. I have talked about the problems of copying, why it happens and how it might be addressed--hopefully it is.

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The Community Over the Years

In the seven years I've been on Instructables, one thing I know to be true is that the community has changed. A lot. It is amusing to look over the "How to Steal An Instructable" post made years ago, which satirized the theft of projects. Looking back on things as old as this proves funny but also depressing though; the community has changed so dramatically in the years that have transpired that copied projects are now no longer the objects of satire or chiding but the recipients of praise and prizes. A few months ago, when I again broached the topic of copies on Instructables and the problems they cause, I was met with responses indicating that to overcome copycats all one needed to do was work a little harder. That is, those who have already put forward the effort of actually developing something new and of their own design should now work even harder to succeed. Curiously absent was any suggestion that copycats exert themselves and actually do something say--original. By chance, I ran into a thread I had not seen in years while writing this: the thread on the "Instructables laws," guiding principles users ought to observe. There are four, with some accompanying notes to all. The first entry, the Zeroth Law, is the one relevant to projects and their content. It states that: "if an Instructable exactly like yours has not already been posted, then you shall post your Instructable." An addendum is made to it, stating: "If your Instructable has an identical goal to a pre-existing Instructable, but achieves that goal by a different or improved route, or in a different style, then you shall also post your Instructable." The legitimacy of simplicity is also noted in an accompanying corollary. None of the above ideas are wrong. On the contrary, it is people ignoring this thinking which has caused serious issues. Nowadays, people know other projects have been published with identical instructions (and even superior quality), yet they proceed on and repost it themselves anyway. Furthermore, their copying usually violates the copyright restrictions laid out by the original creator. When the Instructables laws were written down, it is clear that original content was valued highly and respected. Nowadays, the dedication of the community toward these ideals is questionable to say the least. Today the community displays a disconcerting apathy toward makers and what they do. Just a few weeks ago, I was told the community is not interested in anything but the results--that the makers and their efforts are completely irrelevant. I'd rather not believe that is how the community at large believes things ought to be (especially given that it's a particularly unimpressive pitch to attract new makers and new ideas), but it seems like it may in fact be just that. With that in mind, things have obviously changed--for better or for worse is in the eyes of the beholder; I have already reached my own personal conclusion.

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User profile pages have been changed, for the worst

Instructables has reworked user profile pages in a radical way. Profile pages are now wholly different from what they used to be. Content is no longer divided by its type (instructable, forum, comment, favorite, etc.), it is divided into two sections: the user's projects...and everything else. The section on everything else encompasses every activity related to the user in question. This cluttered list of activities can include everything from viewers favoriting the user's projects, replies to the user and even (deleted) spam comments left on the user's projects. There is no way to divide things up to look at them by their individual types--you must sift through everything manually. As far as the user's content goes, only five projects are visible to the marauding viewer at a glance. There is no indication to viewers over how many projects have been posted by the member in total. Versus the previous layout: Fewer projects are being shown The total number posted by the user is now unclear The number of subscribers had by the user is now unclear The 5 projects which are shown are displayed with smaller images than before. Absolutely every aspect of presentation was superior under the old layout. The only vaguely positive new development is the ability for an author to control what five projects they desire to spotlight. In light of the massive costs, it is not a major plus. If the viewer does make their way to the page which carriers all of a user's projects, they will again find its contents unfiltered. There are no filters to weed out content by featured status, views or popularity. There is still no indication of how many projects there are either. Patches do not appear to be of any value anymore, as they are nowhere to be seen on profile pages. ------------------------ This change has destroyed profile pages. I have been around Instructables for many years and have seen many layouts--this layout is, without a doubt, the worst yet. The layout of profile pages must be reverted to the previous style. Content is being downplayed like it never has been before. Most of a person's profile page is now dedicated to what other people have done. Users' profile pages--what were once pages dedicated to their stuff--are now dominated by others' stuff. When a user goes to my profile page, I want them to see what I have posted. That is why they went there--to see my content. They are not there to look at others' content. Under this new layout, viewers will have to work harder to find results on these profiles and are more likely to lose interest in the content of the user. The lack of intuitiveness to the layout will only aggravate and put off viewers. Content creators will probably bear the brunt of the fallout of this change if it's not quickly undone. Interest in and viewership of their content will likely decrease in time if things do not change. In turn, content creators may decide not to withdraw and discontinue sharing their works. Whomever made the layout what it is now may have had the best intentions. However, it is time to accept the fact that the new layout is completely inferior to the previous one and that it needs to be scrapped.

