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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 Instrucables
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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how do i know if they are new or not?

You can check their profile, sometimes they'll even say they're new.

iceng1 month ago

Mostly I do try to point inept youngsters and the electrically lost about the simple and the dangerous aspects of my EE profession including circuit assistance when I have the will and time to do so. It is nice to receive Best Answer now and then.

blueangelical2 months ago

"Help Authors with their Instrucables" - you spelt Instructables wrong.

I don't believe it - this topic has been up six years, you're the first to spot that!

(removed by author or community request)

Actually Zandoken, sorry to burst your sarcastic bubble but I am correct and I quote "

Brits Prefer Spelt

Outside America, spelt is more common, but spelled is generally accepted. (This is almost certainly a result of American influence spreading.)

Read more at http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/spelled_spelt.htm#6xiuhJBjplkYLZey.99"

Just to be contrary, this Brit prefers "spelled", but pronounces it "spelt".

Grammar Monster appears to be an American site - it seems to think "burned" and "burnt" are directly synonymous, which, to any True Englishman*, they clearly are not.

(*like a True Scotsman, but more clearly enunciated...)

JM1999 Kiteman1 month ago

IMO, Spelled is grammar an spelt is a type of flour!

NATURALLYraw3 months ago

not sure if I matter at all just signed up today! I will however say this on my behalf; I try my best to educate others in what I believe is for human good. I love all man kind and nature. Honesty and natural are the utmost important. I strongly believe that each of us are teachers and students the same. Dumb and stupid are in fact not the same. Where dumb is simply not known and stupid is knowing but practiced. It therefore is not a negative to be dumb only a starting point and a stepping stone. Nothing is dumb to ask only stupid not too. I am a single parent of two. My children are 20 years apart! (I DON'T recommend this! Haha) sadly both of each of my children's fathers have died. First father died of drug overdose self inflicted. My second childs father sleep apnea. I am on SSD. Not welfare type I did work and paid into these funds. I am diagnosed with bi-polar disorder

( though it is my personal belief crazy; what I have a mental DISORDER because I don't think like another THINKS I should THink?! REALLY?!.) Haha...I love diversity myself. I learn by diversity. I also have a crippling form of arthritis, and back injuries from an auto accident and TMJ. Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin along with the Wright Brothers are amongst those that are my inspiration. And I need to give credit to my beloved late Uncle Steve who sadly died ward of the state's mentally ill, for it was he who said never leave a rock unturned and to always Think simple for most are to complicated and can't. He also said stay as far away from a box much less to just think outside of one! With that I say I am not a conformist! With this bit of information of myself you can imagine my life to be filled with many extreme ups and downs; though it is my personal way to say it's been nothing short of positive for its all who I am and my journey of learning and the life I am living. I will give my opinion both good and not so good so that we all can have something better understanding and live in a more compatible way. I loathe too mention but it has been my experience that the majority I have encountered do not like my way of honesty. I always pray for I often feel misunderstood.

I can't afford at this time to upgrade to pro but hopefully in time I will grow. I will to my part in giving what I can and know it comes straightforward right from my heart. I give thanks in allowing me to take part in you site, for life does not come with manuals!

Sincerely, NATURALLYraw a.k.a Mommy, MOM and BomBom

Hi, its a very good website to gain knowledge and i keep promoting it to my friends in India as i am in repair business i often make lot of self made diagnostics and TRICKS. I am creative minded. I often visit this site to know what the guys are up to. And every time i find something new which is great. I PROMOTE THIS SITE TO MY CLIENTS WHO HAS INTERESTS IN INNOVATIONS & CREATIVITY. Right now working out on energy generation by recycling of old AC and DC motors.

SWiiiTCH5 months ago

Who doesn't like random posts?

Chuck Norris Approves.jpg

I am leaving positive feedback to other community members :3

devanshu6 months ago

hi.. i am promoting this site within my school in India.. i am in grade 12 and love to make and design projects. I have a few suggestions regarding the website. This is a great medium for us youngsters to interact with street geniuses :D

trker3 years ago
because I would very much like to greet new members

Hi trker :0) Greeting new members should not be a job, it is an honour. We are all kind of a family around here (but mom loves me best) Hah hah ;0)

bobna1 year ago
where and when does one meet...

I have always thought a meet-up would be lots of fun :0)

Kiteman bobna1 year ago
Except for those employed at HQ, very few of us actually meet.

However, if you keep an eye out for Maker Faires in your area, there are often folk from the site in the crowd, or running stalls.
bobna Kiteman1 year ago
is there a list of fairs...
cordially. bobna
Kiteman bobna1 year ago

i have suggestion to the INSTRUCTABLES team. it's only an idea.

why can't make ur T-shirt more attractive and cooler.You can conduct a contest for selecting the new design for the T-shirt. maybe u can alter or change the logo a bit.

