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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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!

Kiteman2 years ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Then you need to read this how-to guide.
Kiteman Kiteman11 months ago
(Please remember that comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.)
xxlauraxx8 hours ago

Hey guys! I just posted my first Instructable, and I'd love to hear any feedback so I can improve my process/presentation next time.

Thanks for your time!


People on this site don't normally have their first 'ible featured, that is so cool, I took a quick look through and the presentation is so neat!

Keep up the good work and I don't think you could have changed anything to make that one better - nice job!

Thanks, JM1999!

You're welcome!

Okay, so I made an Instructable that I believe could use improvement, but I am not 100% sure what else I can add to make it the best. I would love some help! Here it is:

How To Neutralize Spiciness In Your Mouth

I think you have done well, it is going to always be awkward with these type of instructables but you absolutely nailed it!

JM19994 days ago

Can someone please tell me where I went wrong with this one?

makendo JM19995 hours ago

Low res pictures.

Statements like "If you are confused google it" are not really what this site is about. Provide the link, or better, do a clearer job of explaining and/or add a video or animated gif.

JM1999 makendo5 hours ago

What do you think about it now?

I so hope it is feature worthy, I posted it and then realized the papercraft contest was coming up :(

Hmm.. Maybe show how to make the water bomb bases? You have really great photos and I think the 'ible is definitely "feature worthy" though. I voted for you in the teach it contest :)

OK, I will get some photos on the bases up and see what happens from there!

Thanks for the vote!

It looks good and I agree with Thederpyninja, but I would also add more images in the last step. Some of what you're saying seems confusing. Perhaps if I was actually making one it might make more sense, but a couple more pics of what you're describing might be nice.

Ok, I will hopefully have it changed within the week.

Thanks again for the reliable source of information.

No problem JM1999, and good luck!


JM1999 JM19992 days ago
Is this what you were thinking when you said to add how to make a waterbomb base? I think it is totally finished now thanks for the help!
nwalt313 days ago

hey i worked really hard on this instructable and i was wondering what more i could do to make it featured?

You have a few grammar mistakes in there, for example in step 10 you have put; "back pack and I sowed it" it should be sewed.

I also wouldn't want fiberglass on my face or even near it like you have shown, mabye put another layer there.

Nice job though, I like it!

thank you so much for the advice

JM1999 nwalt315 hours ago

It got featured!

Nice job, I still haven't mastered the "fix up and feature" process as you can tell by my origami octahedron.

Did you get the 3 month PRO membership for getting featured?

That is totally fine!

I hope the information has helped you and I hope to see it featured soon!

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That looks like a very nice 'ible, I think it is feature worthy but unfortunately I can't feature stuff :(

I voted for you too.

Thank you so much :)

That is totally fine !

M3G7 days ago
M3G M3G4 days ago

Any suggestions?

JM1999 M3G7 days ago

That looks really neat, I voted for you in all 3 contests.

If I had posted that I would have been wondering what I could do to make it better.

There aren't any other Instructables on the topic you have posted so that is even more puzzling.

I would just let it slide and focus on another Instructable in the hopes of getting it featured.

M3G JM19997 days ago

Thanks for the reply!

JM1999 M3G7 days ago

That's totally fine!

I'd love any constructive criticisms toward getting this featured.

Wow.. Nothing? I was told if I changed my images to originals, the Instructable would be featured (Was done immediately), but I can't bring any attention to it now. Help?

I have never found diagram insturctions very interesting, look at my profile, your 1 instructable is more than any 1 of my non-featured instructables.

Howdy Y'all Any suggestions on how to improve my write up would be appreciated. I am getting a lot of views and want to ensure that it is the best it can be. My writing is my weak side.

Thank you


Looks like you're already doing a decent job since it got featured. One potential area for improvement - the lighting is a little harsh in some of your photos. Not sure if it's from a camera flash, or a nearby bright light aimed directly at what you were working on, but there's a lot of glare on some of the parts. Don't get me wrong - the photos certainly aren't bad, they're in focus and were good enough to get you featured. It might still be worth looking into some of the "how to take good photos" Instructables to make them even better:

As for writing - I didn't have time to read the whole thing, but it couldn't hurt to go through and proofread. Here are a couple random examples:

- Step 7, second paragraph: "It is maid with a strip of Tyvek" should be "made" not "maid"

- Bottom of the Introduction: "If you drill into your leg (, table, hand, arm, etc...)" shouldn't have a comma right after the opening parenthesis

- Beginning of step 1: "I used a 19” 4:3 planar monitor specifically because about 10 years ago the company i work for bought several hundred", the lowercase "i" after "company" should be capitalized

You get the idea.

Ben, Thank you for the constructive criticism. I will revisit my directions to ensure that it is properly formatted.
Nikus22 days ago


Please, can you look at my project. Why is not featured :(

Ben Finio Nikus10 days ago

Looks like you got featured, nice job! Sometimes it just takes the staff a few days to notice and feature something, so don't panic if a project doesn't get featured right away.


I was wondering if anybody had any feedback on my Instructable: The Ultimate DIY Guide for Quadcopters?! It got a lot of popularity at first, but now its slowed down quite a bit, and also not many views!!

That's just normal behavior I think. When featured, it gets on the front page many people see the thumbnail and click on it. Maybe they share a bit.
But as your instructable gets pushed back by newer featured instructables, people will have to scroll and go further to see it which they will do less and less likely with increasing "distance" from the front page.
In the end, you'll only get views from people who searched google or the occasional link on an other website. (instructables aren't very viral like youtube videos)
The view statistics pattern for all my instructables look like this image.


Hi friends! I have made this 'ibles. Tried to write and gather materials clearly. Basically it was fr the Hunter-Gatherer Contest. Can you suggest what else is lacking. This was my dream project but did not get featured. I would like your feedback. Thank you!

I've just sent you a PM : )

Thank you so much for the suggestions you had given and for the help in the editing part. It got featured now after editing. :) It is so kind of you to help me out.

Thank you so much :)

benet067127 days ago

Is it possible to change the license for my instructable, after i have published it?

Yes it is, you have to go to the edit section an you should see it there.

What do you guys think of this i'ble? I have worked hard on making the tutorial clean and presentable, but it wasn't featured. I believe many members would enjoy this project. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would greatly appreciate any help, tips, or comments.

Thanks for your help,


Looks like it got featured now. Nice job!

Yes, it did! Thanks!

nodcah3 months ago

I worked pretty hard on this one: DIY Fingerprint Scanning Garage Door Opener.

Thanks in advance!

-Nodcah =D

Teisha nodcah28 days ago

Nice job getting featured and winning the sensors contest!

nwalt312 months ago

Hello I spent a lot of time on this build and would really like to see it finally get featured, can someone help me out? Here is the link.

Teisha nwalt3128 days ago

Looks like it's been featured now. Nice job!

yoda3331 month ago

Hello instructables,

I recently entered the lego contest with my arduino controled automated lighthouse. I worked really hard on this one hoping to get it featured. However it was not featured, I believe many members would enjoy my project. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting featured? I would greatly appreciate any help, tips, or comments.

Ben has given some great advice, but I also noticed that 5 of the finalists in the LEGO contest were not featured. That seems very unusual to me. It is possible that there aren't a lot of authors that are confident in what makes a good LEGO ible or the ones that do know are more picky than in other categories because I thought your ible looked pretty good. I'm definitely not an expert in LEGO or arduino though.

You're right that is weird, thanks for pointing it out! We've had some changes over in staff recently and it looks like legos were part of what slipped through doing this time. We are taking actions to fix this, and to make sure it won't happen again.

To be honest I'm kind of surprised this didn't get featured. I'm not very familiar with reviewing LEGO projects, but it looks like it has everything you'd want in a good Arduino project: pictures with clear backgrounds, a parts list, nice circuit diagrams made with Fritzing, downloadable code. Even though you didn't provide literal LEGO-instruction-manual style build instructions, I don't think anyone really does that.

That being said, here are some suggestions I think could help make it better:

- The blue-green text on the cover image is a little hard to read. I'd make sure the text stands out clearly from the lighthouse and the background.

- The cover image also seems a little grainier and lower-resolution than your other photos. You want the cover photo to be your prettiest, shiniest one.

- Part numbers, or even better, links to the exact parts you used for your materials list can make it more newbie-friendly (since there are a bazillion kinds of transistors, diodes etc. with different specs that beginners won't understand)

- It doesn't look like the LED is on in any of the photos. I'd definitely take some shots of that, including some in low light so the LED really stands out.

- Along those lines, a video or at least a GIF of the whole thing in action with the motor spinning would be good.

Those last two points MIGHT be why it didn't get featured - technically there is nothing in the Instructable proving that it "works." That's just a guess on my part though.

Thank you for your advice. I greatly appreciate your prompt help. I will definitely be using your input to improve my ible when I get free time. I did attach a video though. It is in the last section of my instructable.

Ah - I didn't notice the video since it was attached all the way at the bottom of the last step. I'd recommend uploading the video to YouTube or Vimeo and embedding it on the first step, so it's much more prominent. People are way more likely to watch it that way since they don't have to download and open an attachment.

JM1999 yoda3331 month ago

That looks cool.

JM19991 month ago
makendo JM19991 month ago

I suspect you already know your photos aren't really up to feature-standard. However, you can get great results even from a cheap camera - get a big piece of white card and curve it up against a wall outside (but not in direct sunlight). Place your project on there for your photos. And check out Ben Finio's comments below - he has lots of good feedback on similar projects to yours.

JM1999 makendo1 month ago

I don't have the money (or the allowance) for a camera at this point in time, I only have my dads HTC desire smartphone and I don't even have a piece of card to use.

So, I am just lacking in photos? If so would it be possible that if I added better photos it could still get featured or is it too late?

Thanks for replying.

Jayefuu (author)  JM19991 month ago

It's never too late! I had one Instructable featured two years after I wrote it.

makendo Jayefuu1 month ago

Jayefuu is right, but I'd recommend you just treat the older ones as good practice and put your efforts into making your new projects better.

And your smartphone camera probably has more MP than the cheap 2001 3 MP point-and-shoot I used for most of my early instructables - the main thing is to get the lighting right. Jessyratfink recently published a good instructable on how to get the most out of your smartphone camera.

JM1999 makendo1 month ago

Yeah, the smartphone is 8mp but it is getting old (4 years old) and the camera lens is getting stuff on it that I can't clean off, I will definitely take your advice though thanks.

nevets_mcd1 month ago

I've had decent luck at getting my Instructables featured before in the past , but my latest one doesn't seem to be getting any views. It was created for the Toy Building blocks contest. As Lego building is my number one hobby it is disappointing that no one is looking at what I think is one of the best projects I've done in my lifetime. Is creating giant Lego displays really not interesting to others? What am i missing?

I think your biggest hurdle to getting hits in this case is having a really great image that makes people want to click. The cover image for that ible is a bit hard to read. It was likely really impressive in person, but a closer image that makes someone curious might be better.

wilgubeast1 month ago

This is now in the homepage community menu.

