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The Clinic

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

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

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

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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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

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



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Kiteman9 months ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:

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

Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:

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

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

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

lcs500016 hours ago

This is my first instructable and I would really love someone to help me with it. I would love for it to be featured because it would boost my slim chances in the 3D printing contest. Thanks for the help! http://www.instructables.com/id/LCD-3D-Printer

Ido Ranyesterday

Hi,

I've wrote my first Instructables and will be really happy for tips on how to improve it.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Finding-Lychee-Dog-GPS-Offline-Tracker/

You need pictures in every step. A better thumbnail would also be good

:)

Hello, can someone take a look at a project of mine on how to make a Whitty Bills Light. I'd like to get this featured! thank you

http://www.instructables.com/id/Whitty-Bills-Light-Box/

PerriR6 days ago

Hi everyone, can you please check out these two instructables and let me know what I can do to improve them and do better next time? Thank you!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Up-House-X-Cindere...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Shirley-Temple-Sor...

It is a minor detail, but I would switch the top down picture from the intro and the side view picture from step 3.

Other than that it is well written and looks really tasty.

Moem PerriR5 days ago

I would use only horizontal or square pictures, especially as the first or only picture on a step, because vertical pictures show up so small. Cropping might do a lot of good.

And the castle one really needs an intro picture of the final product, well lit and with a good background that's either neutral or fitting with the subject. Maybe you can put the castle on short grass or moss so it looks like a natural environment, and light it with some strong, small light sources?

pojken2 days ago

Hello,

I'm wondering if anyone can help me get my Instructable featured. I don't mind editing and adding to it, so any hints would help.

Cat Stand - Never forget to leave the door open for the kitty litter

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cat-Stand-Never-Fo...

I think this one should be featured because everyone who has come over to my house has found it an innovative and simple way to keep the door open for the kitty litter. A few friends wanted their own (as they have cats).

It has been very useful to me and what I find interesting is that I don't have to tell anyone how to use it. They automatically know how to do it and figure out what it's for.

Any suggestions?

ash_doge5 days ago

Can someone take a look at an ible i made on how to get your prints to stick to your printer bed? I'd like to get this featured!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Prints-S...

Thanks!

This 'ible is featured! Just remember that a real person must look through all of the 'ibles and decide which ones to make featured, so it can take a few hours!

Zadiq6 days ago

Hi, just posted an instructable on 3D printing and was wandering how I can improve it to get it featured. Thank you.

Hi Zadiq!

The first recommendation that I have is your cover photo. Maybe make it a bit more interesting to look at and when people see it make it make them say: "I want to look at this, it looks interesting and cool!" Other than that, I really see no problems!

Zadiq Zadiq5 days ago

Why is no one replying???

I was really confused by your ible. As I read the beginning, I was going to tell you that you should change the name to "Assembling the Cartesian 3D printer." You've attached several documents that I assume relate specifically to your printer. As all printers are quite different, they won't help me unless I have the same printer as you.

As I read on, I realized your ible was a general explanation of 3D printing with that printer, so my original instinct was somewhat right. Using "DIY 3D printer" in your title usually means that you are building your printer from scratch, not from a kit. I would recommend changing the title to include the name of the printer you're using since so many of the resources and explanations relate to that specific printer. Perhaps "Cartesian 3D Printer for Beginners" would be more appropriate.

It's obvious that english isn't your native language, and a few grammatical errors aren't the end of the world, but if you can make some improvements to the language, your ible will only be better for it.

Lastly, your introduction should be a short summary of what your ible is about. I was confused about your ibles' topic, particularly when you said this..."After long googling and researches I concluded on Cartesian 3D printer for no particular reason really." You don't need to even mention the other printer if there's no reason for choosing the one you did. Use the intro to sum up the ible and why you made it.

Good luck!

ash_doge2 days ago

Can someone take a look at this instructable for origami earrings i made?

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Origami-Crane-...

I'd love to hear what you have to think, and any improvements that could be made. Thanks!

Hey ash_doge!

Great instructable! There are just a few recommendations that I have, but other than that, it looks great! My first idea is that you should maybe make the picture in the first step a bit easier to look at: (i.e: better lighting) My second tip is to break the third step into a couple different step, rather than only one, super long step! Those are just my opinions, though!

AustinS173 days ago

Hi I would love to get some feedback on my DIY ECG instructable. Thank you very much!

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-ECG-Using-a-An...

I think you need a better cover :-)

As summer is coming, I made a device to detect the UV.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Summer-Is-Coming-L...

I think it worth a feature to let more guy know how to DIY a UV detector.

Any suggestion?

Thanks.

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-RELAY-MODULE

I think its the right to get to be featured help me

It is featured! A real person has to sift through all the new ibles as they're published in order to feature those that are worthy, so don't worry if it takes a few hours or more especially if it's after normal work hours.

ash_doge6 days ago

Hi, can you check out this ible i posted? I'd really appreciate some feedback to see if I can get it featured!

