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Contest Voting Change Answered

We have revisited our contest rules and decided that we had made a mistake in making community voting not be a factor in our decision-making process. As a result, we are reverting back to our previous rules, and picking half of the finalists based upon community voting.

This change has already gone into effect for all contests that are currently running. It is rare that we change the rules of a contest while it is running, but we feel that this change should prove beneficial to all.

This change is part of our ongoing commitment to do what is best for the members of this website.

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canucksgirl

Reply 6 years ago

Caitlinsdad,

omg.... literally laughing out loud and my eyes are watering. ;-)

I LOVE the red sign on the curtain. YOU ROCK! and you made my day!

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Kiteman, I hope everything is going well with Conker-X. Wishing nothing but the best and a speedy return home!

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Kitemancanucksgirl

Reply 6 years ago

He's home now, feeling fine, but bruised.

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canucksgirlKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

That's great. I'm glad he's back home. ;-)

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Kiteman

Reply 6 years ago

He's fine "in himself", as they say, but he has a lump on his back that needs investigating. Local hospital thought it was a cyst on his kidney, but his usual hospital say it's not, and needs more scans.

We'll see, but we're not being pessimistic about it.

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jeff-o

6 years ago

I must have been out of the loop, how was it done before?

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jeff-ocaitlinsdad

Reply 6 years ago

Thanks. I didn't know it had switched over to judge-only voting for a while.

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poofrabbitjeff-o

Reply 6 years ago

I also hadn't realized it changed until I saw this. I imagine it's a hard thing to do, when trying to be fair to all entries. My only thought would be that entries were hidden until voting started, not the best of ideas but it might help. I get enjoyment out of entering, I might fall over dead if one day I win, but no matter what the instuctable gods decided, I will always enter :)

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Kitemanjeff-o

Reply 6 years ago

Don't worry, I hadn't, either. :-/

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canucksgirlKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

It would have made more sense (at that time) to have removed the vote buttons. It did give the impression that they counted, but in the rules they had noted that it didn't count for anything.

I am glad to see that they are using votes again. I didn't really understand how a project that I voted for (not mine btw), that had a good number of views, and was a finalist lost to other ibles that had less views and IMO, were not as good. So maybe the voting aspect will help.

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Kitemancanucksgirl

Reply 6 years ago

Agreed.

I thought it was muddily-worded legalese, and I am a bit annoyed that the change was not made more public when it happened.

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canucksgirlKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

Well I'll give them props for announcing it now and admitting a mistake was made... (they could have just switched back over and said nothing, and perhaps many people would have been none the wiser).

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

"At least he uses a belt and not a stick when he hits me!"

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 6 years ago

My, aren't we chipper this morning?

(It's 1am over here, I can't sleep)

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

Mmm, bemused might describe it. (Hope you finally got to sleep!)

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 6 years ago

I did, eventually. Conker-X is in hospital - his kidneys are playing up again.

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canucksgirlKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

OMG! That's terrible. I hope everything is going to be okay?

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Kitemancanucksgirl

Reply 6 years ago

It should be - he's had kidney stones all his life, they just flared up more than usual, caused an infected cyst that needs dealing with.

Should know more in 12-24 hours.

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

:-( Any word yet? I'm really sorry to hear that.

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canucksgirlKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

Oye... That's a shame. Kids shouldn't have to go through things like that. (Plus I understand they can be rather painful).

Thinking positive thoughts for you all. ;)

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caitlinsdadKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

Wise man say: It's 1am and you can't sleep, get jiggy with it...wait, go Make something...

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canucksgirlKiteman

Reply 6 years ago

The early morning song birds may have to duck and cover. I sense some impending shoes flying through an open window. ;)

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caitlinsdadjeff-o

Reply 6 years ago

Obfuscated would be the appropriate word for it.

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mstyle183

6 years ago

oh man.. i didn't know this.. i would of spend all my time kissing up to judges,... now i only have to spend half of my time kissing up.. have you lost weight? you look amazing.. wait are you a judge? who are the judges.. thanks :)

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jeff-omstyle183

Reply 6 years ago

Judges are chosen from a pool of Instructables members, as well as Instructables staff and contest sponsors.

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tigerbomb8

6 years ago

people should not be able to vote until the end of the contest

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fungus amungustigerbomb8

Reply 6 years ago

We had that until a few months ago. The problem with that is that people often voted on an Instructable when they were reading it and wanted to give it a boost. As a result, many of the vote leaders were entries that were entered late and got a lot of traffic. Early entries with lots of traffic and positive ratings/comments would be forgotten by this point.

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jeff-otigerbomb8

Reply 6 years ago

Yeah, I had mixed feelings about that, too. In terms of gathering votes, early entries clearly have a bit of an advantage.

But on the other hand, it also means that the Voting Members can go ahead and vote for a winner when the Instructable is fresh, rather than having to go back two months later and try to remember which projects they liked (if they bother going back at all!)

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dustinandrews

6 years ago

Voting should be a factor, but I worry that people who are good at social media will get votes they may or may not deserve. It's a hard problem, glad to see only half the finalists are decided that way.

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randofodustinandrews

Reply 6 years ago

Only half of the finalists are chosen by voting. The other half are decided by editors. The winner is still chosen from Judging

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rimar2000

6 years ago

"In wise is change your mind" (Spanish "de sabios es cambiar de opinión")