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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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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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Kiteman4 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.

yonatan244 hours ago

I recently published an Instructable on Making a Woodworking Mallet (link to it), And I think I got all of the feature checklist features into the 'Ible.

Can anyone help, Or tell my why it didn't get featured in the Homepage? I expected it to get feature in the Homepage...

Thank you so much,

Yonatan :)

*Featured

Simonexc9 days ago

Hi

http://www.instructables.com/id/Smiling-Arduino/

Could you tell me what can I improve?

All I kept wondering was, why should I make a light-up smiley face? If you made something with the smiley or even suggested some projects for its application, you might really have something there. Now, I can also tell that English is not your first language, and a few errors here and there might be overlooked by staff making choices about what to feature, but if you have a resource for cleaning up the english, that would be a major help as well.

Thanks for help! I'll take your advices info account. I have to improve my
English. I hope that it was possible to read :-)

Do you have a "Spell-Check" option on your computer?

This helps everyone, Including fluent English speakers

It was legible, but it was a bit exhausting having to figure out what you meant so often. I understand and think you should keep making instructables regardless of the english. As long as we can tell what you meant, it's still useful to someone looking to do what you've done. However, if you want to get it featured, the english likely needs some work. I looked at your 3D printed jewelry one and found it to be much easier to read. Good luck!

Thanks :)

Any ideas on how to get this homepage-worthy?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wire-origami-Crane...

Giulia Art18 hours ago

Hello guys any tips or suggestions for my Instructables? Thank you! I really appreciate your feedback!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-Awesome-Ch...

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Star-Wars-Ligh...

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I think the doll sofa Instructable looks great.

Proto G6 days ago

Hey guys, I'd like some input on my most recent instructable; High Voltage EPROM Man. http://www.instructables.com/id/High-Voltage-EPROM...

I took great pictures, recorded clear 4K video, and provided simple instructions. Is there any reason you can think as to why it wasn't featured? I'm really proud of my work and I feel that it should have received more attention on here. So far, Hackaday wrote an article on him here: http://hackaday.com/2016/01/26/its-a-bird-its-a-pl... as well as many other website have emailed me saying they are going to write articles such as Make Magazine.

They don't typically feature video only ibles. It sounds like it must be pretty great, so your best bet is to publish step by step instructions with pictures along the way. I've seen some people do this by taking screen caps of their videos.

I listed and linked to everything I used as well as made a schematic to show how to wire it. There's not much else I could add in terms of steps, but maybe I'll add more close up pictures. Thanks!

Every image as well as the video is of the completed project. The schematic is important, but Instructables is in the business of step by step instructions, not driving people to YouTube channels. If videos are your thing, then YouTube is the place to be. To create a featured ible, you need to document the process, not just the product.

My last instructable was featured and it followed the same format and this has already garnered more views than that featured instructable . Several of my other featured instructables also follow the same format. When it comes to electronics, the schematic and program are the most important parts. Some of my more complicated instructables require more detailed steps but this is just soldered together. The schematic is the most important part of this particular instructable and it wouldn't make sense to show a step for every solder joint, but I do agree that it could use more pictures.

I think you were lucky with your others. Kiteman even made a comment about wanting to see how it was put together. A high number of views doesn't automatically mean it's feature-worthy. If you come up with a very googlable name or post it elsewhere, like Reddit, you can get lots of views without meeting the expectations of a featured instructable.

17 of my 22 previous instructables were featured. I wouldn't call that lucky. This isn't a tutorial on how to solder. You can find that in plenty of other instructables. That's the only other step I could add; How to solder. His construction is pretty self explanatory, but like I said, I agree that it could use more pictures.

xp4xbox5 days ago

I spent a lot of time and effort on this instrucable, how could I make it better?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Vbs-Screen-Lock/

Anyone have any suggestion on how to get my latest instructable featured?

I think if you adda video feed several gouvernment agencies might feature you ;)

Hi everyone,

I encountered a problem with my latest Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/4-Ways-to-Make-Mul...