Great! Much easier to find now.

I just saw that, and the other changes. Good call.

Hello, could you please go through and review my instructable? I'd appreciate it if you could give me some tips on making my instructable worthy of being featured.

So, this looks like it has everything that a tech Instructable would normally need to get featured - good photos with white backgrounds, a complete parts list, circuit diagrams, code, etc - very thorough and well done. It looks like there's one big problem though - the title is "Voice controlled TV remote", but unless I'm really missing something, it isn't actually voice controlled. The final step of your project says "You can now use the app and 'Aergia'. Click on any button in the app
and your TV will respond to it just like it would after
receiving a signal from the Remote Control." but there's never anything about voice commands.

I'm not sure if that was just a mistake on your part when you created the title, or if you were planning on adding voice commands later, but published the Instructable early? Either way, making sure the title matches the project is important.

Finally, there are some typos - not bad enough to make it unreadable, but it couldn't hurt to proofread. For example in the first step, there's a "your" that should be "you're", you alternate whether or not Android is capitalized, and "bear" should be "bare". I don't think minor typos like that will prevent a project from being featured, but it still can't hurt to fix them.

Thank you for reviewing my instructable. I have just updated it with info about the voice recognition feature. I am now working on a video to showcase this feature.

Ok - I'm not sure if you published it prematurely so you could make the deadline for the Battery Contest, but FYI that can be a little risky and/or frowned upon. In general it's best to make sure the major content of an Instructable is complete before publishing - then you can go back and make minor fixes to things like grammar or slightly better pictures, etc. From this contest FAQ:

Can I edit my Instructable after it's entered in a contest?

Short answer: YES!

Long answer:

You can make any modifications you want to an Instructable that's
already entered! We get so many entries that there's absolutely no way
we'd be able to police it even if we wanted to - but it's never
something we want to discourage.

Improvement is always a good thing as far as I'm concerned. :)

However, I must caution you: it's best to get those changes done before
voting closes. The voting period matters the most because that's the
time that we start looking into picking finalists.

Another slightly related caveat: don't publish a mostly empty
instructable and try to fill it after the contest ends. We're starting
to see this happen more often, always with a promise that updates are
coming. You can never tell when we'll be reviewing it as a possible
finalist, so chances are you'll get overlooked going about it that way.
We are currently looking at 50-300 entries per contest, so anything
incomplete doesn't stand a chance these days!

Thanks a lot Ben for your insightful review. Your comments have been very useful for me.

I just hope that my instructable can be a finalist in the Battery Contest as I have put in a lot of hours and efforts in my project.

Wow - featured AND a finalist in the battery contest. Looks like those improvements were worth it! Well done - I must say that I'm jealous, I really wanted that DSLR...good luck in the judging phase!

Hahaha, the clinic really helped me improve my instructable. Now I just can't wait for the decisions to be announced!

009agent2 months ago

Could anybody suggest some improvements to my Instructable?

Thanks in advance

amansell12 months ago


i just posted this instructable. I am looking for ways to improve it. Do you guys think an led bar that lights up would be a distraction? Also, did i describe it enough? would someone else be able to do it?

here is the instructable

Hi - this is definitely a really cool hack - I like the video in the intro. The Instructable could definitely benefit from a few things:

1. Proofreading - capitalize your i's, make sure you don't miss spaces between words or parenthesis, make sure sentences end in periods, etc.

2. This might seem dumb, but I'd explain a little bit in the introduction about what an audio visualizer is. Just imagine that you are someone stumbling across the project who has never heard of an audio visualizer before. How would you explain it to them? Can you provide any good background links (Wikipedia etc) they may find helpful?

3. Photos - you even say "sorry for terrible pics" in the intro - I wouldn't call them terrible, but there's definitely room for improvement. Some of them are a little blurry or have a lot of background clutter. You don't need expensive lighting or a fancy camera to take good photos - there are a lot of Instructables on how to take good photos with cheap equipment. Scroll down and you'll see some suggestions in the other comments.

4. Writing - in some places, for example, "Step 2: Find a candidate", I would favor complete sentences over bullet points. When you say "please try to fix your mac before you do this" - does that mean you should ONLY do this on an old, otherwise broken/useless computer? Are the changes you're making completely irrevocable? Again, this might seem obvious to you, but imagine that you're someone stumbling across the project who has never seen it before.

5. In step 3 - you explain HOW to do it, but you don't really explain WHY you're doing it. Again, try to write for someone totally new to the project. You need to explain that you are connecting an audio source to the wires that control the CRT, so you can visualize the audio signal on the screen. That might seem obvious or redundant but it can't hurt to explain it in detail.

6. Step 3 is the place where better pictures would help the most - some of them are blurry so it's hard to see what to do. I'd also recommend making a diagram, just with colored wires, because that completely eliminates background clutter. It doesn't need to be super fancy - a free program like MS Paint is fine if that's all you have access to.

Hope this helps!

thanks ben!

will start working on improving with your suggestions! I will definitely make some diagrams and work on making the instructable into paragraphs!

Akin Yildiz2 months ago

is it possible to get featured using a 3-5 megapixel smartphone camera? or do we have to use a digital slr? or can a regular human priced pocket digital camera do the job like a nikon or smtg?

I use a point-and-shoot (Canon Powershot D10) for all my photos. You definitely don't need an SLR (although I'm still hoping to win one in a contest one day...). It's amazing what you can do just with decent lighting and a good background. My "photo booth" consists of two $15 clip lamps from Target, two "daylight" CFL bulbs, and a piece of white posterboard. It doesn't need to cost you an arm and a leg.

I also started using GIMP to clean up my photos and get that really nice, white background. For tech Instructables I use randofo's Simple Bots projects as examples.

There are also a bunch of Instructables on how to take good photos, and how to set up a cheap home photo booth. Here's a collection of them:

winning one would be so cool. and yes i have stumbled upon some of those posts lately and realized that it is all about lighting and background. your reply is extremely informative. I am actually trying to donate a corner in the house for some photography. what I didn't realize when I first started posting here was that you also have to be a writer and a photographer while creating crazy stuff... can be very time consuming! thank you very much!

Yep - the point is to write instructions that are good enough that someone else could follow them to completely reconstruct your project from scratch, not just to show off what you made. I always think you can NEVER be too detailed with the writing. Things that might seem obvious to you won't be obvious to someone who has never seen the project before. So, especially if your goal is to get featured and win contests, you should always be as thorough as possible - take as many pictures as you can, and do a written description for every step of the process without skipping everything.

Obviously this is way more time consuming, but it also helps level the playing field a little bit - an amateur with an extremely well-documented project can beat out a professional engineer with a poorly-documented one in a contest.

I have used a $10 tracfone to take all my pictures ok so now its 5

I have 2 featured lighting and background helps

very good to know, thank you. i'm definitely getting featured with my next post..! it's my only goal in life at the moment :)

AmateurHour2 months ago

Can anyone give me advice to get this bench featured

I think I did a decent job explaining it with words and pictures but any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

M3G AmateurHour2 months ago

I think it looks awesome, great work! My only suggestion would be to list the dimensions of the pieces as you attached them together (for example, "first I glued a 14" to a 16" piece at a 90 degree angle. I then attached that to a 32" piece at another 90 degree angle, forming a "h" shape"). Hope I've helped!

AmateurHour M3G2 months ago

Thanks I'll add that in!

AmateurHour2 months ago

Anyway I can improve this Instructable?

It seemed pretty clear and turned out pretty nice. Was it too simple?

spunk AmateurHour2 months ago

I'm not a woodworking expert - but I think you wrote a very nice and well explained ible. The pictures showing the process of making are very nice and crisp but the titel picture doesn't have that quality.

You could make a new title picture to show the beauty of your shelf. I recommend taking the picture in a setting with daylight. Take a look at this ible: There are lots of advices about taking pictures.

You may consider decorating the shelf a bit. Placing some nice objects on your shelf not only "explains" it's purpose :), objects also give the spectator hints about the dimensions of your piece.

This ible shows a nice decorated shelf:

I hope this helps...

AmateurHour spunk2 months ago

Thanks for the ideas to make it better! I changed the pic to one that fits your advice. I hope it gets featured :)

Robson Couto2 months ago

Some suggestions and advices about my first instructable?

I tried to make it the most detailed i would.

Very good for a first time! Maybe change the title a bit(less technical) or possibly a better cover photo. Other than that it was great you are very skilled at reverse engineering!

Thank you!

I'll try do to these modifications.

Raphango2 months ago


Please, could you take a look at my Instructable? I don't know what I did wrong so I didn't have it featured.... =(

Thank you very much in advance!

Hi! Photo instructables (that basically have one step) are much less likely to get a feature, because they are much more of an explanation of the project, instead of a complete step-by-step instruction. This can sometimes work out really well, for a recipe for example, but for a project like this people would rather read a step-by-step on how you made it and how you programmed it, with pictures during these steps. The fact that you already have 10 subscribers after your first instruct able, does show that people are really interested in what you do :)

Ok... thank you so much for your help! =D
Have a nice sunday! n.n
asrivastava102 months ago

is there something wrong with the presentation...The idea seems great...executed it in a good way..!!!

Background is very cluttered in nearly all photos - try a piece of well-lit curved white card as a backdrop. Arduino, not adruino.

Hello -

My instructable is a thought experiment so photos would be almost exclusively decorative. I was thinking of diagrams and/or equations ...

I guess what I'm asking is - my instructable makes sense to me, how can I make better sense of it to others? What would help me communicate my idea more effectively to you?

Thank you!

your Instructable will only make sence to the right type of person , most people get turned off by equations add lots of cool pictures including the cover best I can suggest

FabricateIO3 months ago

Thoughts on improvements for this 'ible?
We thought we did pretty well, but our last one had a much better reception.

Hard to say. It is a really good instructable and a very cool idea. The title, though descriptive, isn't very catchy. For example live and simultaneous are basically saying the same thing so it's redundant. I would also capitalize more on what you will use it for and not what it does. Building a smart home that's voice control from scratch and for $30 bucks I'd check that out! Anyways its a great guide.

ThisIsSteve2 months ago

Presentation and language is good, as are the pictures. Only issue is there are many instructables already on the subject. You need something to catch people that noone has done before, something unique specifically to your project. Other than that it looks great and you are on the right track!

Any suggestions to improve this one??
Is there any problem with the idea, the pics or the matter??


I would say that there is too many pictures in the cover image I would keep it to one jar , even might want to limit the amount of images per step you have to open the window to see them all stretch them out in more steps so your images are all visible with out clicking ,

One point of advice would be to expand your title to be more descriptive. While I enjoy your humor, others may not get it.

Whoops, I seem to have posted to the wrong post. My apologies, your title is perfect.

Thanks for the reply! :)

'Expand' the title?? I thought it was already long enough..
Any suggestions for the title?

