How to Enter Burning Questions: Round 4




About: I've worked for Instructables off and on since 2006 building and documenting just about everything I enjoy doing. I am now the Creative Programs founder and manager for Autodesk and just finished building o...
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People search for stuff at Instructables all the time. Sometimes they find what they're looking for, and sometimes they don't. But there are a few common how-tos that come up often enough that make us wonder, "why don't we have an Instructable on that?"

The answer is of course, because no one has written one. But you can change all that.

Below I've listed a number of popular "wanted Instructables". If you write an Instructable about one of these topics we will send you a free Instructables Burning Questions Prize Pack consisting of a robot patch and a Burning Questions bumper sticker!

Wanted Instructables:
  • How to fight
  • How to make your car exhaust purr and growl
  • How to make a lowrider (car)
  • How to be photogenic
  • How to clean a laptop screen with household products
  • How to blow smoke rings
  • How to pop a wheelie
  • Team building exercises
  • How to upgrade or replace your car stereo
  • Set up an NCAA Betting Tree
  • How to bet (and win) on sports
  • How to get a tight butt
  • How to bulk up
  • How to tell a friend that you like them
  • Fun things you can do with fire extinguishers
  • How to cut hair
  • How to fly fish
  • Ham radio how tos

  • Rules:
  • The Instructables have to be of good quality. Lots of people are looking for these answers so put some extra effort in. They have to be detailed, contain plenty of good pictures, and actually provide a good answer to the question. If they're lousy (you know when they are), no prize pack for you.
  • They have to be titled exactly as they appear above. Why? Because that's what people are looking for.
  • They have to have a publish date after March 27th.
  • They have to be on the list! Only Instructables answering questions on the list will be admitted to the group and prizes. Otherwise, don't submit them to the group!

Each entry will be reviewed, so don't worry if your entry doesn't show up immediately, it just means we're still taking a look at it. If your answer is approved, then we will add it to the contest group.

If multiple Instructables from multiple users are submitted as answers to the same question, they will all be entered into the contest group. Once the contest closes, we'll pick the Instructable that answers the question best and declare them the winner. So, there's an incentive to check back in on the group, see who's submitting what, and make sure that your answer is the best it can possibly be!

Unlike previous rounds of Burning Questions, prize notifications will be mailed after the close of the contest rather then along the way as before.

Grand Prize: Burning Question Prize Pack

The Burning Questions Prize Pack consists of a custom made Burning Questions bumper sticker and a brand new robot patch!
Value: $10

Open to enter: 2008-03-27 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: 2008-05-01 11:59 PM PST

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Step 1: Previously Answered Burning Questions

Check out all the burning questions that have already been answered from the three previous rounds!



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    130 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I could've done How to be Photogenic, since I have learned to overcome camera shyness. But I wasn't just gonna post pictures about myself....


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Your project was not allowed into the contest because it did not answer the question of "How to make a friend" sufficiently. 121 projects were submitted to the contest, but only 61 actually made it into the Burning Questions group. Of those, only 38 were actually selected as being sufficient answers to the questions. Projects had to thoroughly answer the Burning Question and ideally contain original images.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It sounds like the Instructables people will make the final decision amongst themselves, evaluating the content of the instructable, rather than vote/view count


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Results are coming! Probably tomorrow I'd say...had to do some changing of the voting schedule in order to use the new voting system we've been testing.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Winners have been announced! Look for them on the contest page and expect prize claiming instructions to be sent early next week. Congratulations!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know where to ask the Burning Questions, but my burning question is- How do I Make a Facebook Application It seems Facebook went to great lengths to make it difficult with all that Facebook jargon...

    Gunk on Floor

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Where did my instructable go? At the moment I only see 3 instructables in the contest, and yesterday there were 14. Were they removed because they had been answered or something? I'm just curious. Thanks, Gunk

    9 replies

    Thanks, but mine was on the list. Splintercells was also on the list, but is not now. There were also approximately 12 others that were on the list, became answered, are no longer on the list and have been removed.

    I took them down because I didn't see them on the list, but when I checked the revision history, I saw that they had been there. So don't worry I will put all the projects that belong there back up. I'm just in the process of figuring out what is going on, so it might be a few days.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    The votes are there only because this round Burning Questions was published on the site using our new contest interface, which has voting built in as a key feature. It doesn´t matter that votes were lost while the group was being rebuilt a few days ago since they don´t figure into who wins the question anyway. In most cases, there is one question and one answer, and therefore one clearly defined winner. In some cases however, where there are multiple answers to a question, internal judging by Instructables will chose the best answer at the close of the contest, feature that Instructable, and send that author the prize.