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    They are intended to. The rear pyramids on the backs of the pods are removable aerodynamic fairings. These can be removed to place cargo inside and then replaced before flight to restore the aerodynamics to normal.

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    Pods like the ones shown in these photographs.Very few people have shown much interest in the pods, so I have not published them thus far.

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  • OrigamiAirEnforcer commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates1 month ago

    Yes, but who is "one" in this? You cannot learn about me or anyone else by looking at notifications of others' actions on my profile page or others users'.Far from making people more recognizable and unique, the changes we've seen here deemphasize the person who the page is supposed to belong to, defeating the notions of self and individuality.Under the old layout, the profile page was dedicated to its user, their content and their favorites with anything from others attached below on the Orangeboard. Nowadays, the other users' activities which are the focus; the user and their content are the sideshow. It's not exactly the progress some people would like to claim it to be--in fact, "a step back" would be a more apt description. As I have said before, "this layo...see more »Yes, but who is "one" in this? You cannot learn about me or anyone else by looking at notifications of others' actions on my profile page or others users'.Far from making people more recognizable and unique, the changes we've seen here deemphasize the person who the page is supposed to belong to, defeating the notions of self and individuality.Under the old layout, the profile page was dedicated to its user, their content and their favorites with anything from others attached below on the Orangeboard. Nowadays, the other users' activities which are the focus; the user and their content are the sideshow. It's not exactly the progress some people would like to claim it to be--in fact, "a step back" would be a more apt description. As I have said before, "this layout is not what [the developers] believe it to be."

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  • OrigamiAirEnforcer commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates1 month ago

    Orienting the feed vertically--at least on mobile--might be a wiser solution than making things smaller.

    Orienting the feed and spotlighted instructables vertically--at least on mobile--might be a wiser solution than making things smaller.

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  • I'd give users (the profile's owner) control over the feed. That is a fair enough change in my view.

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  • The statement given thus far regarding parts of this one (the activity feed in specific) has been "love it or hate it, it's here to stay." That's verbatim.I imagine that for the most part that'll be true for the whole bit, minus a few modifications.

    The problem of comment order becomes increasingly acute as the time intervals increase.Certain comments rely on the order being upheld. For instance, in an earlier reply to you elsewhere, I mentioned "the comment above" as the reference. I was surprised to find after the fact that our conversation had altered the order of the thread, rendering the sequencing out of order.As I remember it, Instructables already had time and date stamped comments before it moved to this more simplistic system.

    Even before the press release in the other section was posted I had already forecasted that the new layout would not see any major alterations or reversals.My confidence in feedback is not shaken by the response as much as the tone of it. The statement made said in no uncertain terms that, regardless of how it was received, the activity feed would be put in. That is why I questioned the point in submitting feedback.

    I fully understand and agree.This idea that people would be able (much less willing) to sift through a mountain of largely unrelated notifications to hunt down something they are looking for seems frankly absurd to me. It's like I quipped a while back: under the old forum layout, finding a forum topic post by someone under the old layout 1 or 2 clicks on their profile page. Nowadays, the estimate for how long it could take you to yield such results is simply open ended. I honestly cannot tell you how buried these things could get because the potential is so great.

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  • OrigamiAirEnforcer commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates1 month ago

    "You're contradicting yourself. One second you're saying people are going to have to dig stuff out of the feed, and the next, you're saying that there's none of your content in the feed, because it's filled with other people's actions."To begin with, those two statements are not mutually exclusive. Second, people will have to dig through the feed to find anything they wish to find because if it is anything but new it will most likely have been dropped in the feed through some levels over progressive days. (I am sure forum threads I initiated years ago would prove to be quite a chore to find now for any roaming user.) Third, my feed--and no doubt others' too--is filled with other people's actions. At present count, 14 of 30 actions on the feed automatically shown are other u...see more »"You're contradicting yourself. One second you're saying people are going to have to dig stuff out of the feed, and the next, you're saying that there's none of your content in the feed, because it's filled with other people's actions."To begin with, those two statements are not mutually exclusive. Second, people will have to dig through the feed to find anything they wish to find because if it is anything but new it will most likely have been dropped in the feed through some levels over progressive days. (I am sure forum threads I initiated years ago would prove to be quite a chore to find now for any roaming user.) Third, my feed--and no doubt others' too--is filled with other people's actions. At present count, 14 of 30 actions on the feed automatically shown are other users' (with plenty of duplication in the notifications too). If not for my being vocal on the forums, this fraction would be even larger. Finally, I have not said that "none" of my content is in the feed, I have said that viewers will have to hunt it down. Notifications from myself, not others, will quickly become the minority as soon as my activity on the forums tapers off."This picture of the top of your feed shows two instances of an ible showing up on your profile page that isn't in your top 5. There were many more of your ibles further down the feed."There were 9 instructables shown in the feed; of those, 5 were ones which had been featured and one of those 5 was a spotlight selection. Though one can never be absolute, I suspect it's more likely the inertia of being featured and visible elsewhere that is carrying them onto the feed than the profile page. The lack of an indication of what total number there are is a major fault--particularly so for a maker with as many projects as myself. 402 is a number that leaves a lot of room for many to be left behind--especially if they start out as unknown as they are now."If what you want people to see is your ibles, then they are seeing just as many, if not more, on your profile page via the top 5 and the feed. Besides, is one less ible space on your profile page really that big of a deal? There were only 6 before."I'd prefer 6--or 5 if we must cut--with bigger images as we had versus what we have now. The header is inefficient in its use of space, particularly on mobile where half the screen is site/user headers.

