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Featuring Guidelines

Updated December 2014

Having your Instructable "featured" means you are an excellent author, and you're providing some of the best content on the site. We want everyone to see what you've made!


When we feature your Instructable, it's our way of saying "You are awesome, and we love you!"

So what does it take to get your Instructable featured? Read on, my friend, you have come to the right place!


There are currently two tiers of featuring we use to promote great content and reward our awesome authors:
  • Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member!
  • Homepage Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, as well as on the homepage, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member.


For an Instructable to be featured, the main criteria we look for are excellent documentation and reproducibility. These break down into the following points:
 
  • The title fits and explains the project. 
  • The introduction should state what the project is, and the reason or motivation behind it.
  • All photos should be original, bright, clear, and in-focus.
  • Projects should be broken into enough steps to be easy to follow, with sufficient photos and explanatory text to allow the reader to understand the process.
  • Grammar and spelling should be good enough so as to not be distracting.
  • Projects should be complete and contain all the information needed so others could reasonably duplicate the project (if the reader were to have the necessary skills and access to similar tools and materials.)
  • Lists should be included of parts/materials/ingredients/tools used, with links to sources as needed, as well as links to references.
  • Whenever possible, the inclusion of downloadable files, PDF patterns, and so forth is desirable.
  • Video content (youtube videos, etc.) may be featured as well. Videos should have great production quality, clear instructions, and reproducible outcomes, and, ideally, be accompanied by photos and written step-by-step instructions.

For a Homepage Feature, here are some additional things we look for: 

  • Overall stellar documentation and beautiful cover images. The content is highly reproducible and has that “wow, awesome!” factor.
  • Video content needs to be accompanied by photos and written step-by-step instructions that meet the criteria as noted above. Aside from increasing the likelihood of getting a homepage feature, this format will also significantly increase video content's chances at placing well in contests! ;)

Please note that high levels of ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and/or utility in a project will often compensate for weaknesses in documentation, so these criteria should be viewed as guidelines and not necessarily hard fast rules!


 
What about business-related content from bloggers, etsy-ers, youtubers, kickstarters, and so forth?

Can that type of content be featured? Absolutely! Any Instructable that meets the criteria as outlined above and contains real how-to instructional content can be featured. If you are in this camp, it's an excellent practice to keep your ulterior motives relatively subtle. For example, some of our best authors are also bloggers and etsy-ers, and many of these authors simply include a single link to their site or store in the last step of their Instructables. This is a perfect approach that allows their projects to get as much attention as possible on the site, but also plug their commercial interests in a way that is not overbearing or spammy. Being overbearing or spammy is the quickest way to NOT being featured!


 
Want your project featured?

Sometimes it's hard to see where your project could use some enhancements! Luckily, we have some great authors that will review your project and give you feedback at the volunteer-run Clinic

Do you get featured a lot? Why not spend a little time in the Clinic and help others get to your level! :) 

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Kiteman3 years ago
Do you want your instructable to be featured?  Then please read this:

It is very rare for a feature-worthy project to be missed, so it is not usually worth simply requesting that your project be featured.

Instead, if you want to know how to change a specific write-up so that it becomes worthy of a feature, please use The Clinic.

That is where knowledgeable and helpful people hang out, specifically to help authors improve and polish their work.
dimtick3 years ago
One thing that I would add is that timing is also a factor. As a general rule don't publish before a major holiday if your project is not related to that holiday. Its very easy for a project to get buried and overlooked in all the holiday traffic. Best to wait until after when things slow down. I made the mistake of publishing my last instructable right before Easter. After a week it's only had 44 views and probably half of those are me. I'm kicking myself for not waiting.

This also holds true for when there's a major contest deadline approaching. Contests will naturally get more attention so it may be worth waiting until after the deadline.


Kiteman4 years ago
There is also that indefinable element of awesomenossitiness (hard to spell or say, let alone define!).

IMO, awesome levels of incredible ingenuity, cleverness, usefulness or originality can compensate for a lack in other areas.

canida (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Noted and added.
Kiteman canida4 years ago
Awe, you didn't use my spelling...
caitlinsdad Kiteman4 years ago
I think that is tied in to your levels of midi-chlorians or mitochondria or something.
Chuckle....yeah, I didn't check either, but just added to the newly started "conversation" .... :-)
playfulplans4 years ago
Wow, excellent summary.

My first Instructible was featured on the front page yesterday, and I just found this post. I'm no expert here.

Which goes to show it's pretty much an intuitive process if you have something genuine to offer and can muster the photos, a vid or two and explain the process clearly. Step-by-step is the only way I can imagine ever doing it...

