Emailing Instructables staff?

Is it okay to send an email to the people at service@instructables?

Question by BLUEBLOBS2 7 years ago  |  last reply 20 days ago

Judge the Instructables Staff!

**EDIT: JUDGING IS NOW CLOSED!** Hey guys! Have you always wanted to judge the Instructables staff upon what they make? Or find out what it's like to judge our contests? Well, do we have the opportunity for you! Halloween is our busiest time of year, and we do our best to go all-out. This year we ran an internal Halloween Contest, and now we are inviting the community to judge us, and our Halloween costumes, decorations etc! If you are interested in this opportunity, give me a shout in the comments, or in a PM, and I will get you a ballot. Yay! -aO

Topic by audreyobscura 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How do you know if Instructables staff is is on? Answered

How do u know if Instrcutables staff is on or is there even a way to tell if they are on?

Question by BLUEBLOBS2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Day in the life of ...Instructable staff

In contests I often see projects from Instructables' staff. So they are actively participating in the maker scene. But I what else are you guys doing ? A job at a site like instructables must be something like "do what you like and you'll never work one single day in your life", isn't it ? What happens behind this html site in real life ? Wired coffee serving robots swarming around ? People in mad scientists lab coats ? Would like to know that :)

Topic by ianmcmill 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Two Questions for Instructables Staff

1.  Any news on Volume 2 of Best of Instructables? 2.  I want a REAL patch - circular with around the edge and the robot in the center - for sewing on my laptop bag - my bag lacks this one!  Please make it or tell me and I'll do it and sell from my website. Thanks, Jim

Topic by jktechwriter 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Instructables Guide Suggestions

I recently found out that you can't make a guide unless you are a member of the staff, and for good reason, if they allowed anybody to make guides, there would be an awful lot of lame guides out there. But some people have some very good ideas for guides, and don't have the power to make them. So this is the place for those guide ideas. If you have a good suggestion for a guide, post it here and it might just inspire an Instructables staffer to make one about it.

Topic by nickodemus 9 years ago

Happy Holidays from Instructables!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Instructables! Autodesk gives all employees off from December 24th - January 1st 2014.  So we'll be working with a skeleton staff until then.  We'll still be here, but it might take longer to hear back from us! Hope everyone has a good vacation (for those of you who get one :P )!

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Who drew the original Instructables Robot? Answered

 It's such a great drawing, but it can't really be replicated in 3D, the different ersions always look unique.  Regardless, who drew the original Robot? I've always wondered....

Question by Wasagi 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Using the Instructables site to Sell and Promote should not be allowed!

After seeing the page, , I found it to be nothing more than a 'Ad' promoting a product for sale. This is not a Instructable, it doesn't give (nor offer) a 'How-To' to make it yet it DOES point you to another site where it can be bought. I feel that this goes Against the theme of our site and is a slap in the face to those who are trying to promote Ideas that they've come up with and SHARE with the rest of the Instructable community. We, the users, are on this site sharing ideas and thoughts...not money. We're asking for input, not money. We are asking other users to come up with more Great ideas......... .....not Money. I feel that this page should be removed as the author is simply pushing his/her wears here, that isn't what this site is for. How this was allowed to be, not only allowed on the site but, Featured is amazement in itself and if this is the type of thing that we have to look forward to here on Instructables then I will simply have to remove myself from this great community as I will Not be part of something that takes away from those who are working to keep the site up to par with what it was meant to be.  

Topic by ScottM6 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Donate to Instructables?

Hey all, I was just wondering if there was any system in place to donate to Instructables. Maybe you can choose to be a subscriber, and maybe get extra features or something along those lines. The Instructables staff works long and hard to keep the site up and running, and I feel it might be cool if there could be donations to Instructables. Just a thought -Brennn10

Topic by Brennn10 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago

Viewing my Instructables is now an admin, or staff function?!

What's going on?  It says: ERROR 500?

Topic by JohnJY 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How long does it take for Instructables staff to decide if an Instructable will be featured? Answered

How long does it take for Instructables staff to decide if an Instructable will be featured?

