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Randomly rotate entries in contest pages. Answered

Here's a suggestion for how Instructables are displayed when viewing contest pages. It seems to me that all of the top-rated Instructables get all the face time at the contest's main page, while others get pushed to the back. If you're like me and have little time during breaks at work to spend time on the site, then often you don't get past that first page. Thus other entries further back, which may be just as good, never get viewed (or rated, or commented, or voted for). I suggest that at the top level, all of the entries on a contest page should be completely randomized each time the page is refreshed. There should still be the option to sort based on views, ratings or votes, but none of these should be the default.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

11 years ago

Well I must say, I'm sad to see that the random entry rotation still hasn't been implemented. It sure would be nice to have when a contest has over 300 entries.

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canida
canida

12 years ago

As noahw says, good suggestion! We're working on it, or something like it.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Reply 12 years ago

Cool! :)

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11010010110
11010010110

12 years ago

i think priority should be given to the newest instructabes i agree with the random suggestion. i'd select the random instructables from those submitted in the last few days and at the end 2 - 3 others i'd also remove some stuff from the homepage so it can include more instructables at once (like the explore page)

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jeff-o
jeff-o

12 years ago

I also wonder if it might be a good idea to require people to be member of Instructables for a minimum amount of time (say, three months), OR have posted at least one Instructable before they can vote. This would reduce the chance that people are signing up specifically to vote for their friends and family.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

12 years ago

This sounds like a great idea -- I hope Ed or Noah or Rachel sees it and has a quick-and-easy way to implement it! It would be especially good if it were deployed in time for the Craftsman contest (given the size of the prize).

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Reply 12 years ago

That is precisely what brought on my idea. This is the largest prize ever* so additional controls of "fairness" should be implemented.

*the prize should have been split up into smaller chunks, like a $5k grand prize, 6 $2.5k first prizes, and ten $500 second prizes. Just my opinion.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. A lot of contests are not decided by the popular vote. The decision is made by a panel -presumably taking the popular vote into consideration, but using common sense to spot anomalies. . Judging by recent comments in a topic concerning cheaters, Robot also uses some statistical measures to minimize the effects of cheating. . . It would still be a good idea to randomize the list. ;)

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Reply 12 years ago

Oh, I agree. You can definitely see the effects of statistics in action when you rate an Instructable. You may select "3.5" but a lower score will be entered until more people also rate. And yeah, I think it's a good idea to give judges the final word. My main point is that randomizing entries would give visibility to some that otherwise wouldn't get it.

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noahw
noahw

Reply 12 years ago

NachoMahma summed it up. Popular vote is just one piece of the decision process, but as everyone here feels, including myself, this would be a great feature to add into the contest page so that all the projects in the contest group could get some face time. Suggestion heard, digested, and hopefully coming soon.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Reply 12 years ago

Cool. :)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

I don't think that was up to I'bles.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, probably not.