1. It does not count towards my total published Instructables on my profile page (Showing only 19 although I have published 20)

2. It does not appear in the Category & Channel I posted it to (Outdoor/Survival)

Not sure what the issue is here but I would appreciate any suggestions.

Cheers Alex

Whatever the problem was seems to have been fixed now.

Does anyone have suggestions how I could get it featured?

Cheers Alex

I think your project idea is really solid! I love the idea of being able to attach throwies to various surfaces! There are only two things that I would suggest changing. Some of your pictures are hard to see what's going on because of the watermark over the whole image. Maybe make it more transparent or move it over to a corner. Your intro seems a bit wordy to me. I would introduce the instructable as short and concisely as possible while still including the various points you need/want to cover.

It's a great project! Congratulations on your 20th instructable!

Hi Red_Crushed_Chili_Peppers,

thanks for checking the Ible and also for your feedback.

I have noticed the issue with the watermark during editing and have increased transparency on later pictures. Since I just updated my logo I didn't notice the effect right away.

I will also try condense the wording in the intro.

Cheers Alex

I agree with Red_Crushed_Chili_Peppers about the watermark. Maybe break up your instructable into more steps with commentary showing how to assemble them. When you put more than 4 images in a step the editor hides all but the first 3. Often people miss that there are more pictures than just the 3 and can get confused. Cool idea!

Hi Troy,

many thanks for the feedback and suggestions. I will change the watermark for my future projects since I have to agree that some of the pics are difficult to see. I will have to think how to do this since all poject pics have been watermarked already :( Well thats a lesson learned.

As for the number of steps & pics I will increase the amount of steps although the original idea was to keep things condensed. But again I have to agree that the way the pics are presented might be misleading.

Thanks for the advise.

Cheers Alex

Hi Troy & Red_Crushed_Chili_Peppers,

thanks again to both of you for your suggestions and feedback. I have just completed a comprehensive updated of this Instructable and tried to incorporate your suggestions.

As for the pics I made a new watermark which I will use for future projects.

Cheers Alex

wobblycogs8 days ago

Hi, any chance of some feedback on how I could improve this so it gets featured: http://www.instructables.com/id/Router-Table-Copin...

This is a fairly common piece of equipment but I was surprised I couldn't find another Instructable on how to build one. Thanks.

This looks like an interesting and well documented Instructable. I'm certain one of the editors will feature it once they get to it.

Cheers Alex

Excellent, thanks for taking a look.
Giulia Art15 days ago

Newsletter Feature worthy?

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Gift...

Can someone tell me what i can improve to this instructable?

Thanks :)

I think the step-by-step documentation is great, But I think that if you would add some kind of other decoration to it, It might get featured.

It needs a special twist for it to get featured in the newsletter, If you know what I mean...

GWorks10 days ago

Could anyone give me some feedback on my ible?
http://www.instructables.com/id/KNEX-B-Wing-Starfi...

I used the same manner of writing as my other Star Wars build, the only difference is that that ible took part in a contest and this one isn't eligible for the running contests.

GeorgeBgk12 days ago

Can someone give me feedback about my instructable:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bluetooth-Bicycle-Light-System/

I am give you some suggestion and feedback--- Upload a symmetric or in easy word the circuit drawing. Upload a complete picture when it is attached to bi cycle and working and send a screen shot of the and add some more photo. Make it better and tell me Then I will give you a vote for contest !

Did I miss somethig or does it only work through the app?
Would be pretty much pointless without push buttons on the bike for the functions.
Then again it would only need two amber LED's with integrated flashing circuit and no electronics.
With added switches or reed contacts on the break levers a break light can be incorporated as well.
Again totally without any fancy electronics, just a battery charged by a dynamo when going empty.

But as I said I might have missed the point, so you should clear some points of it up so the actual workings are explained better.
Being for the bike it might be smart to include some waterproof enclosure as well or to do it wireless with the LED's on a backpack like other projects do.

Soumojit12 days ago
wobblycogs15 days ago

I posted this yesterday: http://www.instructables.com/id/Almost-Free-Router...