Question by BLUEBLOBS2 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Has the Instructables staff met the Mythbusters?

This is a question for all the staff of Instructables, or anyone who knows the answer. Since the Instructables HQ is at the former Alameda Air Force Base, and the Mythbusters often do tests there, Has the Instructables staff met the Mythbusters? Statistics show that such a meeting would be awesome. I think Buster and the Ibles robot would get along really well...

Topic by thefonz101 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Penolopy Bulnick Leaving Instructables Staff

That's right.  It is time for Penolopy Bulnick to move on.  Who is this Penolopy Bulnick fella? Well, even if you don't know who I am, I have been around for the past few years, lurking in the shadows.  I chit chat with all of you through comments, I help those of you who have trouble posting (even if you don't want the help), I release your awesome projects when they get caught in the filters, I post to our Tumblr, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest pages, I create the newsletter you get 3 times a week, I help assemble and edit the print books we have done through Skyhorse Publishing, and I create crazy sugary projects in my spare time :) What are you going to do now?  Do you think you could actually get another job as awesome as Instructables? No :)  Nothing can replace the awesomeness that is Instructables and its community, but I'm sure going to try.  I don't have any finalized plans yet, but you may yet still see me around! I just wanted to let everyone know that even though I want to help you on the site forever, I will not be able to from now on :( I love you all. Goodbye :)  (after Friday, I'm still around till Friday) (I copied Scoochmaroo's use of a bye bye gif)

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How do I PM a Instructables HQ staff about my new website ideas!? Answered

Question by Blechmen 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Look at these pictures I found of the Instructables Staff!

Topic by GorillazMiko 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Request: Non-Alpha Characters in Titles to Designate Awards

Dear Instructables Administration: While downloading Instructables as PDF files, I like to edit the name of the file with the following convention at the end of the title: How_to_Make_Mashed_Potatoes (*++).pdf The part that looks like this (*++) indicates that the instructable has been featured (*) and has been a finalist in 2 contests (++). This lets me peruse my downloaded instructables within a given category (I file them by project type) and find one that is really top-of-the-line at a glance. Would it be possible and/or acceptable to have this sort of suffix automatically added to the title of downloads by the instructable web site? This would save much time and effort for me and anyone else who was interested in this luxurious little feature. Perhaps it could be included as a preference check-box for those who did (or didn't) want this feature enabling them to choose it? Would the code to do this be difficult to implement? I hereby request this feature for pro members! Timothy Nugent

Question by timnugent 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Which members of the staff have 133 or 134 instructables right now? Answered

I need to know!!

Question by thomasthetankengine 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

"Staff icon" for staff members instead of "pro icon"

I was thinking that it would be a good idea to change the "pro icon" to say "staff", or something like that, for the instructables staff members. That way people will be able to tell the staff members apart form other members. I know that a lot of the people that use the site frequently already know who the staff members are, but it would be helpful with all of the new interns. Also it would be helpful for people new to the site. AI

Topic by JaredsProjects 8 years ago

Thank you, Instructables!

Just a public thank you to the Robot and staff for the T-shirt. I don't know what I've done to deserve it, but I very much appreciate the recognition. What a great community this is! Best regards, Michael Kelsey

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

New Weekend or one day Instructables. (aimed at instructables staff.)

Consider this, you're a student with very little spare time and you get a day off, what can you do? Search for an instructable all day? NO! If there was a folder of instructables in every genre, full of one or two day projects it would be great for people like me who want to do something productive or helpful in a short amount of time. For example you go into the Technology genre, but you don't have time to make a super complicated ipod dock, so you hit the one day folder and POW! Quick, easy and super fast one day instructables. I'm sure many agree with this idea and the concept behind it is fairly simple and undemanding. Please take into account. All the best. l3owzaaaah.

Topic by l3owzaaaah 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Left? Answered

 Why did the author information and related Instructables bar switch over to the left? I liked it on the right.

Question by Wasagi 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Instructables Newsletter Problems...

