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Important Changes to Contests - May 1st Answered

Hello everyone!

As most of you have probably noticed, we haven’t changed much with our contests over the last several years. But this year we’re changing that, thanks to all of you and your important feedback! In 2018, we are going to be trying new things when it comes to contests. We believe these changes will lead to a larger variety of winners and even more incredible instructables!

With that said, we’d like to announce two major contest updates starting on May 1st.

#1 - Every instructable can only be entered into ONE single contest.

At first, this may seem like bad news, but we promise it’s actually good: the new rule will allow more authors to win prizes! We’re reducing the number of prizes ONE instructable can win, but this will allow for more winners overall.

While we’re sure some of you will be disappointed, this is a great way to level the playing field and simplify the process for both authors and judges. The old contest system allowed an author to enter three contests with one instructable, which greatly increased the number of entries per contest.

Along with increasing the number of entries per contest, the old system tended to pit new authors against much more experienced authors who understand that they can up their chances of becoming a finalist by working multiple contest themes into an instructable.

We hope this new contest rule will encourage our authors to commit fully and enthusiastically to one contest theme and create more focused projects, instead of stressing about making something to qualify for three separate contests!.

#2 - We are creating more Prize Packs.

Currently, if you win a contest at any prize level you will get an Instructables prize pack, some stickers, and whatever other random swag we have lying about in our prize room. As it turns out, this has created a situation in which our best authors end up filling their homes with piles of instructables T-shirts.

We recognize that winning T-shirts over and over again is boring.To make Prize Packs Great Again over the next few months, we are going to roll out new Prize Packs on a permanent and limited edition basis. When you win a contest, you will be able to select the standard T-shirt prize pack, but you will also have new choices coming soon.

Make sure to keep an eye out soon for new Instructables swag we know you’ll love!

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Matlek
Matlek

2 years ago

N°1 sounds quite fair. But on the other hand, some contests are open to almost any entry regarding their themes (just like the "colors of the rainbow" or "trash to treasure"). To me, these contests were some kind of "bonus" contests, to add some challenge to an existing project: I have a project, but if I see the "colors of the rainbow contests", I'll try to make my project more colorful. Or with upcycled objects to fit the "trash to treasure contests". But I think it is a good idea anyway, let's see how it turns :)

N°2 is also a great improvement. I remember there were some mugs before. Are they going to be part of the new packs? Or the notebooks from the "I made it madness"? I hope to be part of the finalists soon to find out!

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

We are thinking about mugs, but likely different ones than we had before. We are still working on the finer points of this. Is there anything you would like to see?

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Not_Tasha
Not_Tasha

Reply 1 year ago

Bigger notebooks, I’d like to give them to students to use (the small ones are great, but will be used up super fast).

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Matlek
Matlek

Reply 2 years ago

Tote bags? Or Instructables socks, that would be very fun! And some pencils, it is always useful.

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stevemoseley
stevemoseley

Reply 2 years ago

How about something like small multi-tools with the Instructable robot on them. Maybe another useful little gadget.

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makendo
makendo

Reply 2 years ago

Agreed. Any small tool, especially of the type that is easily lost/worn out/broken but regularly used e.g. builder's pencils, tape measures (metric for outside of US), bits for drill/drivers, rulers, notebooks, pins/needles, levels, utility knives would be handy

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stevemoseley
stevemoseley

Reply 2 years ago

Yep. I like the idea of tape measures (I think you can get some with metric on one side and imperial on the other), maybe a 6-inch metal ruler, screwdriver with bits, utility knife.

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mole125
mole125

Reply 2 years ago

All tape measures in the UK typically have both imperial and metric printed on them, so shouldn't be hard to source. Its a good idea, something relatively cheap to purchase but even small 1m tape measures are useful and have a habit of disappearing.

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Yonatan24
Yonatan24

Reply 2 years ago

There's a multitool as a prize for the rainbow contest.

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dpeach
dpeach

Reply 2 years ago

Arduino's with the robot screen printed onto them.

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WUVIE
WUVIE

5 months ago

Ah, this is the answer I was looking for. Many thanks!

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Xbc_hs
Xbc_hs

5 months ago

Thanks for this impeccable platform.

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Knorles
Knorles

8 months ago

Just curious then, how would the first time author contest work? Let's say we entered our first instructable into another contest or it was made at a time when the contest wasn't open, would we then simply not enter in that?
Thanks for all your hard work!

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Yonatan24
Yonatan24

Reply 8 months ago

You can only enter an Instructable in a contest if you published it after the contest was opened.

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Marve48
Marve48

8 months ago

Thanks for the update. Sounds great.

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Not_Tasha
Not_Tasha

1 year ago

Is it possible to give the option on which prize pack a winner can select? I honestly like getting t-shirts, I give them to my students. Thanks!

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winneremerald12
winneremerald12

2 years ago

About the Furniture Contest, would showing how to work with a piece of furniture instead of making a piece of furniture be an eligible entry?

