May 2014 site update - achievements + new editor

Last night we rolled out a few new features of the site that you may have already noticed, the largest impact will be around the new editor when authoring an Instructable and achievements badges (as seen on comments).

New Editor:
We've had a "try the new editor" button at the top of the old editor a few months now, giving you ample opportunity to kick the tires, test out the new interface, and see the direction we're heading. We've now officially dumped the old editor in favor of the new. We're sad to see our faithful old editor go, but the new editor has many enhancements (like image dropping, step swapping, and enabling hyperlinks just by pasting them as text). We've worked hard for this new editor to be more robust than its predecessor and last just as long. As with all new things, there's going to be some hiccups along the way. If you notice anything don't be shy about leaving a comment here detailing what you've experienced.

About 3 years ago we started kicking around the idea of rewarding authors with medals for milestones reached on our site. We thought it would be a fun way to showcase amazing authors at a glance beyond just the "featured" banner (which is now a medal that hangs at the top of your Instructable). A few things came in the way of making that happen when we first thought of gamification (launching of the international Instructables and some major back-end overhauls) but we've finally made the time to make it a reality.

We've started with bronze/silver/gold achievements for featured Instructables, comments, and views and have plans to roll out more achievements later. For now, these will display on comments you leave which will augment the profile card that generates when you mouse-over your username. Look for medals to make their way to your profile page in an update soon.

Other notes from this release:
(fixed) heaps of boring back end stuff
(fixed) Instructables with more than 50 comments have the 'next' button to view remainder of comments
(fixed) remove related collections from draft preview
(new) editor supports embed links (you're welcome, China)
(new) revamped keyword entry
(new) as we work with sponsors there will be a 'sponsored' label in lieu if a 'featured' label
(new) International Instructables received some much needed love for user interface

As with all updates to Instructables we want to hear your feedback. In the coming weeks we'll be tweaking this update so things all play nice together and work like they are supposed to. Remember to clear your browser cache completely and refresh the site to get the best results.

So, what do you think?

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jaseward1 year ago

Not sure if this is the best forum, but is there anyway to include sorting options when using the search function of the website? For example, could we have a sort by date (oldest to newest and newest to oldest), by relevance to search topic, by author, and/or by category (i.e. tech, workshop, craft, etc.)? Apologies if I'm just not savvy enough to find see what might already be in front of me! You guys are great! -- Jim

Thank you for this posting. It is appreciated. As you know, medals have already made their way to one's profile page.

The very best.

crazyg2 years ago

drag and drop upload images only seems to work on the first few. i wanna use the old editor :-( buttons that only appear as your hovering are really not helpful. does having the old interface really take up that much server space.

tinyweasel3 years ago

I have one featured instructable but no medal! What's up with that?

You need 1+ to get the bronze medal, that means you need at least two featured to get the medal.

You can find the full medals list on my profile page in the orangeboard.

Actually, I don't think this is true. My friend recently joined and she has the medal with only one featured.

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You get the badge on your page but not on your icon that people see around the forums.

Well that doesn't make any sense.

I will try to explain it further:

On the forums and on a persons 'ible if someone has commented you will be able to see a thumbnail of their profile picture.

Beside that is a line of up to three medals.

This is what I call an "icon".

If you have 1 'ible featured you will see a medallion on your profile page but not on your icon.

To get a medallion on your icon you need 1 unit more than the medallion says (eg. 1+ means you need at least 2 or more).

I understand what you're saying. It doesn't make any sense to have the medal on your profile and not next to your icon.

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