Gather, boys and girls, while we take a moment to talk about submitting projects via the Hackaday Tips Line. Come across something really cool that you think deserves a mention on our page? Let us know about it! Did you yourself make something really cool? Tell us about that, too! It doesn’t matter if it’s a project that’s been sitting on some dark corner of the Internet for a few years. If we haven’t seen it yet, we want to.
Don’t think your project is good enough for Hackaday? You’re probably too self-critical. We’re after hacks: it’s the idea that counts. Not polished? No problem. The only thing that needs to be complete is your description of the hack.
Stick with us after the jump; we’ve got plenty of tips about tips to help you out.
So you wanna get on the front page?
The best project submissions answer these question:
- What the heck is it?
- What got you into this?
- What’d you use?
- Where’d you get that stuff?
- How does it work?
- What didn’t work? (Anything blow up?!)
- What would you do differently?
We don’t expect submissions to be a how-to guide with step-by-step instructions—though those can and usually are great—but this is your chance to show off: why not dump out some photos, videos, and links! The toughest projects for us to feature are emailed essays with a few attached photos. If you need a place to host your write-up, get busy documenting it on Hackaday Projects
Titling your emails:
Avoid vaguely titled emails and instead be clear about what you’re submitting.
Bad Title: “I did this to my brother’s car…” Did you barf in it? C’mon, give us something attention-grabbing.
Good Title: “Raspi Nav Unit for Car.” It’s clear, concise, and makes life easier for everyone.
If the tip concerns a specific Hackaday Column, put that at the front of the title. Retrotechtacular, Fail of the Week, 3D Printering, Droning On, Hacking and Philosophy, and Adventures in Hackerspacing are all recurring columns that are on the lookout for your content submissions. Help us keep them thriving by sending us tips that specifically fit those topics! Titles such as “Retrotechtacular Tip: 50’s Video on Bicycle Making” makes sorting a breeze!
Tell us how to identify you if you have a preference:
We want to credit your project and your work appropriately, which—if it’s something you have a preference about—is easier if you give us a heads up in the email. If you’d rather we use your handle, let us know you prefer to be called [snipehuntr] and not Jim-Bob. If the associated pronouns aren’t obvious, let us know those too. It is also helpful when you tell us: “this isn’t my project, but I thought it belonged on Hackaday.”
If your project wasn’t chosen:
Let’s face it, some projects don’t make it to the main page. Sometimes we pass on things because it’s poorly presented, and sometimes it slips through the cracks. Sometimes it’s…a press release. Ugh. Don’t send us those.
If you’ve submitted in the past and didn’t get featured, we don’t want to discourage you from submitting again. See if you can spruce it up with some of the above advice then hit us up again. There’s no harm in resubmitting every once in awhile.
So. Now there’s no excuse. Click that tips link and blow it up!