Please vote for the ping pong prank in the april fool's speed contest.
Topic by bob the builder #1 11 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
So I recently entered the hidden doors/compartments contest (my first), and was thinking that it would be nice to know if people are voting for me... just suggesting the addition of a vote counter (unless it exists and I missed it), not necessarily to see other peoples popularity, but just to see how you yourself are doing.
Topic by LordBenjamin 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I love the contests that you run on here, however the voting part does not seem to be fair to everyone who has submitted entries. When you have 500 entries to look through & only 15 on a page, some people may not bother or be able to get through all of them. They appear to always come up in the same order, my point being that the Instructables listed on the first pages are the ones that will most likely get the most votes, regardless if there is an incredible entry in the last pages. Everyone is seeing the same first 15 entries. My suggestion would be to randomize the entries so that not everyone sees the same ones on the first page, so that the voting would be spread out. At the very least fewer pages with more entries on them should be considered. Only reason I brought this up is that when you had the contest for the Instructables book, I never did get through all of the entries and feel bad that someone's entry that was further back didn't make it into the book because few people even saw it. Thanks!
Topic by PaHalloweenFreak 10 years ago
It seems to me that not many people are voting in the Flower Contest.Of course, I have a vested interest, but I noticed that, when I first voted for Kitewife (well, you have to, don't you?), her 'ible jumped to fourteenth - that's nearly half way up the field.If one vote can have such an effect, then there can't be many votes being cast.Even if you didn't enter, even if you don't like flowers, these people have put a lot of work (and humour) into their entries, so at least have a look at them and vote for the deserving ones.Look, no spam - this is a sincere posting.
Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
My wife submitted a dress for your contest that needed to be done by 6/12/11 midnight. She did so at about 11pm on 6/12/11 and your site stated that it was accepted. BUT now the voting has started & her dress is not listed!!! Why? Her name is Conny Johnson.
Question by jimmie2101 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Ok, I feel like a goof for asking this, but what is the mechanism by which one votes for an entry in the pie contest? (No, I don't mean how do I vote for my own. *grin*) But there are some groovy recipes that have been entered. I've rated a few, and commented on one or two, but I don't see a clickable button or link to vote for a specific entry, like there is for the book contest. I'm sure I'm just missing it, could someone tell me where it is? Thanks. :)
Topic by SoapyHollow 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Hi! I am very new to instructables! I am in the holiday gift contest. I have been sharing with all of my friends and family getting votes. How do we know how many votes we have, or if we even have a shot to become a finalist?? Is it by views? Some of these instructables have been up for a while and have thousands of views and mine has only been up since the 28 th and only has 348 views : (, and 34 favorites?? Thank you in advance for any help : ) Sandra
Topic by sandralynnramirez30 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
When I vote for a contest, my vote doesn't seem to register. I click to the grey "Vote" button and it turnes to orange "Voted", but when I return to the page, it is grey again and says "Vote" as if I haven't already voted. My specs are : A desktop PC GNU/LINUX Ubuntu Mate 15.10 x86-64 kernel 4.2.0-35-generic Mozilla Firefox 45.0+build2-0ubuntu0.15.10.1 I first noticed the bug right after I published my two last instructables : https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Hanging-Gardens-of-Babylon-with-Gourd/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Gourd-Birdhouse-With-a-Branch/ The instructables contained stock photos that had to be removed in order to be published. Maybe it has something to do with this?
Topic by taloskriti 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hey everyone, my dog entered in a cutest pet contest. The winner gets a vet gift certificate thing. He is a puppy and has heartworms. We can't afford for him to go to the vet because he just went about a month ago for parvo. His name is Dipper, and he is a very fun and loving puppy. He loves people and thinks everyones his friend lol, but his best friend is his kitty. He also loves cheese. Thanks for the help everyone, we really appreciate it. (His title says "Dipper and the piggy"). The link is below. http://tribtoday.upickem.net/engine/Votes.aspx?PageType=VOTING&contestid;=55991#SubmissionDisplay
Topic by musick_08 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hi all, I did try and search for the answer to this but did not find it. Someone was (very kindly) attempting to vote for my project in a contest via mobile but the voting button is not there. Or is it and I missed it completely when I looked for it myself? Seems odd that someone would not be able to vote while looking at an Instructable on their phone especially since most folks are mobile-oriented. If someone could clue me in, that'd be great. Thanks!