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

What do you mean?

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winneremerald12
winneremerald12

Reply 2 years ago

Say I wanted to show how to improve your bookcase, which is a piece of furniture. Would that work?

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winneremerald12
winneremerald12

2 years ago

For the Tiny Homes Contest, would a house diorama count?

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

No. It's not in the spirit of the contest.

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ossum
ossum

2 years ago

With the new single-entry-per-instructable does it still matter how recently the instructable was published? For example, I have one I want to publish, but won't be doing it now until the perfect contest arrives, because I wouldn't want it eligibility to expire.

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

The project has to be published during the entry period for the contest.

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ruudcreates
ruudcreates

2 years ago

I recently won the BBQ showdown but wasn't able to choose between standard T-shirt pack or something else. When can we expect this change to happen? (Not that I didn't need another T-shirt, could use a new one.)

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

This effort got a little derailed. We're sorry about that.

We should have mugs available in the near future. Other options are still bit farther out.

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winneremerald12
winneremerald12

2 years ago

Can we enter two different Instructables into the same contest?

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

Yes. Indeed.

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zimitt
zimitt

Reply 2 years ago

But only 1 can win. Correct?

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

Yes.

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks for pointing this out. That should not be allowed. I will investigate.

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mtairymd
mtairymd

2 years ago

I'm guilty of #1. I usually don't even pay attention to the contest until I'm ready to hit the publish button. At that point, I look down at the contest and usually click on anything that might be remotely related to my project. Funny, with that randomness, I've only been rejected from a few entries :). The change is a nice improvement and should clean up the contests.

As for #2....Thank you!

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MillennialDIYer
MillennialDIYer

Reply 2 years ago

"I've only been rejected from a few entries" - Yeah, I've seen the same in general. For the sake of trying not to offend anyone, they accept just about any project for any contest. I wasn't too fond of that. It takes all the merit out of being accepted.

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38ren
38ren

Reply 2 years ago

I have noticed that too, now that you mention it...

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BrittLiv
BrittLiv

2 years ago

I just got the new goody bag of things with my prize and I absolutely love it. Especially the design of the notebook and the card. Huge compliment! The card is a nice touch.

After seeing it I think a slightly thicker (maybe hard cover) notebook would be a great runner up prize.

And obviously a huge thank you for the MacBook!

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aljaba18
aljaba18

2 years ago

If I have an instructable project registered in a contest before May 1st, can I register this project after May 1st in a second contest if this second contest started before May 1st?

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

Unfortunately not.

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AMbros Custom
AMbros Custom

2 years ago

I am also very happy to see the improvements by the Instructable Team.

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M.C. Langer
M.C. Langer

2 years ago

Super!!!! I'm looking forward to see the new changes! Thanks Randy!

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taifur
taifur

2 years ago

I am very happy to know that.

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ThirdEarthDesign
ThirdEarthDesign

2 years ago

I'm pretty happy with these changes. #1 I think it's completely reasonable to prevent a single I'ble from completely sweeping up a whole bunch of contests (as has often been the case in the past).

I think this is fairer and less frustrating. While being entered in
three contests theoretically gives you up to three chances of
winning, it will be good not to see the same I'bles in multiple
contests.

#2 Also a good way to go, nice one :-)

I'm curious to see if the Halloween contest will be divided into multiple categories again this year (like it used to be), or if it will be like last year where everything was in one single contest. I'm hoping it's not the latter!!

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 years ago

Im not 100% sure, but I think it might be one large contest again. We typically plan the Halloween contest over the summer, and will take a much close look at it then.

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ruudcreates
ruudcreates

2 years ago

Great improvements I think.

I understand people comments below about #1, but I'm finding it sometimes unfair when seeing a single Instructable winning several grand prices. Of course, when you win in one contest, your I'ble will do good in another one as well if it becomes a finalist. Especially since once you're a finalist many of the things which are taken into account are similar, like quality of writing and photos, provided information and extra files etc.

And about #2, yeah, I'm always in the need of limited edition Instructables items.

But since we're talking about contest improvements, maybe a simple suggestion. Once the contest is closed for entries, it would be nice if the final date for entering is changed to final date for voting. And after that the date the winners are announced.

And I never can remember how to change final time to enter to my time (GMT+1). I'm not even sure I think it is a good idea, but the last 24 hours the date can be accompanied by this many hours left for entering.

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Yonatan24
Yonatan24

Reply 2 years ago

Try Googling "__am/pm San Francisco in my time" I think during the last two days of the contest it should be displayed in hours left, not days.

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ruudcreates
ruudcreates

Reply 2 years ago

Calculations or searching is not the problem, It's just that I'm to lazy to do it. :) And its just more convenient to see hours left I guess.

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Artuino
Artuino

2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!..Both updates seems fair to me.

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BrittLiv
BrittLiv

2 years ago

#1: I actually always though it was a fun challenge to try to build something that fits into three contest, but I can totally understand the change.

#2: Thank you!!