    "Feel free to include a link in your bio to the explore pages with your own username included."If I put the link in the "about me" section, the link cannot be launched directly--anyone wishing to use it would have to copy the link and put it into their URL bar themselves manually. If I put it into my website section, I will not be able to use that for linking to what I'd like it to--my website. Currently, I have linked my account to my Twitter feed with the website section because that is where my audience may connect with me for updates on my content. As you can see, either way, some sort of capability is being cut.Is there a plan to restore the filters on the profile page itself any time soon? Or is this improvised solution all that's on the horizon?

    "What maze? There is one button click to see all your ibles just like before."To see any of my content--minus instructables (though they do lack filters)--people will now have to hunt it down in an activity feed that is filled with notifications from other users, not me. As I get favorites and subscriptions aren't rare for my content, dozens of entries are added to this feed per week. This buries whatever the roaming viewer might be looking for.Under the old layout, finding things I initiated was a simple matter--regardless of whether or not they actually cared to look into it."They aren't saying they're trying to make it easier to get this information. They're saying most don't look at it, so they've taken it out or moved it."That's what I do not get. Traditionall...see more »"What maze? There is one button click to see all your ibles just like before."To see any of my content--minus instructables (though they do lack filters)--people will now have to hunt it down in an activity feed that is filled with notifications from other users, not me. As I get favorites and subscriptions aren't rare for my content, dozens of entries are added to this feed per week. This buries whatever the roaming viewer might be looking for.Under the old layout, finding things I initiated was a simple matter--regardless of whether or not they actually cared to look into it."They aren't saying they're trying to make it easier to get this information. They're saying most don't look at it, so they've taken it out or moved it."That's what I do not get. Traditionally, most websites make things easier for the viewer and/or get more viewership. This accomplishes neither and, in general, works against both."I have seen tons of my old instructables on my profile page in the last few days. To top it off, they are clearly clickable and will surely lead viewers to them. So, with the addition of being able to customize the ibles at the top of the page, there's more ibles on my profile page than ever."With only five instructables now visible upon clicking on the page (down from 6), I believe I will soon be seeing a drop in viewership in general, with a further (and perhaps even more substantial) drop owing to the lack of total instructables indicated. As they are hidden, my 397 other instructables are now in such a situation as to possibly go unknown. Even on the page where they are at, they are not filtered by the usual measures as they once were. This isn't likely to make things easier for my viewers, which will likely just aggravate them."I'm sure your feed is full of unhappy comments on similar threads, clearly showing how you engage with the community."I am not the sort of person to stand by while problems persist. As a result, I am often the one who lays ou tthe problems in the midst of the community. It's not popular, but I do not expect it to be.Most of the my engagement with the community is as a content creator; it's what I do best and I see it as being generally more productive than anything else can really do around here.

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  • Most of the feedback I have seen has been ambivalent at best.I personally see the disorganized mess as being a snipe hunt for those looking for the information--not a simpler configuration. Sorting through a huge list with entries from any number of unrelated people is hardly simple in my eyes.

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  • OrigamiAirEnforcer commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates1 month ago

    If those numbers are accurate and only 9.7% of views proceeded to the full Instructables list, I'd say that viewership on instructables is now poised to take a nose dive. There are now only 5 instructables shown upon loading the page (versus 6) plus whatever number are carried under that sub-tab.Only about 10% historically went to that page anyway per these numbers, but now that number is quite likely to drop as useful filters on that sub-tab (views/featured/popular) are now gone.My point in bringing up forum topics was less about them in specific as it was pointing out the lack of ease that the new layout imposes. If 0.018% of viewers went looking for forum posts via the tabs before--when it was one or two clicks to get to--I can only imagine what it will be now that finding such thing...see more »If those numbers are accurate and only 9.7% of views proceeded to the full Instructables list, I'd say that viewership on instructables is now poised to take a nose dive. There are now only 5 instructables shown upon loading the page (versus 6) plus whatever number are carried under that sub-tab.Only about 10% historically went to that page anyway per these numbers, but now that number is quite likely to drop as useful filters on that sub-tab (views/featured/popular) are now gone.My point in bringing up forum topics was less about them in specific as it was pointing out the lack of ease that the new layout imposes. If 0.018% of viewers went looking for forum posts via the tabs before--when it was one or two clicks to get to--I can only imagine what it will be now that finding such things is a hunt for those items in a potentially huge and dynamic activity feed. In light of that, I doubt viewers will be enticed to search for forum content. Based on what's happening, I'd say a drop in viewership to that sort of content is not far off--potentially across the board with other content too.

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  • YouTube is certainly something I do wish to move into. I have given a fair amount of thought to what I wish to do and how, I have just been too preoccupied with other things to proceed further than I have.

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  • It tends to lag.According to their post, they've worked to fix that. However, my experience is to just leave it be for a half hour or so and it should take after that.

