I've disabled adblock plus on instructables.com and I still dont get my favorite button back. WTF

Ok I've added Instructables.com to my adblock plus whitelist and still zero favorite button.  This new bullcrap where you disable this functionality is irritating.  I have to copy and paste every single link that I want to favorite into another web browser just so that I can favorite things.  Please just stop being jerks about this because I really like your site and I like to promote it to people I know when I see some good things.  But this is down right frustrating.  Alot of people never ever even install adblock most of the people who i know dont even understand that ads can even be blocked to begin with.  So you're punishing your more savvy viewers that likely wouldnt be clicking the ads in the first place?  Wow thats jerkish.

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mikeasaurus5 years ago
Hi, thanks for the concern. We haven't disabled the favorite button, but it may not be displaying correctly for you. Here's what you need to do:

First make sure you don't have any script blocking software running on your browser (like AdBlock), this ad-on stops the site from loading correctly and prevents certain areas from loading.

Next, log out and clear your browser cache, then refresh and log back in.

If this doesn't solve your issue then I'd try updating your broser to the most current version and try again. There's always the ctrl+D option if you want another form of bookmark.
chamunks (author)  mikeasaurus5 years ago
I dont really understand the concept behind why the favorite button is blocked by these things but nothing else. That seems pretty intentional to me. :S This has been a reported on issue for over 6 months.

I really think that I shouldn't have to delete all of my browser cache because one website wont fix a silly html5 bug. You see where I'm coming from?

I use latest dev builds of my browser (think nightlies) so i'd imagine it cant be that.

I tried editing the html source to try and extract the url to maybe use later but I guess im just bad at that.

Finally ctrl+d is good and fine and all but the point is to support the other people on the site by favoriting ibles that I enjoy. I don't know it just makes no sense to have this be an issue.
Jayefuu5 years ago
What browser does it work in and what browser are you having problems with? I can't find the forum topic now, but staff said previous issues with this were to do with having ANY javascript modifying extensions installed, not just adblock plus. In which case I'm not sure whitelisting Instructables will help.

If I remember correctly, the favourite button is one of the last bits of javascript to run when the page is loaded. Meaning any interruption due to greasemonkey/adblocker/etc stops the button working.

I know it's not a solution, but does completely disabling adblock+ make the button work in the browser you're having issues with?
Kiteman Jayefuu5 years ago
IIRC, the myriad possible combinations of scriptblocker*version number*browser*version number*whatever other add-ons have been installed*their version numbers makes it impossible to make the site run perfectly for every user.

It is not a deliberate ploy to punish anybody for being savvy, not is it some sort of conspiracy to force advert views or allow tracking of users.

If you are having genuine issues with being able to use the site in a satisfactory manner, you need to contact the site directly via service@instructables.com, or PMing one of the staff at HQ (see the "About" page), and explaining what is going wrong.

Please remember to include information about what operating system you are using, which browser, what add-ons you have installed, and what versions of each you are using.

Moem Kiteman5 years ago
I'm sure it's not deliberate. But it's not a sign of great skills, either.

I figure the developers don't care if we can use that feature... Apparently it's not an important feature in their eyes.
I can live without it, so most of the time I don't use it. *shrug*

It's too much of a hassle to allow two sites I do not trust to run scripts. Not to mention that it makes me feel unsafe. In general, it's not worth it, IMO.
Kiteman Moem5 years ago
I can't comment on the skills, except to say they are far greater than mine.

As for not caring, I can say with certainty that that is untrue - there is a huge amount of effort goes into making the members' experience of the site "right". The dev team, though, is small, and they are forced to prioritise issues on the site. Issues like this have to be addressed on an individual, case-by-case basis, and sometimes the dev team are forced to set them aside in order to do the larger part of their job, or to deal with issues that affect more people.

I know that's not a completely satisfactory answer, especially if you are the one suffering a useability issue and feeling ignored, but it's the best answer I can give. To you, the topic author, and anybody else reading this, though, please remember that there are also a team of volunteers, the Community Team (click on "Members"), who are always willing to help with non-bug issues, and who also have the ability to "triage" issues being discussed in the forums and push them under the dev team's collective nose.
Moem Kiteman5 years ago
There's a Community Team? I would never have known.

Honestly, the thing this website would benefit most from IMO is a FAQ. There is so much that takes forever to stumble across, if it happens at all.

I know that the dev team cares. I just don't think they care so much about this particular feature, or they would have found a way to make sure everyone could use it.

It's a very very similar situation to BookCrossing (small dev team, so many bugs, so little time) and the funny thing is that I'm on Support there, and often find myself playing the part you played here just now. So believe me, I know where you're coming from.

But really, a FAQ is not hard to code and it would make all the difference. And no, a forum section named FAQ is not really the same.
Kiteman Moem5 years ago
An FAQ was mooted some time ago, but was never really useful, since the site at the time was in a state of flux, and many regular questions had no regular answers.

I've got a pile of stuff going on right now, but maybe it's time to raise the idea again.
chamunks (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Chamunks likes this idea :)
Jayefuu Kiteman5 years ago
I can help answer/write answers if you need. We should compile a list of questions. Start a collaborative Instructable to ask/answer the questions, then propose it as a page under the "About Us" section of the footer once complete?
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