Answer life's burning questions - win the thanks of many (and an Instructables t-shirt)

This is no longer the current Burning Questions Forum Topic. Please refer to The New and Official Burning Questions Instructable from now on for all matters related to the Burning Questions Contest, group, and discussion.

The original forum topic is preserved below for reference.

People search for stuff at Instructables all the time. Sometimes they find what they're looking for, sometimes they don't. But there are a few common how-tos that come up often enough for we stewards of Instructable-dom to wonder, "why don't we have an Instructable on that?"

The answer is of course, because no one has written one. But you, noble Instructable citizen, can change that. Below I've listed out a number of popular 'wanted' Intructables. The bounty: 1 Instructables t-shirt and the thanks of many (including our own.)

A regular Instructable about this has been posted, but keep your ideas, thoughts, and comments coming!

Instructables most wanted:

  • how to braid hair (your own)
  • how to braid hair (someone else's)
  • how to cut hair (someone else's - Steve Blair already did how to cut your own)
  • how to clean a mattress
  • How to snowboard
  • How to make wine
  • How to make soap
  • How to paint a car
  • How to make a pinata
  • How to cure a headache
  • How to do a donut
  • How to drift (Automotive drifting, not just wandering around aimlessly)
  • How to surf
  • How to paint (Like, art and stuff.)
  • How to Dance
  • Learn poker
  • How to make rubber molds (Suggested by Honus)
  • How to cast with resin (Suggested by Honus)

The only rules are:

  • The Instructables have to be of good quality. (Ie, they have to be detailed, contain pictures, and actually provide a good answer to the question.) If they're lousy (and you know damn well when they are), no t-shirt for you.
  • They have to be titled as above (or with very minor variation). Why? Because that's what people are looking for. If you write a great Instructable on how to build a hovercraft, but title it "poly-surface air powered vehicular lifting machine" no one is ever going to know you wrote it.
  • They have to be new Instructables. (We might be willing to make some exception to this, should have you *really* answered one of these questions in the past, but titled your Instructable poorly. However, new Instructables > old Instructables.)

Everything else is fair game. Generally, there's going to be only one winner, but if there's a good faith effort by two people at the same time, we'll call both of you winners. Really, we're not going to be sticklers on this. The idea is to help others, so if you can contribute, please do.

I've created a group to house everything, called Burning Questions. If you want to get the shirt, you've got to add it to the group.

When we've determined an Instructable is of high enough quality, we'll add a link to it below, in the "Answered Questions" section. Before that, the topic is still open!

Are there questions you want answered? Comments? Post them on the Burning Questions forum thread!

Answered Questions:
This is how to add an Instructable to a group.
And this is how to add a group or person as a collaborator.

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Wow most all these post are a little dated. I was looking over " how to write a good instructable" ( which I should have read 14 instructables ago) and thought I would look here. So do any of these still need writing? I sort of covered soap making, and I could definitely do something on wine making and hair braiding. Pretty sure there are some great ones already done, but there are always more things to learn and to share on any subject so how would be a good way of figuring what to write that people would be interested in?
westfw10 years ago
How to Shave, for women, might be useful.

How to retire. (take that, you young whipper-snappers!)
This has sub-questions:
  • How to acquire private health insurance.
  • How to identify and evaluate volunteer opportunities.
  • What other "needs" are normally filled by an employer, that you'd need to do on your own after retirement.
lemonie westfw10 years ago
I probably shouldn't ask, but why "How to Shave, for women"? Are you suffering from stubble-rash? (no I shouldn't ask) L
westfw lemonie10 years ago
In particular, I can imagine that shaving an underarm is qualitatively different than smooth convex surfaces like a face (or legs, for that matter; I shaved my lower legs a couple times back when I was getting my ankle taped almost every day.) We need not get TOO personal.
wow how old are you anyway? if your as old as you r in the pic, and your a girl, you should have started shaving (your legs) at around age 10-12. you were to personal in your first sentance.
Please, be nice.
I'm 48 and male. I have a 13y-old daughter, though. She'll probably learn all she needs to know from her mom or by trial and error, but that doesn't mean that some online hints wouldn't be useful.
jeffreyf (author)  westfw10 years ago
Done and done.
isacco9 years ago
I propose a burning question

"How to charge batteries with kinetic energy"
"How to charge batteries with body movement"

This is a recent technical challenge. Many engineers are working on it, but the Instructable community has great resources!
I see there is a how to snowboard! But can i do a How to ski.
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