What is a Challenge?
Generally speaking, a challenge is a question for the community regarding a task or problem you would like to know more about. It can be anything from “how do I build a rocket engine?” to “How do you distill beer?” The title gives a rough idea of what you are asking about while the description section is for giving a bit more depth about what knowledge you hope to gain and why you want it.
How do I submit a Challenge?
You can submit a Challenge to the community in order to get input on how to accomplish your tasks.
To start, click on the “Create a Challenge” button to the left or just click here. If you have previously created a challenge that was never submitted it will show up here. You can continue one of these or create a new one.
Enter a title and a description.
Click on the default image to show the file upload utility. Upload an image which will give an appropriate visual clue to people who visit your challenge page. This will show up as a thumbnail on the challenges page.
Choose a category (or two).
- Click Publish and you’re done!
What happens after I submit a challenge?
After you type up and submit your challenge it is instantly visible on the website. There is a dedicated forum on your challenge page to allow others to post their own information in an attempt to answer your questions. You and the community will have the opportunity to post links to related websites, pictures which might prove helpful, and even link to existing projects which may answer challenge in some way.
Who answers the challenges?
People like you answer challenges! The DIY community is worldwide so your answers may come from Japan just as easily as the United States. Anyone has access to the question you pose and anyone can submit their information in an attempt to answer the challenge. The system relies on the good nature of people like you helping out. Answers can come more easily than you might imagine. Remember, we’re all in the same situation, trying to find answers to everyday questions. The collective knowledge base of the DIY world is a powerful thing!