It seems reasonably popular but didn't get featured, any recommendations for improvement?

a few illustrations of building would make it better

kinda like this one http://www.instructables.com/id/Indoor-hammock-wal...

Thanks for the feedback, I've added a new step with drawings of the fence system. I think the cabinet is probably simple enough to not need drawings, it's basically just a box.

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

Newsletter Feature worthy? Or Improvement needed?

bmears24 days ago

I submitted my second Instructable today and was thrilled to see it get featured! As exciting as this, there is always room for improvement. I visit this site several times a day and want to make sure that I give back something of value. So any suggestions on improving my entry will be appreciated and help me with future entries.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Dual-Frequency-RC-...

thijsv24 days ago

Back from a short absence due to an addition to our family. Had a lot of fun, but my other son wanted to make stuff again. So here I am. Got category featured, but there is always room for improvement. Feedback welcome!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hack-a-LACK-in-a-Play-Doh-Play-Table-With-Extra-St/

Kreat0r25 days ago

hello,

I wrote a very informative instructable, although it got more than a thousand views in less than a day,sadly it didnt get featured.

I may have a reason why, but maybe you can help me out.here it is.Thanks in advance

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-best-kept-secret-to-Losing-Weight/

thijsv Kreat0r25 days ago

I suggest adding some good quality pictures that show what you do in each step. At the moment it is just a plain text which isn't that appealing to read, follow.

Kreat0r thijsv25 days ago

thanks, I added some photos to it.

I don't know if it s possible to re-submit it for featuring or so though.

thijsv Kreat0r24 days ago

You don't need to re-submit. Even old Instructables can get featured later on (see the led-throwies on the home page for example).

About the pictures, make sure you own the copyright of those pictures (best thing to do is make them yourself). Selfmade pictures help to get featured and also give a more coherent image compared to scraping them from all over the web.

puck27 days ago

Here it is. http://www.instructables.com/id/Emsense-for-IPhone-Recognizing-Handled-Uninstrumen/ Any suggestions to make it better?

Hi! I'm trying to get this 'ible featured. This one has the most views on mine, over 1000. I think I did a good job on it, but there must be mistakes because it wasn't featured, can anyone tell me on how to improve this 'ible?

Here is the link:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-the-Force-on-a-Straw-to-Trick-Little-Ki/

Using copyrighted pictures is a bit of a no no. It's best to take your own pictures and make sure they're of high quality. It is difficult to see what is happening in many of your later photos with the bottle. A video would be the most effective way to show the coolness factor of this trick. I also think your science explanation could be condensed into less steps at the end. Good luck!

Thanks Brooklyntonia! I will edit the pictures. How do you post a video on Instructables?

Choose add video in the dropdown menu.

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my i'ble has not been featured,help me out.Here's the link:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Paperpencila-Sci-fi-Glove-and-an-Wireless-Robot/

The best help I can offer you would be learning to be patient.
You posted when everyone was still in the New Yera celebrations, right after is now a weekend...
Why is it that people expect their Ible to be featured instantly - you never had a weekend off work? ;)

oh kk.my first ible got featured within a day,that kinda mislead me.thanks anaways:P

Giulia Art1 month ago

Hi everyone! Can anyone tell me what should i change to this instructable to get featured?Thanks!

http://www.instructables.com/id/5-Christmas-Birthd...

the first picture is a little bit blurry and card 1, card 2, card 3.... aren't very attractive names maybe the "polar bear" or something like that but the cards look great!

thanks :) i did it right away!

Any other suggestions? :)

ProfGenki1 month ago

Hello! I published an 'Ible that might just be useful during these holidays,

(there is still room for improvement and I would be really glad if someone could have a look)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Snowy-Forest-Cake/

Happy holidays! :)

Hi! I would really appreaciate if someone can tell me what you think about this one! Make sure to try the recipe first ;) http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Simplest-Desse...

Thank you so much for your help!

