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I Hate The New Instructables Layout. Answered

I can understand you are trying to make the site more user friendly for people who are brand new to the site, but i am afraid to tell you it has been a disaster. The changes have left instructables with a very messy layout. A clean cut site is wheat people are looking for, and new people can easily settle in because of the simplicity. Undo your mistake and find a better solution to making the site more user friendly. I have an idea!

After you put the front page of instructables back to its original format, Place ( in a cool box )
A Big Exciting Link That Says "Take a Quick Tour Of Instructables.com!" And that will take new users to Ewilhelm's Tour Instructable. Hell, if you want, make sure the link can be clicked from any page on instructables, keep the link somewhere at the top, on the orange bar . Just remember to keep the link that is on the the Front Page Big And Exciting. 





IF YOU AGREE SAY PLEASE TRY AGAIN IN A COMMENT.



Thankyou Www.Instructables.com staff for listening

-Kevin C.

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jakebaldwin (author)2011-05-12

PLEASE Try again, Instructables.

I love your site. I visit nearly every day. I used to be able to catch up on all the latest and greatest instructables quickly, but now with the shuffling features, contests hidden away, icon size changed and names hidden until rollover, I can't. I can hardly even visit anymore. Instructables just... isn't even itself anymore.

Just change back. At least have the option to change back. I was extremely happy with the layout we've had for the past few years.

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Kiteman (author)jakebaldwin2011-05-13

Er, you have seen that this topic is about changes made over a year ago, right?

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jakebaldwin (author)Kiteman2011-05-15

.........

I didn't look at the posting date. Oops.

I hope there's a thread for hating the new layout.

Thanks for the heads up.

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Kiteman (author)2011-05-13

Er, you have seen that this topic is about changes made over a year ago, right?

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beatyruth (author)Kiteman2011-05-13

Well--probably not! Not enough caffeine, I guess? I wanted to put in my two cents worth on the new changes but obviously didn't look hard enough for a new thread! Will take this off and look for a newer one.

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hungyhipo 2 (author)2010-10-16

what do you mean "he quit"

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dark sponge (author)2010-09-12

I think it should default to the new way, but people should be able to change an option in their profiles so that it will always open the old way for them if they want.

Personally I was angry with the new layout at first, but then grew to like it.

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smashpoe (author)2010-09-10

YES SO TRUE!!!!!! plzzz instuctables, i ask you from the bottom of my heart..... change the fricken layout back!!! PLEASE!!!

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Pizzapie500 (author)2010-08-12
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JustModIt (author)2010-08-08

please, pleeeeease try again!

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Clayfig (author)2010-08-06
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Doctor What (author)2010-07-02

Hate is such a strong word.

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Sketch98 (author)Doctor What2010-07-25

but desperate times call for desperate measures

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gr8scott (author)2010-07-16

I have regularly visited your site since 2008. I created a username/joined in June of 2009. Having said that, the new page layouts are TERRIBLE!! I loved this site because it was "basic" and the actual content was the focus of the site. Now the site is mish-mash of ads, and a layout that could have only been done by a graphic-arts flunkie!! Please bring back the "old" layout. This isn't a resistance to "change"--its a resistance to common sense vs. no common sense! Make the CONTENT of this site the focus again please!

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slipdiddy101 (author)2010-07-13

This layout is not good,not good at all..................

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seabananers (author)2010-07-01

instructables was better when you could type in something for a search

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Goodhart (author)seabananers2010-07-01

The Graphical search option is still there....you just have to choose it.

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chrystopherlewis (author)2010-06-17

I can't find things for the home section. When I do search for things they have thousands of pages of it. It's messy!

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nitemaresindrome (author)2010-06-08

The previous layout was perfect. I don't really understand why they changed it. The current layout is unintuitive and navigating is not as quick or easy. I really have to dig around versus the previous layout had everything at my fingertips. The banners also cover up the navigation menus occasionally which is frustrating. Not everyone is in a position to be able to afford a pro membership...which may explain why some people are using instructables in the first place (cheaper DIY solutions!) Please, try again.