Am I the only one that has been getting the Instructables Newsletter only once-to-twice a week? I used to receive it everyday... I think it has been like this for the past ~2 weeks My other question is: Is the newsletter chosen automatically, By robot? Or by the Staff?

Topic by Yonatan24 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

What does Sponsor's Instructables staff mean?

I was looking at the rules for the tech contest and saw this, what does it mean ? Does it mean that the finalist will be picked by the sponsor? """""Two Judges from Sponsor's Instructables staff will choose 18 finalists from the pool of all eligible entries based on their preliminary assessment of whether the entries meet the Criteria"""

Question by Team Dogoman RC 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Are Flag Reports on Comments getting to Instructables Staff?

I just flagged a comment for spam on my instructable but I didn't get any indication that it worked. (i.e. no message). So then I went to see if a comment I flagged for spam a month ago was removed, but its still there. In both cases, the comment is just a link to another website, and has nothing to do with the topic (i.e. spam). I know I've flagged a few others, but I can't remember where they are. Are flag reports getting to staff? or is this a bug and its stopped working? The spam comment I just flagged on my instructable can be found here. The spam comment I flagged a month ago can be found here. Screenshots of the comments are shown below.

Topic by canucksgirl 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Why can't I view my published instructables? Answered

It says they're restricted, and that I must be staff or admin to view them. Which doesn't make sense.

Question by jessejwk 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Translated instructable

Hej! Today I recognized a translated version of one of my ibles and I'd like to give some feedback about the experience ;) I think it's supercool someone took the time and made the effort to translate one of my ibles. I really enjoy the fact that people I would never be able to talk to now can read my ible.  That's actually amazing and I'd like to thank you for that! And I want to share some of my thoughts and feelings about it: REALIZING: - The first few moments when I realized there was a new instructable existing in my account I was a little bit in shock.  Don't get me wrong - but my profile feels like my "private" spot on the site. It's a messy place with lot's of weird draft ideas and unfinished instructables. (I would have tidied up if I'd expected guests...) Of course I surmised admins and staff somehow would be able to enter this place - but I feel a little invaded as it actually happened.   -- I think there are several possibilities to avoid this irritating moment: -The translator could write a PM before starting the translation. Just to inform the author about there is soon going to be another version of one of your ibles. (This might be a little bit more "paperwork" but could also save the translator some time. There is a chance an author speaks another language and would be able to do the translation him/herself...) - The translator (or the instructables robot) could send a PM to the author when the translation is published to inform him/her about the new ible. (I'm a sucker for those "your instructable was featured" mails - a "your instructable was translated" mail would make me happy and would help me to forget about the girl's cave invasion)  INSPECTION: - I can't say anything about the quality of the translation since I don't speak spanish - but it seems to me the translator was pretty meticulous on his/her job: the wikipedia links in the instructable are "translated" as well and link now (as far as possible) to the spanish wikipedia. That's thoughtful and I really appreciate it! (It's a funny thing that, although I can't actually read this instructable, it still feels like "mine".) SUGGESTION: I think it wouldn't hurt if the translator adds a very last sentence to the translated instructable like " this instructable was translated by XY" There are several advantages to this info: - There would be given some credit to the translator - The people writing comments wouldn't be confused about the combination of a perfectly written instructable and google translated comment replies... I have no clue who translated my ible. I think it would be awesome if the translator had a instructables profile. I would like to thank this person!  So this is my feedback, might it be useful... (Woho! I'm exited about the translation! This is übercool! Thank you! )

Topic by spunk 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Pro Instructables Ratings

I was going through my bookmarks today, and clicked this one (no longer works): However, it did lead me to this: So I collected the same data I've done previously, here's how Pro & non-Pro compare: Instructables by Pro users are generally higher-rated than those by non-Pro users, and few have bad-ratings. There are reasons for this. > Instructables staff are Pro users, they set high standards. > People who pay and post tend to be more serious about what they publish. > Staff and paid users tend to have been here longer and posted more content in line with the above. > Younger users with less experience, fewer tools & less money find it harder to pay for Pro membership. What you may read from these statistics (if you wish) is that as a Pro member, 3.1-3.6 is an average rating. (Chart shows % Instructables in each rating band, for rated Pro ~3100, rated non-Pro ~28000) Notice how the lines have similar shapes, just skewed in opposite directions. The main reason I thought this might be of interest is the lumpiness of the distribution shows better like this - I'm still seeing waves / ripples...

Topic by lemonie 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Instructables Robot Patch?

I've emailed a few Instructable staff and posted a question elsewhere, but no responses... so... here's my question: I have a local company that creates custom embroidered patches and I want to have one made with the robot... but they do have a minimum order quantity.  Is the robot logo available for something like this if it's sold online here and nowhere else? I'm not looking at making a fortune... just enough to cover my costs and shipping... and to have a couple left over to sew on my bookbag and give a few to friends. Thanks! J

Topic by jktechwriter 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Instructables at school; MORE information needed.

Since publishing my last Instructable, the subject of filters and blocks has been cropping up. Some schools, it seems, block or filter Instructables for a variety of reasons. If you are a student or staff member in any level of education, could you let us know; Where you are (country, state, county etc) What level of establishment you are trying to use Instructables at - primary, middle, high, university What you are (staff, student) Whether you can access instructables at school If not, do you know why not, and where the decision to filter was made (school, county etc)? Are there different filters for staff vs students? Anything else that might be useful. If you don't feel comfortable revealing this information in public, please PM me - names won't be included in any summary that gets put together. UPDATE: The site now has FaceBook logins - has this affected the filtering at your school? Plus: If you are a teacher, do you use the site for / at school? If you are a student, do your teachers use the site?

Topic by Kiteman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I just wanted to give a quick shoutout to the Instructables staff and let them know how much I appreciate the work they put into this site. I don't have a lot of time to make Instructables because of college so it's very rare that I post, but Instructables was a big inspiration to me when I was younger and regardless of its appearance it's still a ton of fun to come back every now and then to spend a few minutes relaxing and looking at what everyone else has made. Thanks for all yall do. Hope your day is fantastic!

Topic by RampedUpDIY 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Instructables Collection Update

I think it high time that the Instructables crew redesigned the collections aspect of the site, the collections are full of odd behaviour, missing features and bugs that need to be resolved I have compiled a few issues which should be addressed, comment if you think this is an important issue and with any bugs not listed below. - Newly created collections often won't appear under profile tab until the user has logged out and logged back in. - Collections have no clear way to add a custom cover photo - No way to delete a published or unpublished collection - Collections occasionally getting deleted for no apparent reason I believe the Instructables team should address this issue very soon, just the presence of your comment can help bring this to the attention of the Instructables staff.

Topic by jackreno11 2 years ago

Instructables Club for School?

Hey everyone, I am in high school, and I was just thinking it would be quite fun to have an Instructables club in our high school. I was just wondering if I have permission from the Instructables staff to start a club, because of all the copywright and whatnot. I was thinking of having annual contests, and the winners could get an Instructables Leatherman or something like that. I was also thinking of having the joined users from my school make a group to gather all of our ideas. Maybe the contestant in the contests could join our group and submit their Instructable, and the leaders of our club could decide a winner. Is this is good idea? And do I have permission? Suggestions are always welcome! Oh yea, when everyone sees use walking around in Robot-T-shirts, who wouldn't want to join? -Thanks -Brennn10

Topic by Brennn10 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago

Arghh! My instructables and filters.

Damnit every time I post an instructable it takes as long as it take the staff to check the filters, why? i don't know, this never happened before now and I can't think what makes them get caught every time, none of them did until lately.

Topic by killerjackalope 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Error 500 "instructables: You've published 1 instructable."

Hello everyone. M getting an error when i click on       [       Instructables: You've published 1 instructable.       ]   Can someone tell me why is this happening to my account. This is the error m getting--[    ERROR 500: com.instructables.exception.NotPermittedException: Should be STAFF or ADMIN to use this function    ]  Then this appears ----[      Exception com.instructables.exception.NotPermittedException: Should be STAFF or ADMIN to use this function at com.instructables.manager.HibernateInstructableManager.loadAllUserGuides( at com.instructables.manager.InstructableManagerFacade.loadAllUserGuides( at sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor1177.invoke(Unknown Source) at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke( at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke( at com.instructables.transaction.TransactionHandler.invoke( at $Proxy3.loadAllUserGuides(Unknown Source) at at at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.prepare( at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.doGet( at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service( at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service( at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletFilterChain.doFilter( at com.instructables.filter.HibernateSessionRequestFilter.doFilter( at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter( at com.instructables.filter.TemporaryProFilter.doFilter( at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter( at com.instructables.filter.SecurityFilter.doFilter( at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter( at com.instructables.filter.SetupFilter.doFilter( at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter( at com.instructables.filter.NextPageFilter.doFilter( at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter( at com.caucho.server.webapp.WebAppFilterChain.doFilter( at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletInvocation.service( at com.caucho.server.http.HttpRequest.handleRequest( at at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.runTasks( at at Now there's an another thing happened to me day before yesterday, but not sure if it's a bug or  it done by   Only a few days ago i published and an Instructable, which isn't in my account anymore , it's not under Unpublished Instructable, nor i got any message regarding the deletion of my Instructable. Now is it related to the above Error i was talking about?

Topic by d1ndian 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

A Special Thanks To All Instructables Staff Members, Feature Team Members, Volunteers, AND Members!

I wanted to give some positive feedback to everyone here at instructables because I feel they have earned it. When I first signed up I must admit that I was very frustrated because everything was new to me. I kind of felt alone in a vast world of the unknown. I felt bad at times to email staff members or volunteers because lets face it everyone is busy. Thanks for being patient with me. In time I have learned a lot. I have seen some very positive changes in the value of the contest prizes and the quality of the winners entries as well as the instructables staff working hard on the issues here. I personally wish to thank you all for your hard work and say I have noticed it! I also wish to thank everyone who has corresponded with me and answered my questions because you have been so helpful. A special thanks of course to Eric, Scoochmaroo, and Instructables Robot. A special thanks to Nizerbean because she has worked very hard helping me become better and better at editing my entries. I value all of her time and hard work and well, thank you! I know the amount of time it takes to email back and forth and tweak here and there. It takes time away from you doing your own thing but know that I appreciate all you have done! All of you volunteers Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I hope you feel appreciated. I also wish to thank the members because they too make up the instructable site. Thank you for awesome instructables that we can learn from, have fun making, and exchange creative ideas! You rock! A special thanks to wilgubeast, Chrysn, and Stumpchunkman. If any members wish to join me in giving this team some positive feedback please tell these wonderful people you value them also. How about an online Thank You Instructables party with cupcakes, pies, bbq, drinks, and diy patches! Thanks for reading this. Sunshiine  

Topic by sunshiine 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How to Create

Here's an idea - an Instructable about how came to be Made by the Instructables Staff in their spare time. The first step would be the original idea. Then how some of the staff came to be a part of Instructables, how scripting started, how Instructables has changed and so on..... Oh Oh! And how the Instructables Robot came to be!!!!

Topic by Keith-Kid 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Unofficial Instructables Survey

The first annual (hopefully) Instructables survey. EDIT: The Results are in! (link)Why a survey, you might ask? Well I thought it would be interesting to see a couple of things. Average number of Instructables people make, Most popular OS etc.Anyway, give it a whirl and we'll see what people like best.Oh, and once you have finished the survey, could you please pass on the link to this forum topic to anyone who is on instructables that might be interested and would not come across this themselves.Fineprint: This is not an official survey and as such the team at instructables take no responsibility for it. The survey will only collect the answers you give, your username, email and other personal data remain private unless you put it into one of the boxes. IP addresses may be recorded. If this violates some kind of instructables ToS or anything, can a staff member please PM me and I will remove it. Otherwise, the results should pop up in the community blog in a week or two.EDIT The results will be released Sunday, 19 April 2009, 00:00:00 UTC. Click here for different time zones

Topic by munchman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Jayefuu as Instructables' Artist in Residence