Triclaw2 months ago

what can I do to make this Instructable better towards getting featured?

M3G Triclaw2 months ago

It's a cool instructable, and the title's great; it'll definately catch people's attention! My only suggestion would be to use a different title image, since the people who feature the instructables might get the wrong idea if they came across it while browsing :)

Triclaw M3G2 months ago

I had thought about doing that as well I was trying for some shock value got a lot of views with it who knows might have detured some people from looking at it ,. I changed the cover image and see where it goes from there

Porda3 months ago

I just posted an ible, Touch Lamp, for the Lamps and Lighting contest. I know it's too late to revise it for the contest, but I'd like to make it shine nevertheless. I'd appreciate any advice you can give.

Tater Zoid Porda2 months ago

You can revise your Instructable at any time.

Nikus2 months ago


Please, can you look at my project. Why is not featured :(

Tater Zoid Nikus2 months ago


This is a great Instructable with good detail. There are so many projects uploaded everyday that all of them can not be featured, I should know. Haha.

ThisIsSteve3 months ago

Need help with this, I'm not sure why this did not get featured.

It looks like you posted two very similar versions of this, one from a few days ago and this one. Was that intentional, or was this supposed to be an update that replaced the first one?

May 30th:

May 26th:

It looks like you did something similar with your "Smart Distance Measuring Tape" (further down in the comments) - posting two similar Instructables just a couple days apart. The editorial staff would know better but my hunch is that it's better to consolidate your efforts into a single Instructable, and not try to increase your odds of getting featured with near-duplicate entries.

Anyway, let me know which one it's supposed to be, and I can take a more detailed look.

Hey Ben,

First of all thanks for reviewing my instructable,the 30th one is supposed to be the one which should be published. I unpublished the 26th instructable, but its still on the site. It must be a bug or something. Take at the look at the pic to see what I mean.

Don't know why it did not get featured on the other hand.


Honestly this one looks pretty good - I'd just give it some time, since you just published it yesterday and the staff probably isn't working over the weekend. A breadboard diagram for the complete layout would be a nice addition. I also don't think you show what the header pins (which appear in the photos in Step 8) are connected to

No luck, it didn't get featured. Anyways thanks for the advice.

ThisIsSteve3 months ago

Any suggestions to improve this one...


Naren_Murali3 months ago

advice for this instructable?

It looks like you did a pretty good job with many of the things that make for a good electronics Instructable - clear pictures with white backgrounds, circuit diagrams, a parts list with links, and lots of detailed steps with pictures.

One thing I would suggest working on is making your writing a little more formal. Spell out "you" instead of "u", and capitalize "I" instead of "i". Also try to use punctuation to help break up long run-on sentences. That will help improve the Instructable's readability.

ok I'll correct it thanks for the advice

FabricateIO3 months ago

Thoughts on this Instructables? We'd love to hear suggestions on how to improve!

Nothing....Its amazing.

amorarun3 months ago

I would like to improve on my presentations so any suggestions are welcome this is my very first and I'm working on an improved one so need guidance..

Ok, some longer comments:

Laptop cooling stand:

- Detailed materials list is good. Whenever possible, provide exact part numbers or a link to where you got the part. Some things, like "small switch", are too broad - there are thousands of different kinds of switches. A new user trying to follow your directions exactly might have trouble picking the right switch.

- Writing style: avoid long run-on sentences. The very first paragraph of the first step is mostly one really long sentence, so try to break that up into shorter sentences.

- I think you need to more explicitly describe what the goal of the Instructable is. I figured it out after re-reading the first two steps a couple times and looking at the pictures. It looks like your goal is to take apart an existing laptop cooling stand and 4-port USB hub, fit the USB hub's electronics inside the cooling stand's case, and then put it all back together so you have a laptop cooling stand with 4 USB ports. I know that's exactly what your title says, but I was confused by the "planning" step because it looked like you just started taking things apart.

- The same goes for other steps. Never worry about re-explaining things to the user, even if it seems obvious or redundant to you. For example, Step 2 starts with "First mark the size of the holes to be made". My first response in my head was "What holes?". Instead, you could start out with something like "In the previous step, you should have planned out where you want to add holes for the USB ports, power jack, switch, and LEDs to your cooling stand's case. Now, you will mark the exact location and size of the holes so you can drill or cut them out." That reminds the reader where they're supposed to be in the process.

- Steps 3-4 - you did a great job taking a TON of pictures and labeling them well. If you want to go the extra mile (and again, I think it's worth the effort to help get featured), a nicely-drawn circuit diagram always helps. At a bare minimum you can draw it by hand and take a picture, but it's even better if you use a computer. You can do it Microsoft Paint, Powerpoint, or a free vector graphics program like Inkscape.

- Thumbnail photo - I like the last photo in Step 5 better than the one you have at the beginning of the project. The lighting is better and they show the final product more clearly. Remember that you REALLY want that thumbnail photo to be an attention-grabber since it's a big part of what will drive views to the project. If possible I'd try to shoot the photo from an angle that shows both the USB ports and the cooling fan, without putting the laptop on top.

Thanks for taking time to read everything and pointing out the mistakes I made. This information is very useful for me and I will use it in my future instructables to make it better, I might probably edit this one to make it more clear. Once again thanks...!!

Happy to help!

I don't have time to give a detailed read-through to the batteries and saw blade ones at the moment, but hopefully some of the advice on the laptop stand one will be useful there as well. Good luck!

One quick comment after glancing through all three (I don't have time to read all the text tonight, but might be able to this weekend) - always try to use a white background for your photos. It looks like you did this for some, but not all of them. The lighting in your photos also seems a little harsh (not sure if you were shooting directly under a bright light, or using a flash). I think the "Siimple Bots" series of Instructables by randofo provide an excellent example of clear, well-lit photos with solid white backgrounds for tech projects. For example, see this recent solar powered robot.

There are several Instructables out there on how to make a cheap home photo box if you want to take really nice pictures, and if you want to go the extra mile you can use free software like GIMP to touch up the photos. A really nice thumbnail image can be a big part of getting featured so I think it's worth the extra effort.

ThisIsSteve4 months ago

I need help with this instructable.


Don't know why the link is not working, anyways here is the link

It's awesome how you show how to do this by salvaging old components instead of buying new ones. Most of your photos also have the nice white background, which is good. Some possible improvements:

- In Step 3, it isn't entirely clear how you got the "voltage regulator" part out of the phone charger. To an untrained eye, the last photo looks like you just kind of broke the circuit board in half. A novice would need much more direction on how to extract only the voltage regulator part from an entire mobile phone charger.

- Step 4 is a little clearer, since it looks like you don't have to actually take the PCB apart. However, rather than just saying "You should attach the battery pack, to where the car battery power goes on the charger PCB," you should show this very clearly with a close-up labeled picture (remember that Instructables lets you add little labels to images you upload), and/or a diagram that you draw yourself.

- There needs to be a step that shows a circuit diagram and how to wire together the voltage regulator, battery pack, and USB port (speaking of which, did you salvage the USB port from somewhere? I didn't see that mentioned in a step, unless I missed it). Right now you just jump from salvaging the voltage regulator, straight to putting it all in a case.

- You skip some information about the case - i.e. it looks like you cut holes in the sides for the USB port and LED. You should describe that in the written directions.

- The biggest overall issue - if you're going to advertise this as a solar charger, you need to show that it actually works with a solar panel. At a minimum you need to show how you would connect a solar panel to the existing circuit (right now that isn't clear). Ideally you should show that a solar panel, when connected properly, is capable of recharging the batteries (which can then charge a phone or something) after they've been discharged.

ThisIsSteve4 months ago
woodandmetal4 months ago
Porda4 months ago

I'm working on my first instructable and I'm hoping to get some feedback. I'm heading towards actively making instructables, so please let me know of any practices or standard features I missed. I'd really like to start on the right foot with this.

Ben Finio Porda4 months ago

Your writing is pretty general bit of advice is to use a solid-color background for photos. There are several "DIY photo booth" Instructables that show how to do this, although most of them use white backgrounds, which might not work too well with white 3D printed parts. I think I linked to some of them further down in this thread, but you can also just search for them.

A few more photos of assembly and painting couldn't hurt either, maybe some "halfway through" shots as you're working on it.

Porda Ben Finio4 months ago

Thanks for the advice Ben, the pictures were my biggest concern so it's great to hear that you think the same. I've been researching photo booths and actually just found some great techniques in Make magazine. I'll probably be printing a second one soon, so I'll be able to take better, and more, photos the second time around.

14bwenger4 months ago

This is my first instructable, I'll take any advice I can get

makendo 14bwenger4 months ago

Good start! Couple of things: explain how you handle stinging and prickly plants - I assume you do something to make them easier to deal with; and illustrate more clearly how strong it is (i.e. hang something heavy from it, and snap a picture of that).

Jan_Henrik4 months ago

Created yesterday!

critic please! Thank you!

altaybilgin4 months ago

Background is way better, yeah.

nodcah4 months ago

This was created for the science fair contest. It the idea just too cliche? I haven't seen it done often in a measured experiment, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Thanks in advance!


M3G5 months ago

Any suggestions on how to improve this?:


makendo M3G5 months ago

You've done a great job overall - very clear. However, the main image is not especially interesting, and if you set up a dynamic Les Stroud-style photo in a survival setting I think it would add a lot (doesn't actually have to be wilderness - Stanley Park would be fine!). Also, for your animated gif - try to tripod it (or otherwise immobilize the camera) so the background doesn't move.

M3G makendo5 months ago

I uploaded a new main image, any better?

makendo M3G4 months ago

Background is way better, yeah.

M3G makendo5 months ago
Thank you very much for your input! I'll try to find time to make it out to a more outdoor setting, in the meantime would the 3rd image of the first step be better for the title image?
makendo M3G5 months ago

Not much better, no... :)

M3G makendo5 months ago

Regarding the gif, i posted the individual photos used to make it instead, would that be better?

toasteroven474 months ago

Hi any feedback on how to make this better would be great. I have already entered it in some competitions. Cheers

gsyme135 months ago

Would you mind critiquing this

My first. Critiques and brushups please.

I think it's a great project! What would make it easier to follow, would be more pictures. Especially in your step 2, since you explain a lot here, with more pictures you could also break it up in smaller steps. The video is quite clear, but seeing a long text afterwards could prevent people from actually reading it all, where pictures (screenshots) with the text split up in different steps could be a lot clearer.

Ok cheers, I'll have a re-look at it.

ThisIsSteve5 months ago

Any suggestions for this instructable?


ThisIsSteve5 months ago

Any suggestions for this instructable?

Jan_Henrik5 months ago

My new Instructable, critic please! :)

Teisha5 months ago

Any suggestions for this one? I'm just not sure why it hasn't been featured. Thanks in advance!

It's a great ible but could use a better title along the lines of "Etched Eggshell Votive Shadow Lamps". I think the crowd here gets the name confused with something like an iphone movie projector. You want to emphasize the technique you show. You can go back to re-edit the title to your liking. Good luck.