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It's not much better for the pro members either. Now, even as a Pro member, I get banner ads. (Not as many, but still, I'm paying cash to look at banners now?) Worse still, while at work the other day, one of those ads started loudly playing audio. I really loathe this new design.

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Javin007 (author)2010-06-15

I have to 100% agree. I loved the layout of the original site, and this new one is painful to navigate, not to mention simply amateur looking. This looks like the site that would've been up before the previous version. I can't say how much I hate it enough. The previous site was well organized, was easy to navigate to new, featured, and popular items, and simply WORKED. This new layout is so painful that it makes me not even want to view the site. I'm not someone who's opposed to change, IF the change is for the better. PLEASE change it back.

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An Villain (author)2010-06-12

Am I the only one that has the problem of after I leave a comment I cannot leave a new comment (the cursor won't show up in the comment box) and I cannot use the search bar (same problem) until I refresh the page or go to another page and then go back?

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knexguy (author)2010-05-31

The new comment boxes won't load in my iPod :(

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kelseymh (author)2010-04-25

Disingenuous carries the connotation of "deliberately misleading."  You're right that you never explicitly said, "I have been using this site for years."  You did use the first person plural (us) which is normally inclusive of the speaker (rather than saying "Some users here have been..." in third person).  Since you are not, in fact, a member of the group to which you implied membership, that's is accurately described as disingenous.  

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jdtwelve12 (author)kelseymh2010-05-14

I think some of Pizzapie500's confusion about "disingenuous" stems from the fact that in all but one instance, you've spelled it, "disingenous," (which, if it were a word, would mean something like "not producing in").

I agree with your initial point that the comment was disingenuous, though I think it hardly worth calling out.  I offer this clarification only so that any future policing of community discussions can carry the full didactic authority you intend.

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kelseymh (author)jdtwelve122010-05-14

You wrote, "I think some of Pizzapie500's confusion about "disingenuous" stems from the fact that in all but one instance, you've spelled it, "disingenous," ".

What?  Let me scroll back...aw, crap.  Yes, you're right.  I misspelled it three out of four times.  Good catch :-(

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Corrugated (author)2010-05-09

 I like the new look and structure its just I do find stuff harder to find now ( Lurked the site for about a year before registering) and I know the topic is a bit dead but could a page be added with all the categories on it? Would just make it a lot easier rather than going through sub-menu's.

Thanks Heaps
-Corrugated

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kodykin (author)2010-05-08

i agree with the people of this post. i do not like the way instructables is laid out. i can not find anything anymore. the old search engine was better because it had pictures. but i do love instructables because i love diy projects! i just want to see it back to the way it was.

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tim_n (author)2010-05-08

The old layout was more intuitive, even if it was too busy.

I used to enjoy seeing lots of new instructables - it was also really nice to watch your instructable go from 'recently submitted' to 'featured' work its way down then goto 'popular' - though I agree it seems a bit silly to make it drop down the page twice, but it did wonders for your page views.

Unfortunately the new layout doesn't play nice with IE6 which I use at work - so if I want to search for something, I can't easily because the system just doesn't work (buttons all over the place).

I did prefer it the way it was - it looks so empty now I look at it and I seem to be endlessly scrolling down.

I won't disappear off from instructables, but I will be awaiting the next layout which will perhaps fix some of the problems I've highlighted.

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Nibs (author)2010-05-02

...Is it really only about the change in Layout? Let's dig deeper.

Easy Truffles, Mothers Day Ideas, Sew a Custom Bag?  What's going on inside Instructables? Have you been taken over by Martha Stewart, or Real Simple magazine?

There is a place for "Easy Chocolate Truffles" and a "Guys Guide to Buying Flowers" it's called Sunset Magazine (which I love), but I loved Instructables because it was edgy, and distinct and it filled a unique niche that needed to be scratched. it was an outlet for the citizen inventor, a bulletin board for the creative geek, an idea museum for the designer, and a laugh out loud for all of us who combed through silly projects.

Please Instructables, don't be another promising, unique web venue that abandons their roots. We want to learn about 10,000 things to do with LEDs, how to make a bamboo bike, or a PVC bed, or how to hack a Moleskine notebook. Let Eating Light magazine stretch its readership by instructing its audience on how to make Double Chocolate Cheesecake, and let Craft Magazine teach us how to Sew a Custom Bag.

Come on folks what do you think? Am I wrong here?

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RavingMadStudios (author)Nibs2010-05-04

Instructables is a site for DIY and how-to information sharing of all kinds. Personally, I think it's great that I can learn how to build a POV display for my ceiling fan, make an inverted tomato planter out of a soda bottle, make a potato cannon, bake gingerbread, and sew throw pillows all in the same place. But then, I have eclectic interests.
There are plenty of categories out there that you can use to narrow the focus of what you see displayed, if you are disturbed by the sight of truffle recipes and sewing patterns. Restricting content to niche subjects would just decrease membership and traffic, which could cause the whole site to fold for lack of revenue, and then there would be no content at all.

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hakemsaeed (author)2010-05-01

Nice that you are caring for the site ,
 my notice : the footer needs some changes , like the line under the link , it's in orange :| also the divider , oh no  it do have a black background  

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1ofakindwork (author)2010-04-26

What happened here, I can't figure out how to search for anything i'm looking for.  I know it's been awhile since my last visit, but what are they trying to get rid of me or something.  Anyone please tell me the secret!

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kelseymh (author)1ofakindwork2010-04-26

Look at the big giant white box in the middle of the page, where you can type in text, with the big orange Search button next to it.  I'bles is paying to use Google's search engine internally, which does not produce nicely filtered or sorted output. 

If you want to use the old search interface (which is known to miss some information on site), follow the Graphical Search link right next to the big orange Search button.

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kelseymh (author)2010-04-26

Ah, now you have two new words.  Good outcome.

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kelseymh (author)2010-04-26

I'm not planning to complain, and obviously the Staff and FT aren't going to do anything about one conversation.  I used a term you didn't know, to describe what you wrote, and you asked what it meant.  If you don't like that, that's fine, but at least now you have a new word.

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-04-26

Latin - Quod Erat Demonstrandum "That which was to be demonstrated". Used at the end of mathematical proofs and philosophical debates to indicate that the arguments have concluded and the point has been made.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2010-04-26

This seems as good a spot as any to drop the comment that a couple of meatspace friends "hate the layout", the particular thing they both hated was the mixing of questions in with projects when browsing categories.

To quote " I'm looking for cool projects, I don't care what some ***** doesn't know how to do".

me? meh, I never use the front page, or categories.

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.  Excellent observation. That's just the kind of feedback I'd want if I were designing a web site.
.  I think many of the ppl complaining about the changes are forgetting that how new visitors view the site (is the layout appealing, is it easy to navigate, can I find what I'm looking for, &c) can have a big effect on signups and signups have a big effect on subscriptions (pro) and subscriptions have a big effect on whether or not the site survives.
.  Yes. Having to change some of my Ibles surfing routines is a bit inconvenient, but I'm a 50+ yo, old fart who is set in his ways and doesn't like any changes. All these youngsters shouldn't be complaining. ;)

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Brennn10 (author)2010-04-18

I really like this new layout.  I am just wondering if it is possible to add photos to the left of each search result.

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kelseymh (author)Brennn102010-04-18

It seems not, although Canida says they're looking into it.  They've paid to use the Google Search API (which is also why there are ads), and that API doesn't appear to easily support adding content to results.

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KnexFreek (author)kelseymh2010-04-24

 the google search is nice... but the button for the graphical search thingy should be much bigger. 

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TheFoofinator (author)KnexFreek2010-04-25

 It is idiotic! it won't let me search for the top rated ibles and only comes up with the latest and most featured! And it took me half an hour to find that button!

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kelseymh (author)KnexFreek2010-04-24

I think the point is that they are moving to the Google search as the primary interface.  That may mean that soon the old search DB won't even be updated, or some such thing.  In any event, the difference in emphasis is deliberate, and meant to guide users in a particular direction.

We might disagree with that direction, but that's a separate issue :-)

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KnexFreek (author)kelseymh2010-04-24

well duh.... BUT i still think they should make the freaking button a little dam bigger

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