Thursday saw the end of two of the most fun filled months of my life. Since the beginning of February I've been an artist in residence at Instructables' office in San Francisco. First impressions? The office was unlike any I'd ever visited or heard of. An open plan 2nd floor office above a deli and a night club on 2nd street, Instructables' headquarters is home to a team of 25 young and enthusiastic staff. It's not like your average software company either, no desk is the same and each is covered in or surrounded by a mix of complete and incomplete projects, or is in itself a project. Those above mentioned staff are all friendly. The office has the same tight knit community feeling that I have felt part of as a non-staff member using the site. As an artist in residence I was given no direction other than to be creative and pursue and finish projects that interested me. The environment was hugely beneficial as a maker. At home I feel that I have to explain why I want to make something. “But you can buy that!” I am often told. At Instructables I was surrounded by people who understand that making is a passion, that it's important and ideas quickly develop and grow as enthusiastic friends chime in with over the top but all too often adopted suggestions to improve projects in progress or create new projects. There doesn't need to be a reason to create something to amuse, educate or just show off. While in residence I worked on a bubble machine, a giant chess set to play in Eric and Christy's kitchen, an improved laser cut jenga pistol, a cupcake decorating stencil, several educational instructables as well as writing Perl to simplify several tedious admin tasks performed by the editors. My most used tool was the laser cutter. If I had to choose a favourite new skill that I learned, I'd be hard pressed to choose between the skills I developed with a DSLR and lighting, and how to drive a forklift. The best piece of insider information I picked up.... I know who the next artist in residence will be! Given a chance, I'll definitely be back. I love the staff, I love the city and the nearby climbing is exceptional! James

Topic by Jayefuu 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Reduced Instructable Pages!

We need to be able as a community reduce the amount of pages each project uses. This kind of goes against the stub philosophy, but imagine if you could reduce an Instructable to a single page or even multiple projects per page. If not 1, why not 2, or 3? I see some projects that are overwhelming with information at times. This could also add even more features such as un-selecting the steps that you don't need and poof, gone! There is also the potential for yet more ad views (which means everyone wins) with this service | 1. ads on the service page, 2. ads on the finished page. I've been considering this for years in all documentation that I do, how to reduce pages. However, this will be impossible without the staff at Instructables support and willing to adapt and grow. I also know paper is not the issue it used to be, but that isn't exactly the point I'm trying to reach; for instance sometimes more is really too more. Also, I know I'm new but focusing on that goes against my belief in working agile. Hi everyone!

Topic by philandy 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

We need a self help group

Does anyone else here feel like they might as well have a full time job at instructables? I need some kind of Instructablers Anonymous group. I wouldn't be surprised if I spend 40 hours a week on here. (Can any of the staff members check that for me?) Anyways...I'm sure I'm not alone here...

Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

The Title's of Instructables aren't being changed anymore in the Newsletter?

Has the staff stopped changing the title's of Instructables that get featured in the Newsletter? They used to change it, but it looks like they've stopped doing that. Why?

Topic by Yonatan24 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

How to deal with spam on instructables?

Guys, if you see spam, anywhere on the site, please do not reply to it, even if you are just saying "spam". Adding comments actually slows down the removal of the spam, so just flag it and move on. If it is really offensive spam, or it needs quickly removing for some other reason, then email, or send a PM to any members of the staff or the Community Team who seem to be online at the time. If you're running on UK/Europe times, that will likely be me.

Question by Kiteman 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Instructables Podcast Update...

I wanted to take a minute to thank the people here in the forums who listened to the podcast Jake and I put out, for giving us feedback and sending us questions. It was really helpful and a lot of fun. Unfortunately the response from the community here doesn't seem to really want a podcast, and that's okay. To the four of you who might have enjoyed it, Jake and I have set up our own space for the podcast, and will continue publishing them outside of Instructables. We both love Instructables, and we'll still reference it a ton in the podcast, but we felt that the podcast might be better served by venturing out on its own. I also don't really want to clutter up the forums with my nonsense. I didn't get a chance to post last weeks episode here, but it was a really good one that pulled questions from the forums on Makezine, and this week we ventured into guns and 3D printing. You can find all of our current and future episodes on our website, subscribe to our rss feed, through iTunes, and I'm sure there's a couple other places you can find us (Zune marketplace anyone?). It was a lot of fun testing the waters of our podcast here, and we really appreciate Instructables staff letting us do it. I hope those of you who enjoyed the podcast will follow us over to the new space and keep listening. Thanks for the support, and have fun!