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  • OrigamiAirEnforcer commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates1 month ago

    From what I gather here, the public profile page visible to the public is, in general, as it will be for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, our own personal profile pages will be reworked in the future to make the interface more accessible.I do not care about navigating through my own portfolio--I've done it for 7 years, it's not a concern. What is a concern to me is the fact that my audience must now navigate through a Byzantine maze to get to seeing my content. Based on your statements, it appears I can only figure that my audience will be having more of the same and that I may indeed join them in that to boot.-------------------"Our old member page, say what you will, had a lot of buttons and options. On the whole, we know that most people don't take the trouble to dri...see more »From what I gather here, the public profile page visible to the public is, in general, as it will be for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, our own personal profile pages will be reworked in the future to make the interface more accessible.I do not care about navigating through my own portfolio--I've done it for 7 years, it's not a concern. What is a concern to me is the fact that my audience must now navigate through a Byzantine maze to get to seeing my content. Based on your statements, it appears I can only figure that my audience will be having more of the same and that I may indeed join them in that to boot.-------------------"Our old member page, say what you will, had a lot of buttons and options. On the whole, we know that most people don't take the trouble to drill down into the various categories."If that was your goal, you've missed the mark. Far from reducing the amount of drilling a person must do to find anything, the work to find things has only been increased.At this moment, if I wish to find an old forum topic I wrote months ago without using my private portfolio or sifting through the forums, I must now hunt it down in a gigantic list on my profile page which contains hundreds of notifications that "(user) has favorited (instructable)" or "(user) has subscribed to OrigamiAirEnforcer" and so on.Under the old profile layout it was one, maybe two clicks. They were not terribly hard to find.---------------"Forum posts used to live buried under a tab on the left; now, the contribution of a forum topic can appear right at the top if that's how the author participates in the community. We wanted to see how authors engage, and we felt it was ultimately more important than being able to drill through every piece of historical content hierarchically."The changes as they are have not raised forum posts or things like them so much as they have buried everything more equally. As above, the more disorganized layout of things now has made things harder to find, and thereby, less likely to be found.----------------"The old profile page served 'my view of me' and 'my audience's view of me' somewhat evenly. With the changes we've made, and the changes in the pipeline, we're taking a stance. The public page is for my audience, the private page is for me. We're confident the new design better serves authors' audiences, even if it has some weaknesses for the author's own view. The author-centric side is coming, please hang in there!"I would like it if my public profile page were for my audience--and indeed, I guess it really is for my audience nowadays. Most of my profile page is dedicated to what my audience is doing: favoriting, subscribing, leaving me smiley faces or the occasional spam comment. That's lovely...except that most of my audience is probably more concerned with what I have been doing rather than what people like them have been doing. It's not an unreasonable conclusion to draw that most of the people who have visited my profile page went there to see what I, OrigamiAirEnforcer, have done. Unfortunately, nowadays they will see less of that and more of what others have done since notifications from me are few and far between compared to my audience's. That probably isn't going to go over so well with my viewers' or others when they visit other content creators' pages.----------------Re: Surfacing Older ContentNoble concept, but not one that is well served by the layout we now have.-----------------Re: Top-Five ProjectsUnder the old layout, this would have been a very nice feature. The five selected projects would have the displayed total number of projects prominent right next to them in the sidebar. With this layout, however, things are different. There is no outward indication of how many other projects the author has posted. As a result, the number of instructables posted by a person could be mistaken to only be 5 total.For a person such as myself, (having made 402 instructables at the time of this writing), this means only a tiny fraction of my projects are visible on first glance and to the roaming viewer, the others are completely unknown--absent some exploration by them. It would not be unlikely for the average viewer to make the incorrect conclusion that this mere 1.25% of my content is all that I have posted, solely based on the lack of information given under the new layout.----------"Activity Feed. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay."If things are going to be "like it or lump it" (as you say they will be with this), what point is there in bothering submitting feedback?Earlier today, I made a response to another person's comment on the activity feed, the problems it presents to authors and their content and what might be done about it. This was part of my comment:"I personally doubt anything will be done about [the activity feed]. I don't think the powers that be value content enough to reverse this mistake."Lo and behold, the problems it will cause for content creators are not enough to convince the administration to institute change--instead, what we have is "here to stay.""We believe that the activity feed, with the 'top Instructables' feature in particular, makes it much easier to determine at a glance how a member participates."This works great in theory...except the only things visible of my participation for the most part are those "top Instructables." Viewers favoriting and commenting on my instructables are not my participation in the community--nor are people subscribing to me.With the activity feed as it is, there is actually very little indication of what I do or how I participate. Far less than the old layout wherein comments at the very least were immediately visible.-------------"We'll also be looking carefully at how the page looks, making sure that we aggregate activity events such that no one event type (ahem, favorites!) takes over, etc."Why not simply make the profile page customizable by its user? As the subject of my profile page, I would like to make the decisions over what is shown so that nothing of any particular type overwhelms what I do not want it to.Perhaps you could even make it possible to allow users to revert their profiles to the old layout...---------------I care about Instructables' well being...that's why I oppose the changes as they are. The developers no doubt had the best of intentions, but I must again warn them that this layout is not what they believe it to be.-OAE

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  • It is indeed a serious issue.However, I personally doubt anything will be done about it. I don't think the powers that be value content enough to reverse this mistake.

