Shopbot contest criteria unclear Answered
Having read the criteria for the shopbot competition, it has made me wonder some things?
The competition will be judged on the following...
Clarity of instructions.
Personally I think this will exclude many worthy entries that would otherwise rate highly.
Originality......What if the idea is not original, and yet, there are no known instructions to make the idea. Surely if the entrant goes to the effort to create instructions for such an idea, and there are no known instructions anywhere else, then this is what the spirit of instructables is all about. Instructing, not neccesarily inventing.
Usefulness...... Is a game less useful than an an automatic clothes ironer ? By what standards is "usefulness" guaged
Simplicity....... Building a CNC machine is far more complicated than making a decorative frame around a mirror. Based on "Simplicity" does this mean the CNC machine will rate poorly? Is the competition aiming for the lowest common denominator with simplicity. Would I be wasting my time writing an instructable for something that is complicated?
Clarity of instruction....... I guess I cant question this one.
I would love to enter the comp and put in a huge ammount of effort with pictures videos etc, but based on the criteria, I feel that my "complicated", "non original (Yet no known public plans)" Not very "useful" toy, would recieve equal treatment.