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The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!



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Kiteman8 months ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:

http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...

Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:

http://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-C...

PLEASE, do not reply to this comment - you need to start a fresh top-comment for each new project or problem.

Caveat:
comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not
guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.

ClemRz3 days ago

Hi guys, I would be very pleased if you could have a look at my last Instructable and give me some feedback :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/4-WiFi-Door-Alarm-Using-a-ESP8266-IoT/

Thanks.

paul12123 days ago

hello..am new to making instructables. It would be a great help if you could point out my mistakes I have made in my instructable. Its for a sensor competition.

http://m.instructables.com/id/Eyes-for-My-Homemade-Humanoid-LinQ/

Thank you and sorry for the troubles.

techydiy8 days ago

Hi, I am looking for feedback on this one:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-and-St...

Thanks

I like it !

Thanks

I'm no pro at writing ibles, but I think you're project is really really cool! I guess to bring it to the attention of the editors, you could use a better cover image? I mean something that looks like a conventional flame, maybe with text in the image? Also try embedding images in each step using the <img src = "..."> tag.

Anyway I'm gonna have to try making hydrogen!

Thanks

If nothing else I learned what an " ible " was. The clinic is a good idea.

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Hi, I just published my instructables, would love some feedback! - http://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-Desktop-Cl...

And is the cover image good, or should I go for the other picture in the intro as the cover pic?

Thanks in advance!

dear clinik
i want you to review my istructable

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-Can-You-Report...

and tell me if i still have the chance to be featured and what should i do to make it better

thanks in advance

First things first, your title is too long. If it doesn't fit on the bottom of the thumbnail image on your profile, shorten it. Second, the image on both your instructables are almost identical and they do very different things. Try to find a way to illustrate what your project does in that first image instead of what it looks like.

ok thanks a lot for reviewing my instructable , i will keep your advices in my mind for the future instructables

Hello!

This is my first project here.

http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printing-Vase-With-Unusual-Pattern/

I will be glad to hear your feedback!

It seems that it got featured.

Thank you!

Dear clinic doctors and nurses,

I recently wrote an instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Hack-Your-H... I put a lot of effort in making sure it was up to standard with the checklist. I included loads of pictures and videos. Arguebly my camera is not the greatest but I tried to compensate with clear schematics, good instructions, some photoshop renders and proper grammar and humor.

It got a lot of views right away and great feedback. It instantly got pinned on the wemos.cc forums and will feature on blynk.cc formus, twitter and homepage. Over here dont seem to be good enough to be featured though. What can I do? Would a more conservative cover please the staff more?

Pls help, I am planning another instructable but want to make sure my work reaches people. All feedback is appreciated ;)

In my opinion the cover image and the cluster in some of the other images. Otherwise its a really good Instructable. Congrats on the Feature

I ll make sure to have cleaner images in the future. Thanks for the feedback ;)

Without reading the whole thing, I see a few things that may be an issue.

First, the cover image is both very cluttered and may be a bit risque. The image along with the title make the project look very devious, like it's for spying on her. The cover image also uses logos and what appears to be imagery taken from the internet. Make sure you're following copyright laws, and perhaps edit the cute picture of your girlfriend pinning you in bed from the first step instead.

Second, the title is way too long. Let your tags do their job and shorten the title to something like "Hack Your Girlfriend's Nightlight." That being said, this project seems to be far more versatile than that, so you many also consider something like "Wifi Controlled Appliances."

Third, the schematics are very hard to read. They look like they're legible, but when I click on them, they don't get big enough for me to see the small writing.

Forth, be aware that there is a fine line between making something cool and recommending specific tools or services, and shameless self promotion. I'm not sure that you've crossed it, but be careful.

Good luck!

Brooklyntonia,

I was so very impressed by your answer so let me start by thanking you for taking the time! Straight to the point and constructive.

1) The cover was tacky as ****, I changed it to simple 'n sleek like yours are.

1,2) My girlfriend liked that you called the pic of her cute but is still angry I posted it so that did not become the cover.

2) The title, did not fit the instructable spirit. I see that so I followed your suggestions. Can I still add tags after publishing though?

3) I vectorised the schematics and reuploaded a jpg aswell as a pdf that you can zoom to infinity.

4) I removed all links to my site save but one, I am not associated with any of the other goods and services I promote and clearly added this statement to the intro. I dont want to be devious nor shameless ;)

5) I added links to all the products I buy so that readers know exactly where to find everything. There is no need to buy from my site. Aliexpress is the cheapest way if they wish to complete this project themselves.

Do you think I am on the right track? Is there any chance for this instructable to still get featured or do I know have to republish?

I think it looks a lot better. You may consider putting your Noob label on your new image. The new image is clean and simple (as it should be IMO), but with the new less specific title, it may help the ible stand out among many similar projects when people search the site. I normally don't like words on cover images as a matter of preference, but now that it's clear of all the other clutter, it might be appropriate.

