Complaints

Here is a topic where people can post complaints about instructables. Pleasedo not be negative but instead make the complaints constructive and cite what you would like to see changed.

Topic by lding   |  last reply


Complaint

Okay, this isn't a complaint about instructables, but a group in instructables. I've noticed that the myth busters group is adding every single instructable that is featured in the weekend builder, and others that have nothing to do with them but the person is using to get page views. I know it's not directly against the rules but could you tell them to stop? It makes them look like they actually had something to do with it...

Topic by A good name   |  last reply


Complaint

A while back, I got a 3d modeling software called anim8or. I thought of giving it a try recently so I searched on Instructables on a tutorial. I typed in "anim8or" in the top bar and as I was scrolling down I saw some disturbing instructables showing disturbing pictures made by some authors. The titles of these Instructables are consisted of numerous question marks (?) and eights (8). If this can be solved, please do make the necessary corrections. Thank you.

Topic by rclmzn8   |  last reply


Adverising complaint

Hi, First I want to make it clear love this site. I have no complaints about the site or the instructables in it. My issue is the advertising. I understand that advertising pays for the site and I have no problem with that either. But I am currently getting bombarded with "Vote Conservative" ads. Not good. Advertising products is fine, but politics is a bit inappropriate. I figure that the ads are from a third-party advertising group so it's not the fault of instructables.com, but you might want to have a word with the people supplying the advertising since this sort of thing can really put people off. Especially when it's one-sided like this.

Topic by Jaguar_Pryde   |  last reply


How not to write complaints

As I see comments complaining over certain aspects of projects often enough, here is why some of these quips are utterly futile in their nature and go unacknowledged by many. Here's one posted a few days ago: "It's confusing for people without a technical understanding." This comment was posted to an instructable with 17 steps and several dozens of photographs. Because there is no indication of what the problem is, this statement is all but meaningless. There is nothing on which to base a response with help tailored to the commenter because he has not explained his plight's origins. If you are going to make a complaint or ask a question, identify the relevant subject. That will grease the skids for any correspondence that follows. Without it, your bid for a chat is more complex needlessly.

Topic by OrigamiAirEnforcer   |  last reply


Proud to be British...?

Everybody knows the British Holidaymaker - sandals, socks, egg-and-chips-twice, can't-get-a-decent-cup-of-tea, no matter what the climate.That image may have to be redefined, downwards, with the release of a selection of genuine complaints from Brits returning from foreign parts.My favourite is "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."Daily Telegraph story.

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Paying for PDF's?

I will not pay for for Pro membership.  You guys are getting too big for your britches. You took what was a interesting site and made it suck.  While some of the information is clever and worth saving, none for it is worth giving you access to my money.  I may never visit your site again.

Question by gleasonb   |  last reply


Why are instructables made before the beginning of contest not eligible for entry?

I was just wondering why instructables made prior to a contest can't be entered. I have several instructables that I wish to enter, but this rule prohibits me from doing so. Is there a way to re-publish an instructable in order to enter it? I was wondering if a staff member or someone else knew the answer to this question, as I have the feeling that more people wish this rule was not in place. Thanks for any feedback.

Question by stephenmack   |  last reply


Can I gripe for just a moment?

Recently I spent about a week drafting a pattern and sewing prototypes for what would be my Where the Wild Things are hat. I spent a day putting a PDF pattern together. I spent a good chunk of time simplifying the process to make it easy for everyone to sew one. I took a lot of pictures because I love the hat and I'm really proud of it. And what happens?A ton of nonsense comments (I counted at 10+) about what I look like, rather than the actual project. Not to mention a few PMs I read and then never responded to. I'm going to go flag my heart out now. I thought about just leaving it be at first, but the longer they sit there the more annoyed I get. And this ends my "I hate being a girl on the internets" gripe.

Topic by jessyratfink   |  last reply


Keeping an eye on what our hired help is doing.....UK, Scotland, N.Ireland, Wales

MAKE magazine has just reported that we in the US of A will soon be getting into the act that countries like the UK, Scotland, N.Ireland, & Wales have been for awhile now. At TheyWorkForYou.com (from across the pond) you can:Find out more about your MP/ MSPs/ MLAsView lists of all MPs, Lords, MSPs, or MLAs.Sign up to be emailed when something relevant to you happens in ParliamentRead and comment on:Thursday's Commons debates:Thursday's Westminster Hall debates:Thursday's Written Answers:Tuesday's Northern Ireland Assembly debates:etc. and etc. The link is here...clicky - for UKI can not wait to see how we handle the new initiative to Open Government on our side....Major Update !!!One can now get emails from the US Govmnt on what is happening on health care etc. go here to sign up for updates AND one can also go directly to the site they maintain for those that do not wish to sign up, but still want to know: and THAT can be found HERE.

