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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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


I made my first Instructables and posted it at almost midnight on Sunday. People who have seen it think it to be interesting but I feel as though I could do better to make it more known, and so I would like your advice on how to make that happen. My Instructables is accessed through the following link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Infrared-Tou...

Thank you in advance.

My Instructable meets the criteria mentioned as far as I know.

I haven't had a chance to read the whole Instructable in detail yet, but one of the things that may have prevented it being featured is that not every step has an image, I believe this is one of the things the editors look for. Also it's a fairly complicated build, but the title image is the only photo of the finished item you've included. It might be worth adding some extra photos of it with close ups of the finished circuit.

Yes, that's what I meant when I linked it.

Sam Freeman22 days ago

Hi, I've had a good response to my latest Instructable, but I'm always looking for ways to improve. Suggestions for what to do next time? Any lingering improvements to this time?



Difficult to suggest improvements as it looks to be well documented, photography is of a high standard and you've included a video of it working. You've also won a bunch of contests, looks like it's ticking all the boxes to me.

Thanks for the support. Glad to hear that the video helped. This instructable actually won me my first contests. I wasn't sure if I was heading in the right direction when I posted to the Clinic.

Love the Thermal Detonator project, btw.

Hopefully the first of many for you, keep up the good work! I also liked your Beaded Glasses made from the speaker grills, they look cool. Glad you liked the TD project :-)

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