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Contests Are Rewarding Unoriginality, Threatening Creativity

It is truly a shame that judgments in our contests have again been made which serve to promote rehash and discourage creativity. After having watched the Make It Fly! contest make this mistake last month, I could only shake my head as the DIY Summer Camp Challenge also fumbled the ball and awarded a prize to an unoriginal post. Once again, unoriginal projects have landed in the winners' circle while new creations have been left to flounder. On a site that prides itself on people doing things for themselves, this is cause for alarm. Posting someone else's creations under your own name is not doing it yourself. It's high time that that be acknowledged and it be discouraged. Rewarding unoriginal projects is not an avenue to promoting new ideas, developments or breakthroughs. On the contrary, this approach provides an incentive and a compelling case to not pursue new ideas.  Instructables' successes are based on its being a center for new ideas, not old hat. Nevertheless, we are teetering dangerously toward that point with moves like this. Rehashes' qualifications are questionable The statements made in the commentary for the contests--the language of the competitions themselves--speak a resounding "no" against unoriginal content. In the header for the DIY Summer Camp Challenge, it is asked: "What interesting things can you do or make to keep the kids entertained this summer? [...] Share your games, activities, craft projects, and more." In the header for the Make It Fly Contest 2016, the opportunity is given for: "Three, two, one… ignition and lift off! The Make It Fly Contest has taken off and that gives you the perfect excuse to let your creativity take to the skies." There is nothing indistinct about the terms. They clearly outline the project is to be your own, not someone else's. If you are reposting another person's creation, you are upholding neither the contests' specifications nor spirit. In the standard contest terms for each contest, the judgment criteria is given: "Judging. All entries that are in compliance with all terms and conditions of these Rules will be judged on the basis of the following criteria (the "Criteria"): clarity, ingenuity, creativity, quality of presentation, and execution of the Instructable." Rehashed projects which contain contents from others' makings are neither ingenious nor creative. As a result, they ought to receive the minimum score in the sections of ingenuity and creativity if they are not barred from the competitions outright. What this means for makers now: Speaking in reference to how I had handled the contests myself, I spent several weeks perfecting several entries of my own. One of the projects, entered into only the DIY Summer Camp Challenge, was the result of many months' worth of development and refinement. The news that my efforts in those months were all for naught while similar themed but wholly unoriginal projects were selected as winners only served to tell me one thing: the time I spent developing and fine tuning the new projects was all for naught. Currently, the appeal for a person to set their best DIY foot forward and actually do something for themselves has become troublingly shaky. There is now a track record of rehashed projects taking home prizes while other original projects have faced ignominous defeats. There is a precedent to unoriginal trumping original. With rehash supported and honored, it is now reasonable for users to conclude that creativity is neither valued nor worth its costs and that unoriginal copying is a better way of doing things. This could ultimately promote a worsening spiral of disinterest in, apathy toward, and the stagnation of new developments in the numerous fields of endeavor makers strive to go forth in. The chances at falling into this trend draw increasingly close and they cannot be allowed to continue if we wish to see progress. Where we need to go from here: Creativeness must be shown to be valued by Instructables or makers are not likely to pursue it in future competitions. As I did a year ago, I recommend the Instructables staff and judges: Judge unoriginal projects as such and give them the earned low marks for ingenuity and creativity based on their lacking in both regards (if they are even legally fit to continue on in the competition) Not promote unoriginal designs by featuring them Reposting old things is a slide to the past, not a ladder to the future. Makers must act today to make a better, more creative tomorrow and copying is no way to do that.

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