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  • No button to even look at other subscribers; only your first 120 unless you rewrite the URL manually.

    On mobile it's even worse--you get a whopping 1.5 instructables visible on first glance; you have to actively look to see more to find further ones.Contest wins lack their unique achievement patches--but at least those accomplishments are still visible at all. Regular patches between users do not even get that, making them effectively worthless.Things aren't what they used to be.

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  • "Just a question... Has anyone sent you pictures of an airplane that they made from one of your designs?"If you mean examples of my airplanes made by others to my specifications, yes. The Turbo UltraVulcan probably has the largest number of viewer submitted photos.If you meant a derivative of one of my designs developed by a viewer, these do turn up--albeit more rarely.As far as videos go, they're something I've wanted to do for some time, but have never conquered. Being a one man operation as I am, launching a paper airplane and then filming it is not a particularly easy task. I will have to figure out a way to overcome the problems with that setup before I can frequently use it.

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  • I would not be at all surprised if they commit to the new profile page layout. Rather than valuing things on their merits, people nowadays feel that the simple creation of something makes it equal to whatever like it was around--without regard for actual capabilities.The new layout is objectively inferior to the previous setup, but it will likely remain because too many people are unwilling to face the fact that sometimes they make things that aren't quite as good as they thought they'd be.

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  • Based on what I've always been told about contests, the only thing that matters is your photographs and text.Those are the sole determinants of whether or not your project is original and thereby eligible (assuming the subject fits the contest).

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  • This is about all there is to it--and I'm not even sure the activity feed would be something for the public.These changes were not needed to be so radical. In making them what they are, things have been worsened.

    "I also can't set "Set promoted items" to work, either in Firefox or Chrome. I click the button and it just brings up a pop-up window with the same 5 Instructables that are already there - none of my other ones are available to swap in. Hopefully that's just a bug that will be fixed soon."It did not catch for a while when I set it either; after some time, it did show up. I think the system is just running on a bit of lag."Also not crazy about the news-feed ish feature (I've seen complaints in other threads about how it's pretty cluttered by things like people favoriting individual projects, as opposed to activity by the author); or how if you go to "All Instructables", all the sort options are gone. Maybe they did this as a way to help less-pop...see more »"I also can't set "Set promoted items" to work, either in Firefox or Chrome. I click the button and it just brings up a pop-up window with the same 5 Instructables that are already there - none of my other ones are available to swap in. Hopefully that's just a bug that will be fixed soon."It did not catch for a while when I set it either; after some time, it did show up. I think the system is just running on a bit of lag."Also not crazy about the news-feed ish feature (I've seen complaints in other threads about how it's pretty cluttered by things like people favoriting individual projects, as opposed to activity by the author); or how if you go to "All Instructables", all the sort options are gone. Maybe they did this as a way to help less-popular projects get a leg up, since if people are sorting by views and popularity all the time, that creates a feedback loop where the less popular ones never get any exposure?"The only vaguely positive change was the featured content selection capability. Considering that the costs for it were huge (fewer instructables shown, not indications for how many projects/subscribers the user has, the elimination of patches and the generally unintuitive design of the page), it was clearly not worth it. I am sure that they could have integrated the function to the old layout, as they should have. Instead, we got this.

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  • OrigamiAirEnforcer commented on Yonatan24's forum topic The New Update1 month ago

    Mobile works the same as desktop. There is no big difference to them except that even less content from the viewer is visible upon loading the page (only about 1.5 instructables versus 5).I am not sure as to whether or not many people wished for changes like these--but if they did, they have only confirmed that they should not be trusted with such responsibilities. This was not a good development. Once again content has been deemphasized and made a sideshow. Makers have a harder time showing off their content and viewers have a hard time finding it. There is nothing of any substantial value in this new design.

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  • "They probably click on your Instructable thinking that they're going to get a "fold this part, now fold that piece like that. Now flip it upside down, and fold that in half"."Some of my very early efforts were similar to that due both to the far greater simplicity of designs at the time, as well as an inattention to preciseness. As things have gotten a bit more precise, more detailed instructions have become crucial for success. People need to understand that although things may look elaborate at a glance, for the most part this is only looks--not actuality.What they then see is extremely detailed Instructions, which are not they were looking for. Simple. They should have searched on YouTube...I have put serious consideration into making video tutorials for my ai...see more »"They probably click on your Instructable thinking that they're going to get a "fold this part, now fold that piece like that. Now flip it upside down, and fold that in half"."Some of my very early efforts were similar to that due both to the far greater simplicity of designs at the time, as well as an inattention to preciseness. As things have gotten a bit more precise, more detailed instructions have become crucial for success. People need to understand that although things may look elaborate at a glance, for the most part this is only looks--not actuality.What they then see is extremely detailed Instructions, which are not they were looking for. Simple. They should have searched on YouTube...I have put serious consideration into making video tutorials for my aircraft; however, thus far I have not actually done it because time spent making such tutorials is time taken away from research and development of new aircraft and the Instructable tutorials for them. To me making tutorials when written/photographic instructions exist is unnecessary duplication. Yes it'd be great to have all of these things--but if there is significant cost to implementing the duplication, it may not be worth it.

