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I see the changes to the site . The only question i have is i liked going to my instructables and going to the stats to see  how many visited that instructable each day . Is it possible to do this still and i am missing it ?


ACK! OMG I just noticed the removal of the steps thumbnails in lieu of "13 steps" That was a horrible decision, sorry! This is a visually oriented site and remove of the thumbs for a Macintosh looking button is a serious step in reverse.

You can still see the thumbnails by hovering over the buttons. But I wonder if everyone will discover that.

That's kind of my point. The visual cue is no longer present. The mouseovers are more informative once that action is taken, but the buttons aren't as strong a cue.

This one I agree with. The thumbnails allowed you to skip to the step you wanted. This is true not just for viewing others but even for your own. If I was doing an edit of a specific page all I had to do was click on it. Way better and faster than the new design. BTW --- I can go with ACK! but the OMG is way over used. In my opinion

Off the top: The below event has made my WEEK, even if I don't make the cut. THANK YOU! :-)

Your stats feature is pretty cool and continues to make my points below about removing the "featured" buttons from the main page. Here's a pull from today, just days after finding out I'm (WOO HOO!!!) a finalist on one of the contests. Note that the finalist instructable (WOO HOO! - oh, sorry "green line") not only doesn't even come close to the "featured" days graphs, it takes second place to today's views of "replacing a car convertible top". Methinks this is a clear indicator those buttons did you a lot of good.


You are aware, are you not, that search engines drive far more views to individual projects than being featured does?

Well of course, a site with 5 million uniques/month? :-) Also I'd expect the "convertible top" to demonstrate greater traffic over time, I'm sure there would be much more interest in that topic than the Egyptian deities. What the graph shows is more about the users that have vested interest in this site, that come here to actually explore new instructables and generally use the navigation rather than an out-of-context search engine result. Given that context, the main page buttons were a good tool.

To a certain extent, yes. Being featured helps other websites pick it up, increasing links to your Instructable and boosting it up the search rankings ;)

Re;"be nice policy"- life isn't nice - but, I can be civil, There seems to be a headlong race to new just because it is - as in the the latest Ipad Apple very quietly released on to the market just 6 months after the last latest and greatest... The new site might look slick and cool but it has lost user experience functionality. I want clear and easy to use - the banner at the top just makes the viewing area smaller and doesn't have enough utility for the area it takes up, the thumbnails at the top worked because you had a visual reference to the steps you might want to skip over or skip to, the gestalt thing is gone altogether and I drop shadows aren't good design - anything cute turns to nauseating after about three iterations - I love the site, had to tell you, with all due respect; it looks like change for changes sake - not an improvement. - David

The Be Nice policy is not new, it's as old as the site. It is just presented as a permanent reminder, rather than as a pop-up on comments.

Phil B

5 years ago

Periodically I would view Instructables in the Random heading and find some recent interesting Instructables I somehow missed. I liked that.

Overall, the only negative I see is the removal of the three buttons, "featured," "Popular", and (what was it? Random?) by each category on the main page. As a web developer working with rockstar marketers, I know that little "pushes" like that really help to drive traffic to the individual instructables, and it helps the users too - I was just getting to like going in and looking at the featured categories. I'm not as motivated to browse now.

Selfishly, I wonder how much that would affect individual users' stats. Probably very significantly, is my guess.

Yeah I'm going with my comment here, see the two spikes in my stats in the attached? Those are the periods I was featured on the main page or on page 1 of featured. If this costs individual instructables page views, it's costing this site page views. Just sayin'.


The stats are currently being redesigned and a better version will go live in an upcoming release. It will be largely centered around your You page, instead of the project page. There will be more graphs and numbers to dig through.

Will it still default to graphing the top five most viewed ibles? It was a chore to select the ones I really wanted to see on the graph and it never retained the new checked choices.

I have yet to actually see the new stats page myself. I am going to assume it is better than that, because the current page was built as a pet-project by someone a few years ago and never updated. How do you want it to default? I will have the chance to pass feedback along when it shows up on the test server.

Something is wrong, this is the second time ibles staff is asking for input

The stats were fine in itself but I only wanted it to track maybe three I was interested in tracking and they were not the top 5 viewcount ones. Defaulting to the ones you choose would be nice. A cumulative overall viewcount of all your ibles over time graph would correspond to the interest in the Achiev'ables system.

Perhaps defaulted to recently posted instructables, I tend to forget about my older instructables unless there is a sudden spike in views and I try and figure out what happened. But maybe that is just because I have a short attention span.

Can they put it back??? (smiles) I tried commenting on your link but it wont let me sorry