Main photo should be of the finished dessert (perhaps with the ingredients, but not the ingredients alone). The title is too convoluted; how about "Sugar-free apple jelly". You need to make it clearer that the jelly you use is sugar-free - I admit I didn't know such things existed and couldn't read the labels. Presumably it contains an artificial sweetener - if so, what? Given the instructable is a simple one you should look to prune down the text a lot to remove repetition; it's OK to say how great you think something is, but maybe just do that once.

Thank you so much for your feedback!

Hello guys, I still find time to make some project and I never forget to take pictures to complement with text and info for new instructables. I uploaded last two yesterday late night, but probably I got the wrong time, I guess your late afternoon, and I would never want they pass unnoticed ;-)

napkin ring and bros

A Folding and Steady Work Bench

Hope you will like them! Goodbye to next ible, and happy holidays!

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andymenon1 month ago

Hello again,

This is my second Ible. Please review and advise.

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Set-of-3D-Printe...

andymenon1 month ago

Hello,

Here's a link to my first ible. Please advise.

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

Constructive criticism welcome! Motion Activated Christmas Lights

Any suggestion ? Not getting views I hoped ...

http://www.instructables.com/id/MrEngraver-the-Desktop-Laser-Engraving-Machine/

Either you are greedy or impatient ;)
Posted a day ago and already over 1000 views, what was your complaint again? ;)

Is that 1000 or 100. On my laptop I am seeing 630.

1299 at time of posting.
But I did notice a much lower number popping up for a split second, might just be that something is not updating right when you load the page.
In any case it show the correct number in your profile.

It's always like that, Go to his Instructables page and what you see there is the amount

Got it ... Its alright now :)

Please can I have some feed back on my instructable I did back in September http://www.instructables.com/id/Hand-cut-dovetails-with-a-hacksaw-/

I've been posting instructables for a few years now. And until October 2015, they were all doing great, getting traffic, and engaging. However, after that none of my posts are getting the traffic they used to. I haven't changed a thing about what I've done. Was wondering if anyone has had similar results.

Last Post: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Vegan-Tofu-Scrambled-Eggs-Easy-Breakfa/

Your instructables
have high production values, and consist of a photo or two plus a video, basic
text, then concerted effort to direct people to your main site and social
media accounts. This approach is OK, but your instructables seem to be primarily ads
driving traffic elsewhere. The YouTubers who seem to do best here are those that go the extra mile and break up their videos into the different steps so
the instructable stands alone: see for example http://www.instructables.com/member/darbinorvar/ and http://www.instructables.com/member/The+King+of+Random/.
I suspect you’ve fallen afoul of a featuring policy that now frowns upon your
approach (I’m speculating: I’m not on the feature team).

ashervivi882 months ago

I was wondering about this one. I thought this was among my best so I wondered why it wasn't featured.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cacio-e-Pepe-Ramen/

Looks like it's already been featured! I love your images!

I'll need to try it sometime!

Thanks! I contacted the instructables help and there was a bug in the system that messed up the photos, which I believe was a reason for it not being featured.

However, again, I really believed that it was among my best instructables, so I was concerned when it didn't pass as a finalist for the dorm food contest. I thought that it really stood out in the contest and I made sure that it met all of the finalists on the contest faq page. Why do you think it wasn't a finalist? I just wanted to ask because I honestly don't know what was wrong with it, and I would like some tips on how to make it better so it will be a finalist next time. Thank you very much!

I am agree! Yours should have been one of the winners! I hope you can make it next time :)

It's excellent. Keep doing what you're doing - your writing, photography and citing of sources is all top-notch. I suspect it just got overlooked - pretty much every contest I've paid attention to has had some baffling omissions and/or bizarre outcomes. Contests get tons of entries and it must be very difficult to pick finalists, especially when the standard is high and the level of scrutiny low.

ChristophF11 month ago

Just published my second instructable and had nearly no text, since I was figuring out how to make an interesting video of the whole process. Now I added more steps with text and I would be happy if this ‘ible could now become worthy to be featured.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Star-Wars-Night-Li...