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sharpen-Kni...

Thanks!

Moem ash_doge6 days ago

Taking a better look... I don't understand the following sentence:

Gently press the knife to one side on the stone, and turning it just so that the entire blade makes equal contact with the stone.

The word 'pressing' doesn't clearly indicate a movement to me, and if it's meant to do so, I have no idea in which direction that movement should go. The 'turning' part is not clear to me either.

Moem ash_doge6 days ago

It's featured, so we're done here!

PerriR10 days ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/summer-berrycream-...

Is an instructable i made last week. I was hoping for some feedback on how I might improve it.

Thanks

Moem PerriR6 days ago

It's already good, but I think it would benefit from an intro picture that showed some of the ingredients, such as the berries.

Moem6 days ago

I'd welcome suggestions for improvements to my latest Instructable. Thank you in advance!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Killer-Bee/

SheepiAnna7 days ago

Hi! This is my first instructable here and I'm looking for some feedback so that my future instructable-making abilities can improve :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Reclaimed-Wood-Popsicle-Stick-Flower/

geo bruce8 days ago

Hello

I've written an Instructable which is already featured.
But I'm wondering are there any suggestions for things that can be improved?
I would love to see my Instructable on the front page.
This is my instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Dual-Axis-300W-IOT-Solar-Tracker/

Thank you in advance!
I'm looking forward to some feedback

as-WIN-th8 days ago

Hi guys I would love to be criticized, and judged by the wonderful authors here .

http://www.instructables.com/member/as-WIN-th/

I have posted 5 instructabels but none of them seem satisfying to me ;-).

Just now found that Inscrutable has this cool feature called clinic, Please go through all my videos and give the feedbacks stright in my face I will correct them gladly in my next post. Thank you!

Giulia Art9 days ago

Hey :)

Just posted an instructable with an awesome exploding box :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-an-Exp...
I want it featured and why not maybe to win a prize with it!

Can you give some tips on how to get on the Home page with it?

Thanks!

It's featured already, congratulations! :-D

Yes :) But not on the home page :( I want it there :D

Ashwawa11 days ago

Hi Clinic, I recently made an Instructable, called Homemade Lavender Hand Scrub, sorry I don't have a link. Does anybody have suggestions? I am new to making Instructables so any advice would help. Thanks!

Moem Ashwawa10 days ago

I like your Instructable, and it seems to be featured by now... congratulations!
I would just suggest that you use bigger fonts on the intro picture so that they can be read even on a smaller version of the picture. I would also find a way to use the colour lavender somehow.

Posting a link is easy: just copy it from the address bar of your browser. Then select a portion of your posting as you're writing it, and the option for adding the link to that portion will come up, and you can add the copied link to that. Like so.

Sorry Moem, but I disagree about the text. I personally think there's no reason to have text on the image, so I would remove the text and crop it so the scrub and lavender are larger.

Honestly, that's fine, we can disagree on this and that's okay! Personally I like having text in the intro image. But maybe we can agree that it's better to have either bigger text or none at all?

(If we can't, that's okay too.)

I just don't understand why you would want to clutter up the image when the title is just below it, but to each his own.

ash_doge10 days ago

Hello! I realize I just posted, but if someone can look at these instructables I made, I would love some feedback! Thank you very much!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Refreshing-Sun-Tea...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cold-Brew-Coffee/

Much appreciated!

ash_doge11 days ago

I made an instructable on making a thermostat using arduino, can I get some feedback on it? I'd really like to get it featured!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Thermostat-...

thanks in advance!

Speaking from the perspective of someone who hasn't yet used an arduino, the biggest hurdle to getting an arduino project featured is the cover image. Your primary image looks like a bunch of random electronics and wires to me. See if you can figure out a way to take a pretty picture of the thermostat in action, which brings me to my second suggestion. Tell us about what your thermostat is for and/or why you created it in your introduction. You explain what it does, but I personally don't understand why someone would want to do that. Your ible looks great! Just a few tweaks could really help.

By the way, I love your profile intro. I don't think I've ever met anyone from I.D.A.H.O. before, but I'll keep in mind that they may still be acclimating to human cultures.

Thanks for your advice, I'm going to give my ible a second look! (and thanks, I like my profile intro also!)

Rahul - S10 days ago

Hello, Here is my instructable link.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Time-Sensor-Easies...

I would like to know your opinion about this ible.

& what is the thing that didn't make it featured so that can be improved in next one.

Thanks :)

Maybe I don't understand your ible well, but it looks like you just showed how to assemble and use a store bought product. Featured instructables typically show how to make something as opposed to use something.

r5sb13 days ago

Hey Clinic,

I recently made an Instructable on a Raspberry Pi Document Scanner with Automatic Upload to Dropbox.

Here's the link :

http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Based...

I'd love any feedback to get it featured. Thanks!

Here is the link to my Instructable

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lettuce-for-Life-A...

