With respect to length contraction in special relativity, in order to measure the length of something (a meter stick say) in motion with uniform velocity to the right with respect to our stationary frame, it must be done in an instantaneous moment. My only guess is the ends of the stick must be measured (located on coordinates) at the same time. By "locate on coordinates," suppose we are standing on the ground facing a large sheet of graph paper in metric. Suppose the meter stick mentioned above were to fly horizontally to the right past us. We would need to measure both ends at the same time on the graph paper by marking them on the paper. If the right end is measured first and then the left end a few moments later, the length of the stick will measure shorter than it should be; this is due to error and not relativistic length contraction. Likewise if the left end is measured first and then the right end, it will measure longer than it should be and there is no such thing as length dilation.
So why must the length of something moving in another frame of reference be done in an instantaneous moment if my reasoning is wrong?