Topic by Goodhart   |  last reply


A Small Complaint About the Eneloop Battery Contest

Hello;I should mention this post is done on behalf of Otis (the robot). His shirt and batteries from the Eneloop Battery Challenge arrived today and while he loves his batteries (they have a lovely pearly finish beyond keeping him fed much longer than his previous set). His gripe comes with the lack of robot size shirts on offer (attached is a photo of him trying to get dressed). He feels that the website heralding itself as "The Worlds Biggest Show & Tell" should offer robot sized garments (or at the very least a onesie). (Otis favourite post from the past week (here) even though he only mildly likes carrots) signed;Chilly Robot Otis (from a human point of view I'm enjoying both the shirt and batteries keep up the awesome Instructable challenges)

Topic by oomlout   |  last reply


Post what features, functions or changes you would like to see when using Instructables.com

The recent upgrades to this website caused some confusion as well frustration for those who though long requested features would be included.It seems that neither our code monkeys, nor those suggestiong changes and improvements are aware of the many requests and suggestions we made over the years.So let's help them out by posting what we think is bad, needs improvement or simply what we need to properly make use of this great website.Maybe within the next 3 to 10 years some might get implemented ;)I go first, shall I?1. DesignThe recent changes seemed to be solely target on people with little skills and using tablets / mobile phones.As common practise in standard forums all over the web the user should have the option to change a different layout based on the device he uses.Preferably with an automatic detection that can be overruled in the settings on the YOU pages.Someone on a small tablet will certainly welcome huge fonts and massive buttons.Maybe even the many "hidden" functions that only appear when scrolling or doing other weird things.But if you are like me and use a proper PC on a 4K screen this layout is not really usable at all.Nothing fits, nothing can be made to fit - all is fixed and pre-defined.If you really try to improve the user experience than don't block those out who started all this and still use a PC for most of their online needs!Adding different layouts is not really a hard thing unless you insist on custom made software to run all this here - than it takes efford to show you care about basic desing features!2. Forums and questionsUp until recently we had different sections for our forum topics.By far not enough but at least for most things there was a right place.Now it all one big mix of everything and still no proper sorting is possible.Topics/Questions that are a few days old wander down the list to be never seen again unless you love to scroll or follow only your Email notifications.Worst of all we now can't even see who made the last reply.The sorting inside is much better but still we lack custom sorting options or at least highlighting post/replies made after the last check of the topic.Not userfriendly at all, just much more complicated to find what you need - unless of course it was only done to get more topics and questions without caring what happens to them.3. EmbeddingAdding Links to other website is mostly fine but when it comes to pictures or videos I feel reverted back into the 90's.Everything must be done the way the developers here think is best.You want to explain something in detail with a lot of pics within your text to make it easy to follow and understand?Good luck as it will only work if you are fluent in basic HTML.A different font to really highlight something or even colored text? No way....Prefer to host your images offsite at a proper hoster?Again hope you know your HTML and that your hoster offers direct image links that are permanent...Time has moved on and user might not like to be treated as child and being constraint in the worst possible way.If someone want an image within the text then let him do so by drag and drop, better even to allow the text to flow around the image - really nice to explain an image with text on the side instead of at the top or bottom ;)The library is quite nice - if you like obscured filenames and no chance of sorting images by Instructables/topics/questions.Just the easiest way for the programming: by date with autogenerated filenames - back to the future ROFL4. EditingMade a spelling mistake in a reply or topic/question? Bad luck...Need to add some vital info to something you just posted? Why would you want to do that?Want to simply paste something you wrote up in Notepadd++ or some other editor? Great, if you like it all messed up...Even expecting to have editing options while writing is downgraded to less than what you Email client would allow for a funny bday greeting....Again: We are no longer in the 90's!You want users to be active and enjoy this website than give than what they started asking for many years ago!5. SortingAs mentioned before we need proper sorting options for replies, questions, topics...What is the point of having an active topic that runs down to page 4 or 5 of the list?Where is the most basic info in this list? Like who did last action, when did it happen?Why is it still impossible to quickly see the last replies/postings?With sometimes over 30 postings and even more replies it is next to impossible to find the stuff.If sorting options are above paygrade then at least iclude highlighting everything done after the last visit of this topic/question.And while at it, please give us back the forum sections and add some more ;)6. FeedbackAs said too many times: The developers/code monkeys need to find a way to communicated with each other and the users here!Can't even count how many times I heard things like: "We are working on it", "I will forward this to the developers", "We might include this in a future upgrade"....Seriously: What is the point of having (had) a bugs and feedback section if everyone now claims this all totally new and that nothing was ignored?Again to me it looks like "Let's do some majoy changes as my kid struggles to use this website on the tablet, while at it let's also hide some features and functions without announcing any changes we make!"It is confusing to say the least and I fail to understand why this website should be only optimised for people who can barely use a mobile device.Some of the users here might actually want to be able to have modern features that do beyong big buttons and oversized text.7. Featuring and contestsWhen I started here a featured Instructable was something that was standing out from the rest.Only in a few cases external links or certain providers of parts where present.Now even totally incomplete and impossible to follow Ibles find a way to get featured.Same for stuff that was done (better) at least 20 times before.Some spelling mistakes might be fine but if I struggle to understand what the user was writing I wonder how whoever featured it figured it all out.It often seems all that counts is a catchy header and some nice pics on the first two or three steps is enough :(But lately far too many "Instructables" are popping that not only get featured almost instantly but also only exist to advertise for a product or service - usually even indicated by the "username" behind it and the "homepage" linking to shop...Desperate much for money and not even honest enough to clearly indicate the advertisements or to push them into an advertising section?Similar story for contests :(Every now and then I get an invitaton to help judging a contest.Considering I only get to see the runners for the finals I often wonder how they got there.Some entries that (at least in my opinion) really stand out are not even in the list, instead I get some crappy ones with little efford for the workmanship or presentation - just a catching title and some nice pics.And when going for counters I see another problem:Some of the entries get featured and of course attract much more attention this way.I think it would be only fair to leave all contest entries untouched until a contest is over.It is hard enough to understand how the selection of winners made it into my ballot but copies, bad stuff and so on should not make it.And the fair go with featuring would mean the hits for an entry are not faked by being featured - feature it when the contest is over1 ;)And no, I don't try to insult or offend anyone here, just being honest and direct.Angry? Sure.Disappointed? Of course.Why? Because it could have been all soooo much better if someone would have cared to listen....

