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Kiteman (author) 5 years ago
People keep asking me how to get their Instructables featured: check this list by Canida...

General checklist for any featured project:

- title fits and explains the project
- intro step explains reason/motivation for the project
- intro image is informative
- intro image is clear and in-focus
- project is detailed enough to be repeatable
- project is broken into enough steps
- every step has at least one paragraph of text
- every step has at least one useful picture
- most steps have multiple pictures
- pictures use image notes as needed
- spelling and grammar don't distract
- parts/materials/ingredients list included, with links to sources as needed
- tools list included, with links to sources as needed
- includes links to references as needed

Bonus checklist: (for Homepage and Cateogry features)
- excellent intro picture
- the author tells a story through the Instructable
- the project is interesting to someone not already familiar with the subject

Channel feature: the Instructable meets at least 10 of the 14 general checklist items. The remaining 4 are either partially met, don't apply, or don't distract from an otherwise well-done project.

Category feature: Instructable meets at least 13 of the 14 general checklist items, plus the bonus checklist. The remaining items are partially met, don't apply, or don't distract from an otherwise very good project.

Homepage feature: Instructable meets all of the 14 general checklist items, plus nails the bonus checklist.

The bonus checklist covers some of the things that we think really make Instructables. The ability for an author to tell a story through his/her Instructable is unique - it's a direct conversation, and you learn about the author as you're learning about the project. A strong author voice usually means a better, more compelling Instructable that's worthy of a category or homepage feature. This personal storytelling aspect also increases the chance an Instructable will be interesting to someone not already familiar with the subject. While some topics are more generally interesting by their nature, a high-quality, detailed, awesome project will grab almost anyone's attention. These are the sorts of things that really earn a feature to categories and the homepage!

I feel as though these standards may have been relaxed somewhat in recent times.

Neat comment. How rude do you think posting an instructable on improving instructables would be.
Kiteman (author)  veryrealperson2 years ago
It depends on how cleverly you worded it.

But, if your suggestions are sincere and constructive, not just a list of moans, then create a topic in the Feedback section, or email support@instructables.com, depending on whether you want other members to join in the discussion.
Helpful Thanks.
Kiteman (author) 5 years ago
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i am new instructables.
but when i saw your instructables then i am BIG FAN of your.
thank you kiteman
I couldn't say it better myself. I look forward to following your work and comments. Here is to another fan Kiteman, Cheers.
Kiteman (author)  DIY hacker2 years ago
Rafaelq524 days ago

maybe ... applying audio - to a string of leds : then , shining said leds against the mechanical

display ? might show which bars are resonating ( exciting ! the bars would require a speaker

to ' agitate ' them >: )

PKM4 months ago

Happy tenth Instructaversary!

Kiteman (author)  PKM4 months ago

Oh, my word... so it is!

ohoilett5 months ago

Question, you are very active on Instructables. Have you worked with Instructables or are you just a very active member? Love all you do, by the way. I was just curious.

Kiteman (author)  ohoilett5 months ago

I'm a long-time active member - I am not paid by the site, but I am on the Community Team, and in 2012 I spent a month as an Artist in Residence, working with the team in San Francisco.

ohoilett Kiteman5 months ago
Oh cool. How can one be a part of the Community Team?