The Clinic

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

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

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

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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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

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

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Kiteman1 year ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:


Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:


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

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

Hi. I have posted this instructable( https://www.instructables.com/id/Smartphone-Operate... ) yesterday. I had to make a lot of effort to make it . The idea is completely real and works effectively.I want to get it featured and want make it appear in the homepage and win ongoing microcontroller contest.

Please give me some advice and tips regarding this instructable.

I also want to know if this instructable deserve to win the contest?

That's a really cool concept, I'd like to see some more explanation in step 9 of how it works!

You should also explain the parts you're using more. Why a L298 motor driver? Why a LM35 sensor (which is not in the parts list)? What does a peltier module do?

Hard to say if it deserves to win, depends on the other entries!

Thanks for your opinion.I didn't notice that I didn't put the lm35 sensor in the parts list. thanks for showing that mistake. Now I have fixed it

Hi guys,

Any idea why our instructable didn't get featured? We released it on the weekend but that shouldn't make a difference right?


All the photos are good quality, we've provided the artwork files and we spent more time on this project than all of our previous projects.

Could anyone here feature it?

Trotec Canada

It's a great build with great photos, nice work! Publishing on a weekend doesn't make much difference to your chances of being featured in my experience.

The only two things I can really note is that one of the steps doesn't have any images (I don't know if this is something the Instructables staff look for, but it's something I now try to avoid. My only I'ble not to be featured doesn't have an image on every step). The other thing is that the assembly step could provide more detail. I know there's a PDF guide, but some walk-through assembly steps would be helpful too.

I'm not sure if there is any chance of it being considered again for featuring or if it's decided in that first moment when an editor sees it, but there have been instances where I'bles have been features months or even years after they were first published.

Thank you for the great reply! We will try to do more next time. Although on that instructables we went above and beyond and most of our instructables got featured that were a lot simpler in both effort we put in and the overall work - it's a real shame this one didn't. Thanks anyway!

The end seemed a bit abrupt, maybe add a conclusion step?

I think the project itself looks great! I feel that the instructable is missing some information however. Where did the red edges come from? Is that the color of the wood or did you apply a finish. I think if you break down your assembly into a more steps it would make it feature worthy. Maybe include the information from your assembly pdf in your steps. If most people are like me, they won't download the pdf as they expect all the directions to be given without downloads cluttering up their computer. Again, great project!

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