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Contest eligibility by date Answered

Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I would like to propose a change to contest rules. I'm proposing that the eligibility requirement to enter contests be changed to allow any instructable published within a specified time period (one week, one month, etc) before the contest opens. I know the point of limiting the eligibility is to keep fresh material flowing through the door by keeping old 'ibles from being entered over and over, but this is the second time that I've published an instructable, and then a few days later a contest opens that I'm not eligible to enter.

This time, the contest in question is https://www.instructables.com/contest/fixit2014/ which opened on Sept 1. I wanted to enter this 'ible (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Disassemble-A-Keyless-Drill-Chuck/) which I published on Aug 29...but it's not eligible because it was published before the contest opened. 

I know there's a list of upcoming contests, but the point of this site is to share your projects, not to withhold them until a contest rolls around that you may want to enter. I try to contribute as much as possible, so far publishing 18 instructables in the last 10 months. Seven of those were featured. While I doubt that I'll win any of the contests, it's frustrating not even getting a chance to enter....so, if there's a way this change could be considered, that'd be great - otherwise I'll live with it. Like I said, I doubt I'd win any contests anyway. Thanks for reading my rant. 

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Kiteman

4 years ago

IMO, if we start moving deadlines, there'll always be somebody who has a reason to move it that little bit further ... then a little bit further ... then eventually there'll be no point to deadlines at all, which pretty well defeats the point of contests.

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Brooklyntonia

4 years ago

I doubt this is a change that will happen, but this has happened to me as well. I'm with you on the frustrating factor. Perhaps if the upcoming contests were more visible. I frequent the contest page to get ideas for what to make next, but don't often look at the upcoming contests forum post. Perhaps there could be a pretty banner link for upcoming contests on the contest page since the link to the forum post link isn't in the sidebar like it used to be.