Upcoming Site Changes!

Hey folks,

You may have noticed the new look on our homepage and header - I just want to let you know there are more exciting changes coming!

We try to do small site updates about every two weeks, and now that the development team is a bit bigger we'll be able to stick closer to that target schedule. The one constant in a healthy website is change, and our philosophy is to test and modify based on actual results: it's incremental, hypothesis-driven website design of both function and aesthetics.  Lots of small, frequent changes help us evolve the site at a comfortable pace.

So stay tuned for new features, design updates, bug fixes, and other good stuff coming your way!  We'll keep working to make Instructables a better place to visit.

Christy (and the rest of the Instructables team)

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Creativeman6 years ago
More changes? aaa, well, ok I guess....When I clicked on my ible's this mornig, the first thing noticed was that the "STATS" box on the Infor box was no longer there...am I missing something or is it really gone? How does decreasing the amount of information available to subscribers and viewers for that matter "improve" the site? I'm just saying. And, for the record, I experience more bugs here now than at any time previously. So I think when cosmetic changes are made, and I thoroughly understand that these are mandatory, something happens in the code or to the code, or whatever....I have recently got a new computer and it's really fast, which is great. But along with it, came Windows 7 and what seemed like a new set of problems. Just the changes from XP were daunting, but I'm getting used to them now. I listed two bugs in "BUGS" and apparently they have not been addressed as of now. Bugs experienced:
1. Can't view all subscribers (followers).
2. Unable to access image library in certain circumsances.
3. Was writing reply to Lemonie on "symbology"...it was pretty damn good, I thought, but I hit post comment, and it evaporated! Sorry Lemonie, just didn't have the energy to re-do it.
4. Once, was working on submitting ible, and somewhere, somehow, all text was evaporated from all steps....ouch!
5. Have a heck of a time rearranging photos in "add images"....you, know, when you want to put them in a particular order? Sometimes it doesn't want to budge a bit, or work, or function properly...Picasso has a perfect system, if you can borrow some of their code!
6. I'm sure there are others, but the mind is giving out about now.

I might add that with the new computer and wireless printer and router, I have more issues (buts, problems, et al.,) so my best conclusion is: Things are just way to complicated for the average and or even above average human being. If I have a major bug now, it has to addressed by the sob from the factory that has all the answers. never used to be that way...Anyway, there it is. I think the site is terrific and amazing, by the way, but I like things to work as well as possible, and I am sure you do to! Thanks.
The stats thing is a known bug, and should be fixed soon.

Number 3 is a known, and old, bug. I have no idea when it is going to be fixed.

The rest, I remember you reporting them elsewhere, and I know the dev team have a bad habit of only responding to bug reports when they have been fixed or they need more details to do the fix, so maybe they're being worked on?

If you want a better response than I can give (I'm not on the dev team, nor will I ever be - I break code just by reading it), then I'd email HQ at service [at] instructables [dot] com, because they check it more often than they read the forums.


Thanks mr Kiteman! At least someone in the vast infinity of cosmic stellar consciousness looks and reads....am real curious to the main issue: the more changes made to codes, anywhere, everywhere, the more bugs are introduced down theline, or what ever theright terminology would be for that little tidbit of cause and effect. What say you, Sir?
Bugs of some kind are inevitable once you get more complex than scratching in the dirt with a stick, and even then your stick might break and the rain might wash the dirt away.

As I understand these things, the best way to de-bug any system is to let it run for a while, see if it goes wrong, and then fix what goes wrong.

That works for anything from hanging a door to building a website.

(But not nuclear reactors. )

Its all good, but... I kinda miss seeing the rows of newly featured instructables, rather then mixture of old and new thats presented today. This is just because I've plowed through so many instructables over the years that what I see on the home page now, is stuff I've seen a while back. Ah repeats! Good for new people as it will all be fresh for them.
canida (author)  iminthebathroom6 years ago
With >50,000 Instructables it had gotten harder for people to find the oldies-but-goodies, so we're trying to put more of them on the homepage. The plus for you is that more people should find your old projects. ;)
Kiteman canida6 years ago
(Idle thought - maybe add a class of project ("Classics"?), where every project with over X views automatically gets added to a particular group, and then add a "browse classic projects" button to the front page, which takes you to that group?)
True enough, were just wanting perfection, thats all. While your at it, can you guys save the whales and end global famine? Kind of an inside joke, but I'm sure you'd get it.
Make a category at the top (bump "food" down) for those sorts of favorites. You could also keep the intent of the current FPF showing while at the same time making the title image and text show up, set up like the old slideshow, or elements of it at least, and randomly change the older showings every so often.

Just some thoughts.
You know what it is? I think its a touch of selfishness, developed a tendency to visit the homepage to see if I was still featured in one of the rows. oooh pride issues I think, my bad.
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