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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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

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.

Toga_Dan10 days ago

sometimes I put together an ible that I kno has shortcomings, but I publish in a hurry. Is it preferable when I hav time to scrap the ible and start over? Or to re edit

I would slow down and try to fix the shortcomings before publishing. Sometimes a first impression is all you are going to get. Try to make the best of it :).

I've just missed deadlines lately for contests, and just plain don't get my hobby projects done when hotter priorities happen (sigh).

I know that feeling, I'm working on three projects at the moment, two of which are perfect for some of the contests currently running but I won't get them done in time. I won't rush them either though, if it's not ready, it's just not ready. I won't publish an I'ble until I'm satisfied it's good enough. I'd always recommend getting it as close to right as possible the first time around as oppose to major edits or a total re-write, first impressions are everything.

I hear ya. I'm just struggling with the compromises between perfectionism, "gettin 'er done" and getting back to responsibilities.

insusr12 days ago

When people change the name of their Instructable, does it also change the URL? What if you change the name of the project after it's been published and there are already links to it in "the wild"?

No. The URL stays the same. You can change the title as many times as you want...

Hi!! I would love getting suggestions for this instructable. Is it worth being featured??

http://www.instructables.com/id/UPCYCLED-PLASTIC-P...

Not a bad idea but some suggestions:
No kids drawings with a marker ;) Does not look good, a sticker or logo would be better.
Using cardboard as a template might work to some extend but for a half decent fit on modern phones you need accuracy.
You might want to try some sticky tape around the sides of the phone to cover buttons or things poking out.
Then put it all in a balloon or condom to create plaster or silicone form of it.
Seal and fill it to be used to heat form the plastic around the actual shape of the phone.
Or to make it quick place the plastic sheet over the heated form and press it in for a good fit.
All this allows you to use a heat gun or your oven to get an accurate fit.
Apart from these differences in approach the documentation is good and should get you somewhere.
If you change the pics to something without the hand drawn image in the cover it will be even better - but that is my personal opinion and might not be the same for other people so don't give too much on it ;)

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