Win Or Fail?

Here is where you can ask questions like if an accomplishment is a win or fail (This topic is a fail...lol)

Topic by dombeef 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


The Fail Poster

Really digging this poster about failing and moving on to failing better. It's from a quote by Samuel Beckett and it's letterpressed onto recycled paper. Still trying to decide if it's worth the $46  to have it shipped to the US and then a little more to have it framed. Hmm. Fail Better Poster

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Instructables Fail

I just checked my comments and noticed a fail. Look at the first comment time. (https://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FRT/O9W7/GUVTQXQH/FRTO9W7GUVTQXQH.LARGE.jpg) (It's quite hard to see in the attached pic, that is the direct link :) )

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


Craft FAIL

Here's a blog I can totally identify with: CraftFail. For all those times when things don't go according to plan. That happens to be most of the time and hats off to those who are willing to share their embarassing stories with others.As one of the entries says: "We tried. We really did." CraftFail blog via Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


question fail?

Why can't I post a question?

Question by rickharris 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


log in fails

When I log in, which appears to be successful, and I go back to write a comment, I go back to the log in screen. This goes on in a loop. It has happened before but usually works.

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


Failed MTAR

Hey guys. Well, after seeing BM's latest Bullpup (L85A2), I thought I'd try my hand (again) a a new Bullpup. I intended to build an MTAR from Black Ops 2, but as you can see by my title, I failed / was unhappy with what I had. If you'd like to, go ahead and finish it. -The Red Book of Westmarch

Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I found a FAIL!

Lookie what i found!

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


Newsletter link fail

I receive the newsletter through Yahoo Mail and everything is OK. But this e-mail is redirected to Outlook, directly into my computer. In Outlook, only the first (main) link works. The rest doesn´t. This problem have already happened around a year ago.

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


"pdf failed to load"

I just signed up for a premium account and tried to download a file for the wearable electronics class and I am receiving the "pdf failed to load" error message. How do I download the file??

Question by annaregan29 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Xbox 360 FAIL

How much does it cost for Microsoft to ship a box coffin for an Xbox 360?the Xbox's warranty is out of date... it hasn't been openedthanks

Topic by Sandisk1duo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


failed contest sorry.....

Sorry guys for the failed contest i was expecting more posts... I am embarrassed to not be able to give away the gift card.....

Topic by I3uckwheat 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


3D Printing Fails.

I'm not exactly sure why, but the BBC collected a bunch of 3D printing failures. I couldn't resist sharing the screenshots and captions, especially in light of Fungus' recent topic. Enjoy.

Topic by Kiteman 5 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Windows fails to start!!!

I went to turn on my pc today, and it booted up like normal, execpt, before the windows loading screen came up, i got a blue-screen, but an un-usual one, saying that sypt.sys (or something similar) has encounted an error, and then says "Try disabling BIOS memory options, such as shadowing or chaceing, this error message apears every time during the boot of XP, nomatter what, safe-mode, last known good config, start up normally, can i just repair windows, or is this a full install, or (i dread) HDD failure? Usx9

Topic by ultimatesx9 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Reply comment fails

When I am replying a comment, the editor takes my previos response instead of the text I typed. You can see this in https://www.instructables.com/id/Dont-be-stupid-as-me-no-sea-estpido-como-yo/. Apr 13, 2012. 6:55 AM repeats two more times, at 6:56 AM and 6:57 AM. Then, I can not reply last comments. This is not the first time this problem occurs, since any months it happens, but randomly.

Topic by rimar2000 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


My Failed Projects

My Failed Projects :-( 1,2 Pic: My Extrem 42, it was going to be named 41 but i gave my Extrem sniper that name. This gun is very powerful, and can be easily muzzel-loaded 3 Pic: My Extrem 41 Sniper, It was a very good looking gun, but it had only one problem and that was the range, it could only shoot 20 feet with 2 #64 rubberbands, so i gave up on it 4 Pic: My Elite 3000 MFHB... This gun had two firing systems in it, one was a false bolt-action gun, the other is a very cool slingshot gun, with a new firing mechinism. I demolished it because the bullet kept on backfiring at me (OUCH) , because of all the rubberband power 5 Pic: My Blazer v2... It was alright, I didn't post because it used KILLERK'S Mechinism 6 Pic: My Prototype of a gun. The idea is still under development So I can't say anything else 7 Pic: Yes, My lancer. I Loved the look of it, But it Always jamed and didn't shoot far, but i will try again one day 8 Pic: My First version of my singleshot, It was Amazing execpt the fact that it had no True trigger :-(

Topic by Der Bradly 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


[Bug] Photo fails to upload and Instructable fails to save

Hi Instructables team,I recently attempted to update an Instructable that was originally published in 2012. When I tried to upload a new photo, the upload process appears to succeed, but the image doesn't actually show up, and I receive a 403 error if I try to click on it. I tried uploading a .jpeg and .png file types, and used both Firefox and Chrome on OSX.Additionally, when I edit the Instructable, it fails to save.I'm guessing this has something to do with the fact that it was published so long ago. Please advise. Thank you!