Yes, you can still get featured. Staff check the Clinic from time to time to look for quality ibles they may have missed or that may have gotten an overhaul since being given suggestions. Most of the staff work a normal 9-5 in California, so give it a day or two and see what happens.

Brooklyntonia,

I readded my label like you suggested. I agree with you that it is much better without the clutter now that I can compare. I feel even prouder of finally getting this instructable out. You really helped me to improve the overal feel. So thanks!

I hope I get noticed by the staff tomorrow or tuesday then,if I get featured it I will have you to thank for it. ;)

Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

I got featured!! woohooooo <3

I found where to do the tags.

hey clinic

I just want you to review that project

http://m.instructables.com/id/How-Can-You-Report-T...

And I want you to tell me if I still have the chance to get featured and if if it's not what should I do to be featured :)

Thanks in advance

Meglymoo871 month ago

One more 'ible I had a question about. When I wrote this 'ible, I thought it had really useful information in it because pooping in public is a pretty big deal to a lot of people (believe it or not). And these were tips I found to be very helpful. Granted, to make all the pictures my own (instead of using online pictures that look better), I had to draw some on Paint. Maybe not the best idea, but what else could I do (besides go to a local business and take a picture of two people laughing at the sink lol). I also laced the seriousness of the subject with humor to make the 'ible fun and more approachable. Any other ideas? Thanks again :) http://www.instructables.com/id/Tips-for-Pooping-i...

More Images,eh? Just Kidding. I'm curious to find the appropriate guidelines to follow which will help get your Instructable featured

Hahahah, right!? Thanks for the comment...hopefully someone from Instructables might be able to give us all some tips when it's this type of situation (not being able to figure out how to get it featured). :)

Hey there,

I am no veteran nor featured, but I just wanted to say that for me you really did do well on the humor part. The paint pictures were a nice touch. I think the staff just didnt like your topic for the homepage or could not identify with the topic you bring, which is a bit unfair cause it is well written. I couldnt either. I am a seasoned pooper I suppose, but I enjoyed ur 'ible anyways ;)

Thanks so much for the nice and honest response (good points you made)! It's very much appreciated :) Many blessings!

Any tips on getting this one featured?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Violin/

anyone?

You need to figure out why the images aren't uploading for the last few steps. Without them, it isn't complete and isn't likely to be featured. Also, you mention a template in the first step, but (from what I read) don't mention how to get or create one.

Baybren14 days ago

Hi, this might not be the right place to mention this but I got an email saying my latest Instructable was featured in the Technology section and got a code for a Pro membership with it, but I can't find it anywhere in the Featured part of Tech and it also doesn't have the "Featured" emblem on its page. I'm not complaining, just wondering if there was a mixup. Thanks!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Modular-Prosthetic...

You should email service@instructables.com to resolve this.

Hello, I wrote 2 instructables days ago, could someone take a look why there's no featured. Thanks.

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Pedometer-Made-W...

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-a-Smart-Monito...

hjajadiya24 days ago

I need feedback!

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Calculate-Squares-Faster-in-IQ-Exams-and-Ch/

Hi everyone! I don't usually post here, but I recently made an instructable that I would love some tips on to get featured! Here it is:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Fried-Egg-Jewelry-...

I did have a problem with the cover photo and intro for a while so that might have been a part of it.

Thanks so much!!! :)

A few of the pictures of the clay are a little bit blurry So if you can retake them it would really improve the instructable. It looks real-awesome job!

Thanks so much! I'll try to get new pictures :)

Aloha Clinicians,

I posted this a few days back, and though it's gotten a respectable number of views and favorites, it did not get featured:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Fused-Bead-Mosaics...

Since I'm trying for the "4 featured projects in April" contest, it'd be nice to have it in there. Any advice? Thanks in advance,

Patrick

Giulia Art1 month ago

Hello!

I made some changes to this instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Album-How-to-...

I originally had just the video in it but now i added step by step photos and text as well .

Any ideas to get it featured?

Meglymoo871 month ago

I made some changes to this instructable http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Fix-PC-Over...

Any ideas to get it featured? I originally had all the steps in one big step because I thought the reader in a hurry to get their laptop to cool down might find it convenient to have it all in one easy step. But I know this is a no-no. So I've changed it to be separate steps. Anything else I can change? Thanks in advance :)

one thing that would improve it would be to take screenshots instead of taking a picture. Nice tip though!

(whoops! I deleted this post to change an error and didn't see your reply sorry!)