My first instructable was featured too. XD
depotdevoid4 years ago
Ah, just found this again, it had sunk pretty far into the blog. Lots of good info here, thanks!
DJ Radio4 years ago
If you don't have an image for a step, but you have a video to take the image's place, would that be acceptable?
canida (author)  DJ Radio4 years ago
So long as it's not the intro step, sure. But it's also pretty easy to grab a snazzy still from the video, which will make people more likely to click onto that step.
miiwii3 DJ Radio4 years ago
couldn't you do both..?
sunshiine4 years ago
Thank you for posting this! Important information that should benefit someone, especially the newbies.
Gorfram5 years ago
Okay, maybe I'm quibbling, maybe I'm curious. I do promise that this is not a "You shoulda featured my 'Ible!" whine: I can think of several good reasons that it might not have been Featured.

It's just that this Instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/Stovetop-Photo-Studio/) seems to meet 13.5 of the 14 items on the "General" checklist (the Intro photo is a little fuzzy due to a severe crop); and, as nearly as I can tell through my own subjectivity, 2 of the 3 "Bonus" checklist items (that Intro photo really should be better than it is).

Good reasons for it not to have been Featured:
1) It may be of limited interest.
2) It really could be dangerous, if the safety precautions on the Intro page and in Step 3 were not followed.
3) It was a contest entry (does that make a difference?).
4) It pre-dates the "Channel" structure on this site; and, while it rates well for  a "Channel Feature," it falls somewhat short of a "Category Feature."

It's a perfectly good 'Ible, but it's not going to rock anyone's world (well, not unless they ignore the above-mentioned safety precautions :). Could you perhaps expand your checklist to better reflect the reasons that it might not have been featured?

Thanks.


canida (author)  Gorfram5 years ago
I probably should state above: since this is all done by humans (who, unlike Robot, occasionally sleep!) we sometimes miss good projects. For this specific project, I've just featured it in the Photography channel - so yes, #4 is correct. #3 is irrelevant, #2 doesn't apply because you've clearly defined how to do this safely, and #1 is true - this is of interest to photography buffs. The single most important item for a category or homepage feature is the picture, though. A killer picture can bump an otherwise niche project up to a more general interest level. As you mention, the photo is a bit blurry. It's also not 100% clear what's going on (composition) and could be lightened (photo editing software). So, while not right for the homepage or category, it's an extremely solid Channel feature project. I hope that helps!
DJ Radio canida5 years ago
I think interest in the subject that an instructable demonstrates shouldn't really count for or against featuring. That's like saying a video clip is bad because not a lot of people watch it, even though the video has mostly positive feedback from people who do watch it.
canida (author)  DJ Radio5 years ago
That's why it's part of the bonus checklist: homepage or category features should be of interest to people besides those who already know and like the subject. As I said above:
This personal storytelling aspect also increases the chance an Instructable will be interesting to someone not already familiar with the subject. While some topics are more generally interesting by their nature, a high-quality, detailed, awesome project will grab almost anyone's attention.

This means that, for example, a crochet or K'Nex project isn't likely to appear on the homepage unless it's a subject or story that's likely to appeal to a broader audience.  Make sense?
DJ Radio canida5 years ago
Yeah I guess so, but I still find it kind of unfair that topics with broader audiences get better chances of being featured, even with the storytelling at all.
Gorfram canida5 years ago
Thanks, Canida, for your detailed response; and for Channel-Featuring this Instructable. (FWIW, I've changed the Intro photo to one that is definitely less fuzzy and hopefully more explanatory.)

(Yippeee... my first "Featured"!!!! :) :) :)
(And that means I'm eligible for the Gift Exchange now! :)

Of course all the (non-robotic) Instructables staffers should sleep, and eat, and do their laundry, and every so often go out to play in the sun. I hope my earlier post didn't sound like I was taking you to task at all - I figure that your job must sometimes seem like herding Schrodinger's cats, and I'm very glad that you and the other staffers work so hard at doing it.
Gorfram Gorfram5 years ago
PS to add: Thanks for the checklist - it's great as it is, and very helpful. :)
DJ Radio5 years ago
What does it mean if a requirement "Doesn't apply"?
zascecs DJ Radio5 years ago
Probably if you didn't meet one of the requirements.
DJ Radio zascecs5 years ago
No, I think that just means the requirement isn't met. It would still apply but you just haven't met it.
zascecs DJ Radio5 years ago
...isn't that just what I said...?
canida (author)  zascecs5 years ago
What other folks in this thread said - "doesn't apply" means that, for this project, the criterion is irrelevant. For example, if you're doing something that's really dead-simple, you may not need multiple pictures on each step, or even very many steps. Here's a good example of an excellent but super-short Instructable: How to Remove a Tick
Saturn V DJ Radio5 years ago
It means it's not relevent. If you have a step that has no possible relevent pictures, then that wouldn't apply to that step.
Gorfram DJ Radio5 years ago
I expect it means that that particular requirement isn't relevant to that particular project. For instance, if no tools are needed to do the project, the "tools list" requirement wouldn't apply.
Skyfinity5 years ago
Very nice. This is a good list.
Kryptonite5 years ago
Fav'd!