Why is it that when I go to select a single post/project, that, as soon as I select "favorite" it tends to say that everything by that author is my favorite?
Question by njc121983 | last reply
I've been a member for 5 years and always used to login using facebook. That now appears to not be an option, but I can still use the email to login, however my favorites list is empty, though when viewing an instructable I know to have favorited, is still shows as a favorite. What the hell.
Topic by aclark17 | last reply
Hello This is my second year around here. :) I gathered around 200 favorite instructables. I was looking for a particular instructable & i had the surprise that i have to search in all of them. I think it would be nice in the future to search , in your favorite instructables section by title. Best regards, Skarfac3
Topic by skarfac3 | last reply
I'd love the ability to organize my favorites into categories that I choose. I'm a science teacher and use instructables for various lesson ideas. Some are for physics classes, biology classes, chemistry classes, just for fun, etc. This would make finding my favorited instructables easier to find and also convenient for sharing groups of instructables with my students.
Topic by matt.nupen | last reply
Hi there, I love this site and as a result am slowly accumulating a massive amount of instructables in my favorites. Now when I'm feeling creative, I'm having a hard time finding something appropriate in my tome. A good solution would be the ability to organize favorites by topic. Like a folder system. That way, I could go right to an electronic project (for instance) if I had a folder for that, instead of having to sift through a ton of stuff that, though I enjoy, isn't what I'm currently looking for. Anyway, a humble suggestion. Perhaps others have the same situation.
Topic by 8bit | last reply
I love this site and there's so many instructables I have in my favorites that it's hard to keep them all organized or even find one when I need it. I'd love to see a way to group or organize them. Possibly create your own groups or be able to tag them and sort by tag names, etc. I was thinking maybe a system similar to youtube. Or maybe this is already implemented and I'm horribly blind! hehe Anyway, thanks for listening :)
Topic by agr00m | last reply
Sorry to ask this again but I've rec'd no answers yet: Is there a limit to the # of Instructables we can add as "Favorites"? I don't want to lose my older Faves when adding new ones. (Not sure if the -ibles I first "faved" are deleted to make room for newly tagged faves, once a limit is reached.) I'd really appreciate an answer--thanks so much!
Question by perfectionist | last reply
In our recent update, one of the major changes is the removal of ratings and emphasis on favorites. Key points: We did this because most people rate either 1 star or 5 stars The ratings ended up extremely close to one another and became meaningless Our experience with a +/- system showed that having a down vote made for a toxic experience for everyone We're now just using the favorite button now to simplify and keep it a positive experience for all Read on for more details. We've had a rocky relationship with ratings. When we started Instructables in 2005, we had a "+/-" rating system where members could express either an up or a down vote for an Instructable. Good Instructables generally received lots of "+" votes, and the list of the most negatively voted Instructables was pretty amusing (with this taking the bottom position for quite some time). Our experience with this system was two-fold: first, negative ratings really didn't add much value to the community and were often given in a mean-spirited way rather than in a spirit of constructive criticism; second, the community expressed an interest in giving a more nuanced rating to an Instructable. In fact, for a while members would comment on a project and assign it a letter grade from A to F. So, we implemented a 5-star rating system. An Instructable's rating was calculated by the average of all of its ratings. This method is fine when there were lots of ratings, but gives poor results when there are few. For example, if the first two raters of a newly published Instructable both rated it 1 star (for whatever reason), that Instructable would appear to be terrible by its rating, and its rating would only improve as more people decided to give it a chance and perhaps rate it. It is an awful experience for new authors to watch their work be initially down rated and then maybe improve over several days. To address this, we built a Bayesian rating system with 5 stars. The objective was to push the rating of an Instructable towards the average rating of all Instructables when it had few raters. As more people rated it, the rating could diverge further and further from the average. We spent quite some time optimizing this system: we built messages helping people understand what 1 star meant vs. 5 stars; we made it so the first couple dozen ratings of a new member had lower weight than later ratings (so it was difficult to change an Instructable's rating by rating it with lots of newly created accounts); and we tweaked all of the underlying knobs and ratios. When everything had settled, a newly published Instructable would have a rating around 3, a very good Instructable could get to around 4, and an extremely popular and highly rated Instructable approached 4.8 or 4.9. It seemed like the system was working, and it gave a quantitative measure of the quality of an Instructable in relation to other Instructables. However, it was ultimately deeply dissatisfying. After all this work, and lots of input from the community through ratings, thousands of Instructables were all rated pretty much the same, with only slight differences in the rating's third digit. The slight variations were most likely noise, and the ranking didn't give a definitive sense of quality to a new visitor nor a sense of accomplishment to an author. What does it mean to say Sweet Potato Fries is rated 4.22 compared to Arduino-Controlled Robotic Drum at 4.23? Is the rating going to help you decide which Instructable you might try your hand at? Further, when we looked at how people actually rated, it turned out that ratings were heavily skewed towards 1 star or 5 stars. Even after requesting more nuanced ratings, and despite how we described what various star levels meant, people were still only giving As or Fs -- either they liked the Instructable or they didn't. This system probably would have been ok if not for two factors: star ratings appearing in Google searches and the rise of the "Like" button. If you search for "sweet potato fries" on Google you'll likely get a couple of recipes including one from Instructables. Many first time visitors to Instructables find us through searches -- many of them food-related -- so it's very important how our content appears in search results. A while back, Google started including star ratings in some of the search results, primarily recipes. Many recipe sites have 5-star rating systems, so I guess the presumption was that including the ratings might help searchers better choose between results. Unfortunately, this doesn't work because you cannot compare the ratings of one site to the ratings of another. For example, many of the results for a "sweet potato fries" search have 5-star ratings using a basic average system (you can easily tell by the number of raters), while the result from Instructables might have more raters giving it 5-stars, but because of our Bayesian system, the overall rating might only be 4 stars. On Instructables, 4 stars represents a very good project, while on another site, everything -- even garbage -- might be rated 5. All of our work to create a meaningful rating system was being used to penalize us in search results -- why would a searcher click through to a 4-star sweet potato fries recipe when they could go to a 5-star recipe? We couldn't tell how many people were choosing not to visit Instructables because our projects had lower star ratings, but we needed to do something. I'm not proud to admit this, but our solution was to inflate all of our ratings by a full star. Instructables rated 4.9 were suddenly joined by Instructables previously rated 3.9. The ratings became even more meaningless because lots of Instructables were now all rated 4.5 or greater. At this same time, Facebook's "Like" button was gaining momentum. The "Like" button is a pretty nice concept as it eliminates the ability to express a negative preference and it associates an individual with the rating. I think it's more meaningful to know that 10 people like my Instructable than it is to have a 4.5 (or whatever) rating, even if that rating is the result of 10 people giving me 5 stars. Not everyone on Instructables uses Facebook, nor do we want to outsource our rating system to Facebook, but we wanted to learn from the success of the "Like" button and expand upon the concept to make our rating system less like giving a grade or being graded. To accomplish this, we've removed our ratings and made the "favorite" action the way to express a preference on an Instructable. Marking something as a favorite is more of a commitment than saying you like it or giving it a rating, but this is a distinction I see as important and worth developing. At Instructables, we hope to inspire you to take action and build something great which requires a greater commitment than simply liking something. In the future, we plan to expand what you can do with favorites, exploring concepts such as "I made it" and "I want to make it" among others. Do we need something more akin to a like button in addition to favorites? I'm not sure, and I'd love your feedback. We'll be closely watching how people use favorites in its new, highly prominent position. As with most things, this is an experiment, and we're collecting data to see if this change is something that helps our authors. I hope you've enjoyed seeing a little bit under the hood about our rating system! Let us know what you think.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Hey, In an effort to get some discussion going in this group I am posting a simple question: What is your favorite food? If there is an instructable for you favorite food please leave the name of the instructable too. My favorite food is fried cucumbers and tomatoes or bubble tea. There are lots of instructables for bubble tea.
Topic by nerdfighter73
Hi! Is there (or will there ever be) a way to organize or sort Favorites into categories? I'd love to, say, create folders for various types of Instructables so I can refer back to them more easily once Favorited. (Home Improvement, Art, Food, etc.) Thanks!
Topic by RaeAn | last reply
I think it would be nice if you could categorize ones own favorites.. Personally I've got 179 favorites, all stacked in a pile with no kind of sorting. I'm thinking that a similar system to what pinterest is using, where you create your own boards and add the content as you wish.. Just a thought. Thanks! /D
Topic by DavidFerAndersson | last reply
I wanted to know who your guys' favorite authors are. My favorite author would have to be Robert Cormier(until further notice). Plus I like what I have read of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, but I think everybody does, and I like Robert Louis Stevenson.
Topic by CLASSIFIEDINFORMATION | last reply
Hi, The number of favorites an instructable gets is a much better representation of quality than the view. But there's no way to view Instructables by favorites. The option seems available, but it doesn't work? There's just a lot of Instructables that aren't very helpful. And although I understand you can't police that, it would be nice if the filtering capability was better. To me, ranking by views is less useful than ranking by favorites.. If you don't want to put new Instructables at a disadvantage...well, the views ranking already does that. It does so in a worst way, since likely search engine results get lots of views, despite the quality of the ible.
Topic by insusr | last reply
Reading is really fun, thousands of books have been writte, what are your favorites. My favorite books are Harry Potter 1-7, Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr), The Mysterious Benedict Society, Percy Jackson 1-3 (havent read 4 and 5 yet), Peter and the Starcatchers 1-3 (havent finished 4), Hoot, Lord of the Rings 1-3, Inkheart 1-2 (havent read 3), Tom Saywer, and others i cant remember at the moment.
Question by FFVIIBOY | last reply
Hey everyone, was just writing to say that i love this site. Way higher on the web excelling far over the other crafty etsy pinterest type sites...Get all my ideas from here for building cooking, and any other d.i.y. stuff i wanna have a bse idea and build, modify....However ive noticed recently that i really need a way to organize mysaved favorites into sub categories so they are easier to find once i go back looking relentlessly through a list of all favorites just to find that 1 im wantng to do. any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated....or is there an option im overlooking?
Topic by jmissavage | last reply
What are your favorite sayings? Mine are: "One can never know for sure what a deserted area looks like." - George Carlin. "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain. "One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor." - Steven Wright. "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain. And last but not least, "Tomorrow's another big day!" - Calvin's mom. Comment with your own!
Topic by black hole | last reply
Topic by Snoopy101x | last reply