Eeek...new Home page :(

Hi Your new Home page for Instructables is dreadful. You've lost the easy overview, fast navigation, pictorial overview and replaced it with a flashy meaningless image that wipes out your valuable home page real estate. I think Autodesk don't understand where makers and builders are coming from. I have to admit I was kinda waiting for something like this post buy-out. You take something that works and turn it into clunk. Sorry, but you've missed the boat on this one. John Graphic artist - Web designer

Posted by diykiwibloke 5 years ago


Clarifying recipes by showing our country

Hello, I've noticed after perusing just a few candy Instructables that some confusion comes from the fact that Instructables is an awesomely international site. It seems like lots of comments come from all over the world with questions when brands and particularly obscure ingredients are mentioned. I wondered if showing what country people who comment live in, that those in the same country can especially help, and that it might make for interesting discussion to learn about our different food cultures and available ingredients. What do y'all think?

Posted by susie 7 years ago


In Windows 7, You Can Send Feedback on Anything - YES, ANYTHING.

I guess MS is pretty serious this time.

Posted by Labot2001 9 years ago


Feedback on glove tutorial?

I made this instructable on how to make gloves the other day and I was hoping for some feedback from some fresh eyes. It's a pretty advanced topic, but I'd like to see if people without sewing experience can glean something from it too. Do the diagrams make sense? Is the pace okay? Any concrit is appreciated. Instructable is here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Gloves/

Posted by Icetigris 7 years ago


Feedback

A heads-up for those members who try and help other folk out;I was just reporting a bug* in the Feedback menu, when I noticed several questions from new members which should have been elsewhere, but were ignored because the noobs got their links mixed up.Please, try and remember to check that section occasionally and redirect misplaced questions to the appropriate forum.* The flag function doesn't seem to be working on some spamibles.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Feedback: thumbs up on the placement of new subscription items

Just wanted to say: me likee. It's like it was when subs were first introduced. Very nice.  Now if only I could get my comments just under that (or even customize it...le gasp! :D ), life would be complete... :D

Posted by Lithium Rain 8 years ago


Question about science of cooking finalist

I was just wandering what made not get to the finalists? I really got great feedback from the community here, any advice for futre contestshttps://www.instructables.com/id/CakExperiment/

Asked by HadasW 2 months ago



feedback: my first experience

Great after an hour since my last save of typing, i get some error about not being able to parse ">" and I loose all my work, you might give a nice BIG warning you should author your document locally and copy and paste it into the form when its finished.... even gmail transparently saves drafts every minute or so... Given how crude the editor form is, I'll think twice before wasting my time again...

Posted by DELETED_codifies 5 years ago



Suggestion: Duct Tape Category

Would love to see a section either in say Play or, preferably, Workshop for Duct Tape.

Posted by DELETED_Fuogger 8 years ago


Revised front page

A victory for common sense: the front page stays still, is a sensible size and readable. Well done. Steve

Posted by steveastrouk 7 years ago


Build Wireless guitar system from scratch any kinda advice?

What I need for tools and supplies

Asked by DylanF59 5 days ago


This forum confuse me.

What was wrong with the old one? It didn't work well on mobile devices? Why do you make me hate people with mobile devices? Some of them may be a good persons...

Posted by Waldemar Sha 4 months ago


The search function

The search function is, IMO, too restrictive now. Limiting it to searching only instructables, forum topics and the answers section hides a large section of the site from folk who did not know it was there. I propose (re-)adding to the list: Groups People Whole site

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago


im shocked at how great this site is

I must must must say that your price for the classes is wonderful. i on a very fixed income will be able to gift premium. i love you guys always have but this is beyond anything thank you

Posted by twighahn 1 year ago


Replies in Instructables

Today I posted replies to comments to my instructable. My replies show up when I'm logged in but when I just access my instructable without logging in, I only can view the comments but not my replies. Will my replies eventually be visible to an unlogged in reader???

Posted by Dave Kruschke 6 years ago


Love the new instructables lay out

Hey, you guys over in the 'ible offices only ever hear negative remarks so I thought I would throw my two cents your way and let you know that I am loving the new layout and all of your hard work, keep it up guys!