Thank you so much, caitlinsdad! Changed the title to what you recommend -- that describes it a lot better! Here's hoping!

I also wasn't sure what category it should go in - I put it in Living -> Crafts originally, then changed to Workshop -> Lamps after two days, and just put it back to Living -> Crafts. Guess I'll see how it does. Thanks again!!

I think if you were trying to document an experiment on determining luck, you might want to know what luck is basically from a probability and statistics standpoint and then see how that is used to set up your experiment.

Sadi7895 months ago

Any advice on these two I'bles would be greatly appreciated:

Washer Pendants

DIY Foam Weaponry

nodcah5 months ago

I'm just curious about this one for future 'ibles, I posted it about three months ago and just found out about this page. So, what does it lack? Or is the subject matter the problem?

Link: here

Thanks, Nodcah:-)

any suggestions?

Actually, no. No suggestions at all.

It got featured! Thanks a lot! :)

AmateurHour5 months ago

My instructable: has been up for a while now and hasn't had many visitors, any suggestions to make it better?

In my opinion, the mask needs more glam and someone to model it for the intro shots. It just looks like it's missing something to make it "wow" and, more importantly, a reason to make the mask rather than use makeup. If I had to choose between a mask and makeup, I'd probably do makeup, but if it became obnoxiously complicated (e.g., body jewels/rhinestones), I'd opt for the mask. If you wanted to make it even more special, you could have a glamorous mask and terrifying makeup underneath for even more "wow".

Constructed6 months ago

Any Advice?

I would like to see the steps a little more detailed, possibly with links to a latitude calculator and an equatorial sundial guide. I would also like to know how to find "true north" and what a gnomon is. By adding these, you eliminate the need for the reader to go searching the web for those things, which could lead to more favorites.

I'd also really like to see a picture of it in use in a yard or somewhere.

You've got a great start going, but these little things could take it to the next level.

THank You!

dalegribble6 months ago

I was expecting a higher traffic on this instructable. Would you look at it and give me some pointers on it. Thanks

I would put a better title like"Homemade mega outdoor playset" or "scratchbuilt giant outdoor jungle gym". You can go back in to re-edit. From the outset it just looks like you just assembled a kit in your yard. You might want to write a little in the intro on why you wanted to build the set. I would be interested in learning any tips you have as the need to pour proper foundations and maybe the skills needed to weld the pipes. Good luck.

Thanks for the advise. It all made a lot of sense and was very helpful. I've made the updates, hopefully it will get a little more views

diamondmine6 months ago

Here is my instructable.

Constructed6 months ago
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A couple things:

- There are a BUNCH of Instructables on how to make a cheap home "photo studio". All you really need is a piece of white posterboard to make a nice background, and some decent lighting. No need to spend extra money on fancy lights - just move a lamp near your photo area, or try to take the pictures during the day in a room with good natural light. In general you'll want to do this for each step of your build. Photos where you are working on a table and can see a bunch of other stuff in the background (chairs, plants etc) are distracting. Here are some examples:

- Going along with what caitlinsdad said - being funny or witty can help make an Instructable a little more fun to read if it's done well, but it won't necessarily get you featured or guarantee a lot of views. View count depends heavily on how many people click on your Instructable after looking at the thumbnail (so the first picture is really important). Getting featured depends on the Featuring Checklist, which doesn't really include writing style - just "spelling and grammar don't distract." Asking for specific comments at every single step might risk being seen as cheesy by some. It certainly IS ok to ask for feedback - for example, something like "I hope you enjoyed my project - please let me know if you see any typos or have any suggestions!" will sound better than "If you have read this far, Tell me if there are any typos. I suk at writing gud." (speaking of typos, note that the T in Tell should not be capitalized in that sentence).

Thank You!

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Pandering for contest votes is never in good form and talking down to the reader with the read on comments and ****** is cool comments is so not what the general population here wants to read. That distracts from the informative text of your instructable. Being humorous or humourous is subjective, you have to know the audience here.

On a general note, I would recommend that you change your profile pic to something so you don't stand out as a generic new user. The dash - as the first character in your username might trip you up later or it may already have, the system does choke every once in a while mysteriously when trying to form URLs and stuff if it runs into anything else besides regular alphanumeric characters.

It's hard to gauge how many views an ible should be getting since it depends on the time of the week, the season, the contests that are running, what people are interested in at the moment, if blogs have picked it up, if it was featured, etc.

Thank You, that explains a lot why it takes a while for my instructables to show up under recent i never would have thought the dash was messing it up.

Should I change the main image of this ible to a collage (second image actually) for attracting better views or it's just fine?

Thank you.

ThisIsSteve7 months ago

Hey I worked hard on this one but it did not get featured, Please give any suggestion on how to improve it..

Honestly I'm kind of surprised - this has a lot of the things you'd usually look for in a good tech Instructable. Nice photos with white backgrounds, a parts list with links, good circuit diagrams. Although, I notice you just posted V1 on Feb. 16th - and I don't see a "Posted" date at all for V2, for some reason. Maybe just be patient and give it a couple more days? Sometimes it can take a few days for something to get featured after you post it, and yesterday was a holiday in the US (not sure if staff still review things to feature them on weekends and holidays).

Has your contest entry been approved yet? Sometimes I seem to get featured almost immediately after getting accepted into a contest, which makes me think the same staff person handles both sometimes.

It couldn't hurt to touch up on some minor grammar things - make sure you capitalize the word "i", know the difference between "its" and "it's", "your" and "you're", etc.

Hey thanks Ben just noticed that it got featured.

Hey I got the contest entry approved, and i din't notice that the posted date is missing I think that is a glitch and maybe it is the reason why my instructable din't get featured.


Looks like it's been featured, lamefreaks. Thank Ben for clearly articulating why it merits a feature.

SuperTech-IT7 months ago

Is it possible to get an instructable re-featured?

I have an instructable that was featured once, but it has changed and improved with age, and it might be nice if it was "re-featured" to get it out into the public eye again.

One improvement is that the project now has music input trigger response and is about to get a wireless remote function.

Is this something that's even done?

That's probably a better question for the guess would be no, because editors screen incoming NEW projects to decide which ones get featured. I've seen people do "Version 2" posts of their projects when there are significant revisions - for example this one just recently got featured. Of course, if you're making a lot of small incremental changes over time, instead of one or two major updates that actually warrant writing an entirely new project, that could be harder to do - you don't want to post 10 different iterations of the same project.

If you haven't done the wireless remote function, maybe you could write a new one for that?

I made this instructable, and I am surprised it did not do better. Any ideas as to why that might be the case?


I agree with Kiteman - this will probably be a very handy reference Instructable that people will stumble upon when they google "how do I build my own capacitor." But, it isn't exactly something you'd see on the front page and then go "Ooh, cool, I want to make one of those!" Of course, there's nothing wrong with that - there are lots of good "reference" Instructables that accumulate a lot of views over time, like Basic Electronics and Beginner Arduino.

One minor tip - it looks like you got the idea of using a white posterboard for a background right, but a lot of the photos still look kind of dark with a yellowish or grayish background. Some steps look better than others - for example, the shots of the multimeter in Step 7 aren't too bad. Not sure what type of camera you have, but if it isn't too difficult, you can always try going back and re-shooting the images with different lighting, white balance and/or exposure settings. You can also use GIMP or Photoshop to touch the existing images up. I think there are several good Instructables out there on how to take good photos, if you need some pointers.

That's very helpful- thanks for the advice!

It's a niche instructable, so you shouldn't expect a massive number of views in the short term (it's the sort of project that gets a steady, long-term trickle of views via search engines), and it's an unfortunste truism that every formula in a piece of work halves your readership.

I see... Thanks for your help!

JM19997 months ago

What can I do to this instructable to make it feature worthy?

And what is a benchmark for views on the first day? the instructable in focus got 237views in 6 hours, Is that good or average?

Ben Finio JM19997 months ago

The link to your instructable doesn't work for me.

Not sure about benchmark for views - obviously it depends heavily on whether not not it's featured. You could browse by "recent" and see how many views most non-featured projects tend to have after their first day, if you want to get a rough idea.

JM1999 Ben Finio7 months ago

It does not work for me either :(

It is my secret compartment in a door stopper.

Ben Finio JM19997 months ago

Can you just paste in the full text of the URL instead of trying to make it a hyperlink?

JM1999 Ben Finio7 months ago

Ben Finio JM19997 months ago

So it looks like there was a mix-up below and Jayefuu thought you were asking about a food Instructable - but I think the comment about photographs still applies. It might be hard to do for this one since you're stuck taking the photos where the door stopper is attached, but the photos look like of dark, gray and dingy. Can you try:

  • Taking the pictures on a really bright, sunny day, when there is more natural light?
  • Moving a lamp near the door stopper to get it more light?
  • Touching up the photo and editing the white balance in free image-editing software like GIMP or Picasa?
JM1999 Ben Finio7 months ago

I will try it in a different room for the sunlight and will get a better photographer to do it.

We have Photoshop, I should have used that like I do with all the other things I take photos of.

The lamp idea is good however we donated our last lamp to an opp shop :(

Thanks for the ideas, I will get on to it ASAP!

bongodrummer7 months ago

Hi guys.

So I have been putting together a chainsaw mill instructable, here:

It's almost done. I just need to finish off text in step 15 and take some photos for steps 12, 15 & 16. I would really appreciate any feedback you might have on this one before I go 'live' and publish. I have gotten so close to the project, I think another perspective (or a few more) could be a real help.

Thanks Loads!

That looks good to me (bar a couple of steps needing photos).

I've never used a chainsaw, so this might be a stupid idea, but what about adding a handle at the non-engine end, for a second person to help guide/handle the saw?

Hay Kiteman,
Thanks for taking a look, means a lot to me. Like you say, I do have a few photos to add yet. And I would like to strengthen and finish off step 15 too.
In terms of the extra handle - for general handling it's a good idea! Though a second person could grab the long frame handle, just on the other side. Will mention it somewhere though. In use, it really doesn't need two people, as it just sits atop the guides and goes. Another pair of hands is handy, but for putting in wedges and carrying cut slabs more than anything.
Thanks again, any other comments more than welcome :)

i really thought that this one would get featured.....

put a lot of efforts into it...!

Well, what you are doing is illegal. That won't win you a feature. Sorry.

fjordcarver7 months ago

Would love some feedback on how to get this one up to 'featured' standards

JM19997 months ago

What can I do to improve this instructable?

Any suggestions will be helpful!


JM1999 JM19997 months ago

Thanks for the info, The photos are the best I can do at the moment but I was actually supposed to post this link: and wanted suggestions for it!

Thanks for the info though and the links are great!

Jayefuu (author)  JM19997 months ago

The recipe sounds fantastic, though I think you're exaggerating by trying to put a healthy spin on it. The grammar and spelling are good, the writing and presentation is well done but I think the photos aren't as exciting as a lot of the featured food Instructables.