Lol...I was wondering where it went haha :)

I just had said that every picture except one was a screenshot. The one that I couldn't get to be a screenshot was the "right click on the battery icon" picture. The reason I couldn't get this one to screenshot is because when I clicked on my snipping tool it clicked off of the right click, so I couldn't get it to work. Any ideas for this? Also, do you think that one picture getting changed would be all it needs to get featured? Thanks much :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/TWIST-DIY-Tweeting-Weather-Station/

I published this Instructable some time ago, and although it got featured I was looking forward to it getting featured on the Newsletter. I need tips/critiscm on improving this Instructable so that it can be Newsletter Feature Worthy.

Brief Description: The Instructable is an IoT project whose main function is too Tweet the weather. It supports various sensors(air composition, temperature, humidity,rain,seismic activity, UV index, barometric pressure, altitude, lux(luminosity), sound levels, wind speed & direction). SInce the project is Open-Source & the code is modular, anyone can add their own sensor and the Tweet the data.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Monster-Traps-Mine...

This is how you make the perfect trap for pesky little mobs that give you loads o' loot!

ManojR61 month ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cutting-Blade-Orga...

I have made some changes in the above instructables but still not getting it featured.

What kind of additional changes i need to make in order for it to get it featured

The idea is great but the CAD makes it seem complicated. Also, it would improve the instructable to take a look at this http://www.instructables.com/id/Pure-White-Backgr...

I'm always losing my dremel bits so I need to make one!

ManojR61 month ago

it even has a plan in it which the early instructables never had one. one can memorise and understand the plan first before taking any steps. what my approach is to get everything in head first then starting the job of work.

Max2Play1 month ago

Hi Guys,
We would really appreciate it if you could take a look at our newest Instrutable: http://www.instructables.com/id/3-Audio-Players-in...

We have done a few in the past and got featured for most of them. However, in this one we put probably the most effort. So we would welcome any feedback from you, the community.

stvnishere1 month ago

Can you guys take a look at my recent instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Starting-a-Balcony-Garden/ it was featured, but still, somehow I expected more views and many more comments, is there something I can't see, that you guys might spot?

hi there. I uploaded my first Instructable today. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Ta Angelina

tp://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Knit-Reflective-Arm-Warmers

ManojR61 month ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cutting-Blade-Orga...

I want the above instructable to be featured what kind of changes do i need to make in it. please help

Hi,

Just published an Instructable on a topic I found really interesting. I'm not expecting a feature or anything, but tips for improvement would be highly appreciated, as I really want to share this idea with as many people as possible.

Thanks!

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Math-and-Art-i...

the finished product looks amazing! but you don't show a picture when you are halfway through. if you have a halfway picture it shows the reader what it should and shouldn't look like halfway through

ManojR61 month ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Prefboard-for-DIYe...

I want the above instructable to be featured what kind of changes do i need to make in it. please help

you don't really have any pictures in it. If you added some pictures of you making it and using it would help make it better

it's just that you don't need picture of making it since it's a made entirely out of Diptrace software. files have been uploaded and link have been posted. and you can't hand make this thing at home. all you need to do is provide the gerber file provided within the zip/Rar file and PCB manufacturing company will make it and deliever it in your home.

then put a picture of the finished product

I posted my first instructable around a week ago and have so far managed over 1.1k views, which I'm fairly happy with. I'm wondering if you can offer any feedback or advice on this instructable and let me know what's missing to make it worthy of being featured.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Touchscreen-Display-and-Rechargeable-Battery-Pack-/

Many thanks!

it is written up extremely well. The only thing I can think of is to show a picture or video of it in use in the end of the instructable.

brarath1 month ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/RC-Plane/

Please give me constructive criticism about my instructable. Its my first.

It looks like you've already been featured Great job! One thing that I can say that is probably holding your instructable back is your cover image. Since it's the first thing that anyone sees when viewing on the site it should be clear and show your final product. I would personally rotate it as well as make sure that it includes the entire project.

periprohus1 month ago

Hi there!

I just made my second instructable, and this time I tried to make it look a bit professional.

http://www.instructables.com/id/EmotionBox/

Any thoughts and tips are welcome!

mrw1220151 month ago
Seeed Studio2 months ago

I made 2 instructables days ago. And I think it worth featuring, but not somehow. Please give me some advise so that I can get featured in the Arduino channel. Many thanks.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Colorful-Sm...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pac-Man-an-Arduino...

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Narzan Qarma2 months ago

Can I have some help here please! :( I don't know why my last 5 instructables doesn't get to the feature section! for example I post this one yesterday, new subject, great photos, good English, with video! really that's make me sad :(

http://www.instructables.com/id/Coherer-Nuclear-Explosion-Detector/

Vishwas Adiga2 months ago

Hello. I just made an instructable. Here is the link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ambient-Lighting-in-Minecraft-PE/

Please suggest a few changes so that I can get featured in the Minecraft channel.

Thanks!

aeracoop2 months ago

Hi,

I just made an instructable:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Flone-30/
How I can appear in laser cutting channel?

http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-...

