Search for Filter in Topics


This isn't so much a problem with the site or anything else like that. I was wondering, though, in the effort to enhance the instructables experience, could a site search with filters be a feasible thing? For instance, if I want to search a topic, but I want to filter out all K'nex associated pages, then a "-knex" would do it, kinda like a Google parameter. If it sounds good, let's see it happen! It would be a huge help in doing a search on any subject. What do you think?

Topic by Pazzerz    |  last reply


There has got to be a way to filter the new items or searches because it's getting ridiculous. I was just on the new featured instructables and out of the 30 on the first page there were 10 food related, 2 toy related and 2 jewelry related. There were others I'm not interested in but come on.... Toys? Jewelry? FOOD?!?! Especially food. Shouldn't they be on a food site? I don't see how they really belong on a DIY site. I will probably have to live with that but isn't there some way I can filter these things out? I tried using a minus   -food   in the search box and it returned ONLY food articles. I also found another question similar to mine that required using Greasemonkey add-on which I installed but the link to the java script file it needs doesn't work anymore. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Question by LunaEros    |  last reply

frequency filter

I've never designed a filter before and I'm not sure if you can do this. Basically I need a way of filtering out all signal except for signal in the range of 40-150 Hz

Topic by guyfrom7up    |  last reply

Knex filter

Knex is nice and all, but is there a way to never see another Knex project while still seeing the other projects on Instructables. It just takes too much time to load the Knex thumbnails when there are other projects of interest.I'm sure others would filter out other project types. Such a filter would be most appreciated.Dave

Topic by three_d_dave    |  last reply

Filters Please

 Hello,  I would like to officially request a "blocked list" so users can prevent certain results from showing.  It would dramatically improve my experience if I could eliminate any instructable that's a toy.   For example; in the user's profile, have a field in which keywords can be added such as knex and lego,  or perhaps the whole toy category, and then have that list apply at all times.  I'm sure there are other adults who will appreciate this as well, while still letting the kids have their fun. Thank You. 

Topic by cylonics    |  last reply

Well Filter

Hi there, I need a water filter for my well, which i can hook up before the water riches the pressure tank. I got a lot sediment in the well. I was thinking of a filter like from a fish tank. My Idea is , i fill it with gravel from big to fein (Sand) gravel in at least a 6 inch pipe and about 4 feet long. The pump company ( Flotec) told me that i need a pipe with min. 100psi rating. I want use a clear pipe so i can see when i have to change (clean) the gravel.It should also be mounted in the basement ( freeze protection). I found on the i-net a clear pipe with treats on the top and bottom, but than it's not rated any more for 100 psi. so what can i do. Any clue?

Topic by germanudo    |  last reply

filter by: featured ?

What does the 'filter by: featured' option do?

Topic by sam noyoun    |  last reply

IR filter Answered

Can I use a VHS as an IR filter?

Question by jbaker22    |  last reply

Filter Searches

There needs to be filters after a search so that people can narrow what they're looking for to relevant threads.  i.e., if I'm looking for something that would most likely be in wood working, than I should be able to filter out anything that involves food.  Categories should be similar to those found in explore.  Allowing additional tags would further help this experience.

Topic by jtaft1    |  last reply

Stuck in filters

Help I posted this instructable at about noon Sunday and I still haven't seen it.  I am assuming it has been stuck in the filters though I can't imagine why.  I hope there is not a problem with it.

Topic by ChrysN    |  last reply


Does anyone know how to filter it effectively to get rid off the fragance and the vitamin E? (well, baby oil's condutivity is 0 but I just want to effectively filter it to obtain pure baby oil ) (Note I leve in a remote location and the only cheap accessible choice is the baby oil and they do not carry any other) Your help is appreciated!