You should take a look at:

1 ) How to take food photos for Instructables by AngryRedhead

2 ) Some of Scoochmaroo's food photographs

3 ) Some of Jessyratfink's food photographs

To get ideas on how to pose and photograph to make food look REALLY tasty.

achakravarthi7 months ago

i have uploaded my instuctables now i got 35 favorite and 945 views.( i would like to see my instructables in featured can i improve my instructables to be in featurred list.plz help me ,thanks in adavnce

Jayefuu (author)  achakravarthi7 months ago

Nice Instructable! I like that you went to so much trouble to make a well presented and detailed video.

got a lot of the key requirements for featuring but I think perhaps the
lack of punctuation, capitalisation and grammar could make a lot of
people skip over it.

If you take a shot at correcting these things, let me know and I'll point out to you any that you miss. (send me a PM)

AmateurHour8 months ago

Hello, my first instructable was featured and now I can't seem to get any others featured. I think I'm doing them all in the same manner but I'm probably missing something. Any help to improve these two in particular would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

It seems the false bottom trunk Instructable became featured which is awesome. Any tips on making the Day of The Dead Mask into a better Instructable?

JM19997 months ago

Any ideas on this one? it has over 380 views and 14 favorites and 2 comments (other than myself) and I really want it featured.

ahmedyasser8 months ago

Hi, a couple pointers:

- Spelling, grammar, and punctuation in general could use some cleaning up:

1) Avoid using all caps.

2) Avoid excessive punctuation marks!

3) Avoid very long run-on sentences with lots of commas, but no periods.

4) Proper capitalization (for example, I should always be capitalized)

If English isn't your first language, you can probably get more help in this forum.

- Materials list - it never hurts to link to the exact parts you used. Where did you get the ultrasonic sensor? What exact type of piezo buzzer did you use?

- The pictures are kind of blurry with poor lighting. You don't need lots of fancy camera equipment and expensive lights to take good photos though. Just use a white posterboard or piece of paper as a background, and try to take the pictures near an open window (but not in direct sunlight, to avoid glare) or in a generally well-lit room. See some of my Instructables for examples. I just have a point-and-shoot camera and the backdrop for all those pictures is just a $1 white posterboard.

- For step 2, it would really help to have a circuit diagram and not just pictures. This helps beginners follow your steps more exactly. There are free tools out there that help create breadboard diagrams - Fritzing is a very popular one. You can also draw the diagrams yourself from scratch in a program like Microsoft Powerpoint, Inkscape, or even Microsoft Paint. Here is an example of some Arduino circuit diagrams in addition to photos.

Hope this helps!

Thanks alot for the reply

English is my second language, i didn't give much attention to these mistakes.

am gonna get started with fixing it

nerd74738 months ago

I feel that this needs improving but how can I do that?

Taking a quick look - proper punctuation and capitalization will help. Make sure you always capitalize the first letter of a sentence, and avoid run-on sentences. For example, I would re-write Step 4:

go to the LX menu in the bottom of the screen it is sort of like the
start menu on Windows but its Linux. Adding the icon to the desktop
isn't hard just go into the menu and you should see a "Electronics
button" right click it and choose add to desktop.

to say

Go to the LX menu by clicking the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. This is kind of like the Linux equivalent of the Windows start menu. Move your mouse over "Electronics", then "Arduino IDE". Right click "Arduino IDE" and select "add to desktop.

Some other thoughts:

- A materials list might seem obvious for this one, but it can never hurt to include it. In this case it looks like your materials are a Raspberry Pi (with standard peripherals), an Arduino Uno, a USB cable, and a working internet connection for the Pi.

- It looks like you took pictures of the Raspberry Pi monitor with a cell phone. You can take screenshots on the Raspberry Pi, which would improve the look of the Instructable significantly. You could even use an image editing program (GIMP is a good free one) to highight important parts of the images, like the button to open LX terminal (step 2) or the LX menu (step 4).

- This is a straightforward "how-to" guide for how to install Arduino IDE on a Raspberry Pi. What about spicing it up a little though? Can you post a simple example of something you can do with the RPi-Arduino combination, that you couldn't do with either device alone? Maybe that would warrant a separate Instructable - just a thought.

AngryRedhead8 months ago

So I guess I need help with these two Instructables:

They've both gotten pretty good hits from CraftGawker and Pinterest (the cleaning wipes has even been on the Instructables' Pinterest which is confusing), but maybe I need to add something more? Or the photography's off? Or they're boring?

azharz8 months ago

Can please someone see the mistakes and tips for featuring this instructable:

BAH!!! STUPID FORMATTING! Trying this again:

I think this is an incredibly ambitious Instructable for a 15 y/o who worked on an Android program for a couple days with no previous programming experience. :/

From my husband:

It looks like you’re going for the typical "Hello, World!" demonstration that is usually the first chapter in any programming book. They usually make that the first chapter so they can focus on all the unrelated stuff that you just have to know to get a program to run at all: the editor, the language, the toolchain, the API, and the engine. In some other languages, you just paste one line in Notepad and run a program against the text file and you get its version of "Hello, World!". Android programming is particularly complicated because there are special steps for everything there.

I'd recommend you dump the code part into the Instructable and be very honest about not actually getting much into the language. The problem with following that text is if a new programmer messed up one character, they wouldn't know if they missed a line, or what, and they would have no basis for fixing the error. I would never try to explain to a beginner GUI callbacks in an introduction tutorial, but would rather point out that stuff is just the wizard behind the curtain for now. Heck, I have to interview people that have 10 years of programming experience and callbacks cause them to melt down. All you really need to explain is that you put in a button, which tells something else to display "Hello, World!" for five seconds, and specifically point out those parts.

Back to me:

I think you should scale it back, create a very specific focus of the Instructable, and be ridiculously simple in your explanations. It'll still be hard to do because it's just one of those things that's hard to explain, particularly what to explain and what to call "don't worry about it - it's voodoo magic at this point".

And then there’s the issue of featuring because you need a "cool" factor to it. If you can keep it as simple as "Hello, World" but make it slightly more interesting, you'll have a better shot. For instance, you can try to sell the Instructable as "Passive-Aggressive Real Life Messaging: Baby's First Android App". So instead of printing "Hello, World", it prints, "Hello. I just hit a button to tell you that I'm playing the smallest violin in the World." Or whatever. You can tell people that they can insert whatever phrase they'd like.

Basically, I think you can do it and create a feature-worthy Instructable. The explanations just need to be clean, clear, and not overly complicated, and it just needs to put a fun little spin on the whole thing to make it a little "cool". Get creative with how you can use it and how it’s a neat thing!

Hope it helps!

You are just awesome, actually no one replying to this one. Thank you very much. I will change it as soon as possible.

Persistent = Driven

Keep going for it!

iloveandroid10 months ago
Hey how is instructable
please help me

Hi, a couple suggestions:

- Do your best to proofread for punctuation and grammar. For example, in the Introduction step, "it is a mini PC and has a built in arduino.which makes it cool", there shouldn't be a period in between "arduino" and "which". "I'm going to pst many versions of this robots with improvements", the word "post" is missing the "o". "Once you got all the Hardware the pcduino is easier to use than arduino", the word "hardware" should not be capitalized.

- Your introduction step doesn't actually explain what the robot does. Does it drive around autonomously? Is it a line follower? Do you control it over WiFi? You mention your "previous robot" - can you provide a link to that, for people who haven't seen it yet?

- Give a much more detailed materials list, with exact quantities, descriptions, and links to where you go the parts if possible. I think this is one of the biggest differences that can help get an Instructable featured. Imagine that someone has never seen your project before, but they find your Instructable and want to follow it exactly. They need to know what size PCB, how many and what type of connector pins, what kind of motor, etc. There are thousands and thousands of different motors, so if I want to do your project, just reading "motor" doesn't help me very much.

- Circuit diagrams: I think it's also helpful to have a "breadboard view" diagram in addition to a photograph and a regular circuit diagram. There are free programs out there to do this like, or you can just draw them in MS Paint or Powerpoint. See this for an example of what I mean. It looks like you actually have this in your Arduino Mini Robot Instructable.

- Step 3 - you say to refer to your previous Instructable - you should provide a direct link so people don't have to go to your author profile and guess which Instructable you were talking about.

- Step 4 - the Instructable ends rather abruptly, and doesn't actually provide any code. Are we supposed to use the exact same code as your Arduino robot? If so, you should state that explicitly.

- There are no instructions for actually assembling the body of the robot. Again, imagine if someone has never seen this project or built an Arduino robot before. You need to give them all of the exact steps and not leave anything out. Or, refer back to a previous Instructable of yours if the directions are already written somewhere else.

Hope this helps!

ThisIsSteve10 months ago
Hey help me with this instructable


- Watch your grammar, e.g. spell out "your" instead of typing "ur".

- Give a much more detailed materials list, with links to parts if possible. For example, there are probably thousands of different kinds of switches. Exactly what kind did you use? "A case to get all of this in" is very vague - about what size should the case be? Judging by the picture, I'm guessing you also need some hookup wire and a soldering iron - you should mention that in the materials too.

- Circuit diagrams: I find it very helpful to have a pictorial diagram, or "breadboard view", of circuits. This can make it easier for a newbie to follow a step-by-step procedure to build a circuit. This is in ADDITION to regular circuit diagrams and photographs of the finished circuit. For example, you can see a couple of my Instructables:

There are free programs out there that will help you make these diagrams (see, but you can also just make them yourself in a program like MS Paint or Powerpoint.

Hope this helps!

M3G8 months ago
I've been trying to improve this instructable ( and I'd love to hear some suggestions on how to make it better.
Kiteman M3G8 months ago
My only small criticism is that you are not "lifting" the print, you are revealing, highlighting or discovering it.

"Lifting" is what they do with clear tape, to physically lift the evidence away from the surface upon which it was found.
M3G Kiteman8 months ago
Thank you for the information, I'll change that.
roshenac8 months ago
Hello everyone :) Any advice on how to make my Instructables better in future would be greatly appreciated. Here is my first Instructable:
Kiteman roshenac8 months ago
Your project has already been Featured, so I don't think you need to do any more!
Jacoby-10 months ago
How do I delete an instructable
unpublish it -> go to edit -> more -> delete
azharz9 months ago
Can please someone see the mistakes and tips for featuring this instructable:
number8wire9 months ago
Hi, any helpful tips or criticisms of my latest project?
Thanks in advance!
XaqFixx9 months ago
Howdy - Could someone take a big red ink pen wielding look at my latest 'ible?
Thanks in advance!
Kiteman XaqFixx9 months ago
That looks fine to me - I like the writing style, and you've included all the necessary information, and even referenced your sources and inspiration.