I would be really sad to see the shirt changed :0( I love the retro look, and I wear mine with pride. I wash it inside out, and never put it in the dryer. When I wear it to elementary schools, the kids love it! I get tons of wonderful comments. When that happens, I hand them an Instructables sticker. Fun way to meet kindred spirits.

Change the logo?? Noooooooooo!

0_o

LOL - seriously, though, try posting this as a fresh topic in the Feedback forum, see what folk think.

ToolboxGuy8 months ago

Do you offer membership for finding typos in website corporate provided information?

This article has one: Help Authors with their Instrucables

:)

Five and a half years...

instructables is really amazing.i really had no idea where this stuff comes from.sharing each others views,projects,DIY i love it. i would like to help to join the new members.

cgill shelton9 months ago

I really want to tell everyone at indestructible that I am really loving this site. I have not posted anything that I have done on this site yet, but I am looking forward to the day that I do finally put one up. Then I needed to see if there was someone that could change my Screen name for me, since it automatically picked one for me I was not able to pick one on my own. I tried to change it in my profile but there was no spot that would allow me to change it. I also wanted to find out where we needed to go, if we wanted to apply for a job working remotely. This just sounds like a great company to work for, and I would love to start helping out anyway I can. -Christa

chessbazaar10 months ago
Hi, I am based in India and I have good command on both German and English languages. I can do the translations for your from German to English and vice versa. Please let me know.
You could post a topic in the English Language Help forums. 
darman121 year ago
I would like to welcome new users. Is there a way I can get a list of people who join every day?
the rocket1 year ago
i want to search for a member in instructables
If you know their user name, then the address you need is;

http://www.instructables.com/member/insert+member's+name+here

If you don't know it, or only know part of it, then you need to go to google, and type in the search string;

insert the bit you know here site:http://www.instructables.com/member/

hahah i discovered yesterday that my adress is
http://www.instructables.com/member/the+rocket
so i typed their name :P anw thanks :)
sunshiine2 years ago
I tried to give a pro membership coupon to someone but the form ask me for a credit card. I don't use my credit card online. Is there a way around that? Thanks in advance and I hope your day shines!
Sunshiine
you just need to give them the "code" which will be something that looks like smile38shell. You can access this my going to your You page and click on the Pro Membership tab.
I forgot to mention I wanted to give this anonymously. Thanks for taking the time to answer this. Have a great day!
Sunshiine
Thanks again your answer helped me!
Sunshiine
If you know the user's email address, you can send an email from an address that s/he doesn't know.
If not, I can't think of a way to do this. Well, except for the obvious way: writing the code on top of a cake with chocolate, and having that cake delivered to hirs house, but you would need a snailmail address for that...
Thanks for the input, I think I have it taken care of! Have a great day!
sunshiine
how old do you have to be to intern
You must be at least 18 years old. 

Here's more information about the Artist In Residence (intern) Program.

And FAQ's...
schumi232 years ago
Is it impossible to do this now? Because it looks like a great thing to do, but (as a lot o people have said before me, the links do not work.) Are there any other ways?
This forum posting has just been updated, the links all work now!
OK, Thanks! Though, i guess that the answer is no, as i see no easy way to find new Instructablers
Though you might not be able to directly search for new Instructable members it's pretty easy to see who's new by simply hovering your mouse over any of the avatar pictures or by clicking on a member and viewing their member page. Another easy indicator is to look at the number/colour under the profile picture, this denotes the number of projects that person has authored.

As this updated forum topic shows, there's plenty of other ways to help out making new members feel welcome beyond the original Robot greeting.
OK,
Thanks for you reply!
So....,Hire me already!
trker3 years ago
Do you have to sign up for greeting new members or can you just greet them?
LoneWolf4 years ago
The link to new members isn't working.
Did you need to repeat the same comment, less than twelve hours later (and therefore guaranteed to have not even been read yet?
No, I guess not. I'm just bored right now.
Ah, I see ;->  Perhaps you should make something, like a paper wallet :-)
Haha, that's not a bad idea :) You never know when you'll need a wallet that will desenagrate when it gets wet.
that not a bad idea trying to hid something let it dissovle not being sarcastic you wouldnt have to eat it or burn it to get rid of it
True.
I find this exchange really amusing considering it's in response to a post about being friendly and helping new members...