Topic by dejabox    |  last reply

Filtering Results

I think I've started to figure out how your sorting works, for instance /type:, /category:_, /keyword:_. But I have a few questions...Is there way to do an OR statement? If I do (which is an awesome combination, BTW), it shows results for art AND food, is there a way to do art OR food?Also, is there a way to do a without? Say, without the keyword "cool"?

Topic by zachninme    |  last reply

radio filter

Hi everybody,First off all , i'm new on this forum.My english isn't very good.problem:i have a stereo with cable to listen to fm frequenties.the signal i get isn't a real good quality and a lot of unwanted noise like when your on frequentie that doesn't have a signal.there is somewhere on this site an answer , but i can't find meit hase a cable , for a tv but with a big fiche, not like one from in my garage where the signal enters the house.view link:;=;=219&w;=283&sz;=9&hl;=nl&start;=18&um;=1&tbnid;=ssMePrqA9WHgHM:&tbnh;=88&tbnw;=114&prev;=/images%3Fq%3Dcoax%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dnl%26sa%3DNits a pannasonic sa-ak330

Topic by alex4421    |  last reply

filtering most recent

How come when I explore the recent Instructables, so many knitting ones are there? is there way a way to filter the most recent list to get rid of ones that you have no interest in?

Topic by tyep    |  last reply

Coffee Filter Dispenser

Awhile back I bought a box of basket coffee filters that the top had a tab with some kind of sticky tape on it that when you pushed it against the filters it would pull one filter out at a time.  Cannot find these boxed filters anymore and mine has worn out.  Anyone have an idea on how to make one of these or something like it. Thanks

Question by junkmanws    |  last reply

Rating Filter is back!!!

The rating filter is back YAY!!!! :)

Topic by MegaMetal8    |  last reply

Filter OUT a keyword

Ok, I know you can limit your viewing to a particular keyword, but how would you go about filtering out that keyword? For instance, I don't get the whole knex obsession around here, I don't own any knex, and I never intend to... so I don't want to dig through 40 guns, knives, swords, cellphone holders, etc. just to find something interesting.

Topic by Nephus    |  last reply

Spamming Filters plugged.

Seems the spamming filters have been turned up pretty high and more that usual is getting caught causing that DELAY in posting weather it be an ible of post ect. Filtering spam is good of course but geez, i made a comment in the forums of a current bug problem and guess what my comment is not there . I can only say it is because of the filters. Maybe my comment will appear after the relevance of the topic is over. There needs to be a filter list added that puts the known non spammers into. The people that are submitting ibles and or comments that are not spam. You go ahead and make this secret like it is now so people won't complain about who's on it or not. The people that are your supporters should be in the Good Filter, let there ibles and comments submit without delay. So i am in favor of a GOOD FILTER list. I hope my forum topic gets published in time so as to still be relevant.   

Topic by WWC    |  last reply

Lens Filter Question

I am fairly new to the DSLR world and I like the use of polarizer filters but is a polarizer filter still effective with a UV filter on top of it? I have it like this so I can easily rotate the polarizer filter

Question by physics_dude    |  last reply

Solar Filter for Telescopes

Having seen some predictions of increased solar activity over the next two years, I decided to make a filter so I can check it out with my trusty telescope. To start out, I constructed the rig shown in photo A, and practiced with it by cutting disks of plain glass. Make a table like that in photo C so you can make a continuous score on the glass, without stopping. Put oil on the wheel of the grass cutter. Be sure that the surface you work on is flat. You can skip this if you want a square filter. After scoring, your glass should look like that in photo B, with a uniform and even cut. Next, put the scored glass on a soft surface like a mouse pad, with the scored surface wetted with water and face down. Press on the back of the score with a dull nail to start a crack. By continual pressing you can watch the crack propagate all the way around. Then, make 8 radial scores from the circle to the edge of the glass and propagate those cracks in the same manner as the disk. When you do it right, you get a result like photo D, where the pieces were separated for illustration. When you get good at this with regular glass, you can cut the mirror into a disk. With the mirror, you score the glass on the side that has the metal coating. Or, you can just cut the mirror in a square instead of a circle. Photo E shows an uncut and a finished cut mirror. The mirror came out of the back of a discarded projection TV. Some of the mirrors are plastic films, some are second surface, some are first surface glass but the metal coating is too thin. There are many variations, but you need to find a first surface glass mirror that reduces the light level by 12 stops (as measured by a LunaPro SBC light meter). Photographically, this is like reducing the light level from F1.4 to F64. This level of light reduction will be hard to find. WARNING: Use of a mirror with a thin reflective coating can result in eye damage if used to view the sun through a telescope. I have access to a smaller commercial filter to use as a guide. This filter produced a bright blue image of the sun, so I added a red filter at the eyepiece. This combination produced a normal yellow image of the sun. There were no significant sunspots visible, so I didn’t bother taking any pictures. The Filter is mounted to a screw-in lens cap.

Topic by ShutterBugger    |  last reply

Unable to filter searches

When I try to search the instructables website I'm not able to alter the scope of the search. My searches return comment, forum posts, etc rather than just instructables. The search type combo box reverts to "All" and doesn't work. If I use the whole site search (top-right corner of the page) it does limit the search to instructable articles, but if I use the navigation links (Next, page 1, etc), the search again reverts. I was also unable to search the forums to see if this had been reported by others. Here's my platform: Windows XP SP3 Firefox 3.5.3 with clean profile Also tested with Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702 Cookies enabled Javascript enabled McAfee Security Center (Antivirus and Firewall) Linksys BEFSR11 Router Comcast cable internet

Topic by tinkertime    |  last reply

People with a filter problem

This topic is for people who have an internet filter that likes to block anything interesting. This includes school, corporate and just about anywhere else that has an internet blocker installed. Please do not post the pr0xy word unless it is spelled like before: pr0xy And whatever you do, don't put a pr0xy website that works otherwise it will be blocked in a second.

Topic by RedFlash    |  last reply

Filtered search box

Not a bug, just thought you ought to know that our school filter blocks the search box. (The half-word "network" is all that will fit of the usual message with which the system replaces filtered content.)

Topic by Kiteman  

Rating filter missing

From the Knex section of the site, many members are dissapointed at the loss of the 'rating' filter. Instructable's rating system makes the very best stand out, due to not being based on percentage, and mow they are being shrouded in darkness. Could we please have the rating filter back?

Topic by ~Aeronous~    |  last reply

Is there a way to get rid of a buzz in a state variable filter?

I have built an audio equlizer for my independent study at school. There are a total of four state variable filters. They are summed together using a summing op amp circuit. Everything is working fine, except for a buzz I have. I have not calculated what frequency it is at, but it sounds as though it is between 200 and 400 Hz.

Question by sound91    |  last reply

Instructable is still hung up.

Need a hand with an instructable again. It seems mine keep getting "hung up" in the filters. When this happens, they stay in limbo for a good long time, then when they're finally pushed through, they're already buried on page 32 of the "recent" list. I've tried E-Mailing Ed and randofo 2 days ago, but haven't gotten a response. Anyone have any ideas how to deal with this? Or what "filters" are in place so I can avoid having my instructable get throttled, then buried?

Topic by Javin007    |  last reply

can a automotive fuel filter be used to filter drinking water? Answered

I am working on an emergency water filtration system for when I go camping. This system would be used to manually filter out sediment before I purify the water. Automotive fuel filters are cheap and easy to connect to tubing, but I am afraid that the paper filter element might be coated in some sort of toxic chemical that will leech into the water as i filter it. I cannot find any information about this subject on the internet, so if you know anything please tell me. thank you.

Question by gooseloops    |  last reply

Way to filter Knex articles?

I like to browse for ideas, but every 5th article seems to be about Knex. Since I don't have a Knex set they are just spam to me. Is there a way for me to filter them out or can Instructables remove them from the general pool and just make them only viewable from the Knex category? Thanks and no offense to Knex builders.

Topic by blindflacker    |  last reply

Published Instructables never appear - spam filter bug

Without fail, every instructable I publish gets stuck in the Instructables spam filter. Now some might consider my Instructables to be spam, but it's a real pain to put a lot of effort into an instructable, and never see it make it through to official published status. I always have to send a PM to @jessyratfink to ask her to release the Instructable from the filtering system. It would be awesome if whatever it is that is causing my Instructables to be tagged as NGFI (Not Good For Instructables), be corrected. That way I would not have to bug @jessyratfink every time I hit the publish button!

Topic by MidnightMaker    |  last reply

How do you create a web filter pages and program?

I need to create a web filter for part of the web security on YDL for online security so that users are safe from all threats can this be done in C#, C++, VS 2010 pro, Delphi 2010 or any other professional development app 

Question by shoyru_master_11  

Caught By The Bots Again

This is my third time being caught by that darn filter with a question for no reason!  Please do something about this because every time I have to report a bug to set it free.  My most recent question is in relation to making cement.  This is honestly getting to be quite a hassle especially considering you won't tell me why the bot caught it.  Has the integrity of this site really gone so bad that a computer has to harshly scrutinize everything that is posted?

Topic by    |  last reply

Is there any way to "blacklist" instructable keywords when exploring the instructables?

I normally like to just look at random instructables on the site to see if there are any that catch my eye or haven't seen before. The problem here is that it seems like every page of the zeitgeist features yet another K'NEX gun.I'm alright with K'NEX, I remember having loads of fun with my set back before I lost all of the pieces, but I'm just not interested in them now and don't want to bother looking at them. No offense to the authors of the guides; I hope that they keep doing what they're doing.So I suppose there isn't such a feature now, but is there any chance of implementing a user configurable blacklist of keywords that they don't want to see? Currently the filter in the explore section allows you to choose a number of keywords/categories that instructables must have in order to be displayed, but I think it'd be pretty great to have the opposite functionality as well.Thanks in advance :D-baconfish

Topic by DELETED_baconfish    |  last reply

clean and reuse washwater

I want to clean and reuse my washing machine water to wash clothes.  The system must be #1 cheap to build(off the shelf parts), #2 cheap to use(wasting power to save water is stupid). I am thinking, an easily accessed fine mesh lint trap. A second stage to remove chemicals (sand?charcoal?) and a third to kill any buggies (UV light?). I will also need to address which products are best to use for this system. And of course a valve too return to the "normal" system for some occaisions. Thanks for any input . nursenary     

Topic by nursenary  

Taking the filter out of a respirator?

I need to know how to get the filter cartridge out of this thing... any ideas?

Topic by Butters789    |  last reply

Is my 'ible stuck in the filters.

I published an 'ible about a hat steamer in the wee small hours of December 30th & it still hasn't gone to the site, is it possibly stuck in the filters? I do think it would be a good idea to give some information about what causes this to happen, a list of keywords to avoid for example would be very handy. It does seem a bit random at times, I have seen 'ibles come out when people have asked about the same problem that were entirely inoffensive & others go straight to the site which contained what I feel were highly inappropriate words in images but not in the body text, one recent one had the f word in it at least a dozen times in images but the author was very careful not to actually use it anywhere in the text of the 'ible.

Topic by Nostalgic Guy    |  last reply

Is it possible to filter Instructables questions? Answered

There are a few folks who ask questions that I'd really rather not be tempted to answer, since I would have trouble holding to the "Be Nice" policy. It would be better for both me and them if I could tell Instructables not to show their questions to me at all. Call it a killfile, or an anti-subscribe... Is there such a mechanism? (I'm pretty sure the answer is "no", but I'd be happy to be proven wrong.)