Many thanks in advance for constructive advice.

Chris

elking1 month ago

I realize that not everyone gets the romance of living on tugboat. And the concept of converting one or two to liveaboard is a daunting one. It could fill a set of books. I tried to condense it down to a simple formula utilizing simple house construction. and a tip about how to deal with the most common form of damage you have to deal with on a heavily built wooden boat (excluding time and rot). that being said.. could I get some constructive feedback on how to improve:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-a-Wooden-T...

Thank you,

-Scott

I agree with Seamster, your Ible is not just great for those trying the same but also for preservation in general.
So as much detail as possible would be really great.
Picture or even a short video show more than a few pages of text here.
I know here in AU are quite a few old boats still on the water that would require a very loving hand to make them seaworthy again, same should be true for other parts of this blue ball.
You goal was to make a living solution but I think a re-focus to make it a full restauration project would be benefitial.

Thank you, I always try to skirt the term restoration and renovation as they don't quite fit what I'm doing but I get your point in the use of the term in documenting the details of the build.

Thank you!

seamster elking1 month ago

That's a fascinating project. I read your first tug boat instructable a while ago and really enjoyed it.

A couple of tips: A better cover image would help a lot. If the boat is the center of attention in that main photo (the one that shows on your page and around on the site), ideally bright, clear, and in focus, that would help entice more eyeballs to click. The main photo carries a lot of weight regarding whether things get featured or not (especially to the homepage). But the content behind that main picture is equally important . .

As far as content for really niche subjects like this, I always love to see as many how-to details of what a person did . . . regardless if I ever plan to do likewise.

There's a lot people can learn and enjoy by seeing any and all obscure details you feel inclined to share. The more the better! It's very likely some technique or method you showcase will be applicable to some project a person may take on at some point, whether it's on a boat, or wherever.

Just a couple thoughts. Have a good one :)

elking seamster1 month ago

Point well taken, sometimes I take for granted the logical steps for completion. for this instrutable, I'm relying on some decades old documentation, photo's and whats in my (decades old) head. I have one more boat I'm working on of which, I have a lot more documentation and photos. I'll try to be more patient with this one.

Thank you so much for your input!

-Scott

gkal1 month ago

Hello and happy making!

Can you please check my attempt and give me some advice.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Robot-Movi...

Thank you

ShadowRemy2 months ago

I would like some tips on my first instructable,

http://www.instructables.com/id/Abstract-Circles-Wall-Art-or-Binder-Cover-Design/

Also, this is unrelated, and I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this but if you use only three thing to actually make something, but more than three to get the shapes and outlines is that considered more than 3 or just 3 ingredients?

as Alywolf says if you put pictures of the cutting and shaping it that suddenly makes it much more interesting and easier for people to make it

I think you are talking about the three ingredient contest. You are allowed to use different shapes and out lines just not more than three materials.

Great first one! Be careful, I have found that instructables is catchy, especially after that first one.

One thing that I would add personally is how you made the final shapes, I can guess at it, but many people would want those steps. just take a picture with the whole sheet of foam, and your pattern and another of you cutting it out or just that single one cut out.

I am still new to these as well.

ManpreetP2 months ago

hey,

i just published my new project giving respect to the featuring guidelines for homepage. I've described it well with lots of illustration using bright photos, i 've added videos to help more and i think its a cool project. i was really hoping to get my instructable to be featured on homepage , kindly take a look at my instructable and do let me know if there's anything i can improve.

thanks

http://www.instructables.com/id/Christmas-Decorati...

I clicked on the link but I am not finding it.

I didn't want to get too into the weeds on this one but I fear I may have written it a little too high level for a useful survey. Thoughts?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Voice-Control-Your-Home-From-Anywhere-in-the-World/

I think the main issue with that instructable is that you used images taken from the internet. If you want to replace them with pictures you took yourself you might get more views, possibly even featured.

Good point. I went back in and replaced all the stock images with ones I took this morning. I also added notes to the pictures.
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