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Architect by training, Phil is a designer who codes. He abuses CNCs and industrial robots while building fine furniture, mixing digital fabrication and craftsmanship. He likes thinking about energy use with the lights on, building web-apps for obscure fabrication processes, and working to make Instructables more attractive, more fun, and more useful. He's also Instructables' technical product manager.

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  • pseaton commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates2 weeks ago

    Update 11/21 (Yonatan24 -- you beat me to the announcement punch here!)You asked, we listened! The member page had some big updates at the end of last week:- Many stats have returned- Bio now appears in the header- Activity feed is now just "stuff you did" not "stuff done to you"- Instructables page now lists all Instructables, and allows sorts for members with more than 30 projects (recent, featured, view)- Collections are included on the Instructables page, and can be included in "top projects"For those in the US, happy Thanksgiving week. For others, happy Monday!

    We'll continue to seek opportunities where aggregation can condense the activity feed, and you've identified some good potential targets. Check out http://www.instructables.com/member/Penolopy+Bulni... where comment and follow actions are condensed when they occur in near-enough-together timeframes, screencaps of her current profile attached.These timeline events are a little tricky for us to back-populate, but we're currently running a script (for two weeks now!) that will make sure that at least "favoriting" activity (the most common action on the site) is included for everyone's profile. That should hopefully make it feel a bit more like these people who haven't engaged as fully are home. Hopefully, that'll leave fewer empty timelines.Thanks again for the feedback!

    What you're describing is a cache of a member page in your own browser, because you've viewed those particular member pages before. As you observed, hitting refresh does, in fact, refresh the page. If you want to clear this up for yourself for good, you can clear your browser's cache.1) Formatted PMs are a possibility, they've been on our "one day" list for awhile.2) We already aggregate favorite events and comment events, just not by Instructable. So the logic you suggest conflicts with aggregations like "Yonatan24 favorited A, B, and C".Feature suggestions should go to service@instructables.com so they can aggregate the requests, get a feel for the overall feeling towards a feature, and pass on those requests that come up most often or seem most pressing. Then the requests need to be ...see more »What you're describing is a cache of a member page in your own browser, because you've viewed those particular member pages before. As you observed, hitting refresh does, in fact, refresh the page. If you want to clear this up for yourself for good, you can clear your browser's cache.1) Formatted PMs are a possibility, they've been on our "one day" list for awhile.2) We already aggregate favorite events and comment events, just not by Instructable. So the logic you suggest conflicts with aggregations like "Yonatan24 favorited A, B, and C".Feature suggestions should go to service@instructables.com so they can aggregate the requests, get a feel for the overall feeling towards a feature, and pass on those requests that come up most often or seem most pressing. Then the requests need to be balanced against the value to the community (and the business) vs development investment. For example, @-mentions would be great, I agree, but the feature would be very expensive to develop. Much easier said than done!

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  • pseaton commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the bug reports! For full disclosure as to the number and degree of bugs that just went out yesterday.... we have one full-time QA person, who's on paternity right now. He'd definitely have caught all this stuff before it went out. We miss him, and can't wait for his return! Your issues should be addressed shortly:- By removing the "edit" option for Instructables that aren't your own- By linking to the "preview" page for unpublished drafts- By fixing the issue where only 22 items of any type show up on the "view all" page. That's just a bug.Other stats requested in this forum are also coming soon, but require a little more reworking than other changes so they aren't quite ready to go out yet.Sorts and filters are up in the air, but we're thinking through options that could wo...see more »Thanks for the bug reports! For full disclosure as to the number and degree of bugs that just went out yesterday.... we have one full-time QA person, who's on paternity right now. He'd definitely have caught all this stuff before it went out. We miss him, and can't wait for his return! Your issues should be addressed shortly:- By removing the "edit" option for Instructables that aren't your own- By linking to the "preview" page for unpublished drafts- By fixing the issue where only 22 items of any type show up on the "view all" page. That's just a bug.Other stats requested in this forum are also coming soon, but require a little more reworking than other changes so they aren't quite ready to go out yet.Sorts and filters are up in the air, but we're thinking through options that could work for everyone. Something will happen.Thanks for the timely feedback!

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

    1, 2, and 3 are all planned changes coming soon. 4 is a little fraught technically and affects very few authors, so that may be a bit of a tough sell. Thanks for the continued feedback, it's very helpful to have a beat on what the community thinks of these big changes!

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

    View counts update at different schedules in almost every context. It makes a difference if you're logged in or not, viewing an individual project, list of projects on member or explore pages, or a list of projects in a collection. The largest number is freshest, and can be observed while logged in on the Instructable page itself. This is deliberate behavior that helps us scale on a shoestring.

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  • No changes are being made to the existing settings page; it's a wholesale rewrite. We also haven't released code this week. Sadly, I'm not seeing what you're seeing.Confirming, steps to reproduce are:1) Start in clean incognito window in chrome browser on mac osx2) visit www.instructables.com3) Click "login" in the top right corner. Enter creds, then click "login"4) Click "you" in top right corner, then settings5) Browse around all tabs for ~20 clicks. Expected Behavior: No modal dialogs are shownObserved Behavior: Eventually, the pictured modal appears?

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

    Feel free to include a link in your bio to the explore pages with your own username included. All the filters are available there:http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/user-Orig...