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


What do you think of the Android by Google? Answered

  I am having doubts about the iphone. I have been looking at the Android and boy, can I get one cheap!  I have done some looking online and find it will do what I need.  I'm not finding any complaints like there is with the iphone.   Your comments and complaints are a great source. Thanks.

Question by onrust   |  last reply


Slideshows

First let me start by saying Thanks to all who contribute here. My complaint is that I save the entire page if I really like the posting.This way i can read it offline. I have a comp in my shop I use when building stuff' But these slideshows make I real hard for me to save it all in one easy Save as.Thanks for listening and keep up the great instructables.Maxx1

Topic by Maxx1   |  last reply


"Video Not Available" problem

Some folks who see my instructable "Create a Beautiful Vortex" , get a "Video Not Available". I've had a couple of complaints in the comments under that instructable.It plays ok for me and most others. Can this be fixed??

Topic by mrfixitrick   |  last reply


San Francisco bike survey

Here is a survey for everyone out there who bikes in San Francisco. My biggest complaint about biking in the bay area is the lack of pedestrian / cyclist access to the bridges. It makes me mad. http://www.sfbike.org/?reportcard

Topic by Tetranitrate   |  last reply


I give up..... Ok, you inspired me to finish it....so no complaints about it's appearance.... ;-)

I really do now. I have tried to recover a blunder done on a large wooden egg I was going to enter into the Egg contest (pyrograph + ), but I have ruined it beyond repair. The pyrography portions take so long to do on a curved surface....I don't think I have the patience to get another and retry. This is a bit depressing really. Maybe I should go back to just doing electronics and leave the pretty things to those with an eye for it. *sigh*I added the "finished" pictures to the end......

