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Can't unpublish - 'entered in contest' somewhere?? Answered

I'm trying to unpublish an instructable. It's been 'featured', and I *think* it's been entered into contests before (though never won). When I try to unpublish the instructable, it says I can't because i'm entered into a contest, and I have to remove myself from the contest first. I can't find any contest that I've entered myself into, and if I did it was months and months ago and the contest is over. Any ideas on what to do?

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noahw

9 years ago

I just unpublished your project as you requested. Any links that we're pointing at your project, will still be active. In order to make those inactive, you'll have to delete your project entirely. You can do that in the Instructable's editing screens anytime you like. Your spinning bowtie project isn't entered in any contests, so you shouldn't see any errors if you attempt to do that. Before you do so though, I'd seriously consider leaving your project on our site, and even re-publishing it from its unpublished state. Instructables is a great place to bring attention to your work, and at least in my experience, seeing people who make and sell things promote or explain how they do what they do on our site only helps their overall sales rather than detract from them. Think of the Instructable as ad rather than something you're competition with. That's my take at least, do as you like.

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JamesRPatricknoahw

Reply 7 years ago

I had the same problem with my video instructable (Adjustment Bureau Closet Door Effect). It's entered in some unidentified contest and there's no option to delete video instructables.

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ksoshnoahw

Reply 9 years ago

Thank you. I'll mull over the republishing thing. I always wanted to keep that as an option, which is why I didn't want to have to delete it to get rid of the external links. Are there any plans to change the way unpublishing keeps the website so it slightly changes the website address (thereby breaking the external links)? While I see the utility of unpublishing and having it not show up in searches on this site, if something is already 'saved' in Google searches (or on MAKE, or any of the other random builder blogs), unpublishing seems to be much less useful (IMHO). Again, thanks for your help!

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Lithium Rainksosh

Reply 9 years ago

If it was me, I'd rebuild the instructable in a totally new instructable, then don't publish it, and delete the original. That way you still have your content, and all external links (well except for cached or saved versions) are circumvented.

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ksosh

9 years ago

Yep, that's the one. I am now making them commercially as a part time business, and I hate competing against myself.

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Kitemanksosh

Reply 9 years ago

Probably the easiest solution is to contact an admin and ask them to not only unpublish it, but delete it.

It's a shame, though - is it really putting such a dent in your customer base to have the instructions available online?

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ksoshKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

I'm not sure how much of a dent it's making, but I've been getting requests for making the bowties at cost (which is listed on the instructables page).

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kelseymhksosh

Reply 9 years ago

You can always edit a published (or unpublished) I'ble. What about just removing the cost information? ... Oh, wait. Now I see your problem. You included the cost in the original title, which became the URL. In the words of a famous non-O.J. Simpson, D'oh!.

Perhaps the admins could alter the URL for you (they don't normally do this), or you could do what Adrian monk suggested: copy-and-republish with a different title/URL. The content is really cool, and deserves to be out there. If nothing else, it really does make a great advertisement for what you're now selling.

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Kitemanksosh

Reply 9 years ago

Ah, I see. Best talk to admin, then.

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ksosh

9 years ago

Follow up question: What do you do if you unpublish and the instructable page is still available from an external link (i.e. google)? I've had this problem in the past, and it looks like it's never been fixed.

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Kiteman

9 years ago

I guess you mean the spinning bow tie, but can I ask - why do you want to unpublish it?