Topic by Humboldtartdept 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
Before you vote... Voting begins in less than an hour, and all the entries look great. But before you vote, I encourage everyone to remember the purpose of this contest. To make a gift for our deserving moms. While some of the entries are really awesome instructables and good examples of sewing, they are not exactly something I would give my mom as a gift. Remember the spirit of the contest, and get out there and vote!
Topic by BlackJack23 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Apparently my husband has been having issues with logging in. He pretty much only logs in to vote for my ibles, as he's very sweet and supportive. When he goes to login, it tells him that his password is wrong. He tells it to reset his password and it will work for only one login attempt. If he logs out and attempts to log back in immediately or over time with that password, it again tells him that his password is wrong. This happens in both Chrome and Explorer. On top of that, when he gets logged in, the vote buttons on my ibles don't work if he's using Chrome (his default browser). They act like images instead of buttons. So, after he's already reset his password in Chrome (because he forgot he needs to use Explorer), he has to switch to Explorer and reset it again before he can vote.
Topic by Brooklyntonia 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I was looking atthis and a while back i had a dream about stealing a four wheel bike and riding it down a hill, but the one in my dream had hydrolics and when i would go around corners i'd hit a switch and a front wheel would kick up and i'd hit 3 wheels around it. think they can make one with airbags or hydrolics?
Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago
As someone who focuses on contests here on Instructables I find that it helps to try and enter other contests on other sites as well to get a feel for how it is to be on the other side. It's fun to have a new challenge and it's even paid off in unexpected ways. So far I've won a gift certificate to Home Depot, a laptop, and a Kodak video camera. Well, I entered another contest on YouTube recently that Olympus was sponsoring. I didn't think I'd win this one, but I hadn't entered a contest in a while so I made a video. I had more fun playing with some motion graphics than coming up with some compelling story to win it and the results showed it. But, it's always worth trying, right? So then I submitted my video into the site only to find out that the only way that I could become a semi-finalist was to be in the top 20 in terms of "likes" my video received. I was urged to promote via twitter and facebook and any other method possible. I thought about the merits of spamming everyone I know and promptly forgot about the contest. Screw it, it wasn't worth it. Now, I understand why this would be a filter for semi-finalists. YouTube contests can get a ton of entries and this helps narrow the field without judges doing any work. It's also a way to promote the contest, and therefore Olympus, to all of the entrant's friends. As an entrant, though, it just stinks. It's a popularity contest only. So that's why our process for choosing finalists combines user votes and staff selections. Half of the finalists are the top user votes and the other half we pick out. Many cool Instructables are submitted that are looked over. We really appreciate the time and effort it takes to make an entry and make every step we can for the contests to be fair for people who enter.
Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I'm new to this site and couldn't find the answer to this question. I want to enter a contest next week. Is it illegal to ask my friends and family to make an account so they can vote for me? kind regards, Rubenrijst
Topic by rubenrijst 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Ok, well after i post my semi-auto(yes i made one!) i will be open to ideas. so, what do you want me to build? i am going to have a vote for it. the voting ends when my semi-auto is posted. um, i am open to anything but try to make the gun realistic. please no big grenade launchers please. voting: low piece machine gun: 2 votes. gun with my new bolt mech: 1 vote 12 shotgun: 1 vote.
Topic by dsman195276 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
My PC wnt a bit wonky this morning. Mouse pointer moved around just fine but the system wouldn't recognize any clicks. Well at first i could click on the web browser and open a new tab but that was it. I restarted the system and had the same problem. So i wasn't able to lick to log in. So i tried another mouse and got the same result. Then i tried both mice on different USB connection both on the front and rear of the system. No change. Out of frustration i slammed the mouse down on the keyboard tray a couple of time and then everything started working fine again. Any thoughts on what happened? I suspect it's an issue with the keyboard. Being a wireless keyboard that came with a wireless mouse i think the keyboard had something to do with it. I've had an occasion where the keys stopped working on the keyboard till i moved the receiver around a bit. oh well.