Topic by Goodhart   |  last reply


How to report rude/ biggoted comments

Someone commented that my kids costume was the most "ghetto" they have ever seen. This is a rude and biggoted comment that should not be tolerated at this site. Please take steps to clarify with this individual what is acceptable and not acceptable commentary. I have attached the pics they commented on. Thanks, rhernand64

Topic by rhernand64   |  last reply


Marketing Instructables

This site is the business activity of Instructables Inc, and as such has to turn a profit (or break-even at the least). I don't know how the books balance or who has how much equity in Instructables Inc, but we do know that paid memberships (Pro accounts) have been introduced as an additional income-stream. Current Pro users number just over 600, so small money so far.A lot of complaints have been made about Pro membership, mainly in relation to what will be denied to free members, but also with regard to perceptions of an "us and them" division.If the site can successfully sell memberships and attract advertising revenue / sponsorship, it would not be necessary to annoy / nag free members by denying them basic features they won't or can't pay for.This is it: How can the site better market what it has to attract paying users willingly, and maximise other sources of income?E.g. gmjhowe's suggestion of Testimonials ("awesome" E Wilhelm)E.g. changing the Pro badgeE.g. changing the "recent Pro users" on the front page ("interesting idea" E Wilhelm) taken up unless it's just coincidence that it appears to be that wayThis topic is for constructive ideas around the introduction of new features and increasing site revenue, not for complaints (there are plenty of other topics for complaints)Personally I think the marketing of Pro accounts could be improved in some areas?L

Topic by lemonie   |  last reply


Pros and viruses

Fellow-pro-members, I have been seeing a lot of complaints about viruses / redirection etc. in the last couple of weeks. It may be my imagination, but most / all seem to be from non-pro members. Are pro members getting these problems (especially if you click through from the newsletter)? I haven't seen any of the problems (running FF in Wondows, with Norton installed and up-to-date).

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Sorry, we just can't find that one! -

I just published the following Instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Smart-Target/ and I can only access If im logged in. I shared the link and I'm getting complaints that is not working.  Getting this message: Sorry, we just can't find that one! - But it actually shows up on the Technology Featured page. Can someone check?

Topic by noelportugal   |  last reply


What is the duration of Instructibles login sessions

Hello, I visit the Instructables website about 2-3 times per month (every 10 days or so), and it seems like EVERY time I do I need to login again. Even "Amazon" - and they're a commercial site - is better at "remembering me than Instructables. This is not actually a technical problem, but more of a question about Instructables policy (and also, it's a site complaint). (I can almost guarantee someone's going to misread my question so I'll say again... NOT a request for help. Yes I have cookies and JS on, and yes I'm using a good browser, Chrome.) It seems like I have to login every 4-7 days, possibly sooner, which is fracking annoying. If  there a better place to post site feedback, please be gentle, I did not find it before posting.  Thanks. (And despite my complaint, I love love love this website, it's in my top 5 favorites).

Topic by scottinnh   |  last reply


Is this fair? Answered

I had bought a pair of trainers the other day, not realising that  they were two different trainers. When I went back to the shop only wearing the trainers for a day, they said that I couldn't get a full refund because they were 'worn out'. Is this really fair, the store was sports direct and the trainers were £20. The member of staff even said that it was alright to wear two different trainers! That was just to be cheap.... Is this really fair? I have lodged a complaint so hopefully I should get some satisfactory conclusion.

Question by knektek   |  last reply


Photo Arrangement

HI again.  You know, the new instructables page layout is really nice, no complaints.  But I really liked one aspect of the previous setup, specifically the photo arrangement.  I liked being able to place a photo anywhere in the I'ble that I wanted.  It allowed you to visually represent a specific thought without having to say "see picture 4", and then the reader has to scroll up and find the picture, possibly losing the context of what was being explained.  Is there a way to compromise what we have now with what we had then?   Any thoughts from other members?

Topic by Attmos   |  last reply


Dice-o-Matic

The Dice-o-Matic is "a 7 foot tall, 104 pound, dice-eating monster, capable of generating 1.3 million rolls a day." It was built and is used by the owner of a gaming website, who received too many complaints of insufficient randomness on his previous computer-generated dice-rolling strategies. It is true that computers cannot generate TRULY random numbers... The Dice-o-Matic, however, is exactly as random as an actual dice roll. Because it does actually roll dice! A LOT OF DICE!More info, including an awesome video of it in operation, here.

Topic by rachel   |  last reply


Facebook Login Error

I am using Google Chrome version: 20.0.1132.57 (up to date) When attempting to log in with the facebook button, I am taken to: https://www.facebook.com/.....https://www.instructables.com/index at which time, I receive the following error: An error occurred with tesla 12345. Please try again later. I can log in with the regular log in button, and once logged in, my fb picture is updated on my instructables profile.  I assume the issue is limited to Chrome, as I can find only one other complaint, in German with no responses. Thank you in advance, Shane

Topic by GhettoEngineer   |  last reply


Safety Warnings -- how to do it right!

