I really want to make an instrucable about something, but i have no idea on what to make it about. I just need suggestions. I am an avid outdoors man and I want to do an instructables about something outdoors.
Posted by irish death1 10 years ago
1. Main categories should be divided to sub categories - Ex: science - Electronics . 2. Search should be better (with sub cat) and smarted (AND OR .. etc') - find only with video etc'. search for X stars or more .. ,most viewed etc' Now if these are available - I couldn't find it - may be not as clear and intuitive asit should be . 3. I wonder if any one reads these comments ... if any one from Instructables does read it pls post me a message - Moris_zen Tx
Posted by moris_zen 9 years ago
I have not written an 'ible in a long while, but was recently so inspired I wrote... https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-2D-Infinite-Runner-with-Unity/ Luck would have it that a game contest opened during my building of the first prototype (pre write up, to get things all worked out), which spurred me on even more. Anyways, I am wondering how I missed the mark completely, not even worth a feature. I have had way lesser projects featured....and well, I was only inspired to write this to share. Anyone who has been writing here for any amount of time knows that you need to be featured to be seen. I gave detailed step by step instructions with many pictures well commented...or thought I did. I did something original (Not many game making tutorials here, only 2 other unity ones, and they are on older versions.) I thought the demo game download was a nice touch. So I am curious for suggestions on how I could spruce it up enough to be considered as a feature. I believe that people would enjoy the topic, and more importantly, I feel people would like to make this or use this as a springboard to their own version. Was using the robot a big faux pas? I see so many other features that use him and thought it was a good idea. Is the game itself that visually unappealing? Perhaps foolishly , but I love the look....I was...even more foolishly...proud of it. It wasn't something I just knocked out, but rather something that a lot of time went into. Time that was truly wasted if it is never even seen. Discouraged. Any suggestions to how to make it better would be welcome.
Posted by fjordcarver 4 years ago
I was looking at a collection and i noticed how cool the cover of the instructables looked why not have that for all instructables?
Posted by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago
As a college sophomore i have entirely too much time on my hands. I would like to get a new hobby and suggestions would be most helpful. If it is any help, please note that I enjoy hiking trips, being outside in general, building things and creating mischief. I am pretty much computer illiterate as well. Thanks All.
Posted by Cal_Spigler 7 years ago
1) Add a short list of the last 5-10 most recent forum responses, possibly in the right column. Sort of a "what's hot" list. So you don't need to hit "view all" to get a quick snap-shot of activity.... 2) Add a "sticky" to the top of the FAQS section with a link to some of the "helper" projects, like Eric's "How to make a great Instructable," etc.
Posted by gmoon 10 years ago
I have several laptop and electronics parts lying around any suggestions on what to do with them for example I have several cellphones with cameras and screens and deconstructed laptops and the lcd screens for the laptop as well just need a good idea for a project with them
Posted by jdc187 8 years ago
Hi everybody! I was going through some old boxes and found my old Creative Zen Vision:M. It's a bit beat up and the buttons are a bit dodgy but apart from that it's still working. It would be a waste to just throw it out but I don't really know what I could do with it, so now I'm asking for some suggestions. Just shout out if you have an idea, nothing is too silly or useless!
Posted by Jur 5 years ago
Firstly, I think we should be able to reply directly to the topics posted in the "Site updates" category. The reason why I think this is because otherwise discussions on recent updates spill everywhere else, such as other forum topics, or ibles, or answers, and that just creates a discussion irrelevant to the original post. This happens especially on knex instructables. Second, I suspect this might be already done, but I think we should have an option to be notified of when someone we subscribe to posts a forum topic. Note I said "Option" since some people might not like getting notified on when people they subscribe to post topics, while people like me might want that. If it's already happening, I really don't see any evidence of it at all. In any case, thanks for taking the time to hear me out. Peace.