One small quibble; not everybody uses the word "gear" to mean "clothing" (I'm thinking especially of international readers). Maybe re-title it "Cheap and Easy Vintage Style Weatherproofed Clothing"? That's up to you, though.
Jacoby-10 months ago
How do I delete an instructable
Kiteman Jacoby-10 months ago
Hit "edit", then check the tabs that appear.
nathan nash10 months ago
ThisIsSteve10 months ago
rwelgosh10 months ago

Any advice, thanks!!!!
Kiteman rwelgosh10 months ago
That looks fine to me!
rwelgosh Kiteman10 months ago
Kiteman, thank you for the review.
azharz10 months ago

Please review it.
Jan_Henrik10 months ago

please critique :)
Kiteman Jan_Henrik10 months ago
My niggle is the spelling and grammar - starting sentences with capital letters, etc.

Some of the language is jumbled as well. For instance: "Importand, eighth at the transistor don´t permute the legs or maybe there will be curents around 200mA (i tested it!! ;) )." is quite confusing.
Hello, could you'll please go through my instructable and help me make it even better.
The write-up looks good, well-photographed etc. I can't comment on the code itself.

It might benefit from some "in use" images (blur your car's licence plate!), or a short video of you finding the car in a car park, but otherwise fine.
Thank you for your quick reply.
I am working on a short video in which I stage a car theft and recover it back using the device I built.
Do you think that adding the video will help it get featured.
Wouldn't hurt.

PM me when it's done.
ThisIsSteve10 months ago
Please help me to make this better and get it featured
Two first steps:

Change the spelling if the title ("Remedies").

Add a space after every period ("full stop" to non-American readers). This breaks up the block of text, and allows a mental "breath" between sentences.

Otherwise, remember that not every reader has a wide vocabulary. I consider myself quite proficient in my native tongue, but even I had to Google for "rubefacients".

As for featuring, I'm afraid, personally, the project simply does not engage me. That may simply be because I'm not a great fan of recipes, but I feel there's a lack of "story". If you had selected a single remedy, started with how you discovered the remedy, showed it being applied, so that each step flows naturally into the next, that might help.
Teisha10 months ago
Hello! I would greatly appreciate some feedback on this Instructable: 
Thank you in advance for your help!
Jan_Henrik10 months ago

Thank you :)
Congratulations on making your first instructable!

I think at some points there aren't enough images, two steps have no images at all. When I go to step 4, Put it together, I just can't tell from the pictures how to put it together. This can make it hard for people to follow your instructable. Also, there are a few grammatical/spelling mistakes, for example in the intro projekt, which should be project.

I hope you found this helpful and will share more projects! 
Thank you for your feedback, in the next instructable i will integrate some more pictures. :)
ThisIsSteve10 months ago
hey any suggestions to improve this instructable
I'm wondering what device you used to take the pictures, some of them don't seem to be completely in focus. Maybe the intro image would be better if you turned your camera a bit, I've taken two pictures to show the difference (sorry about the picture quality, not enough light here at the moment actually)

M3G10 months ago
Hi, any suggestions on how to improve this instructable? Thanks!
Well, it has been featured already! Great job!
rwelgosh11 months ago
Hey guys, Im looking for some tips. Any and all are appreciated.
I don't know if it's just me, but there seem to be a lot of enters, which is a bit annoying when you're reading the project
Agreed, all that empty space feels like the page isn't loading properly.
rwelgosh Kiteman11 months ago
Kiteman, Agreed to your agreed!!! I wish I knew why that was. I will continue to work on the wording to see if I can get it to work a bit better. Thanks..
Kiteman rwelgosh11 months ago
Just edit, and delete the empty lines.
rwelgosh Kiteman11 months ago
There are no empty lines. When I edit and go to the end of the text, it is placed right after the last character. I was actually thinking of deleting and rebuilding it but I want to be sure it gets in the contest.
Kiteman rwelgosh11 months ago
Oh, that's odd.

I'll pass this on to somebody who might know.
Kiteman Kiteman11 months ago
Mikeasaurus checked it out.

The issue was down to you editing the project with an external editor, then pasting it into instructables. This pulled in a bunch of blank HTML tags, which the instructables editor interpreted as placeholders, which manifest as empty lines.

Mikeasaurus has fixed it for you.
rwelgosh Kiteman10 months ago
Kiteman, THANK YOU!!!!

I was concerned about the final look of the instruct able. It wasn't nice but now it looks great (If I don't say so myself :) )

Thanks again.
Maybe you could create a new instructable, copy and paste the text, put the images on the right place, preview it and, if the problem is gone publish it and remove the other one
Also, at some points I think there is just not enough information.
For example in step three, build the pop up flash, you say "Our of cardboard build the flash and duck tape it to the body" Here it could be useful to tell how to tape it to the body, preferably using pictures. You used one pic a step, but there's one thing about pictures when making a project: They are your best friend. Always try to make as many as possible, you probably don't end up using all of them, but that not a problem, you can just delete the ones you're not going to use.
Emily, thanks again. This is great advice and I wish I took more when building the costume. For now, Im stuck with the pics I have but because of your advise I will be sure to take many more in the future. Thanks so much.
Emilyvanleemput, thanks for the feedback. I see the same think when it loads but I can assure you there are not a bunch of enters. It is somewhat frustrating. I have tried to edit the text and remove all enters but it still loads that way. I do appreciate the feedback.
(Your hyperlinks are wrong!)

The Genki head just doesn't spark my interest, but I can't say why. Maybe because the pumpkin isn't pumpkin coloured?

Could you put a plant in the fly trap, to show it working more clearly? (Flies tend to be more attracted to rotting meat or fruit, depending on species, rather than actual compost, and both will smell foul.)

The beehives need to be seen with bees doing their thing. What's that triangular thing on the small beehive?

The bee box lacks detail on attaching the plant-pot holder.

The ring needs a nice, sharp introduction image. Are the origami rings your photos?

The bin needs something about the difference between valley and mountain folds.
Thanks for the response Kiteman and sorry about the hyperlinks.

I would change the colour of the pumpkin but if I did it would be even more unrecognisable.

I looked for some 123d models of plants, but i couldn't find any. Sorry if it wasn't explained very well but the idea is that you fill the top with waste food cover and the smell of the waste food will attract the flies.

Unfortunatly no bees have inhabited it yet. The triangular thing on the small bee hive is a small water pound.

The origami ring photos are mine. And the rest has been updated.
You could photoshop a plant into screenshot?
I could but its a bit out of my skill range plus I don't have photoshop.
It's not too hard.

It's a skill-set worth working on for tweaking images, even if it's just something online like Pixlr, or downloading GIMP (it's free).
How this in comparison to the original one.
fly trap.jpgfly trap.jpg
AlexTech11 months ago
How could I improve this instructable:
A device like this is useless if you don't manage a thread for a real microscope lens. If you 3D print your model, not only you couldn't screw the lens on, but you neither have an hole to look inside. There are many types of microscope lenses (google it) but threads are pretty standard. Then you need a way to lift up and down your cellphone+lens, so to be able to focus the object as in a real microscope.
I put the lens in the model to act as a placeholder for where the real lens would go, since you can't print a lens. I have added a couple sentences about that in step 4. Also, at the end of my instructable there is a future improvements section, one of the things I would like to add in the future to this model would be an adjustable height. Thanks anyways for viewing my project. :)
oh i want some help with another one to it is:
Hi! I think with this project it's the pictures. When people see your project, the first thing they see are the pictures. Your first picture, the one you want to represent your project, is a bit dark. For the other pictures, some just aren't totally clear.
It may sound weird, but pictures are one of the most important factors when it comes to featuring.
I agree.

If you cannot take any more pictures, maybe because you don't have the device any more, try cropping one of your existing photos to concentrate more on the device, like this:
cropped jewel thief.jpg
bhrobbins11 months ago
Hi. This is my first instructable.
Any suggestions to make it better?
Kiteman bhrobbins11 months ago
Looks fine to me. If anything, maybe explain what stickerbombing actually is - I was expecting some sort of art/graffiti installation.
bhrobbins Kiteman11 months ago
You make a great point. This isn't actual real-life stickerbombing. In this case the sticker I chose just so happen to have a "stickerbombed" look. Perhaps instead I should change the instructable to what it actually is--customizing a golf club using stickers.
Kiteman bhrobbins11 months ago
Don't make it too "dry", though. Something like "Customise Your Clubs" would be fine.
blinkyblinky11 months ago
Valentines Pulse Sensor

Built it a while ago for Valentines day to beat with a heart rate. 

Haven't been active on Instructables much lately...lack of time...>sigh<
Maybe crop down the intro picture to just the heart?

If you still have it working, an animated gif of the LEDs pulsing would be awesome.
Captain Vyom11 months ago
How can improve the following instructable?

Thank you.
I would use a different picture as the first/main image, namely one that shows the object in use as a PCB holder.
AlexTech1 year ago
Please tell me how I could improve on these projects:

Thanks for any help,
Kiteman AlexTech11 months ago
Flip fold:

You need a more descriptive title, because I did not know what a flip-folder was. ("How to make a shirt-folder from card"?). The introduction image needs to be clearer as well - maybe a neatly-folded shirt lying on the folder?

The last step needs to be expanded into 2-4 steps, and illustrated with photos of the folder being used. Maybe add a short video in the last step.
AlexTech Kiteman11 months ago
Thanks Kiteman for the help. I am a huge fan of your projects.
Kiteman AlexTech11 months ago
You're welcome.
Kiteman AlexTech11 months ago
The docking port:

It doesn't look like the phone will stand steady - do you not need a notch or recess to hold the plug in place?
blinkyblinky11 months ago
CODawesome1 year ago
please check these out, they have very innovative mechanisms and look almost perfect.
Kiteman CODawesome11 months ago

Waaay too many photos on each step! The introduction should just have two, your model, then the real thing.

On the other steps, if you need more than half a dozen photos to illustrate the instructions, you need to break the step down into more steps. There is no maximum number of steps.
Kiteman Kiteman11 months ago
Same for the Bizon.

97 photos in one step is just silly.

Also, for models that do something in a competitive way (shoot a long way, reload easily, whatever), if you have video evidence, you prevent people commenting to say your model doesn't work, or their model is better.
crazyg1 year ago
hi, could you please give this a look over, iv been adding to this and any suggestions would be great,
crazyg crazyg1 year ago
lets put this as a link  to make it easier :-)
Looks like it got featured so that's good. I'd drop all of the pictures from the intro except the second one.

As for your video, it has a slow build. I'd prefer one that got into it faster and changed faster. Prepare a sequence you want to go into and do it as fast as you can.

Either way, the video should be embedded, not just linked. Embedded videos are 100x more compelling to start.
Thanks for the advise, I never noticed the embed thing , found it, making a new vid should be fun, I will aim for more exciting:-) 

darman121 year ago
Hey experienced 'iblers! I published an Instructable yesterday which I think it pretty awesome. However, I have not had anybody to look over it and give me some suggestions. I want to take my Instructable to the next level, can you help me do that? 

I entered it into the Weekend Projects Contest, and I'm pretty sure it qualifies. Still waiting on that. I am kind of worried, haha.

