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is my instructables doing good in the contest, how do i know if it's popular? Answered

in the recently updated instructables website it doesn't have the popular, featured, and views on contest entries, how do i know if my instructable is doing well?

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Kiteman

4 years ago

You can't, and that is a deliberate move by the site.

Sorting by views etc adds an unfair, and unnatural, weighting to certain projects that happen to have caught a few folks' eye, or have been written by an author with SEO skills.

Keeping projects unsortable means that every project earns votes on its own merit, rather than through peer-pressure.

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assemblyrequiredKiteman

Answer 4 years ago

I noticed that was a new feature, and now it makes sense why!

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Eunix

4 years ago

Well, you can't really know how your ible' is doing until the list of finalists is published.

But you can get a clue about the interest people have in your instructable based on the number of views, favorites, and comments.

For example if many people are commenting in a positive way it's not hard to see that your instructable is well liked. Or if you have many views it means your ible' catches a lot of attention. And if you get many favorites it means many people think they will need the info from your instructable later on.

My opinion is that there is a 70% chance that your ible' will win if it is featured. if it isn't, just keep on hoping and wait for the results. You never know...

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bwrussellEunix

Answer 4 years ago

70% is probably a little high, depending on how popular the contest is, but the thought processes is right. Becoming a finalist without being featured is unlikely (though it does happen).

Personally I don't vote without opening an Instructable so in my mind I figure I won't have more votes than views.

Looking at the stats on yours I'm going to hazard a guess that it probably won't be a finalist based on votes. That still leaves the chance of it making it as a contest managers choice but it's highly unlikely that that will happen to an unfeatured Instructable.

Keep posting, focusing on putting together a higher quality instructable each time. Don't worry to much about if you're going to win a contest for now. Work on your writing style, taking great pictures (this is of utmost importance to win), and learning what it takes to get featured. Winning a contest not only takes these skills it also requires a project that really jumps out. It needs to be unique and topical which is a tough combo. If you're really serious about winning contests then you have to hold onto posting your completed Instructables until the perfect contest starts.

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Eunixbwrussell

Answer 4 years ago

Thanks! Don't worry about me; I don't really care about winning in a contest. In my opinion it's more important if a ible' helps \ reaches people than win a prize which will be looked down upon by winners of future prizes.