Why would anyone write....

I am just wondering why anyone would write an instructable here, when you can actually get paid to do it at other websites such as eHow?

Posted by HSSchulte 8 years ago


What does everyone think of my new group? What should I add or remove? Any suggestions for Instructable Writers are welcome.

Posted by edwarben 9 years ago

To be or not to be upset

So, with recently finding out that tons of people's instructables had been published without their permission on a paid subscription site, I decided to google my username and see if anything came up. This is obviously something everyone should do from time to time, and I figured it was time to give it another go. In the image search, I found an image I didn't recognize and clicked until I found the source of the connection to my username. A seemingly reputable website has written an article on one of my ibles. At first, I was excited. It was cool that someone saw my work and thought it cool enough to write about it. However, that joy turned to turmoil when I realized that the article wasn't a short description accompanied by one or two images. It is a full rehash of my ible. Basically, anyone that sees the article can follow the links to my version (there are several), but the author of the article has really not given them any reason to do so. They've taken most of my images to re-write my ible without asking or notifying me. They didn't break the CC license by writing their own version, but I believe they did when they took all my images.  What do you think? Would you be upset and ask them to change or remove the article, or chalk it up to promotion and be excited to see your work spread? By the way, there have only been 138 hits on my ible from that website. The article My ible

Posted by Brooklyntonia 3 years ago

How to Write & Submit Questions

I haven't been a member of this community very long but I've enjoyed looking at many of the posts and have learned a thing or two.  I also enjoy helping people by posting comments and answers to questions.  One thing that I've noticed is that a significant number of posters write very poor questions.   Not that the question isn't valid, but rather the phrasing or context is not clear.  Some of them remind me of the old programming axiom GIGO - Garbage in equals garbage out.  Posters don't get good responses because they didn't form a good question.  The curious would get much better answers if the questions were clear as to the information requested, the context, conditions, the desired outcome, etc.  One might start with the old "5 W's" (who, what, when, where, & why and perhaps how and how many).  A little extra effort in phrasing the question and perhaps some good manners (please & thank you) will result in better responses and more community participation.   Perhaps as a collaborative effort, would there be value in developing an instructable on how to write a question?  Not as a set of rules or a format, but as a general guide as to what information should be included.

Posted by diyoutdoorsman 7 years ago

Write with electricity

I read somewhere (I dont remember where) that if electricity is put on indicator paper then it creates some kind of mark.Or is there any other kind of paper that gets maked on contact with electricity?Most importantly can I use this to wrte or draw?

Posted by cris1133 9 years ago

Is there a way of rewriting non-rewritable cds/dvds? Answered

Im expecting the obvious answer, but you never know.

Asked by DELETED_zoltzerino 8 years ago

How do you create an eBook? Answered

I am interested in creating many, many eBooks in many different genres. I already have the content ready, and I know how to obtain necessary copyrights. I only need a way to make the books... Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance, Nerfrocketeer

Asked by nerfrocketeer 3 years ago

How can you remove write protection from a cd? Answered

I have a cd that i got for free somewhere to try out a free program. I want to use it to put files on but if i try to it says it is write protected. Is there any way to remove this

Asked by Scytheon3 8 years ago

How does a computer "write" something... to memory, a registry, etc...? Answered

I know that every computer has a CPU. I know that every CPU has it's own Instruction Set, or... set of things that it can do: CompareAddJump toInOutetc...I even know a fair amount about how a CPU interacts with RAM along the Data Bus and the Address Bus with Set wires etc, and how a CPU's ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) stores data temporarily in "registries" and uses "flags" to send things back to the Control Unit if the CPU. So, I know a fair amount about "How a computer works." But... it is all theoretical. I have memorized words and ideas like "ALU" and "Registry" and even RAM. But there is one thing that I do not understand and cannot seem to find anywhere on the internet. The verbs "write" and "store"...??? I know that a record cutter uses electrical current spread across metal plates with magnets that push a scoring tool into a soft "scratchable" medium to cut a long groove to make a record. Then a phonograph has a needle that that is likewise suspended between electrical currents with magnets that telegraph the grooves up a wire to replicate the sound through a horn (later a speaker). But as far as I know... RAM or a CPU's registries can have binary "words" somehow written to them for storage. I know it is happening at 3-4 billion times per second, but even if you slow it down to one time per minute... how does a CPU "write" 00110100 to RAM? There are no magnets in RAM like on a hard drive. RAM has no physical material that can be changed to represent a zero or a one... like... wax, or vinyl, or magnets. I don't even know who I can ask this to... so I'm asking here.

Asked by Dolmetscher007 7 weeks ago

The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead: "Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author. If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge. If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have." So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago

Anyone Interested In Creating A Video Game?

Hello there, I am currently creating a video game with a really good game engine and I need as much support as I can get! I need a story, characters, settings and someone who is willing to learn how to program and code in the basic level. I'm really just looking for people who are passionate about video games and who want to create one. I will later on open up my own video game company here in London (Yes I have the money for that). I also have publishers who will help in making our game get attention. But of course all this happens after the game is created. Any ideas? Anyone that lives in London? Or anyone who wants to join me online to create an amazing game? Thanks! Send me an email to JamesDuFont@programmer.net

Asked by Exterm 5 years ago

How to write text on image by php

How to write text on image by php 

Posted by mukru 1 year ago

How do I write a good Instructable? Answered

I'm new to writing Instructables. What are some things I can do to make sure that it's good?

Asked by savaki 9 years ago

Is writing an art form?

Is writing considered as an art form? I think it is. You create highly emotive pictures using pen and paper instead of paint or other mediums. Your opinions?

Posted by super moderator 9 years ago

write my own code? Answered

Can i write my own code after this lesson and make my own circuits??

Asked by Alok31 1 year ago

Writing programs in BASIC ? Answered

What do you save a text document as if you are writing a program in BASIC?

Asked by neeley 7 years ago

please help. I cant put writing on more than one step when I am writing an instructable.? Answered

I can write the title and add pictures to each of may steps but when I try to put writing on more than one step it doesn't let me and when it does it deletes all my writing from the first step.. PLEASE HELP  I REALLY NEED TO WRITE AN INSTRUCTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Asked by nattyclem 6 years ago

how to write an INTERRUPT-ROUTINE ? Answered

How to write an INTERRUPT-ROUTINE or a demon ?in order to replace the delay(30000);it's seems not efficiency at all !

Asked by David_Lin 1 year ago

Anyone got any good ideas to help me write lyrics?

I write songs, but can never seem to write lyrics. Can anoyone help with this?

Asked by octopuscabbage 8 years ago

Comic strip writing

Hello, this is my first post. I'm looking to draw a sarcastic comic strip and am looking for tips for writing it. I have character ideas and a plot but having the catchy writing will help

Posted by Gagreg 5 months ago

Writing a book?

Hi im a 13yo looking to write a book but i have no idea where to start please help any positive response will be welcomed

Asked by SasquatchKid 6 years ago

how make a write protected pendrive?

Dear all          I need to make a write protected pendrive to protect my pendrive from viruses. after the protection it should be readable in dos mode without any password, but no body can write or edit files on the pendrive. Thanks Chameera

Asked by chamksn 5 years ago

How do i add steps when I write an instructable? It doesnt really give me much to work with.?

Funny. I need an instructable on writing instructables...

Asked by ruashiasim 7 years ago


I have written a website using html , javascript , css , php and i want a service that allows me to host my code for free and create a website using it without making me use its own templates. Please I need help

Asked by arv_christos 7 years ago

who here, write music/songs

Does anyone here write music or songs? i write song lyrics even though i can't read music or play an instrument to save my own life. what do you think was the best "piece" or song you wrote? any posts on this topic welcome :D

Posted by AussieAnglerGal 6 years ago

where i can write instruction about myself? Answered

Whenever i am going to publish the post. then a message show thereplease write instructions what is this?

Asked by swaloven 1 year ago

homemade Boogie Board Writing Tablet?

Is there a way to make homemade Boogie Board Writing tablet or magna doodle from stuff that you can get our have at home. thanks for all the good answers to come    

Asked by sonic broom 4 years ago

Writing Partner

I am hoping to write with somebody on an experimentation novella of sci-fiction. English speakers are preferred, will be an informal schedule, focusing on plot and setting, symbolism is a lesser aspect, professional quality, and will self edit their work. I have a plot and idea, would like to write the novella using a tennis style of writing alternating chapters. I may self-published (Lulu.com). Working under the CC licenses. Wouldn't at all mind having a long term writing partner. Comment here or email me at 94johnjy94@gmail.com! :D

Posted by JohnJY 6 years ago

How to write a brochure that sells? Answered

How to write a brochure that sells? And can you suggest an online brochure printing company which I can ask help from?

Asked by reezegardner 6 years ago

Batch. Reading multiple lines from a text file? Answered

I created a batch file, everytime it runs it saves a name and date to a log (log.txt). So everytime it gets more and more lines. I want to know how to read all the lines from File.txt (in another Batch file). my current script is: @echo off set /p txt= > File.txt set /p txt2= >> File.txt set /p txt3= >> File.txt set /p txt4= >> File.txt set /p txt5= >> File.txt 'and so on echo %txt% echo %txt1% echo %txt2% echo %txt3% echo %txt4% echo %txt5% Every time i run it, it says "did not expect >>" Please help

Asked by animan1 7 years ago

Tell me something on writing good instructable? Answered

My first instructable is this.Tell me and newbies on "how to write a good instructable". It will be helpful to whole instructable community.

Asked by techieman 4 years ago

Corporate IT has disabled writing to USB drives. Anyway to bypass this?

Now when I try to save files to the drive I get a write-protect error.

Asked by rblanton 9 years ago

Raven and Writing Desk

Why is a raven like a writing desk? I refuse to give up on an answer to this question I need YOU to help me find this answer, may i go mad as a hatter. Leave your answer here, please nothing offensive.

Posted by whiskrs 7 years ago

How do you write a good instructable ? Answered

How do I write a good instructable ? Can someone give some examples of a good writen text ty

Asked by sallost 9 years ago