Portable, Durable, Light Worktable

Thank you for any help you can give me :)


Kiteman darman1211 months ago
The project is well written, can't see much of an issue there.

The issue, if any, is your choice of materials - plexiglas is not a good choice for working with a soldering iron. It is actually safer to work on the bare wood. What I do is solder over an old metal baking tray, which is standing on a wooden bench. If I am not soldering in my shed, I put a sheet of scrap plywood under the tray.
I would really appreciate any feedback that I could get on how I could improve this instructable:
I am trying to improve my technical writing skills and thought that a different set of eyes might help.
To me, the video is the issue, because it didn't add much to the project.

I read the text steps, then watched the video, just to be told the exact thing again. Other people will watch the video, then read the text, and have the same issue.

I would edit the video down to just the actual game sequence, and then embed it in the final step, not the introduction. If you're desperate to drive traffic to your YouTube channel, just add a link in the outro of the last step.
antoniraj11 months ago
Any suggestions for improvement...?
Kiteman antoniraj11 months ago
My one big suggestion would be to change the first image - the colour combinations of the jam, the pot and the floor do not make the jam look very appealing.

In a perfect world, I would put a neat portion in a small, plain glass dish, and photograph it against a plain background. If you don't have a plain table or workbench, lay out a large white cloth or sheet of paper. When I photographed a bottle of beer, I stood it on a white chopping board, and propped another white chopping board behind it.

Otherwise, try cropping out as much of the background as possible, to let folk focus on the jam.

A smaller suggestion, you could add how to use it as a normal food. You say "as a tonic", but do most people eat it on on bread, as a dip, or some other way?
antoniraj Kiteman11 months ago
thank you Kiteman.. will do the modifications
pranjal1211 months ago
Please help me with my i'ble
Kiteman pranjal1211 months ago
The supporting text is fine.

For the video, being picky, it would be nice to see a title, and replace the sound track with some quiet, anonymous music.

Being very picky, the wobble and loss of the focus at the start could be prevented by using a tripod, or standing the camera on something solid.
Since it appears this topic is not so populated I post the link to my last ible which I made inspiring at the last contest, but I didn't participated because 123D made me crazy, and so my project has not probably a large public.
Wait, this has not been featured? I looked at it yesterday and assumed it was already featured... Great work! I have not worked with 3DS Max yet, but your walk through is very informative and detailed, so I think that I could make it myself.
I also think, that the idea is genius. Too bad you weren't able to enter it :-(. It definitely deserves the feature.
Thank BrittLiv!
That's a so high praise said by you! :-D I LOVE your creations!
3DS Max is a phenomenal software, in my opinion the best software Autodesk made, I recommend you to try it, you'll like it.
Seconded for 3DS Max. That is sooo fun.

123D makes me a bit crazy too.
dnicky22881 year ago
samaddon1 year ago
Please check this one :
Please tell me ways of improvement -
Hi, I just had a look at your I'ble. It's a nice idea and potentially a very useful I'ble, but I can think of a few improvements.
  • More important, I couldn't remake the shield with the info in your I'ble. The intro is fine, but in step 1 you jump right into motor drivers. Instead, use the steps to take readers through your project step by step. What do they need to know first? Tools, materials, costs, places to shop, etc. Then, an image of the circuit comes in. Etc.
  • On the cosmetic side, your pics are rather dark and blurry. The ultimate tip: Take your pictures during daylight. Lots of light make almost anything look good (and it becomes _much_ easier to get the subject in focus)

Have a look at step 7 of Kiteman's How-to guide for inspiration. PM me (or any other community team member you're feeling comfy with) if you need more help or want a proofreading.
Can you please help me with these
hunter9991 year ago
Posted a instructable a few days ago, any suggestions on improving it?
Teferrell1 year ago
I am new to instructables and the first one I have published is "Book Art- How to Fold a Book into a Word". Any guidance on improving it or future instructables would be greatly appreciated.
Cropped and added text to images after reading various tips. Any other suggestions?
recently i have made a instructable on making a hand speaker in 25 cents.but it seems that it is not getting good attention.i want to know what is the problem with my instructables presentation or inside part or is the subject matter dull .please help.the link of the instructable:
I would change the title slightly "Build a speaker for 25 cents".

Plus, you need to go over your English, making sure you capitalise sentences, and check the spelling (you misspelled people's names!).

Other than that, it's as you said in the write-up, it's already been done several times, so you needed to bring something unique to the project to get higher views. Maybe if you'd created an enclosure that looked cool, or made it wearable in some way?
thanks for your reply!actually i am not an english men and so can not write or spell english correctly.i will soon make the changes in it.very usefull answer!
There's a whole set of forums aimed at you ->
M3G1 year ago
Hi, any suggestions on making this better?
M3G M3G1 year ago
Sorry, can't seem to get the link to work. Here.
ezman1 year ago
Hello again,

I added some additional pictures and a new cover picture. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

Water Bottle Carrier WCOA

Thank you in advance for your comments and consideration.
ezman1 year ago
What am I missing with these 2 instructables?
a direct link
a direct link

Thank you in advance for your comments
I read the trench planting tomato instructable. It is a good topic, and I want to know how to do it. But I got confused in a couple of places. Can you add more detail to the ingredients and how to choose them? What is a platform? Where can you get a wicking basket? Maybe the photo of all the supplies can have explanatory popups. You had a lot of photos, but perhaps they were zoomed in too close that I got a bit lost on the overall plan. Maybe you can draw a simple schematic of what you built here.

Most of the instructable was about building a wicking planter. Is that necessary for trench planting? More detail on the part about burying the plant would help. Are those pictures in process? Or is that what it looks like after you buried the plant? Again, a drawing of a hypothetical plant and what is clipped and buried would help.

The stem is spelled stalk not stock.

You would do well to update your instructable with photos when your abundant tomatoes start growing.

Just my 2 cents.
Thank you for your time and voice of your perspective.  You were right, the instructable was not reflective of the title.  I have removed the extraneous steps, photos and focused on the horizontal planting.  Thank you for pointing out my misspelling. 

Here is the revised instructable Growing Horizontal Tomatoes.

Thank you
ezman ezman1 year ago
Sorry I didn't finish my thought.... What am I missing in the above 2 instructables? They appear to be popular but not featured. What should I add or change?
Again Thank you in advance for your comments.
Nozebra1 year ago
maybe you could also have a look at this one? I was thinking that it's the project itself, since the idea is not super great, if so, that's fine. But if its more presentation related it would be nice to know how to improve it.
marhar Nozebra1 year ago
One thing that may help to get feedback in The Clinic is to add a link to your URL. You can do this by selecting "Rich Editor" , selecting your page URL, clicking the link button above, an entering your page URL again.

Like this:

 Hope this helps you get some good feedback!
Nozebra marhar1 year ago
ok, thanks! I try it again: maybe you could also have a look at this one? I was thinking that it's the project itself, since the idea is not super great, if so, that's fine. But if its more presentation related it would be nice to know how to improve it.

Nozebra1 year ago
Hey there! I was wondering what's wrong with my whirlpool penny bank, and I decided to change the first picture, since it was maybe not super clear. Could you still give me feedback to the rest? link:
Looks good to me.

If you change a project to improve it, the changes are unlikely to be seen by the Community Team, especially if the project is a couple of months old, so you did the right thing mentioning it here.
Awesome! Thanks.
Anatidyne1 year ago
I wrote my first Instructable a couple of weeks ago and would love to have some feedback and advice on how to write 'em better. Here's the link:

I'm grateful for any help I can get!

souichi1 year ago
Is there a way to get this instructables better for the sake of others?
3 min lighting studio-

portable solar usb charger-

Canned drinks prank -

clap switch (wall switch mountable)-

Thank you i am looking forward for the suggestions and comments please PM me
Please help me to make this instructable better. I don't know why my last three instructables wasn't featured. Every suggestion/opinions are welcome.

    Please take a look here too.
Rainh2o1 year ago
Opinions/suggestions please
M3G1 year ago
Hi, please help me with a better title image and title:
pranjal121 year ago
Please comment upon my i'ble-
Can somebody check out my instructable:
It is my first one and I would like some feedback :)
searx1 year ago
Can someone give their opinion on these please?
searx searx1 year ago
gregorescu1 year ago
Hi, can you plase give me your opinion regarding:
M3G1 year ago
Hi, I just remade this instructable and would like some peoples opinions on it.
M3G M3G1 year ago
I'm only another author, but I would expand your text a little. Everything seems very short. Draw me more using your intro. You might reference the scene that everyone remembers in Beverly Hills Cop 2 where Eddie's character uses this technique to get finger prints off a matchbook.
Jayefuu (author)  Propellerpowered1 year ago
I'd agree.

And see if you can get your own title image. The one you've got at the moment is good, but it would be better if it was your own. Perhaps you could compose and shoot a similar photo? Or at least credit the original photographer.
M3G Jayefuu1 year ago
I made a new title image and tried to make the writing better. Let me know what you think!

Thanks for your input. I'll try to expand the text.
I've done some typo editing on this Instructable, but would appreciate a second set of eyes with some constructive criticism. - Thanks!
Bot13981 year ago
Please could someone review my instructable and tell what can I do to feature it ?
jakpot901 year ago

Could you please check are these okay for the featuring? I have made some changes to all four. All comments are welcome.

Disc Golf Basket
Cardboard Coin Bank
Tripod Clamp
Cardboard Coasters

pranjal121 year ago
I entered my i'ble in the citizen sci contest as I really wanted the telescope for my deep interest in astronomy, but couldn't get it featured.
I now do not want to leave any thing, and want to do every possible thing I can to improve my i'ble.So, I in every respect I want to improve it.
As I really really need to win the contest, please comment upon my work and tell me how to improve upon my piece of work, and make it worth being featured.
I would be grateful to you.
I'm wandering what i could do to improve my spoon ring instructable. its already got over 10000 views (which is more than all of my others put together) and i know it could be more if it was featured. any help is greatly appreciated.
I just took a look at it for the first time yesterday. I would suggest editing to include answers to all of the questions that have been asked in your comments. Also do another read for spelling and grammar accuracy.
Thanks for the tips. i just got done with the changes. i hope its better now.
pranjal121 year ago
Please can you review this so that i can make it worth of getting featured please comment upon it-
Jayefuu (author)  pranjal121 year ago
Have you read Kiteman's link at the top? Read through the featuring checklist and his guide and see if you can find things that are missing from your Instructable.
I had read it but it is really difficult as an author to find out one's mistake.
I certainly wish to make some changes but need an opinion to find any loopholes i had missed.
I have recently published my first Instructable:

I have consulted the many guides and advice to help get "Featured". I've since made many improvements (including the title, photos, motivations...); and I hope that you can help me bring it to the next level of Instructability.
Many thanks.
Jayefuu (author)  Renard_Bleu1 year ago
Looks like you didn't need to improve it. Someone featured it :)
Awesome, thanks.
pranjal121 year ago
Please can you review this so that i can make it worth of getting featured please comment upon it-
pranjal121 year ago
Please review this-
Jayefuu (author)  pranjal121 year ago
The story telling element of your Instructable is a plus, it makes it easier to read and more interesting.

