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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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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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Kiteman1 year ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:

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

Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:

https://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.

Xyver5 days ago

Hello! I just posted my first Instructable in a few years, and have plans to do many more over the next few months. I'm looking for some feedback to make sure they are all top quality! Here is my new Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Modular-Gaming-Ta...

I know that the pictures could use a little work, I only had my phone camera. Some of the photo backgrounds could be a little nicer as well (my couch could be cleaner!) but since the project is so big it's not like I could put it in a photo booth (or something similar)

Tips, comments, and critisisms welcome!

Nice build and a good I'ble. Only a couple of things I'd suggest:

Firstly you could consider changing the title slightly. I'm not overly familiar with these games so forgive me if I'm wrong, but Wargaming Table may be more appropriate, that way people will have better chance of knowing what it is when they see the thumbnail and the title.

The other thing is that some of the steps are a little long. I wouldn't necessarily go as far as suggesting you divide them up into separate steps, but you could consider using text formatting as a way of sub-dividing the steps. For example in "Step 2: Make Frame" you could use bold text titles for each element covered in that step e.g.

Outer Border
To start we will assemble the outer border. First we'll do the long edges. You need your four piece....

Horizonal Cross Bars
Next is the horizontal cross bars. Measure and make a mark so that the center of each cross bar....

Vertical Cross Bars
Finally, the vertical cross bars. You'll want to make a mark on the center of the horizontal cross bars, as well as...

Feet
...

This just makes it a little easier to follow and digest, also makes it easier to find a specific section when referring back to the I'ble in the future. Just a thought, but good job anyway! :-)

Thank you!

I've adjusted the steps to be more reader friendly. As for the title, it could go both ways. It's easy to use this table to regular games (board games, card games, drinking games...) by using the flat plywood surface. I focused on the war gaming because the terrain made for better pictures, rather than a plain blank table. I don't actually have any board games to set up and show off in pictures :/

Crazynventor19 hours ago

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?

Critique accepted

This is technovation again, we just published our instructables called CUBEX its a completely original idea, could you feature it on the homepage, or could we make improvements so that it's possible.

We personally feel it should have got much more views, and it's really not doing great. Please check it out and let us know if it's possible to get there, I feel it's a good quality instructables with a really good idea!

Here's the link :

https://www.instructables.com/id/CUBEX-an-Arduino-Sensor-Safe/

Thank you, kindly vote!

Technovation

Improve the thumbnail! - the background looks good, but I would take the picture from above, with the safe maybe open (not all the way), and with more light. Maybe even a GIF!

Can you add more information to the title too?

Would my second pic be a better one?
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