The only thing I have to say in response is - Laziness is the only possible cause of boredom.  Oh yeah and - paper comes from trees and is a valuable natural resource, I'd have to agree that applying it to purposes for which it is horrifically unsuited is DUMB (oops was that not nice?).
(ALiveOne - click on Kelseymh's name...)
I've moved on with my life, this is days old...
Pity you couldn't have moved on before you responded to the wrong level of a post that was a month old at the time you jumped in.
Haha, yeah it's kind of a pointless conversation.

Despite your comment, I am not lazy. The reason I spend so much time on instructables is cause' I homeschool and my parents let me go on instructables while the questions load and when I have spare time. But they DON'T let me run off and go work on my latest project or drawing during school. Thus I'm not lazy, I would perfer to spend at least some of my time on instructables drawing or building.
You should really get down to making some  things - popping comments all over the place isn't the same as doing something great and having people comment to you.

L
I am working on an instructable at the moment. Though I'm trying to make my own drawing to illustrate almost every step of the instructable,thus, I've been working on it two weeks and it's only halfway done.
Haha, nice :)
kelseymh4 years ago
It is now essentially impossible to find new members in any way in order to welcome them.  The URL above has not worked for months.  The old "graphical search" also had the "People" option removed.  The new Google-based search is unsorted in any way, neither by date nor even by relevance.

This great forum topic probably needs to be edited to comment out the "Welcome new users" section, since it cannot be accomplished except by happenstance.
kcls kelseymh4 years ago
Well, how does the instructables robot do it? Oh, wait... it's his special amazing robot powers, isn't it.
kelseymh kcls4 years ago
SQL
kcls kelseymh4 years ago
?
kelseymh kcls4 years ago
Robot has direct access to the database, and can use Structured Query Language to interrogate the database directly, rather than going through Web pages and URLs.  Robot is the backend server, after all.
kcls kelseymh4 years ago
So... other then answering questions, is there any other way to help out around the site since helping new members doesn't work anymore?
kcls kelseymh4 years ago
Ah. That lucky robot :)
The link for new users doesn"t work
LoL-All my Canadian friends have heard me talk about Instructables! :0)  I always tell them it is the most creative and informational DIY site in cyber space, full of kind people, where no negativity or nasty comments are allowed. I empthafise that they will be welcomed.  My hope is to make it to Maiker Faire and meet some of you fun people!!!!
 The link to new users doesn't work.
=SMART=4 years ago
Damn schoolwork gggrrrr, i will do some of this in the holidays, i need to write a welcome message :)
i must welcome new people i must so i will!!!!!!!!!!!!
hurray i just welcomed 3-5 people (i forget).
Berkin5 years ago
kelseymh Berkin5 years ago
(Speaking as non-staff) Why not? You might want to use the "plain text" URLs rather than the hashed versions since all three of them are published. Those are excellent and highly appropriate :-) starting points; the second one has a different title, "How to make a great Instructable".
Berkin kelseymh5 years ago
Alright. Thanks for the help.
kelseymh Berkin5 years ago
BTW -- joining the small group of Welcomers is a really great idea! You've been contributing really well in several places, and have a pretty cool perspective on things. G*d that sounds patronizing; it's not meant to be. Just chalk it up to me being Old :-/
I always like seeing you around, you always contribute to conversations well.
Berkin kelseymh5 years ago
I've been contributing??? Where??? LOL
ewilhelm (author)  Berkin5 years ago
Sure.
Seanex4 years ago
so can we just start doing that type of stuff or do you have to say its alright for us to do it
lemonie Seanex4 years ago
The message is along the lines of "It's your site as well as mine/ours" - anyone can say "hi" or help someone out, go ahead if you can it's supposed to be like that.

L
ewilhelm (author)  Seanex4 years ago
You can just do it.  Thanks for helping!
Berkin5 years ago
Oho!!! If only I found out about this earlier...

Goes off to welcome new users
Good opportunity to create an instructable on welcoming people to instructables. "I love recursion, its better than doing things over and over"
csmiler5 years ago
Hello there, can you give me a sample welcome message?
Did you follow the three links above? Eric wrote, "and you can see some example welcome messages from me, and from GorillazMiko and Dr. Cool" etc. The link to Eric's comment takes a while to load; if you scroll about half way down you'll see a huge chunk of "Thanks for posting and welcome to Instructables". Those are the examples to which he's referring.
Don't forget to manually add the links!
No thank you!
There I just did the first page of new members for today =3
ewilhelm (author)  spiritwolf79845 years ago
Thanks! You're awesome!
I3uckwheat6 years ago
could i be a welcomer too pls
ewilhelm (author)  I3uckwheat6 years ago
Yes, anyone can just start doing it.
Thanks
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