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Kiteman (author) 4 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)  veryrealperson1 year 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, depending on whether you want other members to join in the discussion.
Helpful Thanks.
Kiteman (author) 4 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 hacker1 year ago
Lolman400014 days ago

Could you be able to help me here?

If not, could you show me someone who is?

I see you have a laser cutter, which model do you have? Sorry if you specified somewhere, still trying to understand this site..

sunshiine3 months ago

This bird flew into my open bathroom window during a snow storm. I have not found anyone who knows what kind it is. Have any idea? Thanks.

Have a great day.


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Kiteman (author)  sunshiine3 months ago

It's a sparrow of some kind, probably a house sparrow or a tree sparrow, though a very tatty one. I can't remember where in the world you are (beyond "the USA"), so the best I can do for now is point you here:

If you're getting into birds, I recommend a decent guide - when I was in San Francisco, I used The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America (there's an Eastern version as well), and there's a very good app as well (search for Sibley birds app), better than I've found for British birds, and we invented the pass time!

Kiteman (author)  Kiteman3 months ago

Oh, and you'll need a pair of binoculars. You can get decently-priced 8x32 roof prism binoculars, but don't buy online until you've tried them in your hands and on your face. Go to a store (hunting stores are probably good for you), look at things outside (take them into the street and check out roofs), choose your pair, then browse for that exact model online.

sunshiine Kiteman2 months ago

Sorry I did not see your reply sooner. I am saving these links and appreciate you taking the time to share them. I thought it looked kind of like a sparrow but the color of it through me off because I have not seen one like it before, but bird watching is very new to me. Thanks again Mr. K. I hope your day is amazing!