My 2cts on the new Featured Instructable system

Hello everyone, it was suggested that I give my thoughts on the current (new) system when an Instructable is Featured.

Recently one of my Instructables was Featured (have a look at my Trebuchet I'ble). I received the standard 'We think your awesome' email... and then... nothing I waited for a snazzy little banner proclaiming to the world that I was featured... I also waited to see my Ible on the front page... After 24 hours I got worried and posted a bug report, where the new feature was explained to me

Where I have the problem is this new three teired system hasn't REALLY been explained in an email or a site update memo.. Perhaps It would be useful to have an opt-in site update email which explains the current features/updates of the website?

Another problem is the email I received says this:

Your Instructable "Scout Project: How to build a Trebuchet" was just featured by one of our editors!

Being featured means we think you are awesome. Keep up the great work!

Look for your featured Instructable, within the next 30 minutes, here:


The old style email says:


Your Instructable "How to make: Norbert the Cuddly Squid" was just featured by one of our editors!

Look for it on the Instructables homepage within the next 30 minutes. Being featured means we think you are awesome. Keep up the great work!


There isn't very much difference, and when you are unaware of the change, it is a little confusing... maybe the standardised email needs a little tweaking for the new Featured Instructable system?

Thanks alot


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Jayefuu7 years ago
Please can you guys update the featured categories stuff please? I was most confused thismorning when two of my ibles were featured and they never showed up on the front page. Would be nice too if all ibles featured in a section not front page got a banner too (perhaps a slightly different design) to show that it's of good quality.
Hi, Jaye.  New I'bles which get featured at any level do get a banner attached.  But that fix was rolled out more than a week after the new three-level system started.  As a result, there are a few (dozen or so) I'bles that fell between the cracks.  I'm sure Staff will eventually go back and fix them, but there are probably higher priority issues to resolve.
So if mine were featured thismorning they should have banners? Odd. It was this one and this one.
Well, the first one (the paracord hose cleaner) does have a Featured banner, at least on the Browse-recent thumbnails (see page 53).  The second one was published in September 2009, so I'm going to have to go back a long way (24 days was an offset of 1040).  I can't find the older one at all.

I do see that in your member profile, neither of those thumbnails have the featured banner on them (yet?).  Do you recall when you received the "featured" e-mail, or when that e-mail was timestamped?  The servers do a lot of caching and batch-updates, so it may be that your profile page just hasn't been updated.
Both on April 29th. Could have sworn it was more than 4 days ago!
Jayefuu Jayefuu7 years ago
PS the quickest way to fix it would be to feature it properly ;)
Biggsy (author)  Jayefuu7 years ago
Don't worry, mines still not got a banner, they'll get things fixed eventually
Fred826647 years ago
The resent changes are much better then what it was. I see it is more organized with the sub categories and they even have a category for Linux (sweet. ) regardless what others think needs to be done this is a step in the right direction.     
Personally my two cents are that you deserve a featured banner no matter where you are featured. Any of those three levels needs to ensure you get your banner.

I don't feel that awesome without a cool banner that explains my ible has been featured in the past.

Although I don't completely agree with the new level system of featuring (kelseymh explained it to me) I think we need to atleast have our feature banner!

Biggsy (author)  MichelMoermans7 years ago
See, I agree with you there, I think it would be nice to have something visual so  people can identify it as a great I'ble...

I know when I'm searching, if something has the banner, I know that chances are its going to be really easy to understand, with great pictures etc...

Its like a mark of quality in some respects.

I dont really mind one way or another about this new system... I just think it needed to be explained to people to stop confusion, I can't be the only person on the site who it has affected
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