    "Exactly. Less can be more, but when it happens so many times, it's pretty discouraging... I know what you're talking about."Regarding things that are not equal as equal only provides incentive to go with whatever is acceptable, not what's best."I've seen the comments that you're talking about. Everyone get these once in awhile. Your Instructables get quite a bit of those, which means that you probably attract more of the average internet user, whose IQ is very, very low."I ascribe it to viewers being a little overly eager to finish or realize the goal of the project, rather than handling it in a calm and timely manner. Being that a large fraction of my viewers are undoubted young, this isn't entirely unexpected, though it does become grating when the instructions...see more »"Exactly. Less can be more, but when it happens so many times, it's pretty discouraging... I know what you're talking about."Regarding things that are not equal as equal only provides incentive to go with whatever is acceptable, not what's best."I've seen the comments that you're talking about. Everyone get these once in awhile. Your Instructables get quite a bit of those, which means that you probably attract more of the average internet user, whose IQ is very, very low."I ascribe it to viewers being a little overly eager to finish or realize the goal of the project, rather than handling it in a calm and timely manner. Being that a large fraction of my viewers are undoubted young, this isn't entirely unexpected, though it does become grating when the instructions should be perfectly sufficient but go unheeded.

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  • I have elaborated on my holding further if you are interested:http://www.instructables.com/community/User-profil...I have buttressed my argument with facts too.-OAE

    My first reaction to the page was incredulous. I could not believe that they would clutter profile pages with such useless things. Then I checked around and found that indeed things were really as they appear.It doesn't bode well.

    The new layout has a multitude of problems. There are no indications of how many followers you have, how many instructables you have posted and no filters to divide content by its type. Patches are worthless now, as they're not visible to the public.This update truly is nothing but a downgrade.

    The entire system appears to operate with a certain bit of lagging.Originally I was going to note the same thing in the thread I made; by the time I was getting ready to publish that thread, the promoted instructables had been captured and put into place as I had laid them out.

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  • They are no longer visible to the public. With that, I'd say it's fair to label them worthless.

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  • Looks great? Not hardly. This setup is cluttered, unintuitive and deemphasizes content. Content posted by the user who the profile belongs to is a mere sideshow to activity indications--most of which do not even belong to that user.This layout has got to be reverted. The previous setup was vastly superior.

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  • "Instructables member OAE has posted several forum topics about contest winners in the past months. I understand the fact that he is annoyed some Instructables that win in contests aren't original, aren't documented very well, and lack pictures. It does bug me a bit when these types of Instructables win, but I guess that there's normally a reason for that, since most contests don't lack entries..."The only thing I can say is that people should understand that not all that glitters is gold and judging a book by its cover is a mistake."He also mentioned the fact that he was pretty annoyed about the fact that he doesn't win."It is annoying to find out that you may work for months only to be told the fruits of your labor are no better than those of someone who took...see more »"Instructables member OAE has posted several forum topics about contest winners in the past months. I understand the fact that he is annoyed some Instructables that win in contests aren't original, aren't documented very well, and lack pictures. It does bug me a bit when these types of Instructables win, but I guess that there's normally a reason for that, since most contests don't lack entries..."The only thing I can say is that people should understand that not all that glitters is gold and judging a book by its cover is a mistake."He also mentioned the fact that he was pretty annoyed about the fact that he doesn't win."It is annoying to find out that you may work for months only to be told the fruits of your labor are no better than those of someone who took mere hours--especially when it was taken from others to boot. My values are substantially different than others in this regard. Who's right? The eye of the beholder beckons--you be the judge."I DO NOT want to insult him in any way, but even though his Instructables are fairly well documented, I wouldn't expect for one of his Instructables to be a finalist. Brooklyntonia wrote that "A paper airplane on a cutting mat doesn't scream click and vote.", and I agree."Despite constant efforts and outreach on how I can make those well documented publications better, I still frequently receive correspondence from viewers who do not even bother to actually follow the I provide directions before barraging me with their complaints about the very same instructions they have ignored.As far as winning contests goes, I'm about at the point where I no longer care. I have seen plenty of contests come and go. Some of significant interest to me, others not. Only twice have I ever been selected as a winner. Luck hasn't been on my side in the contests and I don't figure on that changing any time soon.-OAE

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  • How To Make The FireHornet Paper Airplane

    It all depends on the launch height above ground, but glide ratio tends to be such that a launch at 4 feet can fly 30 to 40 feet in a level area.

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  • That part was not in reference to contests actually--(I am looking into how to handle images and have made some modifications in my last few half dozen or so as an interim solution. I haven't decided how I'm going to approach alternate staging of images or where they'll be shot.)The aspect I was talking about in that bit was the reactions I get over the performance and complexity as a normal matter, outside of contests. To the others to whom these things matter, getting the mix right has proven a perpetually difficult thing.

    That part was not in reference to contests actually--(I am looking into how to handle images and have made some modifications in my last few half dozen or so as an interim solution. I haven't decided how I'm going to approach alternate staging of images or where they'll be shot.The aspect I was talking about in that bit was the reactions I get over the performance and complexity as a normal matter, outside of contests. To the other who these things matters, getting the mix right has proven a perpetually difficult thing.