Thanks

cinezaster2 months ago

Happy to get some reviews and feedback. I'm gonna add some extra pictures later. But my weakest piont is my writing and English.

http://www.instructables.com/id/SoundWave-Printer/

DespinaV2 months ago

Hello! I discovered this awesome site a few days ago and decided to make my first Instructable! But it seemed to be vanished in the crowd! :( Any ideas of what to change? Thank you! ^_^

http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Zelda-Greeting-Card/

Fuzzy Monkey2 months ago

Hi everyone! I just joined Instructables and have made two so far. They were both featured, but I was wondering if anyone had some ideas of how to make them better or more appealing to people! Thanks!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Pi-Necklace/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Basic-Earrings/

Hi everyone,

does anyone have suggestions for this Instructable?

I first published it a week ago for review by my collaborator and immediately unpublished a few moments later.

I re-published yesterday and it seems like people are reading it but I can not find it in the actually category I posted it in. Any suggestions?

Cheers Alex

MakinThings2 months ago

Hello, I made major rebuilds of some of my first ibles from 7 years ago. Would it be possible to have them re-evaluated in the light of this?

http://www.instructables.com/id/12v-to-USB-adapter...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Add-powered-USB-po...

And this new one was also essentially rebuilt a few days after I submitted it http://www.instructables.com/id/Crimping-Anderson-...

Thanks

4WantofaNail2 months ago

Hello again everyone I just got through editing this ible. It could probably use a little more work though. Any suggestions?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Introduction-to-Ho...

hopefully that link works, my computer's on it's last legs, lol.

4WantofaNail2 months ago

This was an ible I wrote a while back which I later went back through and edited/improved the pictures. Never got featured but upon receiving some praise/advice I thought I'd bring it here to maybe get some constructive criticism on improving it. Any help would be apprechated. Cheers y'all

http://www.instructables.com/id/Disaster-preparedn...

Any Suggestion to make it better? Its already featured.

http://www.instructables.com/id/BlueSense-DIY-Smart-Room-Automation-Using-Bluetoot/

Pleas help me I got my instructable featured but it has not got many pageviews!Any ideas to improve.The link is

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-CFLs-Glow...

It's at 20,000 views right now. It looks like it's your 5th most popular instructable. That sounds pretty good to me!

Yea! Alright now actually it was included in instructables email !

Please can you help me in this ible

http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-TV-With-An...

Newsletter worthy or homepage feature??

I'll be very thankful to you!

Hi,

I published one instructable yesterday

http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-TV-With-An...

I got featured but got ononly 2052 views in one day! oneCan it be featured on homepage?? Or either in newsletter?

Please help!!

Can you suggest how can I get it featured on homepage??

Gursimran

klauson2 months ago

Today i made my first instructable.

http://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-Neopixel-C...

Feedback would be great. Thanks!

Circuito io2 months ago

Hey there I would like your extra advice on how to get my instructables featured!

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Flying-Manatee/

leon-anavi2 months ago

Hi, I recently started my first contributions. Could you please provide me feedback and ideas for improvement of my Instructable JavaScript for IoT: Controlling a Button on Raspberry Pi via Node.js?

you've written it really well but you don't say what it is/can be used for

Good point, I added a couple of sentences in the introduction to point out how it can be used. Thank you for the feedback.
Yonatan242 months ago

Can someone help me get my 9 Unusual Uses For Tissues Instructable featured?

I don't know what I did wrong, It looks totally "feature-worthy" to me

Thanks,

Yonatan

MahmoudTolba3 months ago

Here is a draft for my last instructable

http://www.instructables.com/preview/EKINTQKIKJ8IF...

I'd welcome any comments or constructive criticism on it.

Looks like a great 'Ible to me :)

Narzan Qarma2 months ago

Can someone help me to make my last two article in feature section please! both of them talking about new solutions they don't even exist on any website, maybe I made mistake or something!


http://www.instructables.com/id/Wake-Up-PC-Via-USB-Port-Hack/

and the second one here


http://www.instructables.com/id/Stopping-Google-From-Identify-an-Image-by-PhotoSho/

for the photoshop one-writing out the steps would improve it

Thanks, I will write down my steps :)

diyfuntech2 months ago

Can Someone Tell Me Whats wrong with this??

http://www.instructables.com/id/Charge-Your-Car-Battery-With-Laptop-Charger/

pearlshah2 months ago

I would love to have suggestions/constructive critics on my instructable

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-OLD-LAP...

I would like to get this instructable featured because it is in a contest.http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Easy-Minecraft-PE-Trap/

Hello! If you could take a look at my project and have any suggestions/critics http://www.instructables.com/id/From-a-Simple-Plas...

Thank you!

:)

Karebears3 months ago

I would love to have suggestions/constructive critics on my instructables-

http://www.instructables.com/id/Growing-Radishes/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Effective-Speakers/

Thanks so much!!!

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