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Posting 'Ibles within multiple categories Answered

I'm relatively new to Instructables, (8 months), but when I posted my first Instructable, Steampunk Lamp - Lanterna Antiga, I found it frustrating that I could only include it in one category, so I chose "Steampunk." I inquired about this limitation, and was told by one of the fine folks at Instructables that there was a time when you could chose multiple categories for an Instrucatble, but that people were taking advantage of this feature for exposure, so it has been limited to only one category per Instructable.

I would like to get some feedback from other members of the Instructables community about this policy, as I feel being limited to selecting only one category doesn't do justice to many of the fine projects posted here. I know personally I tend to check recent posts in the "Steampunk" category, but may overlook a cool steampunk project if it's posted under "Workshop" or somewhere else.

A few months back, I posted a Steampunk Incandescent USB Lamp, and it would seem perfectly logical that such a project should be categorized under "Steampunk", "Lamps", and "USB," but I was forced to chose only one category, so I went with "Steampunk" again. I'm sure there are people who only check "Lamps," or "USB," who would be interested in this project, but don't check "Steampunk," so they haven't seen this project.

I think it would be reasonable to be able to select up to three categories to post Instructables, instead of the current "only one category" policy, and hope the fine folks at Instructables will consider adjusting this policy. I'd also like to know what other regular contributors to Instructables think.

Best regards,
Winged Fist

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Kurt E. Clothier (author)2012-12-05

Even if people don't browse by category, that is how the homepage and email newsletters are arranged (at least by their "parent" category). I would say 50% of the projects featured on the homepage that I have seen are incorrectly categorized. Just because you use technology to make something, does not mean that something should be in the technology category.

While I completely understand the reasoning behind the "1 category" policy, it forces people to choose 1 of many possibilities, and they often times choose something wrong. There are too many "specific" categories, and not enough general "parent" categories. Plus, some of the specific categories are in the wrong parent category.

There are many people who don't know what an RSS feed is or have no interest in one. You can't just fix this issue by telling them to use RSS.

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FoolishSage (author)2012-04-16

My main source of instructable goodness is the RSS feed. I get stuff from all across the site so the specific categories dont really affect me. If I am looking for something I would earlier go to the search box than browse the actual categories.

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Kiteman (author)2012-04-16

I'm not sure how many people browse individual categories over, say, searching by the keyword "lamp". I know I don't.

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