Just about done with this site

This site has jumped the shark.  It used to be a good place to find DIY projects of all kinds for all skill levels.  Over the past few years, it has changed in the following ways.

- The majority of new instructables on the site involve elite technology - 3D printers, laser cutters, etc - that are too expensive or require a membership to Techshop or similar to have access to them.  In other words, they are mildly interesting to see what's possible, but of no use to the average person.
- Many instructables are just implementations of things that can be commonly found on Pinterest and are being passed off as original ideas.
- Drug content has started showing up as instructables.  While I understand that some states have legalized cannabis, not all have, and I don't want my family to be exposed to it.
- "Collections" may be useful in some cases to pull together instructables on a common theme, such as photography or boat building, but they are overused so much that they clog up everything else on the site.  Again, it's an example of people posting without creating any new content.
- I'm a non-paying member of the site and the ads and other "recommended links" have started taking over everywhere.

For years I've been following the site and checking the recent instructables posts almost daily to see what's new.  The site continues to meet other's needs, and that's what's important, but I'm sorry to say that it's no longer worth my time.

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ichitito2 years ago

so he writes his farewell note, if it does not work, well, then hope you find a better one. I am a recent one on this site, and I find the site way over my head, it seems that it is best for people above the average, not just people like me very skilful with the hands but who cannot decipher electronic designs in to a board. perhaps different levels ( like for beginers ) so the first writer does not get one on the head.

I wouldn't worry too much about sussing out the complexities of electronic design unless you need to design electronics - there's plenty to bootstrap here with if you do want to learn how though - people have written about how to understand circuits and electronic components in just about every degree of depth.

I really don't want this to be abrasive but I'm finding parts of this post that way...

I don't think there are that many posts that rely on "elite" technology, sure anything that starts with 3D printed is probably a write off but as Kiteman said, a coping saw will do the job of a laser cutter for flat parts. But also, a look at the homepage at any time reveals a nice mix of projects at varying tech levels, also lots of my projects have managed fine here despite having tools cheaper than a decent take out meal on hand. Most of that fine technology can to some degree be replaced with thought and effort.

On the originality point - I have seen it happen both directions and one thing that bugs me about that is that it's nice seeing a picture of something and thinking "I could make that" but there are people in droves that couldn't do it without instructions.

I haven't seen much of this cannabis stuff here, but if you are worried about it, filtering the internet for your family is your choice, not instructable's, nobody but you and your spouse decides what your family should see.

Besides, as a constant font of inspiration for more projects, instructables has yet to be beat for me, though it is what you make it, the way you view projects, search for them and so on plays a big role in what you see.

Also, he's right, if you don't like it, it's easy fixed, make something awesome.

Kiteman2 years ago

> I think you're exaggerating, but there are online services for 3d printing and laser cutting as well, and many laser-cut projects can be replicated with a scroll or coping saw.

> There are very few original ideas in the world - even the great artists are inspired by something.

> I have seen three recent cannabis-related projects, all from the same author. If you don't approve of the projects, that is what the flag button is for.

> Collections come in fits and starts - given your other complaints, I'd assume that you are looking at roughly the same pages I am, and those collections were from the same author.

> If you want to be a non-paying member, then ads are the price to pay. That's the way the internet works these days.

"For years I've been following the site..."

Of course, the best way to control the content of the site is to contribute it in the manner you expect others to. You can create something with simple tools, that is completely original, drug-free, and so good that you get the project featured, earning a free pro account so that all the ads go away.

TL;DR - if you don't like the content, create some that you do like.

M3G Kiteman2 years ago

"Of course, the best way to control the content of the site is to
contribute it in the manner you expect others to. You can create
something with simple tools, that is completely original, drug-free, and
so good that you get the project featured, earning a free pro account
so that all the ads go away."

Well said, Kiteman.

Kiteman M3G2 years ago

:-)

how do you know that the Pinterest photo isn't from instructables?

My duct tape kayak was posted on Pintrest by someone else