I saw this on the MAKE blog today.  It is, I think, the single greatest effort at a properly respectful (to the intelligence of the user) safety warning that I've seen.  Kudos both to the tech writer who came up with it, and the lawyers who had enough common sense to release it into the wild. My only complaint is that on SparkFun's Web page, the instruction manual is a completely inaccessible JPEG image.  Perhaps part of being "safe" is not allowing anyone with low vision or who reads a language other than English, to know about the product?  (Yes, I've contacted them directly about it.)

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply


US vs UK flour

Curious observation from my mother's recent 3 months in the USA, she says she is unable to bake well when she was in the USA. Now, given mum is a pretty amazing baker on this side of the pond,  I am wondering why that might happen ? I wondered if  its "American flour", as opposed to "UK flour" - the recipe, would be the same kind of things, memorised over the years, like a simple scone, fairycakes, pastry.  Her main complaint was that items didn't brown, even at the same oven temperatures as she uses here, and after repeated experiments with the same recipes.

Topic by steveastrouk   |  last reply


Newsletter - How to unsubscribe?

Hello, I want to unsubscribe from the instructables newsletter. Normally in case of virtually any other organization, apart from the most scummy ones, I would just click on the link somewhere at the bottom of an email and had it sorted in a second but instructables seem to make it especially difficult to unsubscribe. Perhaps I need an instructable for this too. So far I sent messages with a request to unsubscribe to the following: - reply-to address of the newsletter, - service@instructables.com, - support@instructables.com, - and also disabled all email alerts in the settings. None of that had any effect, what a PITA. What else can I do apart from filing a complaint to the ICO?

Topic by machinegodzilla   |  last reply


Cubicle Voice Silencer/Muffler

Hi I work in a cubicle environment with no white noise so a mouse fart can be heard across 8 cubicles in either direction. I've already been pulled in by my manager because of complaints about my voice when I'm on the phone. Can anyone come up with some device that can be placed over mouth and phone to muffle the voice? I thought of a sponge foam half sphere but I haven't tried or tested it. I'd need to find one as well! Thanks... and my co-workers will thank you as well!

Topic by cheg   |  last reply


how to make a hunting bow?

Dear: Instructables  Just to let you know I have been having a lot of fun with my current bow. My only complaint is that it is not something you would use for hunting. It barley can shoot arrows at 35 pounds. I was just wondering if someone could point me in the right direction for a hunting bow? I don't know if my bow could be used for hunting or how much force it can shoot at but all I know is that it can't be used for hunting it doesn't have enough force. I'd prefer to make my next bow out of pvc if I can. Thank you. From: Noah

Topic by nschreiber0813   |  last reply


What is this component? Answered

I recently took up an interest in selling kits for my instructable "The Light Theremin." However upon ordering the exact parts I realized I still don't know what type of capacitor I used! When I built it I assumed from its size that it was 1.0uF, and judging from the lack of complaints on the instructable I must be somewhat right. Here is all the information i know and can provide... - its marked "104" on one side - It is a ceramic disk capacitor. - light brown in color. - and seems to work well in an experiment around 9 volts direct current. Here is a link to my instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Light-Theremin/ Thank You!

Question by TXTCLA55   |  last reply


Vuvuzela filtering for World Cup

The biggest complaint I keep hearing about the World Cup is about the vuvuzelas, plastic horns that get blown for everything and nothing. This makes me almost glad that I'm missing practically every game because of the broadcast times and the fact that my TV only has bunny ears for reception. Well, PopSci has found that some people are fighting back by filtering out the frequencies of the vuvuzelas at 233 Hz, 466 Hz, 932 Hz, and 1864 Hz. It's a good enough trick that it makes me almost want to upgrade my setup so that I can try it out. Simple Software Can Filter Out That Vuvuzela Whine From World Cup Broadcasts

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Someone is passing off their 'featured' instructable as their own work :(

Hi,  I wrote a tutorial a few years ago and popped it on youtube with a link to download the supporting files. It looks like one of the instructable 'authors' has taken my code, complete with stupid comments and popped it on here as their own work. I'm not worried about someone building on top of what I made but they appear to be offering little in the way of help to the people asking questions about the instructable and asking for people to vote for them in a challenge?  Taking it, improving it and citing the source would be fine, or even taking it and citing the source but this seems to be straight out 'here's some code I wrote' Is there a way to lodge a complaint about this sort of stuff other than emailing info@ Thanks

Topic by garethh4   |  last reply


New comment editor -- nice, but badly slow to load

So I like the new comment editor that's been deployed.  It looks just like the "standard" edit boxes with formatting icons across the top (including the silly pseudo-Micros**t tab edges that don't do anything).However, it is really slow to load.  I timed it a over fifteen seconds just now.  I was able to type in the whole title and keywords for this posting before the edit box was ready to be used.  Caching the icons doesn't seem to be the issue, as this is the third edit box I've opened this morning.  Unless that speed can be improved, this may create more irritation and complaints than it's worth.(Minor update, looks like Eric's announcement that re-editing wouldn't work has been fixed.)

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply


Marketplace to Buy/Sell Items!

Hey Everyone! It's been a while, but I've been busy working on a new project called Marketplacr - a site where members of communities can buy/sell goods from/to each other.  Think of it as similar to a site like Etsy, except geared towards techy/awesome Instructables users. I thought Instructables users would really enjoy a site like this, so I set up one of the first marketplaces for us.  Sign up on the site, list items from your Instructables, and see what other users are selling stuff from their projects. Feel free to let me know about any problems/issues/suggestions/complaints  :) http://marketplacr.com/Maker_Market/ And a how-to-use guide: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sell-Components-from-your-ProjectsInstruct/

Topic by icinnamon 


Shenanigans! - your "premium membership" and PDFs

I was browsing an article to get the full article PDF download. I was not logged in at the time since you can still browse the site without logging in (for how much longer I don't know).I was shocked to read in a tool tip that "a benefit of the premium membership is the ability to download and print the PDF for $4.95 per year" Outraged at reading this, I logged in only to make a complaint. When in the course of confirming the price for the comment I noticed I had access to the PDF. Now if I were a new user and looking into collecting as much article information as possible, and saw this tool tip I would sign up for the premium member to get the PDF. Even though I don't need to. Please correct the text of that tool tip to not mislead what few users you may still have.

Topic by boter2099   |  last reply


Site software priorities -- aesthetic alterations vs. repairing functionality?

(Yes, this is a rant.  "Suggestions" are implicit in my complaints...) I am curious as to where the rather long list of known and reported bugs falls with respect to priorities regarding the I'bles server software. For the past few weeks, it has been clear that I'ble staff are "experimenting" with altering the appearance and available features of the sites pages.  Switching information around, removing primary category links, eliminating classified lists within categories. Certainly developing and deploying new features, which add value to the site and thereby (hopefully!) increase revenue, should be a high priority for limited staff resources.  However, it doesn't seem quite so obvious that removing features, or tweaking things like font size and color (which for accessibility should be under control of the browser, anyway), really deserve precedence over repairing problems that have been known for months or years.

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply


What's with people not letting others post guns????

I've recently seen comments from people who want to post other people's guns.  Most of the time, it ends up in a denial and everybody is upset.  Someone went ahead and posted the rectangle (giving 100% credit to oodalumps), and got complaints of not asking permission. Here is what I have to say about this:  If people won't let you post their guns for them, make a gun that fires like their gun, but make it original and different from theirs so they can't complain about asking for permission when you post.  Make sure it performs similar or better to the other gun too.  The reason I posted my OMEN XR was because nobody could post the rectangle, so I decided to give them something else to build that works the same, but is designed differently.

Topic by DJ Radio   |  last reply


Best way to create an 'ible on mobile phones?

This is part question part complaint. Ever since the Instructables app was phased out, it has gotten buggy to the point of jon-usability. However, the website has not improved on the mobile front to make up for that. Creating an 'ible on mobile simply doesn't work, because you can't drag and drop multiple photos like on a computer. Neither can you drag and drop photos from the photo library panel into a new step. To the staff: is there any plan to improve creating 'ibles via mobile platforms? This would help so much because almost everyone takes photos on their phones these days. Even simple photo editing is simpler on a phone than on a computer. To the community: has anyone found a good way to create 'ibles on their mobile platforms? If people could create posts straight from their phones, while on the bus or train or whatever, then we'd see a lot more active users.

Question by ucn 


A new appreciation for the Instructables site

I have posted a couple of questions at another site where people can help each other with technical information. I got a response from a user with quite a large number of posts there. The response did not deal with the substance of my question, but was a hostile and sarcastic personal attack. I gave him three opportunities to respond to the substance of my inquiry, but each time there was another personal attack. So, before the third response I decided I would block his posts if the third response was another personal attack. It so happens he is a moderator and the site does not allow blocking him. So, I found a button that would allow me to report his post to the editorial board for the site. I had already checked the offensive person's profile and learned his personal first name. After reporting the offensive posts to the editorial board, which I assumed involved several people other than this moderator, I got a personal e-mail from someone with the same personal first name as the offensive poster. He said he had examined the posts of concern and found the moderator to be 100 percent free of fault. On the other hand, he found me to be offensive and argumentative. The tone of the message was exactly that in the personal attacks. I responded to the e-mail and said I noticed the personal name of both parties was exactly the same. I asked if he was exonerating himself. I just got a response in which he shamed me for trying to get him in trouble and threatened to ban me from the site. His comment about trying to get him in trouble does not even make sense unless he is the same person as the offensive moderator. After this experience, I really appreciate the "be nice" policy at Instructables. I also appreciate that Instructables is not a "one-man shop" where the person who resolves a complaint might be the same person as the one involved in the complaint. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Topic by Phil B   |  last reply