Question by LanceMakes 1 year ago


The EPIC adventures

Ok the Epic Adventures contest............... was a fail. I don't know why but it was.... I'm not too happy about it.

Topic by Mplinnc 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Need suggestions on what to build

All my projects have failed, except for the folding stock. if you want to see that, tell me. What should I build? Guns only, please suggest something. Ill collab with you if you want. 

Topic by rec0n 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Darn it, missed the TShirt Hack deadline

Anyways, will this contest will be an annual one, like next year? Lots of tshirts waiting... Feel so drained and exhausted.

Topic by corinna.anni.roc 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Why nobody can live their whole lives without failing.

It is officially impossible for anybody to live their full lives without failing. The reason why is because if you never fail, you fail at failing. Makes sense?I just posted this cuz I was bored, and I'm rollin' in mah six-fo' =P

Topic by DJ Radio 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How not to make an instructable

This is the place you can share all those instructable fail moments and help new guys like me avoid them. Its also the place were all your waisted time and effort can at least be worth a laugh for someone else. So if you ever made something stupid, done something wrong or just waisted some time this is were you need to be. Please be respectful and have fun!

Topic by inconceivable1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How are we supposed to search for anything??

I've realised - you can only search for projects! The new form of search returns no results for forum topics, questions or members. That's quite an oversight. Any chance of a fix?

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


Seach has failed me. :(

Hey all,I'm new here, but i've made a tonne of things from this site, and always forget to register. ANYWAY, i came across something a few weeks back, and i just cannot find it again. Please please please help me.I think i was looking for something on how to make LED's react to sound or possibly a guitar valve amp or a spectrum analyser, when i came across it. It was some sort of LED or filament bulb or something, that was being built as a decoration. I'll try to be as descriptive as i can here. The actual LED/Light thing wasn't an LED. It looked like a filament bulb, but instead of it just being a light, it made symbols, text etc etc. It wasn't like a segment led or anything led related, it looked more like a filament in it. The lamp itself was box shaped, and it looked like it was about 50mm x 50mm x 50mm. I can't even remember the name of what that lamp display type thing was. There were a few things i've come across that remind me of what that thing was. It was a bit like a display version of one square of one those old school alarm clocks where the numbers flipped down?Sorry if this is a bit vague, i'm hoping it might jog someone's memory?

Topic by trad3mark 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Your Instructable Failed to Publish.

Not sure what the deal is, but I've tried this multiple times over the last few hours with no luck. 

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


Why an Instructables failed to publish?

Why there is the following error message when I tried to publish an Instructables: Your Instructable Failed to Publish.

Question by babybayrs 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Failed K'NEX MBA Gyrojet

Here are just some views of my failed K'NEX MBA Gyrojet. I could not get it too shoot, and it does not look right. Overall, its, as some would say, meh.

Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


toaster magnet failing to energizing?

I seem to have power through the PCB but the magnet will not engage to hold the carriage down. Could it be the IC ? 

Question by Westside Christian Fellowship CentreP 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Your instructable failed to publish!

Oops! We couldn´t understand your request….Someone has an idea why it is not possible to publish my instructable and why i get this messages?Thanks for your help.

Topic by Prototyp 81 6 months ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Failed ACR V.1

Here is just some pics of an ACR that I had made sometime back. Enjoy! -The Red Book of  Westmarch

Topic by The Red Book of Westmarch 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


push button contacts fail

Hi, i disassembled my full-automated coffeemachine as the push buttons for programs failed. The buttons are a line of rubber and the contacts on the platine are toothed while each rubber contact got tiny plates that bridge the contacts on the platine. I guess that the contact plates lack of conductivity - any suggestions what i can do to improve the conductivity? I thought bout buying contact foil and glue it over the rubber contacts, but i don't know, if this is the best solution.