Posted by DJ Radio 7 years ago
I was thinking an ark reactor model or a small decked out diamagnetic levitating art piece sculpture thing I got it out of a laptop if anyone is wondering
Asked by nerd7473 5 years ago
Sometimes i press the button that shows where the traffic comes from and then press one of the sites but it only comes up with the main page of the site not the exact article where the traffic is coming from. i would like to know if some one has written an article about my instructable
Posted by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago
For those of us who are not mechanically talented, much less creative, I think it would be a great feature to add a "Requests" page to your site. So if I am in need of something, by request, others could design and submit a How-To Instructable for me. For instance: "How do I make a folding sawhorse, croissant, or potholder...etc."
Posted by jjinyancey 9 years ago
One thing that the "stats" (things like ratings and views) of instructables i think DESPERATELY needs is a did it option. this means that you have actually made/did/modified whatever the instructables instructs you to do. i propose a little check box and a stat called Did Its, this would show how many people actually made what was instructed in your instructable. i dont know about you guys but i think this would be AWSOME. please the more attention this topic gets the more attentions it gets from the admins. plz ewhelm
Posted by whitish 9 years ago
I started off quite well with Instructables. My Instructables were also featured. I was enjoying it a lot. Just when I thought that I'm understanding the platform and can contribute well to it, I was proved wrong. From past few days, my Instructables were not featured and I'm wondering why? Am I not putting enough pictures? But I document each and every step! Am I making grammatical mistakes? But I check my drafts twice or sometimes thrice before publishing. Moreover, I use "Grammarly" which automatically detects the mistakes. Is the problem in my writing pattern? Well, I don't write long paragraphs, I just make bullet points to make the steps easy to read and follow. Am I not providing enough steps? Apart from the usual steps, I also provide advanced steps for almost all my Instructables. Is the problem in the introduction or main image? I try my best to express my idea in the introduction and as for the images, I use the advanced Renders. Are my ideas not unique? But I search the website before working on an idea. Are they very simple to do? But, it's meant to be simple. It's basically for the beginners. Well, I work on Fusion 360 and I only contribute to the Technology: Software channel as of now. Is this the problem? I feel that if I'm investing my time on a project, working so hard to document it and contributing to a community, that should be good enough. Else, is it even worth sharing? I have 20 Instructables now, of which only 13 are featured. Not every Instructable can be featured and I understand that but there must be something I'm not doing the right way. I'm seeking for some honest opinion here on how to improve my Instructables.
Posted by alamtania 9 months ago
I am in a long-distance relationship, and our six month anniversary is coming up. Does anyone have any gift suggestions? I am getting her a webcam, because she doesn't have one and we will be able to see each other. Also, I just recently sent her a bracelet (a souvenir from my vacation). So any other ideas that are preferably not jewelry and hopefully quite inexpensive are welcome.
Posted by sugg22 10 years ago
Hi all, I've been working on a variation of an existing instructable and I thought I'd asked this q before, but can't find it. SOooo here goes; I need suggestions on sealing a cd spindle into its plastic cover? I've managed to do it with about 4 sticks of hot glue and several burnt knuckle but there must be an easier way? cheers, flashj
Posted by flashj 7 years ago
I was just thinking, wouldn't it be cool if users could post polls?Other forums have a feature like this... It's like posting a thread, but there's a poll at the top, and the usual discussion underneath. Only registered users should be allowed to vote to prevent inaccuracies in the tallying.A typical poll may look like this:What is your primary web browser?FirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaGoogle ChromeSafariOtherNot only would polls be fun and interesting, but HQ can use some of the data to help improve the site!Thoughts?
Posted by Labot2001 9 years ago
I've seen a few complaints recently about contests - the "wrong" kind, or contests coming along just after they publish what would have been a killer entry. So, why not suggest the contests you would like to see? It doesn't necessarily have to be a contest you would enter, but maybe one that you think would have a decent response. I'll start: A hat contest. Either making hats from scratch, or doing cool stuff to hats. A science contest. Entries either make a piece of scientific equipment, demonstrate a scientific principle or process, or otherwise provide a learning experience. A walking stick contest. I noticed that my mother's walking stick is hollow. People must be able to come up with all sorts of things to make that empty space more useful or entertaining. A useless but bizarrely entertaining device contest. Things in the vein of the Useless Machine and Rube Goldberg set-ups. Entries must include how to make the device, and a video of it in action. Judging would be based largely on entertainment value. A Time contest. Anything related to time, timepieces or keeping time. A Scouting contest. Entries that would fulfil the requirements of any badge of any part of the Scouting or Guide movement across the world. (Extra credit for shots of entrants being awarded their badge?) A Guerilla Making contest. Not making gorillas, but making something, then leaving it somewhere for strangers to find or encounter. Include contact details for the entrant (or the site?) and see what happens. Volume Two contest. Isn't it about time to start thinking about producing another book? Now, what do you want to see?
Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago
I'm putting together a few kits to make a LEGO Candy Dispenser. LEGO is usually pretty expensive but I'm trying really hard to make them all reasonably priced so I'm still working out what to charge for them. My real question though is whether or not LEGO kits would have much demand. I would like to put together kits based off of my other Instructable projects like Bendy Lego because I know it can be difficult/pricey to get enough pieces for projects like that in the traditional way. Any feedback about kits you would like to see made, either from projects I have already posted or something entirely new, or any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading and be sure to keep a lookout for the candy dispenser kits which I'll try to post by the end of this week.
Posted by sherrycayheyhey 6 years ago
So I saw someone asking a FAQ question again today. Ofcourse what I'm about to propose doesn't stop them all from still doing this but will stop many. What I propose is that we delete the "FAQ" part of the forums and change this by adding a quick link with "FAQ" next to "Home browse Community Submit" Now what would this link do? Well I propose we take the most common questions like "My instructable doesn't come up in search" "My ible is not in the contest and it was enterd" "I'm featured what does it mean?" and so on. Answer these questions and make a FAQ section out of them like other sites do. This way everybody sees a clearly visible link in the top of the screen so they won't go posting forum topics that are answerd in one question again. Like said above this won't stop them all but will stop many useless topics that are answered in one and the same question. This way the number of topics will also decrease and the speed of the site will go up :) I want to volunteer for making the FAQ section if needed :) Help is always welcome but before I begin I would like to know what the team and other members think of it. So to sum it up in short. I want to put a link named "FAQ" next to "Home browse Community Submit" which brings you to a number of common questions with the answers to them. (note that this will not be a forum topic). I also want to delete all the topics in the FAQ because we would have taken the most common out of them. The section should remain for questions that have not appeared in the FAQ. When the FAQ text updates those can be deleted again. Now what are your thoughts on this matter? Aren't you tired of responding every 2 weeks or so a question that has been asked like 50 times already?
Posted by MichelMoermans 7 years ago
Hi everyone! Here at HQ we're always planning contests, but sometimes we run out of prize ideas. :D I would love to hear any and all suggestions for products you guys would like to win! I'd also love to hear feedback about prizes we've offered this year - what did you like? What didn't you like? Do you prefer getting a shiny new electronic toy or a prize pack more suited to the theme of the contest? Have a suggestion for a contest theme? Check out this topic!
Posted by randofo 4 years ago
Recently I graduated high school, and I am now about to be a Freshman in college. I was wondering if the Instructables Community could be nice enough to suggest a good computer to an incoming Freshman. I will be majoring in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media, with a minor in Computer Science so I am going to need something that can handle video editing and storage pretty well. Also, I am an avid PC gamer, so something that can handle games like Team Fortress 2 and Borderlands (just to name a few) would be great. This is what I've been looking at and unless I can get any better suggestions, this is what I will probably get http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T420-4178-Core-i5-2520M-2.5-GHz-14in-TFT/2328427.asp Thanks for helping me out Instructables!
Asked by sjo232 6 years ago
Hi everyone! As we're planning contests for the next year, we wanted to get suggestions and feedback on the types of contests we're running. :D Is there a contest we ran years ago you'd like to see again? Any contests you're sick of? A weekly challenge you'd like us to expand on? Do you want the contests to be more specific or more open ended? We're trying to shake things up in contest-land - so any and all suggestions are welcome! I'm especially interested in what types of tech contests you guys would like to see, as well as ideas for food contests. P.S. For anyone wondering about weekly challenges - we're still trying to figure out a way to do it that makes it easy for you guys to enter and easy for the editors here to run. But I promise we are discussing it! :) Have prize suggestions? Check this topic. Want to get a preview of some of our upcoming contests?
Posted by randofo 4 years ago
First of all, I want to say that overall, writing my Instructable was a pleasant experience. While I do have some suggestions, I enjoyed the process and felt that the site worked pretty well to allow me to build a good set of instructions. Kudos! I'm sure it's probably been suggested before or I could be missing something with the editor, but I would like to see a way to import from a word doc. I wrote up a lot of the details in a word document before writing my Instructable, and if I were able to import that directly it would have saved a lot of time. I was able to copy and paste, but it removed much of the formatting and I had to reformat sections. It would also be really awesome to be able to copy and paste markdown formatted text into the step instructions. Markdown is used by a lot of sites / software including github, thingiverse, confluence, and jira to name a few I know of off the top of my head. Finally, I really wanted tables in some of the steps to make lists of tools and parts cleaner / easier to read. If tables are supported, I wasn't sure how to create them.
Posted by MarcusW44 8 months ago
Hi Folks!I would like to propose a new topic, please let me know if it's already hiding somewhere on the site and I've missed it. This might require a whole section to handle all of the possible separate threads, not sure...It's called "What Should I Do With This?"...I have several weird items in my possession that I KNOW have greatness lurking within them, but I'm at a loss about how best to unlock their potential. I'm sure lots of other folks are in the same boat. So here's the idea:We post a photo and/or description of the item, and ask what to do with it. Readers can offer suggestions (hopefully something besides "give it to me!"), advice, etc. Then when/if the advice is taken, we make an instructable, or at least reply to the thread with the results.For example (I'll post pix if I can), I have an ancient external, ~5 lb serial-port CD player in a serious metal housing about a foot long with a power supply built in. What's especially nice is the huge sticker along the side of the silly beast that says "PORTABLE" in huge block letters. It's crying out to be the platform for some device, just not sure what.Another item is a big Fostex 1/2" 8-track reel-to reel with a bad (and I'm told, prohibitively expensive to replace) tape head. So it's got a smooth, quiet & powerful motor (or two), eight analog meters, lots of RCA in & out ports, plus switches, leds, and pulleys for aligning and running the tape. I'm thinking a belt drive for a Van De Graaf, maybe some random dancing needle meters for various projects...See what I mean? I'm sure somebody has some ideas for the bits and pieces I haven't even mentioned, or a better way to re-purpose the entire apparatus without reducing it to it's components.Maybe if somebody was looking for input and got a suggestion that they thought was amazing but outside the realm of possibility for them, they could offer to send the item to the person who made the suggestion (if the recipient paid shipping, of course). But for the most part, I think sharing ideas would be most valuable.What do you think? And, perhaps even more importantly, what should I do with the stuff described above?Thanks!!Mike
Posted by mikecraghead 10 years ago
From the bottom of my toolbox I have dug out a pen knife I bought some time ago. Its a silverline micro multi tool. I never used it because although the pliers work very well the folding knives, bottle openers etc. aren't held in place by a spring or locking mechanism. Also the rotation is far too easy, and the rotation stop sometimes slips, rendering the knives, bottle openers and everything else effectively useless (i.e. very dangerous to use). As a result I will remove the assorted knives, bottle openers and other widgets, leaving an interesting space to be filled by something else. That something else cannot really be another set of metal widgets (like knives, bottle openers, etc) because they would have the same basic problems, so my question is what would you use the two spaces for? Approximate dimensions; 9x8x55 mm internal dimensions, (one in each handle) box shaped enclosure open on one side. Openings are on opposing sides of the folding handles (see the google images link to see what I mean). Two holes near the ends of the handles which currently hold the widget axle. One idea to get the ball rolling, a mini multimeter in one side, with probes in the other. I'm looking for something practical or useful, something that could be still considered a tool of some kind, but feel free to throw in any idea's you have anyhow.