Topic by mpilchfamily 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
So I am searching through the art of sounds instructables. I vote, flip through the steps and whatnot. When I vote it might say "Current votes: 21" or something. Well, I am looking at the stats, and it looks like only about 2% of people are voting. For example, my entry has over 600 views. Yesterday, over 110 people looked at it. Did I get any votes? NO. I still only have 3. And that is me, my friend, and my other friend. Another one I saw had over 16,000 views, 5 star rating, and only 31 votes Why are so little people voting?
Topic by Flumpkins 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
If i am right there haven't been any of these in the past. But there are some really nice guns that really look like the real thing. Or a game inspired idea. Or planes like my one, cars and lot of other idea's. Let's how i am not the onlyone that likes this idea let's see
Topic by ferrari484 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
EDIT(8/26/12): Since I posted this many of the contest official rules have included a clear explanation of how user votes are used to determine the finalist. It most cases it seems 49% of the eligible entries are chosen solely on user votes. This clears up all the confusion I had based on the previous wording of the rules for contests that are now over. I recently read a blog post about the Make if Real contest that said that the winners were decided by votes, but I know that is not the case. I looked at a few of the current and past contests and found out there is no way to view how many votes an instrucable has either during or after a contest, which I read is becasue people were trying to rig the voting. So if judging is not based on votes and there is no way to know how many votes you got then why do we have the option to vote? Having a vote button seems misleading.
Topic by Doug Costlow 7 years ago | last reply 1 year ago
First off, I just want to say that i love the site! I've been poking around fro quite some time now, and I've finally started working on posting my first Instructable. (I know this tags me as a noob; you can take this post with a grain off salt). However, I wanted to see how other people felt about the new voting rules, i.e. the fact that voting is open as soon as the contest is open. Personally, I don't like this. The blog post about it brings up three issues: "Readers don’t go back to vote - Readers are most likely to vote when they first see an entry and want to give it a boost. With the old voting scheme, this favored those who entered on the last weekend and were featured." Don't we want readers to go back and vote? In an ideal situation, I feel like you would want each reader to evaluate each Instructable. If a reader votes early in the contest, and doesn't come back to vote, votes will be favored towards the people who submit first. While I understand that maybe this was part of the intention, it still doesn't seem very fair to me. "Authors enter late - Some authors took advantage of this and would hold off their entry until the last minute. This would lead to a cluster of last-minute entries. Part of this is regular procrastination, sure, but some was also intentional." I'm not quite sure what the harm was with entering an Instructable late in the submission period was. There's a submission deadline, people must submit by that deadline. Did that affect how people voted? I would think not. And while I understand that people procrastinate, what about the people that are just really, really busy with other things in their life? Personally, I was going to enter an Instructable into the Krylon contest, but now that voting is already open, I'm going to save it for another contest. It seems to me that the new rule is punishing procrastinators/busy people based on the actions of a part of the submitting population. "Lots of late entries hurt the contest - With an incentive for authors to keep their hand hidden there’s less of an indication just what people are putting together for a contest. Also,the more high-quality entries that come in on the last weekend, the more likely they are to be lost among the masses. With the new voting, authors would have more reason to step up their game and do a better job if they saw some cooler entries coming in earlier." Again, I'm not sure I see the reasoning behind this. In fact, high-quality entries that come in on the last weekend are even more likely to be lost among the masses now, as people who vote early will never see them. And with the new voting, won't authors be discouraged by seeing the cooler entries with a ton of votes already? Anyways, I was wondering what other people thought. As I said, I'm a bit of a noob here, so you can take this post with a grain of salt. I just wanted to voice my opinion.
Topic by drknotter 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hey guys! I made this animatronic project (A ROBOT CHEETAH NAMED FLUFFY) and entered it in the epilog, remote control, and the tech contest. The prizes look pretty juicy and I really want to win; could you guys please check it out and vote for me. here is a link to my project https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Your-Own-Robot-Cheetah/ New Users: all you have to do is click the orange vote button on top right corner of that link and click vote for the three contests you see there How can I maximize my audience and get more votes?
Topic by rptech 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I was wondering, as an entrant see entry here if you would like is there a way for "me" to see how many votes I have, or only just "relative to everyone else" in position under the sort heading "voting" ?
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Question by LakshyaS 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
One of my goals is to make and Instructable that will be put on the home page. However, I don't know what to do it about. Would someone mind helping me figure one out?Also I don't know how to solder, nor do I have anything to use if I even wanted to solder anything.I am clueless when it comes to resistors and things like that.Thanks!