Topic by StumpChunkman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Some Featured Instructables are not worthy of Featuring

Instructables is great. I frequently view Featured entries. However, I have reviewed the criteria in a number of staff posts regarding what gets a members Instructable featured, I think the idea is good but the implementation is flawed. Some of the featured Instructables might meet those criteria but the Instructable itself may not be worthy, one recently had to be removed by staff for plagiarism after it was featured! The breech of Instructables Guidlines was clearly indicated in comments prior to the featuring. Instructables, please remember that just because an Instructable gets lots of views or comments, these may be for all the wrong reasons and each Featured Instructable and its comments should be reviewed before featuring. Thanks, and I really do think Instructables makes the world a better place :-)

Topic by mad_mat 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Graphing Visitors to Your Instructables

On the off-chance that the staff haven't seen this: This was brilliant while the referenced website was still functional, and this functionality should totally be an embedded feature on Instructables. I would LOVE to see a graph of visitors to my Instructables over time. Extending this idea, I imagine that there must be a lot of neat data waiting to be collected; e.g. if visitors to an Instructable came from outside the site, or from another Instructable (and which one), or from a site search (and with which search terms). Is this a feature that we could hope to see integrated in the future?

Topic by LynxSys 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Article Fails To Credit Instructables

To: Ginny Mies, PC World Staff Editor, and Nick Mediati, PC World Assistant EditorCC: Kimberly Brinson, PC World Managing Editor, Ed Albro, PC World Editor, and Eric Wilhelm, Instructables CEOWho is this guy?I can't find his name on your staff list, so I hope you are the right people to talk to about this.I was reading the article in the above link and realized that I had just read most of that stuff (almost in that order) already on a web site called Instructables. While I don't care so much about the actual copyrights (Instructables is largely based on "Attribution non-commercial share-alike" legality), I do believe that at least a formal nod is in order. It might look (to those unfamiliar with Instructables) like he did some fancy research to gather those neat tips together, but to me it is practically undeniable that he was surfing Instructables. (I am not exaggerating, I read at least half of those tips on Instructables within the same hour!)Perhaps the best tip Zack Stern could have given was the only obvious one he left out: Visit Instructables for more of these user-enabling tips!Sincerely,Ricky RatzlaffAvid Instructables readerP.S. If you need links to the relevant projects on Instructables, feel free to ask. They're just a search engine away!

Topic by V-Man737 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Instructables, Contests and Copying

Copying and rehash are not things often regarded as good for do-it-yourself communities, yet Instructables is currently quite accepting of things that would fit under this umbrella and in some cases even sponsor it. I hope to convince the administrators that new rules need to come into play--particularly with regard to competitions. I'll discuss why unoriginal projects are a problem, lay out the causes of this and present some solutions that the administration could pursue. Copying is a problem for Instructables because making your own example of someone else's creation with no alterations does not advance development at all. In many cases, these copies even infringe on copyrights. In competitions, such as ones on Instructables, copied projects can become popular and even eclipse original designs; this discourages originality. An author might ask himself why he should bother investing time researching and developing a project when he could just as easily locate an existing design and copy it instead. In many cases, the causes of copying can be innocent, such as when a child who posts his friend's favorite paper airplane design (which actually originates out of a copyrighted book, for instance). While innocent, this action still proves unhealthy to the DIY community. There are also less innocent types of copying as well; such as those who knowingly steal creations and post photographs or links to media of creations not of their own design. While this latter type is less prevalent on Instructables than places like YouTube, it still occurs due to embedding. To discourage unoriginality and encourage advancement, Instructables staff should make a few changes to how entries are looked at as far as appropriateness goes, as well as what gets featured or judged a winner in contests. Projects that are not original should be recognized as such. It might be appropriate to outright disqualify an entry or issue it a penalty or rank reduction in judging. It is not advisable to feature unoriginal designs. These sort of steps could encourage people to contribute rather than copy. I hope I have inspired thought in others regarding this. I have talked about the problems of copying, why it happens and how it might be addressed--hopefully it is.

