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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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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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Kiteman11 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.

zaclewis987 hours ago

http://www.instructables.com/id/Concrete-Moon-Pape...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Concrete-Plant-Po...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Concrete-Moon-Pape...
http://www.instructables.com/id/Little-Cast-Concre...

Hello everyone, I have recently published a few more instructables. After taking my time to carefully check, enhance and update them I have came to the conclusion that they deserve to get featured. Please could you take a look at each one and if you find a fault, comment so i can change it.

AhonaM20 hours ago

hello... this is my second instructables. It would be helpful if you could tell me where i can improve?

thank you so much!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hogwarts-Model/

Overall it looks like a very good instructable, with lots of detailed instructions.
You might want to look at how you have titled your steps. The extra numbering "Step 5: 3:..." is a little odd.

A really great photo of the finished model would probably help get this instructable featured. There's some good tips on taking feature-worthy photos at http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...

Finally, I think you should add a photo to the last step, even if it is just the same picture of the finished model that you used in the intro.

Loblaw2 days ago

I posted two delicious recipes from my repertoire, but they didn't get featured.

Does anyone have suggestions about ways that I could make them better?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Mars-Bars/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Stuffed-Garden-Squ...

Thanks very much!

They've been featured. Congrats! :)

Amazing - thanks!

Looks like the Mars Bars have been featured! I don't have any suggestions for the other instructable, the photos look delicious. Perhaps it will be featured soon.

super_me6 days ago

Hi guys, today is the first time I've visited The Clinic.

I've so far made two 'ibles, and have noticed my self that my second one seems better than the former. Regardless, I'd like to give the links to my two instructables to get some advice on improving them. I'm also thinking on entering the Cardboard Aeroplane for the cardboard contest, so I'd like to know any tips to give me a better chance of winning something. And I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but how many entries can one author enter for any one contest?

Please reply as soon as possible.

Thank You

super_me

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Aeroplane/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Weather-Vane/

By the way, please also check out my third 'ible:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-a-Microbit-for-the-First-Time/

Sorry if I sound impatient, but I really want to be featured, so I'd like some advice as soon as possible.

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