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Recent Feed Page Answered

We have heard your feedback loud and clear, and we will be bringing back an easy way to see all recently published instructables. This requires some dev time because we changed things under the hood and need to do a little work to re-create this page. We hope to have it back shortly.


We appreciate your patience as we continue refining the site after this release.

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Kiteman

3 days ago

Will you also be fixing the bugs that currently mean I have to clear my cache and cookies *every* time I want to look at almost any part of the site?

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randofoKiteman

Reply 2 days ago

What browser are you using? Are you getting any particular error messages? What is happening before you decide to refresh things?

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Kitemanrandofo

Reply 1 day ago

I'm using Firefox (up to date).
I get no error messages, I just click on discussions, drafts, inbox etc and get sent directly to the front page.

Interesting update: my browser automatically updated a few minutes ago, and this is the first time in weeks that I haven't had to delete my cache & cookies to reply to a comment.

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randofoKiteman

Reply 7 hours ago

Well... let me know if it that fixes it or it keeps happening. Honestly, this should have been fixed a few weeks ago and (after some investigation) this is the only known instance of it being reported since then.

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ckoehler1904

1 day ago

I have been an Instructable enthusiast since 2007 and look forward to visiting this site every day (sometimes multiple times daily). Please restore the "Recent Instructables" option ASAP! It fills my very strong need to explore eclectically, helping me to find inspiration, make seemingly unrelated connections, and generate new ideas. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who uses Instructalbes this way.

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bbqandbeer

2 days ago

Yaaaaaaaaaaas Please!!! Sorry devs, your intentions were great, but some of us prefer simplicity.

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SamGellensburgh

3 days ago

Thank you, I previously browsed with another account, but I'm also happy to come back and see the changes.

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RickC12

3 days ago

I’m glad you’re bringing back your previous way to see the instructables. I enjoyed exploring the projects and getting inspiration for new projects of my own. Changing (and limiting) how we see the new projects seems to me like you were saying to your members and fans, “yeah we let you look at everything before but now you’ll only see what we want you to see.”
Allowing people to share their creations (and showing others how they did it) WITHOUT restrictions is one of the things that kept me returning time and again. I would have been very sad if I’d had to go to a new Maker page.

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poorjohnn

5 days ago

I am so frustrated trying to do a search on how to a build will give up soon.

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randofopoorjohnn

Reply 4 days ago

Sorry to hear that. What are you searching for?

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nqtronix

5 days ago

Despite all this negative feedback I have to admit that the re-design does actually look quite good and intuitive to use. So this update is MUCH better than the last big update two years ago and I'm glad you learned from your mistakes. Cheers to whoever implemented lazy-loading for the images, that is really helpful for browsing on mobile.

The most annoying thing was the removal of the recent page, but you're already about to fix this. The other thing I'm missing is the general community button. Although I do not use it often (and I'm sure your statistics indicate similiar other user behavior), it is important for this general kind of feedback. Can't you just put a "Projects" and "Community" button on the start page, too? The projects button could take you to the "Recent" page like it used to.

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steve12

5 days ago

Brilliant, that's good news, I have a dozen sites set up on my browser startup and instructables was always my first page. I've missed it this last couple of weeks, I just hope it is as easy to navigate again really soon.

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Orngrimm

6 days ago

Thank you so very much for this! :)

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studleylee

6 days ago

Cool, I did like the original views much better.

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equipoisebob

7 days ago

Excellent news, it just shows the power of advocacy and well-reasoned argument; you have restored my faith in Society.

Much appreciated
Bob

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ironsmiter

8 days ago

Thanks for listening, and bringing it back.

If you could, put a big stickynote on the webpage coders monitor that says "Don't Break 'recent' feature with new code". That way we can avoid doing this again in a year or two.
:-)

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CabbitCastle

8 days ago

Thank you, that is appreciated.
Though in the future, before such wide-reaching changes go into effect, maybe get a small test audience of a handful of active users and grant them testing access to the site at the Testing Environment, QA Environment or at the latest at the Staging Environment development stage before deploying the site to Procution, just in case there was an oversight like this.
Maybe add a public bug tracker where bugs and feature request can be published by users, just so can get additional external opinions.
Or if you can see it, make a quick study over a week or two and see how often which site feature is used to determine its importance. In this case, how often was the "Recent", "Featured" or "Community" page called directly, how often was it called from the front page, and how often were other features used similarily.
You know, understanding the users needs and wants a bit better.

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Uncle Kudzu

9 days ago

Yeah, I'm also disappointed to see /recent gone. That's how I browsed the site; enjoying the variety of projects that I would likely not be exposed to if browsing by category. I look forward to seeing the return of /recent. Thanks in advance!

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carlos66ba

9 days ago

How about you DO NOT CHANGE WHAT WORKS before you know how to bring it back? Just bring the "all recents" back. Or roll back all the "improvements" you did (which where none...).

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OgreHacker

9 days ago

I had been going through the "Recent" and "All Catagories" browse options every night for several months, trying to review posted content in "All Categories" in chronological order. This has let me find many topics I'd not thought of before, discovering and following people with incredable talent. In hopes of helping clean up the site, this pastime also gave me a chance to flag incomplete instructables (such as youtube video only instructables where the youtube channel no longer exists). I had gotten 2/3rd of the way through, according to the page counter, when the update removed this pastime as an option. I sincerely hope these search/browse options are recreated. I'll start over once "Recent" and "All Categories" are added back as option.

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KVSBUNNY

9 days ago

Can't wait for this. I have lots of different interests and the 'recent' tab led me on varied and surprising paths, often discovering really cool projects that I wouldn't have come across if I was steered down a narrowly focused subject tunnel

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EcoExpatMike

10 days ago

I don't understand why you would have deleted this feature. It's like an easy way for makers to see ALL KINDS of stuff instead of getting "echo chamber" displays.

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russ_hensel

10 days ago

Thank you. Since the change I have not looked at the site in any detail. I will as soon as you make the update or perhaps using a browser extension I have fashoned ( soon to be unneeded ).

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jeromek

10 days ago

thanks

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Downunder35m

10 days ago

And we certainly appreciate the update and info on this! :)

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johnip4

11 days ago

Thank you.

can you bring back the popular category too?

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mtairymd

11 days ago

Thank you!

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Greennana

11 days ago

Looking forward to it. I appreciate the work.you will be doing.