Posted by DELETED_Fuogger 7 years ago


What happened to the spammers?

I noticed for a few days now that there is basically no spam showing up anymore. Of course I have no clue if that is coincidence but if not I would like to thank the code monkeys for fixing the spam problem. Yes, there will be new spam attacks but right now I really like the clean look after a reload - no spam is always good :)

Posted by Downunder35m 2 years ago


Is anyone having trouble with the new instructables app update on android?

I seem to be having trouble with publishing through the app I have given it 24 hours and the newest instructable I attempted to publish still hasn't shown through the feed. When I look up my username only two instructables that are mine pop up. There should be three. I even tried doing this on the computer with no prevail.

Asked by Noble_Knight 4 years ago


view all steps now requires a membership?

I'm pretty disappointed that a once free feature is now something I have to pay to use. The view all steps feature was very nice and made reading instructables easy. I'm pretty much a lot less likely to use the site now because it is such a pain to click through each step and I can't just skim through an instructable anymore.

Posted by CowGuy 7 years ago


What happened similar Instructable suggestions?

Until recently every article had a few links to similar Instructables top right (just under the equally useful and equally missing other posts by same author box). Did I somehow accidentally change my layout preferences or did this get helpful information get nixed for the sake of a cleaner layout? If so, please restore that functionality. Without it each article is a dead end. You're killing my flow, man.

Asked by alhazen 5 months ago


Sleazy ads are disappointing.

I'm disappointed by your sleazy American Apparel ads featuring half-naked women. It is gratuitous and uncalled for. As a father I am doubly disappointed because I know that my children have frequented your site as well. The thing is, I really like your site and have told people about it. Now I find myself considering blocking your site at my home and at my children's schools. Look, I'm not a prude--far from it. But your site seems to be migrating from classy to trashy, and that really disappoints me. I would expect this behavior from mens magazine sites, but I thought you folks had a little more class than that.

Posted by stephmur 7 years ago


"Show All 8 Images" -- not liking it

The page formatting has recently been updated so that not all photos in a group are displayed. Instead, there's an item to click, "Show all 8 images". I don't like this feature... I'm reading the article, why wouldn't I be interested in seeing the images? Alternately, is there a way to specify a "see all images" preference? I also don't like how now the images in the image sets fade in rather than just being images on the page.  In general, the older style of images were much more functional. Sorry if I'm sounding like the grumpy old man complaining about the kids and their new-fangled Web 2.0 coding!

Posted by marhar 5 years ago


30 July Site Update Feedback

There was a down-time yesterday and then a few minutes later a lot of things changed. It's good to know that the staff has been working hard to make our experience better. I checked the Site Update forum thread to check for what all has been changed and there has been no recent post. So here's what all I think changed and my 2 cents: Homepage top menu is different. The menu looks clean and minimalistic but it took me a while to find out what is where(as explore meant only the categories earlier). What I feel is that it seems a bit like everything has been swept under the rug. The moment you click on Explore, your senses are bomabarded with all the options: featured, all the categories(play, tech, outdoor...), contest, forum, groups, answers and even 2 contests on the right side. I think the previous menu setup provided a good balance as I didn't have to look too hard for an option(but that might be because I was used to it). If I wanted to check out the contests, it was right there. Answers, Groups and Forums were clubbed together. Explore had the various categories. To a new person the previous also advertises all the features of instructables except for just the projects. He might not click on explore now(I didn't at first). Also the menu under explore now takes a while to load and I get a loader for a few seconds. The site navigation menu should be pre-loaded and not loaded when clicked as it turns user away from exploring the site further. All the steps show together. Earlier it was optional and I kept the view to one step at a time, but that button is no longer there. Single step saves internet bandwidth and instructables load up faster. Now I have to scroll all the way down to view the comments. I honestly hope this is temporary and single step view will be brought back. Heavy instructables(such as with lots of images and GIFs) or with over 20 steps will take forever to load and finish off my mobile plan if I'm using internet tethering. Also it will put a pressure on authors to keep instructables small and light, hence losing quality. If there is some way to view a single step and the way to set it up has changed, please let us know. The Featured top bar looks good. Thin and clean yet attractive. The featured channel footer on the home page also looks really good. But there is some extra whitespace above it. Sorry for the bashing but changes will take time getting used to. Thanks for trying to always better the site. Are there other changes I missed? What do other members feel?

Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 2 years ago


The Instructables editor appears to have a number of serious bugs

I encountered the following unfortunate bugs when using Google Chrome to publish my latest instructable.The floating panels and sidebarsThe right-hand sidebar masks what you have written when previewing your text.Even when the sidebar is minimized it still masks the bottom line of text. The side-bar should be anchored to the top of the screen ...Try saving your work then click "You" to exit your draft. The list of options appears beneath the horizontal top-panel making it impossible exit your draft. I got here by closing then reopening the browser :(HighlightingThe editor for creating this topic allows you to highlight your text and see the highlighting immediately.When writing an Instructable the instructable editor doesn't immediately show the highlighting. You only see the highlighting in the Preview mode.

Posted by lingib 5 months ago


is this feedback gonna work???? Answered

Is this feedback gonna work????

Asked by ouwelou 8 years ago


Project Idea feedback!

Hello! I am currently doing a project for school in the realm of digital design and tech where we have to create and develop an idea to solve a problem. I have chosen to create a laser cutter and need feedback about the considerations of what it should be like, price range, features, functionality and etc. Any input would be greatly appreciated! So here is my survey https://goo.gl/forms/jSFCAYq4QEjStf522 Anything other input other from the survey is welcome as well! Thanks!

Posted by slackj 1 year ago


Site Feedback

Hello, I have some feedback regarding the site. First, the page width is a little too big. On 1024x600 resolution there is a horizontal scrollbar, which seems kind of useless to me and takes up vertical space. Secondly, the link named Feedback on https://www.instructables.com/about/contact.jsp directs to https://www.instructables.com/community?categoryGroup=help&category=faq, as does the link named FAQs on the Contact Instructables page. Third, a button to hide the search header would be a nice feature, it's unnecessarily big and takes about 1/6th of vertical space on resolution of 1024x600. I hope I explained understandably and that you can make some tweaks. Firefox 21.0 Windows 7 Home Premium

Posted by rein365 5 years ago


Why do they call RC motors servos?

If they were true servos there would be a feedback signal generated. What is the proper term for these motors, maybe a stepper?

Asked by baudeagle 7 years ago


Why was my instructable not featured?

Https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Folding-Board...i would like to have some feedback so my instructbale will be featured.any advice?

Asked by HadasW 6 weeks ago


Is Instructable not copyright in 2018?

It is not changed in copyright area © 2017 Autodesk, Inc it 2018.

Posted by FahadI7 4 months ago


Flickering tv screen on Samsung 40”

My Samsung LN40” has been flickering for a week. Progressively worse. I read on one of your posts about cutting a jumper wire JP825/845 on the Samsung 46/55” but when I took my tv down and removed the back plate those wires don’t exist on this model. I’m trying to locate the correct wire to cut for my specific model. I’ve spent hours on the phone with Samsung with no feedback. Please advise. Thank you

Asked by RobertH555 2 months ago


Solve feedback from speakers, similar to mobile phone.

Only very recently i've been hearing a sound in my headphones and it sounds exactly like when i would recieve a text message or a phone call(with a much older pair of headphones). The difference being there is no phone anywhere near me and i've never experienced this with my current pair (wirelss Logitech F540's) and i've had them over a year, even when i'm using my phone right beside them. Its recently also being happening to my housemate who lives accross the hall from me, we've both tried turning our phones off and asked for our housemates living below us to do the same, but the problem persists. Could there be some device that is causing the problem inside or outside of the house that i havn't thought of? And is there a method of fixing the headphones/speakers themselves. I'd like to get to the bottom of it! :D Cheers.

Asked by Dracoda 6 years ago


How can describe the function of this circuit? Is there any application of it?

I found a circuit for control a DC motor ( as show below), but I´m not sure of how works it. Could you help me please?

Asked by EliasD19 8 weeks ago


If I update my instructable after publishing it can it still get featured? Answered

If I have published an instructable at a partially incomplete stage, can I still get featured if I complete it after it has been reviewed once.

Asked by arillshukla 3 months ago


Why wasn't my instructable featured?

Hi, i have read the "how to get featured worthy instructable" article, and i can't put my finger on why wasn't that instructable featured.can you give me any advice? https://www.instructables.com/id/Rainbow-Cheesecak...thank youhadas

Asked by LiorS5 20 days ago


Help us decide upcoming contests!

EDIT THIS FORM IS NOW CLOSED - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!For contest suggestion, check out this thread:https://www.instructables.com/topics/What-kinds-of-contests-do-YOU-want-to-see-on-Instr/ We can’t wait to see what you make in 2018!@audreyObscuraInstructables Community Manager

Posted by audreyobscura 5 months ago


A comments button next to the collection button

I thought as there seems to be a need for recognition (don't we all need that?) perhaps we could have a comments button next to the collections button to make it easily accessible so that we can leave a comment on an instructable that we like.  It would have a tiny comment box and you wouldn't lose your place in the instructions.

Posted by bricabracwizard 4 years ago


15W laser

Help help help! Ive just fitted a 15w laser to my cnc 3018 and I cant get the laser to switch to low power mode. It just wants to burn everything! How do I fix it? Ive attached two pictures, one of the laser and one of the board. The board is a woodpecker GRBLO 9. Please if anyone can help me I would be eternally great full.

Posted by MattK171 3 days ago


Larger Photos in PDFs

I am a long-time free Instructables member and a brand new Pro member. Now that you have subscription memberships, would it be possible to offer in the PDF downloads a third image size choice (currently standard and small) of LARGE for those of us who would benefit from larger photos? That would be a fantasticly awesome feature that could be a Pro-only benefit. What do you think?

Posted by susyn 8 years ago


Instructables Website Redesigned!

Have you noticed any changes here? Well, I am experiencing the biggest changes on this website. Everything is lot cooler now! I really enjoy the community now. Everything here is new and even the project pages are super cool. They add "Add Tip", "Ask A Question" buttons... all I can say it is super cool now. I like the changes.... what can you say about the biggest change here?

Posted by WarenGonzaga 5 months ago


Instructables Editor

The instructables editor has two annoying bugs:(1) Text high-lighting does not show when writing an Instructable ... it only shows in the preview screen. It should be WYSIWYG.(2)If you decide to take a break, before publishing your instructable, and click the "You" button, your only option is to "Logout" ... all of the other options such as "Instructables" are masked by a floating window. It's a real pain to have to log back in ... is there a (hidden) screen option that I can't see?

Posted by lingib 4 months ago


I'm glad to see the referrers back

Today I noticed the 'graph' button in the sidebar of my I'bles, next to the words 'About this Instructable'. It shows some (maybe all?) of the old statistics that went missing with the latest site changeover. I'm happy to see that these have been added back and I like the current incarnation. So, thanks! It's entirely possible that I'm the last person to notice this. In that case, sorry and feel free to point and laugh.

Posted by Moem 5 years ago


How do you favourite something now?

This new design of the website is probably the most user unfriendly I've come across in a long time, how do you favourite something now? There used to be an obvious Favourite button at the top of an instructable page, there's just a row of icons now on the left that do nothing! I think you need to go back to the drawing board if you're going to keep this layout, and make it a bit more intuative, better yet, go back to the older version!

Asked by MikeyD4 5 months ago


Help, i want to work with IEC60870-5-104 in Arduino

Hello ,im working on a project to send data from an arduino to a scada wich works with IEC60870-5-104 I made a web server with my ethernet module ENC28j60, but to make it works on scada i should use the protocle IEC 104 so , im wondring if there is any library or something like that cause i didnt finde much in the internet :/ ,Im waiting for your help

Asked by AchrafO1 3 months ago


Controlling HDMI or vga monitor

I'm working on a project that I need a monitor to display information for a predetermined amount of time then turn off (Im will not be using the Raspberry Pi for this). In a days time I may want the monitor ON/OFF twice or several times. I've got experience with using relays, and was thinking of breaking the 110v to achieve it, however not sure if I would be shorting the life of the monitor by doing this. Would it be more practical to break the incoming HDMI cable with some particular pinouts( like the video or signal or 5v? with a relay or two) and keep the monitor turned on 24/7? Thanks! FYI. This monitor will NOT be connected to a PC, it will only be displaying my outside cameras when activated.

Asked by tony112 4 months ago


On the subject of the forums...

The forums are a very important part of Instructables, but I have noticed that a number of people do not find them as useful or workable as they might want, myself included.  Things like vanishing comments and lack of notifications are the most common complaints (that I am aware of). LINK LINK Here's a thought for the consideration of the development team and the members: Why not "outsource" the forums, and possibly even the comment sections of projects? I am thinking of a tool such as, for instance, Disqus, which a number of popular news and blog sites use for their comment sections, and also allows for general discussion within the Disqus site itself (a feature I have not used).  It allows you to log into several sites with the same account, and alerts you to all the replies you get.  It also allows comments to be voted up or down (although that is a very secondary feature in my opinion). That is, of course, just one example of the various tools available, but I think there are other potential advantages to using something like this. Anyhoo, the thought is out there. >K<

Posted by Kiteman 2 years ago


New site design

I am very displeased with the site design, I don't know when it was implemented, but I am familiar with and happy with the old site design from summer of 2012. I do not like the layout with the steps, the sliding bar at the top of the page that is parented to the top of the browser is annoying me and with whatever new layout you have used to render pages, my browser now lags terribly with simply just scrolling on the page. The part that really pushed me over the edge though and made me post is the picture layout inside the instructables now, the old system worked with the pictures being clickable thumbnails side by side, this new crap of what appears to be a frame in the instructables with the pictures isn't working for me and I am not able to read instructables because the images do not stay in the frame and over lap over paragraphs and cover so much information. If this new design works for people great, but for people like me, I ask that I be given the option to use the old design.

Posted by Allenwr 5 years ago


Small improvements to think about

Hi there, Having just published my longest 'ible so far I generated enough thoughts to write some feedback which may or may not be reasonable. Embedding content: I see that .stl files appear nicely with ability to preview and interact with them in 3D, that's great. It's also fully possible to embed Youtube videos and they work just fine. What I'm missing however is ability to embed a circuit from 123D circuits - one of the reasons I used the tool for my last 'ible was because I thought it would sure be possible to embed something made with an Autodesk service. Nope. Adding the iframe makes the view appear while I'm writing the step, yet disappears in preview/publish. Another service I tried to embed was gfycat - they pretty much solve the issue of huge gifs and therefore long load times by some html5 sorcery (I'm not familiar with that). This could save space/traffic of your servers and decrease page load times. It would also be awesome if uploading an .ino, .txt or any other raw text file would automatically generate a scroll box with the code there maybe even already having the formatting and all. Similarly like .stl generates 3D preview. This would save instructables from another possible wall of text, especially on mobile, because now, when I manually add a scroll box with code in it it still appears like regular text on mobile. As an extra - it would make the work of authors easier as well. Instructable layout: First of all - I understand and support the idea of having a standardized format of instructables, if this undermines that - forget and forgive me. What I propose is a way to add pictures mid-step to avoid walls of text, since somehow making a new step doesn't always feel appropriate or maybe it's just a personal issue I need to get over? Just say if it is so. At least having a way to remove the "Step #:" when making a new step allowing to have pictures mid-step would help. Before you mention it - I know that it is possible to add pictures mid-step using html, but that compromises visibility on mobile, so I try to avoid that. Statistics: After hitting over 50k views in just a few days with my bottle upcycling 'ible I wanted to at least try and replicate that with my other ones. However, when I click the statistics button I have these empty lines next to the visitor count, often the lines with the biggest numbers. While I can guess where most of the views came from it's still massive guesswork and I'm probably wrong in the end anyway. i.e. in that particular case I got over 30k views on my imgur album, my blog post got featured under DIY tag in tumblr and then got some upvotes on reddit as well. I know that your SEO is pretty good from the amount of 'ibles I get as first google results, but fixing statistics has a potential to drive even more traffic for you. I probably forgot something else along the way, but that's it for now. I hope someone bothers to read this and says what she or he thinks. Cheers, Raitis Disclaimer: This is meant as feedback and some ideas for improvement as seen from my point of view, not complaints, not even real critique. Read, think and move forward.

Posted by Raitis 3 years ago