It has 17 steps. Any feedback?

r5sb14 days ago

Hey Clinic,

I recently made an Instructable on a Raspberry Pi Document Scanner with Automatic Upload to Dropbox.

Here's the link :

http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Based...

I'd love any feedback to get it featured. Thanks!

Vulcaman15 days ago

Hello Clinic,

I made an Instructable about a DIY SLS-3D-Printer.

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-SLS-3D-Printer...

Why was my instructable not being featured. I worked hard and I think I made everything correct. Any suggestions?

Thanks :-)

Moem19 days ago

My latest instructable is here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Board-Stripped...

Does anyone have any pointers towards improvement? I'd appreciate it.

John Choi19 days ago

I think I've done a mighty fine job of writing this one: (quite possibly the longest Instructable ever written at 80 pages long.)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Multipurpose-Mobile-Manipulator-Mk-1/

Any folks want to comment on what can I do to make it even better?

Moem John Choi19 days ago

Well, it's already featured, so I'm not sure what else you are looking for, within the scope of this thread.

Congratulations! That looks like a lot of work.

John Choi Moem19 days ago

Thanks for the input. It looks like it got featured 10 minutes after I posted this message here ;)

Moem John Choi19 days ago

Maybe that was the trick! I should try that, too... ;-)

AlexG16621 days ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Gun-Lamp/

KNEXnCoding22 days ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Controlling-a-DC-Motor-With-Arduino/

Could anyone leave some feedback please? Thanks.

diyfuntech25 days ago

Hi Everyone,Can Someone help me in getting this featured? I worked really hard for it. Any Feedback For it please.

Check out this awesome Instructable.

http://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Bluetooth-Boom...

Why did you make the speaker? What inspired you to do it? Write that in the introduction. Also, you should try taking another cover photo on a day with better light, as the one you have now is very dark because of the clouds.

It would also have been great if you had taken some photos along the way, so you could have made step by step instructions as well as the video.

Good luck with you projects!

I've had every one of my instructables featured except for my most recent. Just wondering what I did differently this time.

Thank you!

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-an-LED...

LightBug29 days ago
diyfuntech1 month ago
Can someone tell me how to get it featured i really worked hard.

I am a beginner, but I favorited and followed you.
It s clear that you put crazy much love into this instructable and the topic is really fun. You deserve a feature way more than me. ;)

Thanks a Lot! Yeah This was a crazy project! Thanks for following✌

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

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

Thanks in advance!

I see you got featured, cool.
It really looked slick. ;)

techydiy1 month ago

Hi, I am looking for feedback on this one:

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

Thanks

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

Anyway I'm gonna have to try making hydrogen!

Thanks

Loved it!
Dont know if I should make it. But like that I now Know how.

I like it !

Thanks

Hey everyone.

My last instructable did not get featured, even though it got a respectable amount of views and wonderful feedback both here and several fora.

Timekeeping and coding on arduino might not get everyone aroused, but I wrote this instructable to help everyone in the community find a better way to keep track of time on arduino and really worked to make it easy, well written and to the point.

http://www.instructables.com/id/TESTED-Timekeeping...

Unfortunately I did not get a feature. Is it because the topic genuinly has a smaller target groupo than "Drill powered bicycle" or "Build a laser canon in 5 steps" or is there really something structural I should change when writing my next instructables?

I have so many more planned for the next days and weeks but I feel like if they are somehow thought to be "lacking in quality" to be featured, maybe I am doing it wrong and should just focus on sexy topics like my next " Build arduino killerrobot tank with real cannon (wifi controlled)" and drop all the in between coding ones?

ALL FEEDBACK APPRECIATED ;)

diyfuntech1 month ago

Hi Guys, Can someone tell me whats the problem with my instructable??

ChelseaM161 month ago

Hi guys,

Just posted my first couple of instructables and got one featured, (which is great, don't get me wrong) however, I've entered my other 'ble in a contest and I'd love it to get some more exposure, any tips or constructive criticism you can give me?

I've linked the 'ble I want to win with below, please check it out and message me with any improvments!

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Mul...

Any tips on getting this one featured?

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

anyone?

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

thanks! I finally figured out how to upload the pictures.

They look great! The only thing left is to give it one last read through for grammer and punctuation. There's a weird sentance in the intro and several missing commas in compound sentances and after phrases at the beginning of sentances.

ClemRz1 month ago

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

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

Thanks.

paul12121 month ago

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

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

Thank you and sorry for the troubles.

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

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dear clinik
i want you to review my istructable

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

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

thanks in advance

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

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

Hello!

This is my first project here.

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

I will be glad to hear your feedback!

It seems that it got featured.

Thank you!

Dear clinic doctors and nurses,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

Brooklyntonia,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brooklyntonia,

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

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

Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

I got featured!! woohooooo <3

I found where to do the tags.

hey clinic

I just want you to review that project

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

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

Thanks in advance

Meglymoo872 months ago

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

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