Topic by Sunbanks 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Ok, I've produced an Instructable. Submitted it to the site on Mar 26. Entered it in the Pets contest. I open the contest page and it is there. It does not have a "Vote" icon like every other one there. I know people are finding it because it is getting some attention. Stats Total Views: 1052 Today Views: 170 Comments: 15 Rating: 3 Is the reason I have no Vote icon because I'm blocked to vote for myself (understandable)? I notice a more recent entry from last night has an icon already. Further, how can I tell how many votes I have? On the contest summary page I do find some projects list number of votes. Since mine is rather new I would expect it on the next screen, but it has not moved even though I sort by votes. Why is that? My Instructable is now featured and may well go popular soon as my other two have. Wouldn't featured be an advantage of exposure to potential voting? As the contest deadline approaches hopefully I'm actually gathering votes.
Topic by arcticpenguin 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
My bedroom is dull. its small. plain. and i want to change it. i was looking at the electro graph that grafiti research labs made. is there anyway i can have a colorful lighting design in my room that i could power on and off? Any cool ideas on decorating with shelving and such?
Topic by astrozombies138 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
I'm curious about the judging process for contests. Most contests seem to have pretty loose rules and are judged without clear criteria. I put a lot of time and effort into my entries, and many of my instructables get featured, but I've only been a finalist once. If I knew better what judges were looking for, I could target my efforts better. Any suggestions, or could judging criteria be posted somewhere? Like are they looking for the most off-the-wall ideas, best photos, clearest explanations, etc.?
Topic by susanrm 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Should i post my coin pusher?? its been a long time since my last post but it will take a long time to post because i dont have my laptop any more. what i might do is post a piece count first and see if people have enough to build because it uses so many pieces.
Topic by slithien 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Hello my name is Dready Jazz. I've had an instructables account for a while but I just started making them myself. I really like it and I am working on more, I just had a couple of questions. I was looking on some feedback on the two I have done so far.. . Anyway thank you in advance for your help. :) Here are the link: This is in the The Holiday gifts and Shop ot contest. https://www.instructables.com/id/Rice-paper-LED-orb-Lantrens/ This is in the Sew It Warm and Shop ot challenge. https://www.instructables.com/id/Unique-and-easy-temporary-yarn-braidsfalls/
Topic by dreadyjazz 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Meh. I've had my avatar for a while now, and I decided to see if I should change it. I tried to make myself one, and it turned out... ok. So, I have to have 10 entries. Make an avatar for me and I will submit the first 7. Then, when we have 10 entries, It will be time to vote! So, yeah. Check the avatars, see which one you like. Don't vote yet! Pretty soon, I will have my self a new Jamatar!EDIT: Voting now! Start voting, one allowed each, vote with the number! And closing date = May 31st, one year after I joined =)
Topic by The Jamalam 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Just a simple question, i wanna know what you other Instructablers do in your average day. Here is my average day: 06:55: Getting up. 07:05: Doing my usual stuff, making sandwiches for school, doing my hair, getting my books etc. 07:35: Going to train station Veenendaal-West (my home town). 07:50: Getting in the train. 08:10: Get out of the train, and getting my bike from station Driebergen-Zeist. 08:30: Getting teached about technical stuff (stripping cars, learning to weld, etc). 14:30: Schools out! 14:35: Going to station Driebergen-Zeist. 14:45: Waiting for my train. 14:55: Getting on the train. 15:15: Getting off the train in Veenendaal-West. 15:20: Back home (yay)! 15:25: Doing homework. 16:30: Stop doing homework. 16:35: Gaming (PS3 ftw). 17:30: Dinner. 18:00: Checking mail, Youtube inbox, Ibles inbox, etc. 19:00: Gaming. 20:00: Gaming. 21:00: Gaming. 21:05: Getting punished for gaming too much. 21:10:K'nexing. 22:00: Taking a shower. 22:15: K'nexing. 23:00: Going to bed. The end.. So.. how was your day? -Viccie.B1993-
Question by Skreetsha 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I just looked at my account and it seems to have someone else's instructable in it, or at least the beginnings of one (LED Chess Set). I have accessed the site from home and from work, but always from PCs that should not have been used by others. Could it be that there is a bug that attributed someone else's instructable to me?
Topic by berserk 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago