How are the categories arranged because there is an OFFBEAT in TECH and a TECH in OFFBEAT. Which is it? It's almost as if its a circular category. Confused....
Topic by DickDastardly71 | 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
We've just released the big recategorization work which has been occupying the whole dev team for the last few weeks. Christy has written up an explanation of it here so I don't need to say too much. That's the big thing; there are a few more bugfixes in Pro payments and some caching changes to help with our bandwidth but check out the browse pages! I found a bunch of interesting instructables I hadn't seen before just while verifying the functionality.
Topic by rachel
Hi, I'd like another category to be added to the publish page. It should be an 'other' category which lets you put you're own category name. I'd like to know if this is possible. If not, then a few more categories added would also be fine, such as Life Hacks, and in their, as subcategories : Kitchen, Home, Outdoor, Tech etc. Thank You Cheerio! super_me
Topic by NebulaIX | last reply
This is a question about the site, not about the @#$% forums! IS there a PAGE that LISTS all of the CATEGORIES for INSTRUCTABLES somewhere? I don't understand why there isn't just a button on the home page...is it inconceivable that one might want to choose from a list of categories of instructables to look at? I don't live here so every time I visit, I'm like a new visitor and confined to the instructables that are listed in emails BECAUSE I CAN'T FIND A @#$% LIST OF CATEGORIES TO BROWSE AND CHOOSE WHAT I WANT TO LOOK AT FOR MYSELF!! #@$%!!! The concept is SO good that the inability to find a list of categories is INFURIATING!
Question by GenerallyOdd | last reply
I am searching through all the crochet instructables. Every time I click on one I want to Favorite and I go back to the list of projects, it brings me back to almost the beginning of the list instead of where I left off. This is very frustrating. Is there any way it can be fixed? Thank you,
Topic by kathieb | last reply
I was recently on another computer and want to find one of my instructables to show my friend. She wanted to print it quickly so I didn't log in. When I tried to find it under the Technology category it wasn't under the featured instructable. We found it instead on the homepage (the third page of the recently featured instructables). Later at home I tried it on my computer (on Firefox) and encountered the same problem. Can an instructable be featured on the homepage but not the category page? I was sure it was featured in both. Some screen shots are included below. Thanks (and sorry for bothering :)
Topic by jen7714 | last reply
Many of the instructables I submit are related to farming issues and solutions. Usually I choose Outdoors or Gardening as the category to assign it to but I wish there was a farming category. Farming is bigger than gardening and a faint subset of Outdoors. Can we create a Farming category?
Topic by rhackenb | last reply
When I create a new instructable and go to assign the proper category, I see a dropdown menu limited to: food living outside play technology workshop I am looking for "health" but don't see it. Should "health" be on the category list? Thanks for any help.
Topic by milesfromneihu | last reply
Is it at all possible to get another new sub category added to the "Outside" Category? I would really like to get "Farming" added as a sub category, possibly even a "Tractor" sub category as well. I have already posted a couple of tractor/farming instructables but would like to see a dedicated place for these instead of vehicles or gadgets. I will post some more help and how to with farming and tractors as time goes on.
Topic by GunGeek369
Origami needs its own category. Seriously. Yes, there is a 'paper' category under living and yes, there is a 'paper airplanes' category under play but origami deserves its own home. Even though I've posted a lot of origami in the paper category, I always feel weird doing it since I feel like Living, Paper is for stuff like making paper, books, cards, and maybe paper craft (though this should be under the play category and maybe have a section of its own too). I've also posted a few things in the paper airplane's category because it's flying origami but still don't feel like it's the right place for it. I feel like origami much better fits under the Play area (instead of living) and there is definitely enough of it to warrant its own category. Please give the orphan origami a home.
Topic by sherrycayheyhey | last reply
i am doing a instructable with golf balls but there isn't a category for golf balls or sports or anything like that. i was thinking it was probably something like life hacks but i have no idea. help please?
Question by chessman908 | last reply
Hey instructables, just wanted to let you know, there are two technology headings and no Everything heading on the homepage.
Topic by Cbamford | last reply
Hi, I have a lot of 'ibles I've marked as favorites and it is difficult to find any one of them. I'd like to see Categories added to favorites that the user can name and put a favorite under to simplify finding one. It would make a bid difference to me and I'm surely not the only one who has marked many 'ibles for their favorite list. Thanks for reading and, hopefully considering this. Cheers, Steve Lansdowne StevenTLansdowne@Gmail.com
Topic by steventlansdowne | last reply
Hey! i just wanted to know if and if, how, it is possible to add an instructable into multiple categories when publishing. or if it does'nt work (which it apprently does not), why not? i had the following "problem" several times already: imagine i would post an instructable for a necklace made from reused paper. when i want to publish it, i now have to make the choice if i add it to category "paper", "jewelry" or "reuse". this choice it not always easy, i have to think if i (in this case) would think it more important that the thing is made of paper, or that it is made from reused material, or that it's jewelry. hope i made my problem clear! thank you
Topic by sursula | last reply
Why isn't there a "Fashion" category here? "Craft" doesn't really cover everything. More of a suggestion than a question I guess. Where's the suggestion box? :)for instance:https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Removable-Ruffles-for-your-Shoes/https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Christian-Louboutin-quotPetalquot-Bag/https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Christian-Louboutin-quotPetalquot-Sandals/
Question by loveMaegan | last reply
I believe there should be a gluten free category in the Food section much like there is a Vegan section. Having to go through hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes to see which I can and cannot make for my gluten intolerant family and friends is a little disappointing, considering how widely spread such an allergy is. I still do it of course, and I enjoy seeing all the delicious looking things, but still slightly bothersome. Thanks for the amazing site that has entertained me and given me wonderful ideas for years.
Topic by Shindou | last reply
Hi; I'd like to see a category for National Forests, Parks, etc. Special features, great campsites, super swimmin' holes, beautiful but little known sights, etc. I just thought of another one I'd like info from/on: Unique, Out of the Ordinary Events, & Festivals For example: Following the Sheep Festival held yearly in Idaho. Other not-well-known festivals of interest. . . . I drove 2-1/2 hrs. one time to go see the Outhouse Festival in Kansas. Include things like dog agility competetions, cat shows, horse events, food events, etc etc. Looking for something interesting to do. . . Thanks for your consideration! Gale Green.
Topic by GaleG1 | last reply
Hi all, I am following some categories (such as woodworking, home improvements, etc) and users. Is there is a way to browse only through the followed categories/users instead of the homepage featured instructables? Something like a personalised homepage? Sorry if it is already been asked, I searched in the forum but have not found an answer. Thanks in advance!
Topic by LoicBVN | last reply
Just pushed out another release of the site. The big news here is that we have enough content now that it was time to reorganize it. The new system isn't live yet but before we can do that, we have to get the current Instructables sorted... Christy wrote a post about it here which explains the whole thing in detail. I invite you to read and comment on it. Additionally there are a couple administrative changes to make things easier for the site admins, and a bugfix or two... and I just noticed we broke the RSS feeds AGAIN! Will fix that first thing in the morning, boy do I feel silly doing that twice in a row. Please let us know if you see any problems by filing a bug! Update: RSS feeds fixed (all the ones I saw, anyway; let us know if yours is still broken). Also authors' ability to update their categories & channels.
Topic by rachel
Hi!I want to change the category of my instructable and it does not work. He tells me that it is changed pro then it has not changed. I read that you have to stop the publication of the instructable but that button does not exist.Any ideas?Regards,Arturo
Question by ArcturusRex | last reply
Welcome to the Services forum category! This category is for listing services for sale that are of interest to the Instructables community. Commercial postings are OK (and please note this is one of the few forum categories where commercial postings are acceptable). Please keep things relevant to the spirit of the site. Really cool listings may even be featured to the Instructables homepage, while irrelevant postings will be deleted. We encourage people to use our private messaging system to work out details, and remind you to deal locally when possible, or only with others whose reputation you can determine and trust (for example by checking out their Instructables profile). We strive to keep the quality of the listings high, but cannot guarantee their accuracy. When in doubt, ask lots of questions in the comments!
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Welcome to the Resources forum category!This category is for sharing and discussing resources relevant to Instructables and general project building. Do you know of a great place to get LEDs, yarn, wood, or strawberries? How about somewhere to learn to weld, knit, solder, or saute? Share it here. Commercial postings are NOT OK (and please note that commercial postings are only acceptable in a few forum categories where they are explicitly permitted). Forum topics about resources should be authored by those without a direct interest in the resource. If you think your company, store, website, magazine, or otherwise would make a good resource for the Instructables community, please post it in the Services Forum Category. Please keep things relevant to the spirit of the site. Really cool listings may even be featured to the Instructables homepage, while irrelevant postings will be deleted.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Hey Instructables, Not sure what your criteria are for adding a new category? I'm suggesting you consider a category for the ESP8266. I'm a real Arduino and Raspberry Pi fan and I can see that the ESP8266 is coming on gangbusters. I understand if you added a new category in Technology for every piece of hardware that came along the categories would loose their effectiveness, so I'll leave my suggestion in your capable hands. Cheers, Steve
Topic by lafontas | last reply
Hello, Would it be possible to create something that every user can have an image gallery where you can add different categories? (I know we already have a gallery for the uploaded pictures, but nobody else can see it) It would be Really nice! Thanks, Electorials
Topic by DELETED_Electorials | last reply
It would be great to have one RSS feed per category (as defined in "Explore"). There are so much posts in "food", not interesting at all for me, cluttering up my rss reader, that I seriously envision to unsubscribe from instructables feed. I'm tired of filtering them every day.
Topic by elkar | last reply
Just wondering what happened to a lot of the categories? When I used to come on this site there were a lot more, including the good 'ol section (forgot the name) dedicated to 'unrefined' projects (ie. constructing projectiles out of office supplies, constructing devices that could cause potential danger if misused, pyrotechnics, etc). Anyone know?
Topic by Rauffle | last reply
Dear Instructables, I am an organic gardener and smallholder/homesteader and most of my instructables are related to these topics, however apart from 'Pets', which is OK because my birds are very friendly and tame, there is no specific category for my Instructables. I have noticed that there are many people posting poultry instructables and it would be great if they could be grouped together. I also suggest, seeing the amount of relevant posts, that there should be a category which covers, permaculture, organic (food/horticulture and agriculture) and one for homesteading. Instructables is very well served on the engineering/science/computing side but it would be great to have a balance. Best Wishes, Pavlovafowl aka Sue
Topic by Pavlovafowl | last reply
Well I just submitted my first instructable under the new organization, it may be my last. There doesn't seem to be a "category" or "channel" or whatever silly thing that covers things like environmental science or alternative power source or most of the 20+ instructables I have posted. Anybody else feeling left out? Since I must now apparently put in mandatory keywords for community posts I used the keyword "unhappy author"...
Topic by egbertfitzwilly | last reply
What's new Over the past few months, one of our big projects has been building new categories and channels for Instructables. We're doing this to make it easier for users to find content and to make more compelling products for advertisers. Much of the existing content has been recategorized by algorithm or by someone here at the lab, but we'll need your help both in making sure we (or the robot) got it right. So, I wanted to give you a heads-up before the new scheme goes live, explain why we think it's important, and ask for your help! Why we're updating categories The existing categorization scheme with its 18 channels has served us well, but we've outgrown it. First, the channels are too broad to meaningfully help a new user find more of the content they are excited about. Should a new user arrive to a knitting Instructable from a Google search, they often have trouble finding other knitting Instructables within the Craft channel. Related Instructables are helpful, but aren't clicked as often as we'd like, and don't give an immediate sense of the variety and number of knitting Instructables we have available. The primary and secondary channels associated with an Instructable put yet another stumbling point in this new user finding more great content. To new users, it's not immediately obvious that we allow multiple channels per Instructable, so when they are browsing through the Craft Instructables, it can be confusing to see a project with LEDs or a home repair project that happen to have Craft as their secondary channel. This has been a similar point of confusion for our advertisers, who don't understand our current channel system. I'll be sad to see our two-channel categorization scheme go, but it's a necessary change to improve the way the site functions. It feels a little bit like we're growing up! How the new categories and channels work To address these issues, we've created five new top-level categories and, within each category, lots of new channels. Each Instructable will be placed in a single category and a single channel within that category. The new categories are Living, Outside, Play, Technology, and Workshop. • Living has all things related to crafting, decorating, cooking, parenting, and organizing. • Play has all things related to fun and games. • Workshop is everything one might do in a workshop or shed: home improvement, woodworking, and working on cars or bikes. • Technology and Outside are very similar to the existing Outdoors and Tech channels. Only five top-level categories might seem like too few, but remember that the vast majority of new visitors come directly to an Instructable via search - these folks will see other channels related to the Instructable they're viewing. For example, someone first coming to Instructables via a search for a sewing project will see that the project is in a sewing channel, that we have a knitting channel, and that both are in our Living category. Someone who has an account on Instructables is smarter than the average internet-searcher (in my opinion), so our community will quickly learn how to navigate the new structure. Hopefully we'll all discover lots of new Instructables in the process! How to recategorize your Instructables Log in, and go to your Instructable. Click the "Change Keywords, Category(s), License" text in the Author Options box, and you'll see a section called "New Categories." Pick a top-level category from the upper drop-down menu, then select a channel from the second menu. Hit Update, and you're done! When the new organization scheme is visible on the site in a few weeks, this is the category and channel your Instructable will appear in. We're still working out the kinks in this new system, and expect to be creating and combining channels as needed to make finding things on the site easier. While you must pick a category, if you don't see a channel that matches your project, you may choose to leave it unsorted. We'll keep an eye on unsorted projects, and will either sort it or update the channels as needed. Thanks for your help! We hope this new scheme makes it easier to find the projects you want to see on Instructables.
Topic by canida | last reply
Selecting Workshop/Gardening/All Types came back with 64 pages. As a newbie, I walked through all 64 pages and found a multitude of duplicates, some are displayed 5 times. Not similar, duplicate. Don't know if it occurs retrieving from database or malfunction on displaying the pages. Firefox on Win8. Total bummer, as 64 pages were a lot to walk through.
Topic by AmyInNH | last reply
I just tried to post a new topic in the Forums, and I cannot select a category. I get the "Choose one:" and the "----------------", but no actual categories. Consequently, I cannot post the topic. I'm in FF3 on WinXP. LinuxH4x0r tested it for me and it worked for him, using FF in OS X.
Topic by CameronSS | last reply
So i wrote an i'ble, clicked publish, enter keyword, select category ("Audio" under "Technology"). leave anything else in their default state and click "Yes, publish my instructable!" button. the error pops up, stating "Please select a category before publishing!" and I thought "wait, i selected one!" so i refreshed the page, repeated the process again, and get the same error. I tried a few more times, but all I got is the same error. Note: i'm using chrome 9.0.597.98 and i'm in thailand so my english wasn't that good.
Topic by patt39 | last reply
When we released categories in April my intention was to help people find more Instructables that fit their interests. We carefully chose eight categories that broadly represented the site, and encouraged cross-over by allowing Instructables to be in two categories. I imagined that the categories would change and grow with time: If we saw an influx of Instructables of a certain type that couldn't be accommodated by the sub-category keywords, we'd create a new category.Not Liable was intended for all things that required a safety warning, and it was us thumbing our nose at our overly litigious society. I love the Not Liable category; many of the projects are inspiring, ridiculous, hilarious, and completely irreverent. However, over the past few months it seems that the specific name Not Liable isn't a great fit for the Instructables that show up there. Also, the focus on caution, safety, and "I am not liable for your actions..." attracts two types (at least two, maybe more) of Instructables that aren't a great fit, and just shouldn't be there at all. First, there are the Instructables that require some discussion of safety, but safety isn't a defining characteristic. For example, if a project involves making a book shelf with a table saw, the author should mention that table saws require care, but this doesn't make it a Not Liable Instructable. On the other hand, safety is at the very core of an Instructable on breathing fire. Second, many people misunderstand the meaning of the name, and assume it's a category only for things that might be illegal or immoral. I firmly believe that information should never be illegal, but there are projects that will never make good Instructables, and some people interpret Not Liable as a call for those projects. Also, Not Liable has always rubbed my aesthetic sense the wrong way: It's our only two-word category! So, I propose to change the name of the category to better reflect the Instructables already there, and as a way to encourage more Instructables of the type we want. When we transition, we'll add a "Not Liable" keyword to various Instructables to seed a proper Not Liable sub-category.So, give us a hand coming up with a new name, and tell us your thoughts.Brainstorm of potential ideas:AudaciousBizarreBrazenDeviantEccentricEdgeFreakyFunkyImprudentIrreverentOffbeatOutrePerverseShenanigansWarped
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
When I accessed Instructables this morning, I saw a new tab on the Explore page, "guides". When I select the link, only one thing shows up -- something about LEDs from Randy. It looks like these are meant to separate out collections of I'bles from Groups/Forums. Are they "staff only"? Or in beta? The Submit page doesn't have a way to create a Guide (yet?).
Topic by kelseymh | last reply
Hello! My name is Tyler, and i have a proposal for Instructables.com, or whoever might be interested in helping me with this. I would love to see a new 'outside' sub-category (I guess you'd call it that) on hunting, trapping, tracking etc created, and it would be thus called, Hunting! Basically, the idea came to me when i noticed lots of guides like cleaning critters, trap setting/making, how to track animals etc, but to me they don't seem to belong to the right category. I haven't seen any other posts related to this, but I would love to put the idea out there, because I do think it would be quite useful to have a category for hunting, not just sport, but for survival. I want to also apologize if someone has said this idea before and i haven't noticed it :-P I hope this interested at least someone and I hope to see how it goes! :-D Tyler H.
Topic by fatchumba667 | last reply
I just published 3 Instructables about 2 hours ago, and they have not appeared in their categories (Food and Offbeat). I'm also noticing an incongruity between the main category page and the "view all -> recent" page, and the site is loading abnormally slow.
Topic by AngryRedhead | last reply