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Guides skewing contest results? Answered

I noticed that shortly after the Craftsman contest started up that a series of guides was put together showcasing some of the entries. Wouldn't this added attention help skew the voting results as you are effectively advertising some entries and not others? I know a lot of work goes into making these contests fair, but this seems a little blatant.

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. I suppose there's always the chance that a Guide maker could attempt to manipulate the results by adding a friend's entry, but, from what I've seen, it's not very likely. If it were to go so far as to deserve being called blatant, the community would certainly point it out. . As far as Featuring goes, I agree with Firebert010. . . Plus, most contest winners are chosen by a panel, not the popular vote.

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photozzNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

I would agree that the contest results are not skewed *much* by the featuring. Most of the featured entries did not make it in. Yet, some instructables inexplicably DO make it in, such as

https://www.instructables.com/id/Christmas_Entryway_Greenery_Display/ with a 3.61 rating and 187 views. It was not featured. This would imply its quality was not good enough to be featured under the “Holiday” section.

And https://www.instructables.com/id/Protective_Bag_for_a_Alpine_Ski_Helmet/ with a 3.97 rating and 280 views. (also not featured)

I fail to see how these entries are better than:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Hidden_Treasure_Box_Inlaid_Wood_Box_with_Hidden_/ (featured) with a 5.54 rating and 13,020 views

or

https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_Peg_Board_Tool_Cart_then_brag_about_it/ (not featured) with a 3.83 rating and 7,226 views.

or mine,

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY_Cold_Heat_soldering_iron/ (not featured)
with a 4.12 rating and 17,664 views.

I mean seriously.. 187 and 280 views and they are in the top 30 for votes? Being that it appears an unusual percentage of people who viewed that instructable voted for it, the whole thing appears a little suspicious.

I know the admins will come back with an “Oh well, thats the way the voting goes, try again next time.. ” or put it off as a case of sour grapes. They may even promise to fix things next time. I just want to say that this is clearly very discouraging and this time a lot of good instructables that clearly deserved it were bumped out of the top 30 through some method that is not decipherable. This means that they are not even going to be considered by the panel. This time it's not just a t-shirt or a leatherman they are missing out on.

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photozzphotozz

Reply 10 years ago

Ok.. I'm content as long as the initial results are not blindly accepted. I see the finalist results have been announced and I retract all prior criticism. My apologies if that was gruff.

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fungus amungusphotozz

Reply 10 years ago

Our policy is to look into the votes after the contest has closed. The list of finalists will be announced later today. We take cheating very seriously and have taken action several times in the past.

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Firebert010

10 years ago

Contest entries are commonly featured, that gives an advantage but it's not a problem. If you make an Instructable that's good enough to get featured then it deserves the extra attention.

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gmjhoweFirebert010

Reply 10 years ago

Agreed, your chances are very much based around the quality of the project. Its not like a 1 in 200 entries chance of winning. Ive not seen one project in any of those guides that i thought un-worthy. Also the newsletter is very much a source of alot of hits, especially from those who don't visit the site daily (like us instructoholics..)