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


Failed Three-Layered Gun

People don't often post 3-layered guns, so I thought I would try one, and (as you can see by the title) it did not turn out so well. It got maybe 40 ft. of range, but that was an accented, as the gun never shot again. It was a good attempt, and is not too ugly, but, it is still a failed project. I just thought I would share it with you guys. Keep an eye out for more projects from me! -E Pluribus Unum

Topic by E Pluribus Unum 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Failed KNEX turret pistol

Hello everybody I have not posted a KNEX gun for a while and have not made anything that worked that good but this is something I made a month ago that failed but I kind of liked how it looked and some other aspects of it.  I know this isn't innovative or anything but it looked kind of cool and I have not seen something just like this before. Now what made this a failure was first the turret was held on by a rubber band.  This could have been fixed if I just put a longer rod in but then that would look weird. Also this has a slide trigger that I came up with but I did not take the time to fix it so that it worked right and it was mounted wrong so it rubbed on my hand when I held the gun.

Topic by sonic broom 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Flash picture uploader fails

When I try to upload pictures using the new style flash based uploader I get the message "http error" for each file and they won't upload. This uploader has never worked for me. Old uploader works fine. Using Firefox on Linux - no luck with other browsers either.

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


Video Instructable failing to publish

Hi, I have copied the correct code from YouTube (embed video) to Instructable post, give it a title, a little text underneath and attached a thumbnail image. My problem is it won't publish at all. I click publish button, but it does nothing. I should mention this is the share a video option on the site. (Don't have a link as it's stuck in draft.) Any help or advice appreciated, Go Repairs

Topic by Go Repairs 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Baby shower fails and successes?

I am planning a baby shower for my friend and we are expecting about 50-100 co-ed people. We already have a place picked out and now all the details need to be planned. Please comment if you have any stories that you would like to share about a baby shower that you attended or hosted where things went wrong and how you think the "fails" could have been prevented or avoided. Post any definite no, nos! To add to that, if anyone has any success stories about baby showers that they have been to, please share what made them great. I still need great game, food, and center piece ideas for a large group. Post any must have's! The theme is underwater and we would like to have as many cheap and environmentally friendly things as possible. 

Question by cheeriokate 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


(failed) Jackal v3 -UPDATED-

Ok guys, the project has officially been declared a flop. Too many issues with the shells. Sorry guys.UPDATEI have fixed the bottom rail on the gun, it doesnt bend anymore, and I have also added some extra supports to the barrel. I also modded the handle for more comfort (I moved a blue rod on it). The gun fires around 50-60 feet with 2 rubberbands.Ok, so this is the shell ejecting gun I was talking about. It has a sorta-new barrel (it ejects shells in a pistol barrel, rather than a tan lock), but yeah it has tons of resemblance to the Jackal v2. This time, the magazine is fixed. Sorry folks, I tried to make a removable version, but the result was a structurally unstable knex gun. But at least its new (may not look like it, but you cant judge a book from its cover)I may or may not post, I still have to run more tests on it. I cant find another rubberband so Im screwed for range tests at the moment. It does perform decently with one rubberband, with ranges between 15-20 feet. As for shell ejection, If you band the pusher right, it should eject shells from the top perfectly.One major con that the gun has right off the bat is the fact that it needs 2 broken orange connectors. The reason for this is because using the purple connectors made the ammo fall out of the barrel, and using non-modified orange connectors interfered with the shell ejection.Now I intended to add a slide to the gun, but the slide I built was structurally weak and didnt work at all. Oh well.The part that users will have to learn the most is the loading and firing part. If you are loading the gun for the first time, you must pull the firing pin back first, then put all shells in the gun. Then, fire as normal. Now, when you shoot your last round, do not eject the shell. Instead, take the pusher out, then add more shells to the gun. Then fire as normal.If you are wondering what makes the shells, its just 3 gray spacers wrapped in tape. Credit goes to the dunkis for that.

Topic by DJ Radio 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Seagate Freeagent GoFlex ultra-portable drive fail - Data recovery?

My 500GB Seagate Freeagent GoFlex ultra-portable drive seems to have failed under two weeks of using the product. The USB device was not being recognized. It states a Code 43 error by Windows. After another attempts to see if it would work on other ports or laptop devices, it began to make a noise with 3 beeps or clicks, and would still not be recognized. About half the drive is full but wasn't heavily used. It was dropped once but it did function properly after this drop. Is physical damage most likely the problem? What should I do to recover the data? Thanks

Question by teejay7 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Embracing Failure

Some of the best advice I've received was to "fail faster." You want to get the mistakes out of the way, learn from them, and move on as quickly as possible. Don't live in fear of failure as you'll be stuck before you leave the starting gate.It's been good advice and in the spirit of embracing failure, here's a Fail blog that collects Fail images from all 'round the Internets. Enjoy. The FAIL Blogvia BoingBoing

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I cant install libraries for eagle

I'm running mint 10 and having trouble installing the sparkfun library in eagle 5.10, the latest version (5.11) doesn't even install properly. Does anybody have a solution for this?

Question by The Ideanator 8 years ago


Premium memberships upgrades never work

I have at least 11 premium membership upgrades Iv'e acquired over the years and they never work.  I am logged in, click "redeem, then it asks me to log in again, then I am taken to the homepage.   Nothing.   I tried on Chrome, Canary and FF.  (highSierra) A while back I gave a few memberships to friends and they had similar experiences.   Ultimately it's no huge deal for me, my experience doesn't change, but its a bummer when I am trying to loop people into this community and the onboarding reward fails ya know?  I see quite a few posts here with similar experiences too. Thanks in advance.

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


Wow, it had to happen some time!

Well... Just look at the recapcha code I got a few days ago while trying to send a pm. Do you think this can be edited, or will we just leave it for fun?

Topic by The Jamalam 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is leather considered a man-made material? Answered

You see, I recently bought a pair of boots that I assumed were leather. When I checked the materials list though it said it was "Constructed of All Man-Made Materials. So what gives???

Question by Bardouv 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Problem with pdf file UPLOAD

Hi there, I have a strange problem: Each time I try to upload a pdf-file into on of my new made instructables, it just happens nothing. I can upload pictures with the new and the old uploader, but when I try to upload a pdf-file, the file upload-dialog closes and nothing appears in the library or on the recent upload list. Sometimes instead of the pdf, the last uploaded picture appears on the list. I already tried deleting all the cookies and restarting the system, no success. Currently I'm working with WinXP and firefox, but I also tried from another computer with Opera and IE. I guess it's some kind of bug in the uploader, or not? Thanks Andreas

Topic by andyk75 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Bacon problem (too dry)? Answered

I have had some trouble cooking bacon. When I bought thick sliced bacon, my roommate stored it in the freezer (I think this was the problem?). The next day I had to moved it down to the normal side, took like 3 days to become pliable. However, when I try to cook it, it become so dry but I don't know why. Here's what I did, I left the slices on the pan (without heat) for 10 mins, then I cooked on medium heat, flipped till they became golden brown, then I pick them up by chopstick and leave it in my dish. First the bacon still have a little grease on it, so it's glossy; but a few moment later, it turn bone dry, no grease, no gloss, no nothing. Can anyone tell what my error was? I'm still new to bacon so sorry. PS: I wasn't able to take any picture cause my roommate ate them all because he was too hungry....

Question by Shizen 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


My nerf gun mod fails?

So I got my Nerf Longshot a few years ago and I decided to mod it. I went and removed the air restrictors. Being Really Excited, I went to go test it out. It turns out that it made the gun shoot half as far with almost no force. What's going on???

Question by General Eggs 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What are the best examples of fails, stupidity, and general ignorance that you have witnessed?

I was browsing ibles yesterday, and I came across this stunning piece of stupidity: Person 1: "d - b" (some interesting ASCII art) Person 2: "How do u get the backwards b" Me: "It's called D" It got me thinking afterwards that I should make this forum. So, what are the best examples of fails, stupidity, and general ignorance that you have witnessed?

Topic by The Jamalam 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is wrong with the picture editing textboxes!!!??? Answered

Nowadays, when working on an instructable, I get cryptic error messages when I put just a little more text than one line in a text box. This is extremely irritating!, and serves no purpose! The box then does not show up... I like to decide myself how to to do the layout of my instructable, and not be limited by someone elses' standards. This limitation degrades the site and should be removed immediately!

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


Fabulous Instructable, lousy result...

Recently, I baked a cake that I had long awaited making. Just the right time. Just the right pan. Just the right season for pecans. It was a sure hit. Everything was beautiful, everything fell into place. The pictures were fabulous. The cake was gorgeous. This was going to be made in many homes. My tutorial was divine and thorough. So came the time to cut the cake. My parents, my son, daughter-in-law and husband were present. I was so proud! Everyone took a slice and began chewing. And chewing. They each had that 'Uh, yeah, it's, uhh, yeah." look on their faces. My son said "Oh, it's not that bad, after you chew it for a while." This was an epic disaster. This cake was so dry, I could have gagged. There were suggestions of soaking it in coffee. Covering it with whipped topping. I could have died. Needless to say, after tasting the crime that was this cake, there was no way it was going up on Instructables. What a waste of time and food product. Thank goodness the chickens loved it. Has anyone else ever experience such when trying a new recipe? Sign me, NOT serving this cake anytime soon.

Topic by WUVIE 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago