Telephone answering machine

I am looking for a machine that will allow people to call a telephone   number that would be automatically answered and relayed to a   louspeaker so that the call can be heard "out loud". This planned as   an analogue system but I am open to everything. The calls should be   limited to 3 minutes. alternative:   an app that would allow me to answer my calls   automatically (hands-off) and listen to the callers without touching   the phone. The calls should be limited to 3 minutes. This is project that is happening in mid-August 2013 in Palm Springs Ca. Usually in Europe I use a  Tiptel 540 SD  but these dont seem   available in the US. Any tips or help are welcome. see web link Yours electronically B. Maubrey

Posted by Feedback Fred 4 years ago

I have an old GE answering machine (digital) what to do with it??

What can I turn my old GE digital answering machine into? Just curious, if anyone has any ideas or has done anything with it?

Posted by antonzedd 9 years ago

Network connected telephone answering machine

I was hoping that SOMEONE made a telephone answering machine with a network connection so that it would do its thing like any other digital answering machine but the messages could be managed over my network. So I did a google search and it seems others have also been interested in such a thing - albeit the most recent queries being at least a year old. The answers were - "I already have that on Vonage" - sorry - don't want voip!! And various programs that would let your computer, with voice modem, do that including linux programs. Well - I don't have a full blown computer on all the time and am not likely to. And so I thought - how about a small computer - but don't have one - couldn't think of one ... And then I thought ..... Raspberry PI!!?? So small and low power that it could even be put in an old answering machine case and low power draw. Does anyone think its enough computer to do this?  Anyone up to inventing one?

Posted by Ted de Castro 4 years ago

How do I make a slap button light up box/podium for a quiz game?

I want to make an answering system for a quiz game that I am hosting. I want it to be a slap button that will light up the box under neath of the button so that I can see who hit their button first. The system doesn't have to be a lockout system I just want it to be as simple as possible, budget friendly, and easy to make because I am not very electrically inclined. Please help me out and let me know what other information I need to provide. I just want to make two that are not very difficult to build. Button, lights, and power supply connect is all I need.  ALSO, the button is just push connection or momentary connection button. ONly push to turn on the light and NOT push to turn the light back off. Thanks smart people! 

Asked by Colinlott16 2 years ago

Answers problem

Answers is broken... can't post answers

Posted by mole1 6 years ago

no reply to best answer

In answers when answer is chosen as best answer there is no longer reply link in it

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago

Answers ??? What's happened to answers ?

What's happened to the answers field on the 'ibles main title ? Its gone, as of this morning's update ? Steve

Posted by steveastrouk 8 years ago

Answers tab? Answered

Who stole the Answers tab - Please return it

Asked by rickharris 6 years ago

answers category unanswered and answered switched

to reproduce: at page press unanswered and get a list of questions with answers hit back on your browser press answered  and get a list of questions without answers

Posted by kill-a-watt 7 years ago

Is there a way to rate answers?

I keep browsing through Answers, and i have noticed that alot of times, the person who asks the question never really selects a best answer, and sometimes it's because alot of the answers are similar. Is there a way for users to rate on another's answers, selecting a best answer by vote?

Asked by cyc4015 9 years ago

Age Not Displayed in Answers listing

.  Getting the following in Answers listings : Asked in Tech by Stickerdude [date] Answers: 1

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago

If you answer this question with "no", will I give it the best answer? Answered

If you answer this question with "no", will I give it the best answer?

Asked by shadowninja31 7 years ago

Answer Bug

Sigh, found a bug in answers when a replied comment was declared the best answer, its reply doesn't follow it

Posted by Chicken2209 9 years ago

Where is the answers tab? Answered

What happened to the answers tab that appeared at the top of the home page? Or is it just me?

Asked by caarntedd 8 years ago

Me:Discussions:Answers shows no 'best answers' (I have 11)

I have 11 best answers on my 'you' page saying which they are. (hurray)On the "You" page, discussions tab, questions subtab it shows: "AnswersNone of your answers have been selected as "Best Answers", yet.The Instructables Community provides the knowledge and experience that makes Answers such a powerful feature. And by "Instructables Community," we mean you! Answering questions is as easy as making a comment. If the question author likes your answer, it may even be selected as a Best Answer. Find questions to answer, now!Note: We will soon have a listing here of all the answers you've written, not just your Best Answers. "

Posted by frollard 9 years ago

Answers and Email Notifications Bug

When I answer another user's question, and someone replies to my answer, I receive an email notification saying that "You have 1 new answer to a question you asked!" But really, it is just a reply to an answer, and it is not my question.

Posted by Brennn10 9 years ago

answers page

OK ,  here we go agin !  WHERE DID YA'LL HIDE TH' "ANSWERS PAGE ???

Posted by gearhead1951 7 years ago

Is there a point system on instructables answers? Answered

There is on yahoo answers.

Asked by bowmaster 9 years ago

Best answer problem

I got an email saying I got best answer for this question. My list of best answers doesn't show it. Did the person who asked the question just un-mark the best answer, or is this actually a bug? Thanks!

Posted by kcls 8 years ago

What happened to answers?

I just noticed that the "answers" button at the top of the site is gone! What happened?

Posted by XOIIO 8 years ago

Are the admins picking best answers now? Answered

I've noticed lately that a lot of my really old answers are being picked as best answers.  Is it just a coincidence, or are the admins finally picking the best answers on the old questions?

Asked by thegeeke 6 years ago

Recent shows Answered questions

Win 7 FFox  21 On selecting RECENT when looking at the list of Questions in the Answer area I see all the ANSWERED questions.

Posted by rickharris 5 years ago

Answers keep vanishing? Answered

As regulars will know I answer a lot of questions (rightly or wrongly!) BUT I have noticed recently that a few of my answers disappear - anyone else noticed this?

Asked by rickharris 4 years ago

kelseymh Achieves 300 Best Answers

.  kelseymh recently received his 300th Best Answer. Congratulations and patch have been sent.

Posted by NachoMahma 6 years ago

comments and answers

Is it just me, or has the robot separated the comments and answers on our user profiles? My number of comments rose, my number of answers dropped and my best answer % just jumped from 4 to 7. (yay!) My mum always said that I talked too much.

Posted by caarntedd 6 years ago

how will i find the answer for a follow up question to anyone that answer's? Answered

If will have a follow up question to anyone that answer through the reply button how will find there answer.

Asked by jovenhatsjr 9 years ago


Recent Questions and Answers are not so recent at 3 years old when I was doing some only hours old A

Posted by iceng 5 years ago

Is there a way to search Answers for answers? Answered

Is there some way to find specific answers? Whenever I put a search in (e.g. "gears"), it only comes up with results in the Instructables category. And I can't find any dialog boxes to change the search category to "Answers". It just seems to me that a system as awesome as the "Answers" section is needs accessibility to get the full potential out of it. (It's forgivable at this point because it's still new).

Asked by victus_maestro 9 years ago

orksecurity Tops 400 Best Answers

.  orksecurity has had his fellow Iblers click Best Answer over 400 times! Thanks for all the help, orksecurity. .  Patch sent. .  400 Best Answers graphic by caitlinsdad

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago


My main (and only problem) with Answers is the reply counter. why does it count your own reply. when I ask something and look at the replies. I keep thinking that there is a new answer.

Posted by Iridium7 8 years ago

No Best answers emails ?

Has the system stopped sending Best Answer emails ? I've had a few BAs recently, but no notifications.

Posted by steveastrouk 2 years ago

Who chose the best answer? Answered

Is it possible for non-admins to tell who selected a "best answer" as the "best"?

Asked by Kiteman 9 years ago

answer removed ?

I wrote answer to this question and it got removedi dont see any obvious reason why

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago

cant add answers to custom links

When customizing the links next to You there is no option to add the answers page

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago

Recent Answers

Filtering answers by "recent" doesn't work? They all seem to be old. Win7, FF 21 Probably caused by an addon? IE works fine.

Posted by explosivemaker 5 years ago

Can anyone see their best answer count ?

If I cannot see the best answers accrued in ten years my ten years, my life is over !

Posted by iceng 1 year ago

Best answer count is not in profile anymore.

It looks like the count of best answers is not in the profile anymore.  Is the a bug or permanent?

Posted by Re-design 8 years ago

Answers to questions disappear.

I answer questions frequently. Just recently a) I need to click twice on the post button to get my answer to appear b) My answers that apear and look as posted often disappear at a later date. Sometimes within a few hours. Fifrfox, Win7 64bit.

Posted by rickharris 3 years ago

How was Answers initially populated? Answered

C.f. Bumpus's Question.

Asked by kelseymh 9 years ago

Best Answers? Answered

I just got my first best answer and now it say i have 20%, what happens when i get 100%?

Asked by connoboarder 6 years ago


When I click on Best answers in my profile I used to be able to see the questions I had been given best answer for - Now I see the questions I have asked. ERROR!

Posted by rickharris 7 years ago

Answer page won't log me in

I am logged in on the main page and the forum but not on the Answers page. I keeps sending me to the log in window.

Posted by rickharris 4 years ago

The "Info" block in answers seems to be scrambled

The "Info" block in answers seems to be scrambled.  I'm using firefox 3.6.8.  Refresh doesn't help.

Posted by Re-design 7 years ago

rickharris Reaches 200 Best Answers

.  rickharris has given the Best Answer 200 times. Congratulations and a patch is on its way.

Posted by NachoMahma 6 years ago

frollard gets 300 Best Answers

.  frollard has been awarded Best Answer 300 times! Congratulations and patch sent.

Posted by NachoMahma 7 years ago

Is the new answers-less layout permenant?

Just curious, site went down for maintenance today, and now that it's back, the answers section is gone from the title header.  Is answers going the way of the dodo bird?

Posted by frollard 8 years ago