    That part was not in reference to contests actually--(I am looking into how to handle images and have made some modifications in my last few half dozen or so as an interim solution. I haven't decided how I'm going to approach alternate staging of images or where they'll be shot.)The aspect I was talking about in that bit was the reactions I get over the performance and complexity as a normal matter, outside of contests. To the other who these things matters, getting the mix right has proven a perpetually difficult thing.

    "What type of special (expensive) equipment do you need for making a paper airplane? What does equipment have to do with a contest win?"What you need to make one paper airplane is very cheap: a ruler, tape, paper and pencil. Most of these things will be around already or will ameliorate their cost over a long time if you must go out and purchase them. For the most part, one paper airplane costs a few pennies at the most. That situation changes radically when you introduce RC equipment into the equation.When making an RC paper airplane, the cost skyrockets to several hundred times that of a regular paper airplane. The cost of the equipment related to the contest ranged from $50 to $167, depending on which of the two systems being looked at. A previous contest here offered these...see more »"What type of special (expensive) equipment do you need for making a paper airplane? What does equipment have to do with a contest win?"What you need to make one paper airplane is very cheap: a ruler, tape, paper and pencil. Most of these things will be around already or will ameliorate their cost over a long time if you must go out and purchase them. For the most part, one paper airplane costs a few pennies at the most. That situation changes radically when you introduce RC equipment into the equation.When making an RC paper airplane, the cost skyrockets to several hundred times that of a regular paper airplane. The cost of the equipment related to the contest ranged from $50 to $167, depending on which of the two systems being looked at. A previous contest here offered these two systems as prizes."I think you'd be more likely to win if you made something really difficult with basic tools..."I made this advanced plane a while back; it was a contender in several contests. Though advanced, it would go together fairly easily for anyone that followed the instructions. It crashed and burned thrice, being eliminated without qualifying as even a finalist once.Based on that experience and others, I'm not entirely sure what to do anymore. No matter what I try to do there is always a complaint out of someone over something. If I try to make something simple, people want better performance.If I try to make something highly capable, people complain about complexity. If I try to make something capable but straightforward people gripe about having to make measurements.There is always some complaint over something, and it is extremely rare for the slightest suggestion to come in indicating what ideas they have toward a solution."To me (someone who isn't interested in paper airplanes, and someone who was never able to make even the simplest type), all of your Instructables [look] the same, and I'm sure that there are members that look at my Instructables and think they're pretty much the same... However, you have over 1000 members who are interested in your Instructables, and are probably waiting for your next invention.Even though there have been contest wins at under ~1K views, A quick look at your most recent I'bles shows that many don't pass that, which doesn't help becoming a finalist, as you probably know..."It is very uncommon for my viewers to interact with me. Although I have mentioned that viewers can message me for anything from advice on how to troubleshoot to making requests, I very seldom have takers. There are a lot who follow my work, but I am not sure how many are retained and at what rate."It does look like you spend a lot of time making your Instructables, but you should ask yourself if it's worth your time."At the moment, I think it is worth the time to make projects. Specifically tailoring projects for contests in hopes of winning them? Probably not."I don't think keeping a schedule for Instructables is that important (unlike YouTube), since your followers don't get an email immediately. I like to post whenever I have time, and whenever I feel like it. I don't want to make myself feel like I'm being forced to publish an I'ble, when there's no reason to do that. There are weeks that I don't post, and weeks that I post several I'bles..."The primary reason I continue to post weekly is I am probably the only major paper airplane maker that can honestly claim to do that on a continual basis--every Friday since 2011. The two big YouTubers have more varied schedules with one varying between days and weeks between posts and the other going months between videos some times. It's one thing I can cite demonstrating my loyalty to my viewers--I don't abandon them.

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  • It's certainly a foreign way of thinking versus what I am used to. Where I am from, individualistic thinking is the name of the game. I prefer this way myself because of how it values the people behind the work for their efforts--they have something they can point to as their own. In addition, because contact and collaboration are limited or not occurring, similar works are also often redundant--providing a safeguard against failures should something encounter problems.

    True, I'll probably explore them at some point. The contest was an opportunity but not one that went my way.I still hope to see how (or rather if) those items are used and rematerialize on the site.

    My comment did not dispute the notion that there is a movement which seeks to make the exchange of ideas freer--quite the contrary.What I said was that: while many people seek a freer exchange of ideas, this line of handling is one which runs a very serious risk of scaring off others who do not share that vision and may not disclose their work for fear of others.

    "As always, you have brought your argument back to what I suspect is the real reason you have issues with these kinds of projects. They are winning contests and you aren't."People may believe what they wish; my reactions and positions are as they are for the reasons already stated."Not winning a contest is not stopping you from working with RC paper planes and I find it sad that you do."Without the RC parts, there is no way I can proceed further. I have the expertise but not the equipment. Others have the reverse situation.