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

    Here are some numbers we looked at while considering the new designs, aggregated over August-October this year, as a percentage of total profile pageviews:Total views of all sub-tabs: 12.6%Total views of Instructables sub-tabs: 9.7%Total views of favorites tabs: 1.9%Total views of all other tabs combined: 1.0%Total views of all "forum topic" tabs: 0.018%The tabs on the left of the old member page, with the exception of the Instructables tab and (somewhat) the favorites tab, do not drive any traffic to your content. In particular, to your point about old forum topics, there may be people finding your old posts, but they have never come from the member page. There were only five profiles, in the course of three months, that had traffic to the "forum topic" sub-tabs. That tells us the tab ...see more »Here are some numbers we looked at while considering the new designs, aggregated over August-October this year, as a percentage of total profile pageviews:Total views of all sub-tabs: 12.6%Total views of Instructables sub-tabs: 9.7%Total views of favorites tabs: 1.9%Total views of all other tabs combined: 1.0%Total views of all "forum topic" tabs: 0.018%The tabs on the left of the old member page, with the exception of the Instructables tab and (somewhat) the favorites tab, do not drive any traffic to your content. In particular, to your point about old forum topics, there may be people finding your old posts, but they have never come from the member page. There were only five profiles, in the course of three months, that had traffic to the "forum topic" sub-tabs. That tells us the tab isn't used, and should be removed.On another note, I very much like the idea of having the member page customizable per user, but there's nothing "just" about it.... At the scale and complexity of Instructables, it's a monumental task! That said, there are a number of stats and changes that we'll be bringing back as a result of the feedback here. That's why I'd encourage everyone to write feedback, even if we can't concede a wholesale revert to the old page.

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  • pseaton posted a forum topic Profile Page Updates1 month ago
  • Hey There, sorry about that!That's a very confusing bug. As you might expect, having just traded out the member page it's a very busy morning for us. But we're looking into it right now, and should have a fix ready shortly. Rest assured: your Instructables are safe and will return to your member page once we figure out what happened there!

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  • Free-form curved furniture without molds / Part 1

    Full laminated sheets are definitely stronger -- that's not the benefit here. The big advantage here is not strength or cut time, but one-off production: because no molds need to be built for a specific design, designs can be prototyped at much lower cost and mass customization becomes possible. A wooden chair can be sized and shaped exactly for you, for example.The value of mass customization is debatable, but it's certainly interesting and I think has great potential to remake the world of manufacturing.

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  • pseaton commented on Nick70587's forum topic Email notifications2 months ago

    10-4. We'll get this fixed up sooner than later. Bug confirmed, fix on the way. Because of standard testing and deployment procedures it could take 10 days or so to get this out, but it's on our near-term radar now. Thanks for writing in!

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  • pseaton commented on pseaton-testing's instructable Steps without content3 months ago
    Steps without content

    helllooO!O

    Hi and welcome!We're glad you want to share something with the Instructables community! However, this appears to be incomplete and perhaps missing some important information, so we have temporarily unpublished it for you. If you would like to make some changes or additions to this, please do so. Then if you would leave me a message here, we can take second look and publish this live if it is ready.Thanks! Your friendly neighborhood Instructables staff

    Hi and welcome!We're glad you want to share something with the community, but unfortunately this doesn't qualify as an Instructable . . . but you can fix it so it does! :)An Instructable shows others how to do or make something, and outlines the steps to show readers how to duplicate what you have done. Would you like to make some changes or additions to this? Leave me a message here if you do, and I will take a look and publish this if it is ready! Thanks, Your friendly neighborhood instructables staff.

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  • pseaton commented on pseaton-testing's instructable Title3 months ago
    Title

    Hi and welcome!We're glad you want to share something with the Instructables community! However, this appears to be incomplete and perhaps missing some important information, so we have temporarily unpublished it for you. If you would like to make some changes or additions to this, please do so. Then if you would leave me a message here, we can take second look and publish this live if it is ready.Thanks! Your friendly neighborhood Instructables staff

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  • pseaton commented on brmarcum's forum topic Pixlr editor won't save edited image3 months ago

    Hey There!Sorry to see you're having trouble with the Pixlr editor. I'm here to say: It's not you, it's me. Er, them.We've been in touch with the Pixlr team; it was a release of theirs that broke the image editor on Instructables. They have been working to tame some abuse of their own website recently, and in so doing they made a change that breaks all iframe implementations of pixlr express (of which Instructables' is one).We reported this to them last week on Thursday, and they've been working on a fix that they hope to deploy today. When they do, it should all start working again. If you're keen to know what's going on, you can see when you first open the pixlr editor that it flashes in an iframe, then immediately reloads and your browser bar changes to "pixlr.com" instead of "instru...see more »Hey There!Sorry to see you're having trouble with the Pixlr editor. I'm here to say: It's not you, it's me. Er, them.We've been in touch with the Pixlr team; it was a release of theirs that broke the image editor on Instructables. They have been working to tame some abuse of their own website recently, and in so doing they made a change that breaks all iframe implementations of pixlr express (of which Instructables' is one).We reported this to them last week on Thursday, and they've been working on a fix that they hope to deploy today. When they do, it should all start working again. If you're keen to know what's going on, you can see when you first open the pixlr editor that it flashes in an iframe, then immediately reloads and your browser bar changes to "pixlr.com" instead of "instructables.com" while you're editing your image. That's not supposed to happen -- you're supposed to stay in context at instructables.com during editing. So the problem actually occurs when you first open your image, not when you hit save. But when you hit save, you can see the effects.I'll update this thread if I hear anything new from them throughout the day. Thanks for letting us know about this!~Devs

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  • pseaton commented on umami_tsunami's instructable Capturing the Milky Way3 months ago
    Capturing the Milky Way

    Your photos are beautiful! Nicely done, and spectacularly documented. You have my vote!

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