Calculating resistance is quite a well covered topic and so any Instructable related to it (in my opinion) would need to be exemplary to earn a feature. A couple of things that let your Instructable down... none of your images are your own and you don't give credit to those that created them. The introduction to what a resistor is and does is very brief. The formatting of the examples in step 3 is very hard to read, perhaps a HTML table would improve readability?

Also remember that the featuring guidelines are highly subjective. Even if an Instructable meets all of the criteria it doesn't guarantee it will get featured, they're just guidelines. Often a wow factor or something new, clever or pretty will entice one of the community team or staff to feature it.
I made a few changes wat about it know-
Thank you very much and I will do my best to make it better.

Anyway thanx
pranjal121 year ago
Please can you review this-
any suggestions?
pranjal121 year ago
I made a few changes wat about it know-
Anyone want to criticize this Holiday Instructable I did?

It never got featured, but its still had some good views (I even got a comment for it in July, and its for a Christmas Ornament!!!)

If there's something I should change, I'd like to fix this soon since Christmas is just around the corner, and I had a request to make someone an ornament.

Personalized Ornament From An Old Bulb

Jayefuu (author)  canucksgirl1 year ago
I think perhaps the title picture could be improved? All the other details are good. Do you have a wreath or a tree up yet? Some kind of picture of the ornament framed nicely in context might make it appear more exciting. I always look at Scoochmaroo's, Jessyratfink's and Mikasaurus' Instructables when I want inspiration on framing a title photo.

Anybody? *crickets*
pranjal121 year ago
Hey! Can anyone review this?
pranjal121 year ago
Please review the instructable
I've soldered circuits before, but I don't really understand how to get from the schematic you're giving to the positioning of the components on the board. Maybe you can make that clearer.
M3G1 year ago
Please review this instructable.
Jayefuu (author)  M3G1 year ago
Overall it's good. The photos and description are clear and easy to follow and it's on a pretty interesting/original topic.

Is toque a regional/Canadian term? I've never heard it before. Is it the same as what we'd call a beanie in England? Perhaps a more generic term like "winter hat" or "hat" might make title that more people would understand? "Snowsports Headphone Hat"? or something similar.
M3G Jayefuu1 year ago
That's a great idea for the title! Thanks, I guess toque is a pretty Canadian term...
I prefer toque (and yes... I'm Canadian too). Just add "hat" to your Instructables tags so that people can search by toque or hat. They should still get the point when they see your image thumbnail (even if they aren't familiar with the word toque). :-)
Good idea, I will.
Toque is such a great word, and something that really needs to grow beyond the Canadian lexicon.
I agree.
Jayefuu (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
You would say that, you're Canadian. There's nothing wrong with the word, I was just being critical as the rest of the Instructable was excellent. Just thought it might have more appeal with a title that more people understood.
Bot13981 year ago
I need help on this one :
pranjal121 year ago
Please review-
pranjal121 year ago
Hey! Can anyone review these?
and couldd someone review this one?
What about this one?
Someone can help?
Jayefuu (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
I don't think I could repeat what you made from your Instructions alone. I can get as far as "knot the strands together". You don't mention how much yarn. Pictures of the process would probably make it much clearer as well as using two contrasting colours of wool since it's not clear in the title picture how cool that pattern is.

Being a guy I don't wear many wool bracelets, but I've never seen one like that, with high contrasting wool it'd look quite interesting compared to just a normal plait.

Thanks, I'll try that
KRA5H1 year ago
Hmm. still no comments on my instructable:

I'll leave it up for a couple more days, maybe someone migh have some suggestions. Otherwise I will take it down. No point in leaving it up if no one is ever going to see it.
216 people looked at it, though.
Meh. The fewest people I've had look at a featured instructable is 974.
I have an I'ble that was featured and has had 268 people look at it. And yours is pretty specific in nature, so it will appeal to a limited group.
Personally, I still don't see that as a reason to take it down... who knows, someone may look at it tomorrow or next week and decide it's just what s/he needs!
I have a similar instructable that was featured and it got 2950 views. It was an optical theremin too. This new circuit is simpler in design and does more stuff--more videos of experiments performed with the 555 timer. I'm fairly sure I followed the featuring checklist, but it wasn't featured. Just need to know what I did wrong so I can fix it.
KRA5H KRA5H1 year ago
I have started to move my Instructable over to Make:Projects:

I will need to reshoot photography and reshoot video and provide links to the videos for the 555 Timer IC Make:Project with the 9 volt power modifications for the following:

Practical joke lie detector.

Does adding salt to water decrease it's resistance?

Use a magnet to alter the picth of the 555 timer circuit.

Make a pencil lead (graphite) organ.

Use the 555 circuit as a cable tester.

I will also add two more videos/photos demonstrating using the 555 Timer as Pulse Width Modulation to drive the motor for a DIY centrifuge and DIY magnetic stirer.

I hope to complete the Make:Project some time this week--time permitting (no later than next Monday). Once it is completed over at Make:Projects, I will then delete the Instructable from this site.
You're migrating your content to Make, only to re-shoot portions of it (and probably rewrite it)? I haven't looked at your projects, but maybe the elements you are going to redo for Make are the elements missing from your projects currently?

Make are good people, and if you're just looking purely for hits on your projects I think broadening your avenues is better, but I think the community here is better. There are no rules about re-making and re-posting improvements and upgrades on your work (it's encouraged!).

From working behind the scenes here at HQ I can say that some of our best performing projects posted on Instructables are from page views over time, not initial page views.
This one time (not at Band Camp), I posted an Instructable and it got 10,000 the first week.

I get it. Most of my ibbles are for a niche audience, but the difference between featured and not featured is like night and day. My last featured Instructable was posted on Sep 13, 2012 and, as of this writing, it has had 1105 views. The next one after that I posted five days later on Sep 18, 2012. It wasn't featured. And it has only had 286 views. Even for a niche audience I can expect, on average, about 1000 views in the first month. Then the views trail off and that's ok.

Now I could be lazy and just throw together a slapdash Instructable, but I go out of my way to follow the featuring checklist. The editors here at instructables like things just so. I follow the featuring checklist, I jump through all the hoops, I make everything just so. All for one, admittedly, very silly little reason:

To borrow a quote from the movie You've Got Mail, I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until...I see the "FEATURED" banner in the upper corner of my new Instructable.

Ok. So, I'm easily amused.

It's disappointing to put in the extra effort to make everything just so, to jump through all the hoops, to follow the featuring checklist and not get the ding dang thing featured.
I think it's already awesome to share projects on this great site. Yes, I like it when an ible get's featured but I don't think a non-feature is the reason to remove a project. I was just trying to take a look at your ible but I saw you removed it. Pity.
This was kiteman's opinion of my ible: "I'm afraid that it somehow lacks that undefinable "wow" factor." I disagreed so I fired him (deleted it) and took my project to another publisher.

Actually I posted the same project on both sites at the same time 9 November 2012. As of this writing (16 Novemeber 2012), it has gotten 803 views in just eight days. Compare 803 views with my oldest non-featured instructable: posted on 22 Decmeber 2011. It has languished in obscurity for well nigh almost a year and only gotten 947 views.

I was surprised it wasn't featured since it was good enough to get a write-up on Hack A Day: and several other sites like Dangerous Prototypes, and Hacked Gadgets.

Anyway, I've just signed on as a blogger at Society of Robots and hope to be able to work on an infrared remote controlled robot this weekend--time permitting, since the in-laws are visiting. I'm also writing a series of electronics tutorials for the other website. That Instructables and I will part ways for a while is not at all a pity.
makendo KRA5H1 year ago
I think the featuring checklist is a bit of a red herring. The advice in it is perfectly sound, but it would be easy to write up a project that ticked all the boxes and yet still lack a certain something. I suspect getting featured is more about providing a good intro picture on a project that is just a little bit different from what has gone before. First few snap circuits: sure. More: harder and harder. A good example would be OrigamiAirEnforcer - you could probably argue all of his/her ibles deserve to be featured based on the checklist, but after the first few paper airplanes, the novelty kind of wears off. Knex projects probably suffer for the same reason. Projects can be unoriginal and still get featured if the workmanship is awesome (think  Daft Punk helmets) or the photogenicity of the subject is high and the presentation is excellent (cupcakes).
Only a bit.

My personal clinch-point is I wish I'd written that, modified by the author's experience at Instructabling (for instance, Jayefuu and mikeasaurus would have to work harder for a Feature off me than makendo or KRA5H, who, in turn, would have to work harder than a new author).

KRA5H Kiteman1 year ago
I've got a bunch of designs sitting on the back burner. It takes too much time to post an instructable then wait to see if it gets featured, then when it doesn't get featured try to get feedback on how to correct it. And even when I do get feedback for corrections there is still no guarantee that I've posted just the right photo or just the right video. Then make corrections. then wait for feedback. ugh!

I think it would be more productive for me to just post my designs on Make: Projects first, then post a link to the project here and ask it it is feature worthy. If editors respond yes then it will be worth posting it here.

I posted the 555 timer instructable on Sep 18, 2012 and here it is 12 October 2012. I can put up about one design per week. That four designs I could have published while messing around trying to get this one instructable featured.
KRA5H KRA5H1 year ago
I deleted the laser tripwire step-by-step instructable due to lack of interest. it only had 221 views.
KRA5H KRA5H1 year ago
Here's the link for my Make:project:

 It's only been up for seven days and has gotten 531 views and as of this date 15 October 2012 is still on the front page!
KRA5H Kiteman1 year ago
Actually, the laser tripwire was an interesting problem to try to solve. In a standard transistor-SCR (thyristor) circuit, you often see an LED where I put the relay.

The SCR is advertised as a latch-on device--once switched on, it is supposed to stay on, but it don't work as advertised:

If you replace the relay with an LED and break the laser beam (or other light source), that is, stop the light source from shining on the LDR (light dependent resistor) the LED switches on as advertised. When you restore the light shining on the LDR, however, the LED switches back off again.

So, I decided to insert the relay to switch on another circuit that would stay on even when power was cut to the relay. Oddly enough, the relay somehow keeps the SCR switched on but I'm not sure why.

In a single stroke (and by sheer accident!) I solved the problem and can now switch on any external circuit via the relay without having to add any additional components to make the externlal circuit remain on. And it will remain on until I switch the power off to the laser tripwire circuit.

Wierd. But it may be useful to others working on any number of "electric eye" applications
KRA5H makendo1 year ago
Right, then. I'll reshoot the opening pics for the 555 timer and the Laser tripwire and see what happens. If they get featured, great! If not, I can just pick up my Circuits and take them over to Make magazine.
Jayefuu (author)  KRA5H1 year ago
With smoke and darkness for the laser tripwire? :D