For some helpful tips on writing a winning entry, I recommend visiting our super spiffy Learning Center guide that Robin put together! It's an online version of the HubCamp we held at our office on the 18th.
Winners will be posted in another thread, so you won't have to dig through here to see who is winning the Daily Drawing, Staff Pick, Pro Plumber, and Grand Prizes.
Good question. I never requested to have a listing of entries generated, since the past couple of times it confused folks more than it helped them, but because all entries are in the plumbing category, all you have to do is go to the category page and view the latest Hubs published. They'll all be contest entries!
There is apparently a bug. Approximately 8 hrs ago (10am Pacific), the "latest" tab stopped working. Hubs published since then appear on Profile pages, but not on Topic pages. This might apply to "best" and "hot" as well. Therefore, your nifty idea of how we should be able to track the contest entries hasn't been working.
I curse this cruel world. It does look like there's a bit of a delay now, but they still seem to be showing up, less promptly, but... better late than never! Perhaps this is happens when an unusually high volume of 'latest' articles start coming in.
Just something to keep in mind- you do not have to mention Drano at ALL in your entries, and we're not giving special precedence to anyone who does, so don't feel like you have to work it in unless it's directly related to the subject at hand
Congratulations to the winners so far in a challenging contest. I look forward to reading some of the entries later tonight but thought I would share for now an embarrassing insight, in that I have just realised what the title of the contest means. I have been wondering for a couple of weeks what traditional wooden shoes made in the Netherlands have to do with coins or plumbing. The penny has just dropped, big time...
(In my humble if inadequate defence, I can offer only that although we may refer to pipes or drains as being clogged in the UK, we would much more commonly say blocked... )
Props to Om Paramapoonya for winning today's Staff Pick prize, and to jeannieinabottle for winning the Daily Drawing! Both are great Hubs. In fact, Robin and I have been, on the whole, very impressed with the entries! We weren't sure we'd see much interesting stuff crop up in the plumbing category, to be entirely honest, but y'all are really surprising us!!
Well Done! Your diagrams for unplugging a shower drain are great Paramapoonya! A well deserved staff pick win! You make it so easy to do the project! Congrats to jeannieinabottle on the drawing win too!
Cardisa and michifus are today's Daily Drawing and Staff Pick winners for today. Both wrote great Hubs! Also, props to michifus for totally proper image attribution. It's totally cool to use gorgeous images created by others so long as they're fairly used!
Robin and I are both impressed by the entries we've been seeing. This contest is turning out to be a lot of fun!
Having a blast with plumbing this week! Off to figure out a few more projects to shoot and research for next weeks plumbing gig! Thanks for putting on the contest HP! It's a really good motivator on a pretty cool topic. I have also met a couple of awesome hubbers I wasn't familiar with, which is a nice bonus. HubHugs all around the Room~
Hehee! HubHugs all around indeed! Robin and I are so thankful to have the chance to read the awesome Hubs folks are putting together! We're seriously impressed... and picking winners is ridiculously hard! And SimeyC, that DOES sound pretty painful, lol!
I just want to say congrats to kweakley and DzyMsLizzy for winning the Daily Drawing and Staff Pick prizes for today! Also, keep in mind that winners for Friday Saturday, and Sunday, will not be announced until Monday. Have a great weekend, everyone!!
Roy, I just got back from reading your hub. I had to laugh (as well as relate) to the towel being flushed down the drain that you mention. But, the hub offers some great information and I am so glad you and your plumbing came out okay after the storm. You should post a link to your plumbing hub in the a Weekly Topic Inspiration forum! Cheers~
A very good question actually, Roy. You can highlight the hub URL (the address specifically derived for that article and found either in your stats window, or at the very top of your hubs page). It's the address that starts "Http://..." Highlight it all; in the stats window you will find a shortened version. "Copy" the address and "Paste" it into a comment reply window of the Weekly Topic Inspiration forum. You can even tell us a little about the hub to garner interest. Post the comment and you are all done! Let me know if you have any problems with this or if I am not clear with the directions for you and we will try again! Cheers~ K9
Wow guys. You're ridiculous. Seriously, the Hubs have been AWESOME! We just finished reading and judging weekend entries and it was really hard to select winners, but thankfully there are category prizes at the end of this contest for some of our favorites. Keep these great Hubs going! I'm telling you- we had 15 entries yesterday, 14 the day before... your odds of winning are CRAZY good!
Congrats to Gordon Hamilton and J.S.Matthew for winning the Daily Drawing and Staff Pick prizes today! Also, I encourage you to keep entering if you haven't won yet- your odds are still amazingly good- we only had 13 entries today, and two chances out of 13 to win $50 are pretty good indeed!
Holy plumbing hubs! I won a drawing! Time to head out to the casinos I suppose! Thanks HP team, I am enjoying the contest very much. HubHugs to room~ Congrats to the new hubber Blake Jackson for the staff pick! Huge props!
Well I'm glad you find it fun, K9keystrokes, because you won BOTH the Daily Drawing AND the Staff Pick prize for your latest entry on replacing a house water filter sediment cartridge! That's a contest first!
I am going to go buy a lottery ticket right now! Wow! I am in a little bit of shock folks,...thank you lucky stars and the HubPages team! I love being first! So many great hubs in this contest, I seriously am honored to take the win.
Let me know when I need to throw the steaks on the BBQ SirDent! Huge HubHugs to the room~ K9
I want to thank the HP team for all these contests. Through the last three or four contests I have learned so much. As an example, in this one I've learned to really take time to research thoroughly and also attempted to work on my formatting and presentation.
Of course the prize money is cool, but more importantly I think I benefit hugely from the whole process.
Well well, SImeyC- we want to thank you, too! Reading your Hubs is an absolute pleasure! I'm also really glad that you're learning from the contests- we try to design them in such a way that helps people improve their online writing skills, and it is SO great to hear that you feel they've made a difference. We have definitely seen a difference, though your Hubs have always been great. Also, congrats dude- your Hub on the standard plumbing fixtures (so much fun!) won today's Staff Pick prize!
Props to Cloverleaf and SimeyC for winning today's Daily Drawing and Staff Pick prizes!
Also, this weekend is your last shot to enter in the contest and win some easy prize money- the last deadline is September 4th at noon, and we won't be naming the daily winners for each day until the 5th because of Labor Day.
I know y'all have been plumbing for two weeks, but I strongly encourage you to keep submitting entries! With the submission rates we've been getting, your daily chances of winning $50 on up are so good. They've never been better!
Have a great weekend y'all- I can't wait to read your final entries next week!
Just submitted my first and only article for this contest late yesterday, in time for today's final deadline. In the process, I discovered a totally new (to me!) style of plumbing that seems like the dream answer for pretty much anyone's plumbing needs. Had I not been spurred to come up with a plumbing topic, I may never have discovered this wonder alternative to conventional plumbing pipe. What a fun research and writing project this turned out to be!
Congrats to the winners from the weekend: Miss Mellie and Les Trois Chenes for their Staff Pick wins, and Dorsi and Mr.Weevie for their Daily Drawing Hubs! The contest is now closed to new submissions, but we shall be reviewing all the entries again to pick the $100 Pro Plumber winners as well as the $500 Grand Prize winner. They'll be announced tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Congrats to Miss Mellie and Les Trois Chenes for staff picks, and the lucky duo of Dorsi and Mr.Weevie for the daily drawings! It's been a very fun contest, thanks HubPages for putting on a great contest! HubHugs~ K9
Well, shut my mouth and tickle me pink! I am honored to receive this accolade, and proud to have supplied an article which, I hope, will help many in their plumbing pursuits for years to come.
I believe I just may use the prize as seed money to start a fund toward setting up a PEX system of my own! First project: Hot Water a la Compost Heap! Funny; I didn't expect that writing a hub about plumbing would soon have me looking forward to starting a plumbing project!
Thanks, HubPages! I very much appreciate the recognition.
This was such a fun contest! It was inspirational too! I never would have thought that writing about a broken toilet could have evoked so many fits of giggles or great advice! Congratulations to everyone! You all wrote such excellent and interesting articles! Good luck to you and all who attempt these future plumbing endeavors!
Thanks to Hub Pages and Drano for such a fun contest! It was a great way to get started on hub pages! It was also kinda fun to share some of my own plumbing fiascoes in a way that hopefully will help others cope with theirs.
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