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  • "You were told that projects did not get praised, viewed or rewarded based on the effort taken to make the project, but on the effort put into helping other members recreate it - ultimately, the quality of presentation."Indeed I was; how it was told to me was that the result was what mattered. The project is desired, the maker is the means to it and that is all there is to it. I believe it--as I did when writing this topic post. I don't believe that it's a good thing, but I believe it.With my own projects I've gone to some lengths to maintain a quality such that assistance is not necessary and to assist those seeking help when that is still not enough. In turn, this led me to make a topic pointing out the wrong way to voice a problem (that being overly vague and not telling th...see more »"You were told that projects did not get praised, viewed or rewarded based on the effort taken to make the project, but on the effort put into helping other members recreate it - ultimately, the quality of presentation."Indeed I was; how it was told to me was that the result was what mattered. The project is desired, the maker is the means to it and that is all there is to it. I believe it--as I did when writing this topic post. I don't believe that it's a good thing, but I believe it.With my own projects I've gone to some lengths to maintain a quality such that assistance is not necessary and to assist those seeking help when that is still not enough. In turn, this led me to make a topic pointing out the wrong way to voice a problem (that being overly vague and not telling the author what parts you are finding difficulties with). Unfortunately, all too often I think people choose to give up rather than simply clarifying what problems they are having and allowing help to move to assist them."You are very keen to complain about the lack of originality of other instructablers, yet I turn to your most recent projects, and I see:> The SkyGrasshopper based on the Grasshopper.> The StratoScout based on the Super SkyScout, which was, in turn, based on the SkyScout, which was based on the Super Scout, which was based on the StarDragon> The Swift Vulcan, based on the MetaVulcan, based on the Vulcan Warrior, which was not your design.> The Simple Cirrus, based on the Cirrus, based on the Trekker, based on the Traveller....and that's just your four most recent planes, all published since you last complained about the lack of originality on the site."Each of the aircraft cited were new aircraft of their own right; none were identical to any others existent. While many of those aircraft cited shared parts and/or bore similar names, their designs were new upon release.While the Vulcan Warrior was not one of my own, it was a development of one of my aircraft (the Turbo Vulcan). The Vulcan Warrior was modified substantially by myself and, per the terms of the license all of my aircraft are under, I cited all involved when posting the MetaVulcan. As with the others, the MetaVulcan's original example was the fruit of my work in 2014.As before, I have never advocated for restrictions on developments. If you make something into a form that has never been done before, it is original. If you simply replicate something existent, the same cannot be said."Now, I am not suggesting you stop posting paper planes, but I am saying that you are not winning any friends, or gaining any influence, by complaining about other people when you are doing exactly what you complain about. There's a word for that."Though no one has prodded me to leave, I have given thought to it; thus far I've declined. Even so, if I do choose to leave at some point I do plan on removing all content to ensure that there will be no discontent over what would then be content without support. As for the suggestion of hypocrisy, that's simply not the case. I have upheld originality and never posted the same airplane twice. I have no intentions of doing so because there is no point of trotting over grounds already explored. There is no reason to post the same thing twice. Development of new designs and techniques is a far better use of energy, expertise and time.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"If you see a project using somebody else's images, or copying somebody else's text, then, yes, that is unacceptable, and members can contact HQ or a member of the Community Team to get it sorted.(I would be interested in finding out, out of approaching 200,000 projects, in your seven years as a member, how many blatant copies you have found and reported?)"To those exact specifications? About a dozen, though that is a dated number. I stopped bothering in 2013 after some of the responses given at that time. If the original photograph/text waiver wasn't about, that number would skyrocket to at least 100 to 150 of the ~1250 projects existent I'd say (~10% of the category; my own stake composes ~31%)."But, just because somebody has seen a cool thing and decided to try and make one themselves, that is not a reason to criticise them or complain about them. As Brooklyntonia says, a new member who reproduces somebody else's work is encountered, they should not be attacked, but welcomed and encouraged towards their own creations; new authors are fragile things - the majority do not go on to create a second or third instructable, often because the first feedback they get is negative."I take no pleasure in crushing newcomers' hopes, but they are not the only people who offer things up to the community.Had I been awarded the relevant prizes, I'd have been doing work on the RC controlled paper airplanes I had anticipated working with by now--regarding how a person could make and operate an aircraft with those engines. As is known, things did not go that way. At this point, I am quite certain the community will never see those prizes be integrated into any projects by the winners and that the involvement with the community those prizes had is now over. More could have been made with them but isn't.Usage in further instructables would have been a better deal for all involved.-OAE

    "If I was constantly worrying about whether someone took my idea, I'd go crazy and likely wouldn't send what I make into the world."As many people wish to see their efforts met with at least some acknowledgement, I suspect as these things become more well known innovators will be more reluctant to share the fruits of their labor than they have been.

    "Truthfully, they don't need to give credit. It's courteous, but if they didn't take any images or text directly, there's no rule or law that says they have to give credit."According to this, the licenses used around here are sufficient grounds for someone to be compelled to do what the relevant license specified.

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  • True, but I'm not holding my breath.

    The Sci-Fi contest is the closest I can imagine I could fit into of the given list; with that said I do actually have this Star Wars Tie Fighter prototype sitting around. It performs well and has shown itself capable in testing--I've just passed it over for publications in favor of other projects thus far.Perhaps that'll change when that contest begins, I'm not sure.

