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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udayak172 days ago

iam interested..... its pretty cool,,,,

claudiochwil2 months ago

Me too!

ArsamN12 months ago

theHi, I am very interested in science. I am interested in science. I am studying and working. I do not intend to make money from science. I just want to share my opinion and use it from the point of view of others. I have three degrees and several inventions, but since I am in Iran, even for Membership is not accepted on some sites. I am even willing to be active as a trainee on this site.

seamster ArsamN12 months ago

Hi Arsam,

Welcome! We're glad you're here and hope you are enjoying the site and community of creative people here on Instructables.

We don't have any current positions open for new staff or interns, but we do hope you'll share some of your own projects with us, comment on other peoples' projects, and just enjoy participating as a member of the community here. Cheers! :)

Ezat76916 months ago

Hello, my name is Ezat Sharifi. I wanted to ask if I could be part of the Instructables staff committee. I would like to work off-site and volunteer. Meaning, just for fun, no pay wanted! I live right here, in the United States. If you have any answers or ideas, please reply back. Thank you ;)

seamster Ezat76913 months ago

Hi there!

Sorry for the lack of response. Some of the most meaningful things you can do to help around the community are listed above - engage with others through comments, answer questions, report buggy issues you may be seeing, and help other authors improve their Instructables in the Clinic.

On top of these things, you can become an active participant in the community by making your own Instructables, and by posting "I Made It" comments with photos of things you make with help from existing Instructables.

These are all things that mean a lot to the community of creative people that use Instructables. If you have feedback or suggestions, you're also invited to send those to us at our support email: service@instructables.com

Thanks for being a part of the community, and being willing to help out! : )

Sam (seamster)

Community Manager

sindoori6 months ago

Hi

Any jobs for offsite?

im from India

Kiteman sindoori6 months ago

Keep an eye on this forum topic:

https://www.instructables.com/community/Positions-...

It is updated whenever a new vacancy comes up, and some of them can be filled from other countries.

super_me11 months ago

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

Yonatan24 super_me11 months ago

You mean at HQ, in San Francisco?

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