What are the "Cost" and "Difficulty" sliders in the publishing section for?

When you publish a new instructable, there are those two little sliders labeled "Cost" and "Difficulty". What are they for? They aren't even labeled! How do I know how difficult "Difficult" really is, or how expensive "Expensive" really is?

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nickodemus7 years ago
I suppose it's all in the author's view of things, in terms of 1 to 100. But there isn't an absolute defined cost or difficulty set, sort of like the "Pain scales" they have in hospitals (US) labeled 1 to 10, where 10 would be absolutely unbearable, 1 being mild pain. It's all opinion.

Perhaps there should be some changes made to accommodate.

Agreed with this and all replies below.

Think explaining a project to someone who had never seen it in as few words as possible.  Popsci mag does this all the time -- title, description, cost and difficulty (in the eyes of the maker).  They are relative, not absolute - but they don't have to be exact.
kcls (author)  nickodemus7 years ago
Yeah. I mean, are they used for sorting, or just filler for the page?
nickodemus kcls7 years ago
I'm sure they have some use... I guess it would be similar to the "Rating" system on here. But I don't see any obvious categories defining "cheap","expensive","difficult", etc...

I don't think it's filler stuff, I just can't see Instructables doing that for some reason.
They probably have some semi-obvious purpose that I can't think of.


But most likely, for sorting.
kcls (author)  nickodemus7 years ago
Yep, guess so. If I don't see any other answers in the next few days, I'll choose yours. I know you were wondering :D
nickodemus kcls7 years ago
Yeah... I kinda was. :-) It just makes me mad when I take my time to give well thought answers, and the asker doesn't take time to pick a best answer, or even spell check for that matter... But I'm sure someone else who knows a lot more about this site will answer anyways, they usually do :)
kcls (author)  nickodemus7 years ago
Yeah, that always irks me too. You get these questions: "Hi i want to mke thi thng can somone hlp? thx" People answer the question and they never choose. So annoying.
Kryptonite7 years ago
I've always wondered this... I'm assuming it's nickodemus' solution.