12/8/10 Update: Congratulations to the Space Craft Contest finalists! (We are one step closer to crafts in space!) Thanks to everyone who entered and voted, your participation has been truly out-of-this-world. View the finalists here and if you have any questions about the contest, see the FAQs. Stay tuned on the Blog to learn about the final judging event in the new year!
Last week, we received reports that we had overlooked some eligible entries for the Etsy & NASA Space Craft Contest. We’ve spent the last few days carefully reviewing exactly how the entry data was collected to determine contest eligibility, and we have confirmed that some eligible entries were accidentally excluded due to a technical error.
We appreciate everyone who got in touch about this concern, and we sincerely apologize for any confusion or distress that our technical error may have caused.
It is very important to us that every entry is fairly considered for the contest. In order to extend the contest to all entrants, we are holding a second public voting period for an additional group of semifinalists.
We welcome all registered Etsy members to vote for one entry per category in the “Group 2 Semifinalists.” (Voting will be open today, November 23, through Monday, December 6, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET.)
What about the first group of semifinalists? Every vote will be counted, with the 20 top-rated entries per category moving on to the finals. The second public voting period will determine an additional 20 entries per category that will also move on to the finals. (A total of 40 entries per category will become contest finalists.)
Everyone involved in the contest at both Etsy and NASA appreciate the time, energy, and creative talent all of the contest entrants have demonstrated. Thank you in advance for your patience as we do our best to make sure every eligible entry is fairly considered.
For those of you that entered the contest and may have been affected, here is some more detail on what happened, and what we are doing to ensure fairness moving forward:
- We have confirmed that 163 qualified contest entries (out of 603 total qualified entries) were left out of consideration for the 3 semi-finalist categories in the initial public voting period.
- Entries for the second round of semifinal voting have been selected from those contest entries that were incorrectly left out of the initial vote, and from qualifying contest entries that did not place in the first group of semifinals, according to the process and criteria outlined in the official contest rules.
- We have extended the length of the second voting period in order to allow for people’s schedules with the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend approaching.
- After the completion of the second round of voting, all 40 finalist entries per category, will be made public. Those entrants moving on to the final round will be contacted personally with instructions for the next steps. See official contest rules for details.