Improving Instructables in general

I was wondering if you could make it possible to search for different instructables by putting in the materials you had... Do you think you could make that possible?

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Kiteman8 years ago
If people used their keywords properly, that would be possible now.
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
Putting materials in tags could cause problems. E.g. if people are searching for stuff made from tape, they'll be annoyed to get a lot of hits for things made with tape amongst other things. Ditto LED projects and projects with LEDs in them.

Kiteman lemonie8 years ago
That's why I said properly - I woould not expect to see "glue" in the keywords of a project about collages, but I would expect to see it in the keywords of an instructable about injection moulding with hot-glue.
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
I agree, but the original question was about searching for Instructables by materials (used). If people used keywords properly as you describe, it would not be "possible to search for different instructables by putting in the materials you had" and get a useful result. L
Kiteman lemonie8 years ago
Why not? If you searched for bamboo, paper you would turn up chinese lanterns, decorative screens, kites etc.
How hard would it be to have an extra column in the dbase for each ible 'materials' - so its set in stone, and have pick boxes - they'd be general from art supplies, paper, metal, circuits, etc...
I have no idea. There has been no Management input to this thread - maybe if somebody asked Rachel?
Houdinipeter (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
 hmm i guess working on pro features takes more priority to general improvement. alas money is what comes first. :/
lemonie8 years ago
You're thinking that the "create" form would have a materials box?
This could give you a searchable catalogue: "hot glue" "Duck Tape(R)" "Solder - resin core" "other". You'd then have an option for "other Instructables also used (a similar set)"?

Houdinipeter (author)  lemonie8 years ago
Yeah, or something like tags that was separate for materials
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