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  • The monetary aspect is here too, when contests are involved and the reasons are obvious: taking something with all R&D finished and the kinks worked out of it is simple. It is usually more difficult to actually do things for oneself. As far as crediting the original author goes and how well that option goes to defusing the situation, well...there can be numerous issues (protections put over the project by that original author being chief among them).As far as how it shoehorns into this topic more directly, it's quite astonishing to see the margin of change that has blown in in under a decade. As I mentioned, copying when from something satirized to something supported by scads of the community. Based on how similar trends have gone with sites like YouTube, I am apprehensi...see more »The monetary aspect is here too, when contests are involved and the reasons are obvious: taking something with all R&D finished and the kinks worked out of it is simple. It is usually more difficult to actually do things for oneself. As far as crediting the original author goes and how well that option goes to defusing the situation, well...there can be numerous issues (protections put over the project by that original author being chief among them).As far as how it shoehorns into this topic more directly, it's quite astonishing to see the margin of change that has blown in in under a decade. As I mentioned, copying when from something satirized to something supported by scads of the community. Based on how similar trends have gone with sites like YouTube, I am apprehensive of where this sort of trend will take things. .-OAE

    The monetary aspect is here too, when contests are involved and the reasons are obvious: taking something with all R&D finished and the kinks worked out of it is simple. It is usually more difficult to actually do things for oneself. As far as crediting the original author goes and how well that option goes to defusing the situation, well...there can be numerous issues (protections put over the project by that original author being chief among them).As far as how it shoehorns into this topic more directly, it's quite astonishing to see the margin of change that has blown in in under a decade. As I mentioned, copying when from something satirized to something supported by scads of the community. Based on how similar trends have gone with sites like YouTube, I am apprehensive of where...see more »The monetary aspect is here too, when contests are involved and the reasons are obvious: taking something with all R&D finished and the kinks worked out of it is simple. It is usually more difficult to actually do things for oneself. As far as crediting the original author goes and how well that option goes to defusing the situation, well...there can be numerous issues (protections put over the project by that original author being chief among them).As far as how it shoehorns into this topic more directly, it's quite astonishing to see the margin of change that has blown in in under a decade. As I mentioned, copying when from something satirized to something supported by scads of the community. Based on how similar trends have gone with sites like YouTube, I am apprehensive of where this sort of trend will take things.-OAE

    It's still relevant and I'd say it's message holds true today.Unfortunately, too few are actually appreciating that message and refraining from stealing.

    The monetary aspect is here too, when contests are involved and the reasons are obvious: taking something with all R&D finished and the kinks worked out of it is simple. It is usually more difficult to actually do things for oneself. As far as crediting the original author goes and how well that option goes to defusing the situation, well...there can be numerous issues (protections put over the project by that original author being chief among them).As far as how it shoehorns into this topic more directly, it's quite astonishing to see the margin of change that has blown in in under a decade. As I mentioned, copying went from something satirized to something supported by scads of the community. Based on how similar trends have gone with sites like YouTube, I am apprehensive of where...see more »The monetary aspect is here too, when contests are involved and the reasons are obvious: taking something with all R&D finished and the kinks worked out of it is simple. It is usually more difficult to actually do things for oneself. As far as crediting the original author goes and how well that option goes to defusing the situation, well...there can be numerous issues (protections put over the project by that original author being chief among them).As far as how it shoehorns into this topic more directly, it's quite astonishing to see the margin of change that has blown in in under a decade. As I mentioned, copying went from something satirized to something supported by scads of the community. Based on how similar trends have gone with sites like YouTube, I am apprehensive of where this sort of trend will take things.-OAE

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  • OrigamiAirEnforcer commented on jessyratfink's forum topic Call for contest judges3 months ago

    I'm up for the draft; I would prefer Play or Technology.

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  • Most amusing.I'll touch on these soon enough.

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  • I would answer the questions had and try to resolve the complaints if I knew what they were. The fact that these things are written so vaguely puts them into turf where nothing can be done.That is the vexing part.

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  • Nothing this side of February for me it appears.

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  • How To Make The Omniwing Zeta Paper Airplane

    I imagine there was more to your post than what there appears to be, but I will presume that it was probably something to the effect of "it's confusing for people without a technical under[standing of paper airplanes]." The only thing I can respond to that with is that I have gone to great lengths to make the Zeta easy to construct by design; its instructions are written in detail with notes on what portions pertain to which photographs and that I will do my best to help those with questions. The sole caveat to the last bit there is I ask that they tell me which part is troubling them. I can only help someone if they explain to me what problems they are having. General comments are great to make, but the absence of specifics is crippling to accomplishing any sort of meaningful...see more »I imagine there was more to your post than what there appears to be, but I will presume that it was probably something to the effect of "it's confusing for people without a technical under[standing of paper airplanes]." The only thing I can respond to that with is that I have gone to great lengths to make the Zeta easy to construct by design; its instructions are written in detail with notes on what portions pertain to which photographs and that I will do my best to help those with questions. The sole caveat to the last bit there is I ask that they tell me which part is troubling them. I can only help someone if they explain to me what problems they are having. General comments are great to make, but the absence of specifics is crippling to accomplishing any sort of meaningful change that could make things better.-OAE

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  • I've noticed that if I try to include links in my comments the last link I put in will default itself into all the others, ruining them.It's a rather vexing. The old editor never had this issue and there was nothing wrong with it. Functionality is now less in the name of what? Aesthetics?

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