Question by orksecurity    |  last reply

UV Filter on a digital camera

I was told by a few people that UV filters are useless on a digital camera. I also listened to the sales guy when I bought a DSLR just recently and he said "No they serve no purpose for the pics with a digital camera, but it adds a layer of protection to the front lens. UV filters are cheap, I bought it based on the salesman's advice. Yesterday it paid for itself . I was getting ready to take some pics of the neighbors new sports car and he was showing off,  spinning the tires when it happened. The filter just all the sudden shattered. It had to be from a rock, but I could not find one anywhere.... anyway... The camera lens is fine and has a brand new UV filter on.

Topic by SlickSqueegie    |  last reply

Swimming pool cleaner/filter

Hello, I have an old (about 50 years) 50.000 liters (13 208.6026 US gallons) swimming poll that doesn't have any kind of cleaning or filtering machinery (if you know what I mean) so it's just like buried water tank :). The problem is that it's often filled with grass, leaves and bugs that sink to the bottom of the pool and I don't know how to get rid of them. I have a water pump that I use to empty the pool that takes about 2 liters/second that I'd like to use to "vacum" clean the pool floor but I don't really know how Any ideias? thanks!

Topic by whs    |  last reply

Search filter on winning Instructables

Unless I have missed it, I think it would be nice to have a search feature to help narrow a search to contest-winning instructables. It could be a an extension to existing selections: Recent, Popular, Featured, Views, and...Winners? UPDATE SEP 21: Also it would be nice to see the "prize" icon below the thumbnail listing of instructables next to the featured "star" icon.

Topic by techbitar    |  last reply

Filtering queue question/suggestion

Please correct me if I've mis-observed this, or if it has already been addressed. When I use Instructables, I always use the "Recent" option to browse recent Instructables. Often, when I look again after several hours or days, new Instructables have popped up, interspersed with ones I had viewed previously. So, when a new Instructable gets hung up in the filters, am I right in observing that it then gets inserted (when it is released) "back" to the time when it was originally published? It seems that it would be better to post it (chronologically) when it was released from the filters, rather than, in some cases, a page or two back.

Topic by aeray    |  last reply

Repeatedly Being Caught in the Filter

Hello All, Please forgive me if any frustration shows through in this post.  I understand all are busy and are probably receving this sort of thing from every angle. I've been caught yet again in the filter preventing my submission from showing on the Recent page.  I seem to be falling into this pit quite frequently despite the very benign nature of my submissions. My submission does not appear while others continue to show.  More frustrating has been how a submission freed from the filter remains in its chronological position, thus putting it far down the page (or on the next  page even). Today I deleted my latest submission, added to the descriptive text (having been told a description too short can trigger the filter) and tried to anticipate/delete any possible trigger word or phrase.  I then resubmitted it - to no avail.  The submission is  a video link.  Were I to add any more text, it would be bulk/fluff.  The subject covers the roasting and brewing of tea - surely a completely benign subject. The submission in this case is: Could someone with the Mojo please review and free it?  Further, any advice as to how I can avoid this problem in future would be most appreciated. Thanks & Cheers.

Topic by Adeldor    |  last reply

Greasy hood filters screens?

What is the best way to clean greasy metal hood filter screens?

Question by maxine.harrison.718    |  last reply

how to bypass K9 filter?

Question    |  last reply

Help with some noise filtering? Answered

I've attached a file of a project I will build, but should I need some noise filtering capacitors? Thanks, BoK

Question by Balls of Kevlar    |  last reply

Bah tripped the filter again!

I'm pretty sure the instructables filterer doesn't like poor ol' me.  I do a bread based product and my love of fire seems to have yet again triggered the filter! nevermind...

Topic by tim_n    |  last reply

Respirator frame for coffee filters

I want to design a respirator frame that you can use a coffee filter or two as the filter media. Can anyone with a 3D printer help with this? Maybe an instructables contest. 1st prize winner saves the world.

Question by Toxictom    |  last reply