Battery powered water - warmer / Thermostat possible?

Hello. I am looking to design an enema kit that has a simple built in battery powered thermostat.  I work with many patients with chronic pain & opioid induced constipation.   They use warm water enemas often to clear their bowels.  The number one complaint i here is "its too annoying to get the temperature right ' So i was thinking, how could i design a simple design.    It would have to be able to heat 1L of water up to 37-43 Celcius and be battery powered.   So a patient would fill up the 1L enema bag with water, hangit up an turn the heater on with their selected temperature.   THen an alarm will go off and they can administer it with the temperature stable.  So i guess what im asking is it possible to get a battery powered thermostat for this purpose?   If it needs a plug it won't be convenient enough. Thanks heaps! 

Topic by MichaelD361   |  last reply


On the subject of the forums...

The forums are a very important part of Instructables, but I have noticed that a number of people do not find them as useful or workable as they might want, myself included.  Things like vanishing comments and lack of notifications are the most common complaints (that I am aware of). LINK LINK Here's a thought for the consideration of the development team and the members: Why not "outsource" the forums, and possibly even the comment sections of projects? I am thinking of a tool such as, for instance, Disqus, which a number of popular news and blog sites use for their comment sections, and also allows for general discussion within the Disqus site itself (a feature I have not used).  It allows you to log into several sites with the same account, and alerts you to all the replies you get.  It also allows comments to be voted up or down (although that is a very secondary feature in my opinion). That is, of course, just one example of the various tools available, but I think there are other potential advantages to using something like this. Anyhoo, the thought is out there. >K<

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Nondescriptive title...

...so as not to cause a ruckus with the very ppl I'm about to bash. ;DNggggh... I guess this is more just to vent than anything, but honestly! Can't people do a simple search and figure out why pro accounts have been instituted? It's fine to not agree, if you feel like leaving, okay then, but my stars! They start ranting and raving and just generally displaying a ridiculous amount of anger (and then calling the ones who *are* pro bad things...). I mean, I can understand strong reactions, I wasn't precisely as happy as a clam about it when the announcement came, far from it, but at least I had the excuse of not having a couple months worth of discussion, replies and explanations from the staff and owners to look at. >breathes<Anyone else getting sick of seeing all the disgruntled people stomping around yelling about their rights to have everything, for free, forever? :( I'm so tired of typing the same replies to the same complaints and questions...

Topic by Lithium Rain   |  last reply


Happy Birthday, Spam!

It's quite appropriate, given the recent spate of spam threads, to find out that this weekend is the thirtieth anniversary of the first spam email:The first recognisable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC - a now-defunct computer-maker.The message was sent via Arpanet - the internet's forerunner - and won its sender much criticism from recipients..........The sender of the first junk e-mail message was Gary Thuerk and it was sent to advertise new additions to DEC's family of System-20 minicomputers.It invited the recipients, all of whom were on Arpanet and lived on the west coast of the US, to go to one of two presentations showing off the capabilities of the System-20.Reaction to the message was swift, with complaints reportedly coming from the US Defense Communications Agency, which oversaw Arpanet, and took Mr Thuerk's boss to task about it. So, how do you plan to celebrate?BBC storyAnother article, including the actual message

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Sound proofing shelf frontage help

I was wondering if any of you had any advice for the front of a whole wall shelving unit I am planning on building (and the shelves as well if you have any suggestions). You see, although there is a cavity wall between this room and the next, I am wary of a noise complaint as it is a different flat’s bedroom. I will be using it as a music production room and ideally want decent acoustics as well as adding an extra these extra layers to stop leakage. (I’ll draw some pictures and upload them to clarify what I’m saying)* Two things I’ve been thinking about using: 1.  A high-density curtain hanging in front of the whole unit. While this could possibly deal with the main issue of a noise complaint better than the next idea, I’m worried it will create a bad mixing environment with a really ‘dead’ wall behind my speakers. 2. Hanging, sliding acoustic panels using egg box foam under a sheet of fabric. This will look like a normal acoustic panel with the fabric pinned around a timber frame. I was thinking of forgoing using any sheet wood so I could hang a piece of high-density carpet/ fabric at the back and not have the panel too heavy. The wall measures about 3.2m W x 2.3m H so I was thinking of using three, maybe four hanging panels. It’s my understanding that a hanging panel would absorb more energy from the sound waves than one on wheels or in a sliding track. To hang the panels the main idea I had was to use metal tubing (uncertain as to what material to use, conduit?). With the three panels, I would use two main lengths of it one on the same height, parallel to the other, with the distance between needed to stop the panels on either track hitting each other. From above or below it would look a bit like this U=====U (sorry if this doesn’t translate to your device well… See pictures) with the ends of the U going into holes drilled into the wood, extending as far as the shelves will be deep if needed. With four I would just have two sets of the same but smaller. Sorry if this doesn’t make much sense, rushed off me feet at the moment. Many thanks Jay *Sorry the pictures ended up pretty awful, just moving in, need a proper table…

Topic by JWL94 


Can Autosave be disabled while editing?

Can autosave be turned off in the editor?  I'd rather not have anything be "published" as I'm still typing and editing.  I think it's better to hit the "save" button when I'm done. Another reason I have this suggestion/complaint: I'd noticed that some of my recent edits have been mysteriously  reverting back to old versions and couldn't figure out why this was happening.  I've come to the conclusion that by accident (maybe due to inadvertent swipe of the touchpad or mouse, my browser went back a page in history, so it brought up my previous version of a page I was editing.  The frequent auto-save saved this previous edition of my page, wiping out all my edits! This is obviously really annoying, and could be resolved if the editor didn't autosave and just saved when we tell it to. Also, what's the difference between save and publish?  I understand the difference when you've never published a instructable yet, but once you've published it once, you never have to publish again do you?

Topic by thrashercharged   |  last reply


How to build a network cable certifier?

I have a fairly extensive lan in my home that is constantly expanding. I want to do some custom wiring and started looking into building my own cat 6 cables. When I started shopping for the wire I noticed a lot of complaints about wiring not being capable of carrying gigabit speeds, CCA being sold as solid copper etc. Now I'm questioning the wiring I already have, wondering if it might be the culprit for random problems. I want to find a way to test my current wiring and anything I make in the future. But as anyone with experience knows a cable certifier is thousands of dollars. Then I got to thinking if i have two computers capable of gigabit speeds shouldn't I be able to run a cable between them and verify the performance of the cable? I was hoping someone here will have the experience I lack to make this a reality. Also if it was possible to make a smaller arduino based tool that would be amazing. This seems like a tool damn near everyone could use these days.

Topic by lerch419   |  last reply


Layout changes not mentioned in Rachel's update

There were two fairly substantial (from the user's perspective) changes that Rachel forgot to mention in her Site Update post. First, by moving the search box and button up to the masthead, they have also eliminated the old-style "graphical search" interface completely.  It doesn't even show up as an alternative when a Google-driven search is made.  This has already led to two user complaints (here and here). Could the old-style interfce at least be put back on the search results page? UPDATE 17 Aug 2010: The "graphical search" link is back on the search-results page. Second, the interface when you first read an Instructable has been cleaned up substantially. All the steps, with photos and hover-text, are still there, but instead of a truncated table of contents (only the first ten steps), now the full intro and first step are shown immediately. It'll take a bit of getting use to for the old-timers, but I think it's a better interface for new users. Thanks to Rachel for getting these updates out, and especially for answering (pun intended) some of the requests from the community!

Topic by kelseymh   |  last reply


Posting go into the digital nirvana - AGAIN

I just finnished a lenghy reply, hit the "Make Comment" button and after a short wait my posting was gone, just totally gone! Going back in the browser did not bring it back either. To make things worse I could not write this complaint in Firefox as it is impossible to select the categories, so instead I had to fire up Chrome to make this posting. This exact behaviour of posting going lost during the sending period happend before and was supposed to be fixed. Yes, I did the usual troubleshooting of browser cache, history, dns and so on - but that is of no use anyway one you lost a posting. I don't know about others but I am starting to get sick and tired of bugs making the proper use of this website impossible. Am also sick and tired of being forced to create my postings and Ibles in an external editor just because Instructables collects more bugs than users at some stages. Said it before and say it again: If you can't fix the damn Autodesk software properly just just a forum software that is proven to work properly! Getting far too frustrating here :(

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply