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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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

I have recently started sharing my projects/tutorials on instructables. One of the first three got featured too.

I would like to have suggestions/constructive critics on my these insturctables -

http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Built-IR-Remo...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Programming-ESP8266-ESP-12E-NodeMCU-Using-Arduino-

SteveMann3 days ago

Here's a rough draft of an article I just wrote;

http://www.instructables.com/preview/ETSMWC8IKBHUASV/
Underwater Musical Instruments: sound from water.

I'd welcome any comments or constructive criticism on it.

I loved it! It would be nice to hear more of the underwater sounds maybe in another video? Best Regards, -Lee

studleylee2 days ago

Hi all, Can I get some constructive feedback on my 2nd instructable? Was the writing style difficult to read? Any help appreciated. -Lee

http://www.instructables.com/id/Storage-Idea-a-Sys...

Hi, I made this project last summer.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ant-nest/

It's for people who are fond of the small world at our feets.

I will post a picture of it with ants, when I've put some in it.

Thanks for the feedback :)

it is pretty well written but you only have one picture and it's of the finished product so a few pictures of building it would improve the instructable

Thank you! That's quite impossible for this one, now :) But I'll have it in mind when I make a new nest, thanks!

diyfuntech4 days ago

Hi,Can Anyone Tell Me what Is the Reason I Am Not getting Featured??
I Would Be Really Thankful!

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-TIC-TAC-PORTAB...

I think I know why... Well, your idea is very good, I like really like your project, and I think all of your viewers liked the idea, but you promoted your Youtube videos and your chanell, that is not such a big problem, but try to be more discret (Example put on the end of the video "Subscribe for more"). :) I voted, but you can make more Instructables for a contest.

So there is no possiblity of my project getting featured? :(

Hi instructables.com Team,

I just join this awesome community 5days ago and I've published 4 projects.

I've read your guidelines for enabling featured projects. I will
appreciate your customized feedback related to my projects, in order to boost them to the featured level, especially
for the first one and for the second.

http://www.instructables.com/id/SEND-SMS-TCPIPGATE...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Upgrade-Your-RELAY...

http://www.instructables.com/id/TEMPERATURE-SUPERV...

Thank you in advance!

Dragos

Cut down on the jargon - your titles are impenetrable. Your photos need work - they're crazy busy. Check out projects by randofo for ideas on how to do an electronics instructable well.

Makendo,

I will send you a private message. I think it is better in this way.

Thank you,

Dragos

Thank you for your feedback makendo!

There are differences between electronics entry level projects (given by you as guideline) and the one published by me. Anyway, some lessons was learned.

I've made some changes (title and picture) for:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Upgrade-Your-RELAY...

What do you think? There's better?

Thank you.

Dragos

diyfuntech4 days ago
diyfuntech4 days ago

hi what is the reason i am not getting my instructable featured?

xp4xbox6 days ago

I am very surprised that my Instrucable was not featured. I spent so much time and effort on this, I thought for sure it was going to be featured. Can someone tell me why it isn't?

http://www.instructables.com/id/VBScript-Drive-Lock/

Putting jargon into the title of an instructable basically limits your audience to those who know the jargon. Try to make it more accessible. Also, I think most people would be (rightly) cautious about installing a security .exe from an insecure source on the internet. Your first note also suggests that anyone with the program can unlock the file, which doesn't sound very secure.

Thanks, just updated the instructable.

The newsletter seems to be reserved for projects that get a lot of traction on the homepage/social media. I don't think it's enough to just have a project that is well-executed - an element of awesomeness, quirkiness, controversy, or click-baitiness* is required. Yours is good (and prize-winning, congratulations!) but is pretty specialized and very much at the prototype stage.

* my favorite example of this was my "improvised woodworking clamps" which got put in the newsletter as "19 freakishly ingenious clamping hacks" or something.

yonatan247 days 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 :)

I think you should have used the second photo as the main photo. You took nice photos, however, you chose to place words right over the item your Instructable is about. At a glance, one can not get a good look at it. Hope that helps.

Thank you for your help!

What about now? Do you think it's betternow?

Yes, better! Though I would have gone with no text for the cover photo. I don't think it needs it!

*Featured

Hi, I made this project last summer.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ant-nest/

It is for people who are fond of the small world at our feets.

I will post a picture of it, when I've put ants in it.

Thanks for the feedback :)

Simonexc17 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 Art8 days 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 G14 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.

xp4xbox13 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

wobblycogs15 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 Art23 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...

GWorks17 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.

GeorgeBgk20 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.

Soumojit19 days ago
wobblycogs22 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.

bmears1 month 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-...

thijsv1 month 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/

Kreat0r1 month 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 Kreat0r1 month 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 thijsv1 month 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 Kreat0r1 month 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.

puck1 month 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

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