Asked by andy 7 years ago
I'm new to DIY, and I was hoping for some suggested projects for newbies. I have some basic woodworking experience and knowledge of tools, but I'm more interested in electronics and that sort of thing, I just don't know where to start. I would like to make something useful. Can anyone suggest some good projects for newbies?
Posted by kyoakoa 6 years ago
Rich snippets are "the term used to describe structured data markup that site operators can add to their existing HTML, which in turn allow search engines to better understand what information is contained on each web page". In plain English, it's what you see when you search for something in google. While it might not necessarily help with SEO all the time, it does help any potential viewer know what the link is about, and whether it's worth clicking on. While the subject can be a bit more complex, all I'm referring to here is the meta-description. Currently, the meta-description seems to be, by default, the first ~300 characters of the Instructable (or auto-generated by Google). If you write any sort of intro, it probably won't be relevant to help understand the project at all (out of context). Suggestion - It would be great to allow users to submit a meta-description via a simple text box, perhaps on the "Instructable Preview" window where the Cover Image can be changed. If they want they can submit a 50-300 character meta-description that better explains what the whole guide is about, or if not they can leave it blank for it to auto-generate as is already the case.Being familiar with WordPress, this would be a trivial plugin. I'm sure a site as big as Instructables can see the potential benefits (increased click-throughs, reduced bounce rates...), while also knowing that it wouldn't be intrusive to users or particularly hard to implement.Just wanted to give my opinion. Like in the attached image, it can be a bit frustrating to have no control over the meta-description since it isn't always representative of the project. In the case above where it was auto-generated by Google, it doesn't give any incentive at all to click since it doesn't make much sense as a description of the project.
Posted by MillennialDIYer 22 days ago
Random Instructable that was chosen: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Unscrew-a-Nut-Thats-Stuck-From-a-Bolt-witho/ If I click on stats, as shown in the screenshots that I posted in the comments section, I can see the amount of comments, which I think is a great feature. If I scroll down, I can see the websites that brought people to my I'ble. Pinterest, for example, is a big one, but why does it show from which country? I'd prefer having a "Total from Pinterest" instead of 5 views from France, 10 views from Australia, and 3 views from Russia, etc... Also, why does it matter if a view came from Android, iPhone, or iPad? Is this possible? Also, instead of so many different ones, it would be interesting to have something similar to the analytics that are on YouTube. For example: STATS: 2207 views from Google 1381 views from Instructables search 458 views from Pinterest 197 views from Facebook 48 views from my Instructables Page
Posted by Yonatan24 1 year ago
Trying to do a new thing each day for the month of February, but I'm at a loss. I need suggestions for 28 things to do .
Asked by shadowfeet 5 years ago
I recently found out that you can't make a guide unless you are a member of the staff, and for good reason, if they allowed anybody to make guides, there would be an awful lot of lame guides out there. But some people have some very good ideas for guides, and don't have the power to make them. So this is the place for those guide ideas. If you have a good suggestion for a guide, post it here and it might just inspire an Instructables staffer to make one about it.
Posted by nickodemus 8 years ago
As a group project for several people at my work, we want to create a pinata(s) for the afterschool program in the shape of a pencil and eraser. We want to do it using paper mache and was wondering if anyone could provide a good detailed instruction on what we should use and how we should go about it. We are aiming at having a group of at least 5 people help out and detailed instructions so that we could split up the tasks would be excellent.
Asked by sarasmiles82 5 years ago
I am making wishes out loud and hopefully they will fall on some interested ears... A vegetarian food contest. Vegetarian food can be so super good, but so often in restaurants the vegetarian option is a regrettable choice. It would be so cool to get a bunch of recipes for vegetarian food that was *awesome*. I always thought if I had a bajillion dollars I would start a chain of vegetarian food restaurants where the food was amazingly tasty and affordable. I really believe people would choose it over McDonalds if they had such an option, which they don't really. It's hamburgers and pizza all the way down the highway... A Wallace and Grommit contest. Come up with a silly contraption to walk your dog or keep your cereal from getting soggy or something like that. It could also have a Rube Goldberg or Dr. Seuss theme just as easily. An idea contest. Maybe you've got a great idea, but now clue how to implement it in reality. You post an idea somehow and the community comments on how to implement it or maybe actually implements it if it's a really good idea. Of the best ideas suggested: The idea person gets a prize and the implementer too. I'm sure a lot of people out there have awesome ideas but don't have the time or tools or skills to get it accomplished. Of course, everyone's dream is to come up with an idea, someone else makes it form them into a commercial reality and they get a cut of the profit*. If you could work that into the Grand prize somehow, I think you could get a crazy swarm of submissions, possibly overwhelming. I'm not sure what the legal complications of such a thing would be, that might be prohibitive. They'd have to word the language carefully, I guess, cause it's far too easy to generate ideas and very much harder to actually do the 80/20% and implement them. I imagine you could easily have an overwhelming swarm of idea submissions. I'm not sure how you'd do crowd control on it. A How-its-made contest? You have a thing, you take it apart and show how it was assembled or what its interior parts do. The Grand prize could be a trip to China with a tour of willing Chinese factories to actually see how the things we take for granted every day are actually manufactured. Or perhaps some kind of interesting factory tour or another? Just tossing these ideas out there and see where they stick or not. *so they can retire to the Bahamas and continue making up great ideas indefinitely, dictating them over the teletype to their devoted lackey back in the states or hoards thereof. Or some other such quit work forever fantasy...
Posted by foobear 5 years ago
When I say quickly, I'm talking in terms of learning a new language with it's difficulty divided by two. I'll just try out your suggestions and check which one works for me. Note: Talking to Morse experts is out of my reach because there are barely any people here who are expert at this.
Asked by nutsandbolts_64 8 years ago
I stumbled upon a go kart motor in my shed that my grandfather was going to use to make a go kart. It was supposed to be built when i was 12. I'm 21 now. My grandfather has passed on. The go kart frame was stolen. I want to put this motor to good use. The problem is that I don't know what to build to use it. I want to build something more than a go kart. if i wanted to go for a drive i would just take my car. Lol :P Any suggestions? Motorbike? Atv with caterpillar tracks? Help me decide and I will post full instructable!
Posted by BigBossXtreme 8 years ago
Give me any ideas for simple batch files I should post to instructables. Any suggestions will be accepted. If you have any ideas for batch files I should make, please post them, and I will make an instructable with them. Please give any ideas. Thank You
Asked by race.freak 5 years ago
I was deciding on whether to let y'all know what I'm working on, and since I don't know much in the area I'm working in, I decided it would be best.I am working on an amphibious bicycle that can operate efficiently on land and water. There are just a few on the Interweb, and they are for sell at high prices ($500 bucks at least.)I am trying to do this with as little cost and as much recycled materials as possible.So far, I've decided that:My propulsion mechanism either has to be a prop like your average boat, or a paddlewheel. Both would be powered by my back wheel.I am considering wooden pontoons filled with 2 liter bottles or gallon milk jugs, reminiscent of this iBle.I want to stay as high as possible, but I want to be able to go straight from land to water and vice versa. Basically, no assembly required to change terrain.If anybody has any ideas at all, please let me know!Thanks much,Bran!
Posted by Bran 9 years ago