Topic by OrigamiAirEnforcer 4 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago

Instructables Build Nights!

Instructables is pleased to present the first in a new series of Thursday Build Nights here at our San Francisco HQ!These are small-group sessions focused on specific projects - you MUST RSVP to attend, as we can only handle a certain number of participants. Registrations will be handled on a first-come basis. We're starting with a bit of craft/tech crossover, and plan to run sessions on a variety of topics.October 2: Intro to Chain Mail with SpiderOctober 23: Halloween open build night.See the descriptions below for details, including things to bring and/or materials fees. To sign up for one of the sessions, simply private message Christy with your name, email, and phone number. We hope to see you there!October 2: Beginning Chainmail with SpiderLimit: 10 participants (confirmed RSVP required)Materials Fee: $10 Start Time: 7pmProject is a European 4-in-1 chainmail bracelet. I'll teach 4-in-1 because it's the most widely useful chainmail weave. Students can use this same weave to make jewelry, armor, sculpture, lampshades, iPod cozies, etc... The materials fee is $10, which covers copper jump rings and clasp, plus the loan of appropriate pliers. I'll bring other goodies for people to look at, and I'm happy to answer any and all chainmail-ish questions.Additional kits and tools will be available for purchase after class.October 23: Halloween Costume & Decoration Open Build NightLimit: none, but please RSVPMaterials: Bring your own!Time: 6pm-9pmWe'll be working on our Halloween costumes and decorations -- bring your work-in-progress along and join the fun! We've got plenty of floor/table space, a couple of sewing machines and other useful tools, and enough skill and imagination to share. It's always easier to get excited about your project when you're working with a group. Please RSVP so we know how much snack food to acquire, and how much of the office to clean up. We'll kick you out at 9pm, or when the last Instructables staff member has to head home.

Topic by randofo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructables + Autodesk, the beginning!

Yesterday was my first day as an "artist in residence" here at Instructables - which also happens to be the first day that we all became employees of Autodesk! Good timing on my part, I think. :) Last night we got to visit the Autodesk offices here in San Francisco to become official employees and get a tour of their gallery. They also fed us lots of fancy tiny foods (if Autodesk ever offers to feed you, I recommend the spring rolls, samosas, and brownies. nom.) and gave us drinks. Oh, and water bottles and books. We have been courted! And I have to say that everyone I met on the Autodesk staff was so nice and so excited about bringing Instructables on - they all had so many questions about how the site worked and how it was run. They were very curious about every little thing, and wanted to hear our suggestions as well. Many people had already looked at the site and talked to me about specific projects they liked or asked me about what projects I had worked on. They also told us tons about projects they were working on - all the stuff they thought we could work into the site in the future to help our users. It sounds like there a lot of possibilities out there for us right now. :D I am feeling very optimistic after meeting the Autodesk folks... they showed so much enthusiasm for the site the general gist of all of my conversations with them is that we're only going to improve on what we've got here. I'm excited to see where this will go! I can say that nothing has really changed as far as the interns and crazy projects from when I was here a few years ago - just yesterday SHIFT!, penfoldplant, and I were on the roof finishing up penfoldplant's latest ible, which should be quite exciting. (Let's just say it involves giant plastic bags, duct tape, safety goggles, and shooting each other in the face.) And today the office is busy as usual... people are working on projects, Eric and Christy are doing the live chat, contests are being worked on, moderation is happening, bugs are being fixed, the internets are being scoured for new content, etc. So, you know, business as usual. Hopefully made more awesome in the near future. :D P.S. Random photos from the gallery below... I didn't take as many as I liked because I was eating and drinking and talking!

Topic by jessyratfink 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago