How to Help Out Around Instructables

People often ask how they can help at Instructables, especially if they are too far away to come in person. Below are some things you can do to help.

Welcome new users
New users are often confused about Instructables and how to get the most out of it. I used to welcome people, and when it got to be too much for me alone, we turned it over to the Instructables Robot. Unfortunately, the Robot isn't that good at responding to questions, so that's where you come in. You can welcome new members to the site by introducing yourself and leaving a comment on their Orangeboard (found at the bottom of every member's profile page). Here's an example of what the Robot says:

Hello! Welcome to Instructables!
I am the Instructables Robot. My job is to alert you whenever someone leaves you a comment or sends you a private message. I spend most of my day sending email. I like sending email.
You probably want to upload an image to your profile. You can do that
here, as well as change some of your other account settings.
After that, check out
How to write an Instructable, The Guided Tour of Instructables, and the Help Forum if you have any questions.

Welcoming people can be very rewarding, and I really miss having the time to do it myself.

Leave/respond to a comment
For some, it takes some courage to make a first comment or post a first question, and it feels really good to have that question answered. So, a huge way to help out is to engage new members with a comment -- it shows them the strength of our community and gives new members a great first experience.

Help out in the Answers Section
You're smart, share your knowledge with others. You definitely know the answer to a question posted in our Questions & Answers section.

Help us fix Bugs
We're not perfect, and sometimes we break the site. If you find an issue with the site you can post a bug report in the forums. If you do a really good job of reporting a bug you can earn a free Pro Membership!

Help Authors with their Instructables
Think you know what makes a good Instructable? You can share your insight and help authors make their work the best it can be by offering support in The Clinic.

Are you doing something more to help out around the site? Leave a comment below and let us (and other members) know what you are doing to help welcome people and keep the site awesome!

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super_me4 months ago

can you be part of staff without being at 'ibles in person?

You mean at HQ, in San Francisco?

yes, being part of the staff at home...

yes most of the community managers work off-site

offseid6 months ago

Thanks for this concise little guide on how we can chip in to spread the love here. It might be nice to have some place where we can see a feed, as it were, of new members. That would make it easy to welcome them!

JGrunge9 months ago

I'm always forwarding & mentioning ideas, projects, & inventions from this site to other people. It's a surprise to meet so many like-minded strategizers out in the real world, & this website is the perfect breeding ground for evolution in this world. I've always wondered why there wasn't a website such as this out there, until I discovered it. 'Instructables' is so easy to use, help with ideas, & even simply help people learn. This world is ever-changing, & this is the perfect place for the minority of unrecognized inventors & starving artists to come to for a number of good reasons.

MichaelA249 months ago

I really like the idea of working with authors to develop their Instructable! I work in New York city government, and so much of what we do is in outreach. We have all learned together ways to describe various city programs to a wide variety of citizens, and have worked on simplifying text in outreach materials to reach more people with the greatest possible clarity, whether it be in English, or in English with the intention to translate easily to other languages. It would be a lot of fun to ensure entries are complete, address questions that the public is likely to have, and provide additional resources for information related to references made by the author.

If it was a tiny paid position, I wouldn't mind going around the site and getting all the spelling mistakes corrected. (Please see last but one paragraph above ..."Help Authors with their Instructables"!!!!!!!

I'd even do that for free. Spelling and grammar mistakes bug me.

Me too!

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