Censorship going too far!?

Is there a reason Instructables is deleting comments and replies without a note or considering to grow a backbon so we get answers?You recent site upgrade has offended and disappointed long standing users, now you add insult to it by deleting their comments.I call this censorship and it should not happen.In the deleted posting was nothing offensive, nothing wrong - the only thing in there highlighted the utter disappointment of the user.What comes next next? Deleting accounts of users who prefer to have an opinion that differs from the official Instructables.com viewpoint?What are you so scared of?If you do major changes you have to consider that not everyone likes them.As it looks now you have a hand full of users liking the kids look and features while the rest of the community is disappointed to say it nice.Deleting their comments in this regard won't fix the problem, it only adds to it.

Question by Downunder35m 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

I am CRUSHED.... :-(

I had finally gotten my "project" (for the gift exchange) finished, well except for some cosmetic touches to make it look nicer then it did.  I tested it for the last time, and a wire crossed and the speaker when POOF in a puff of smoke. This thing has me so depressed at not being able to finish it and get it sent that I am having troubles just getting back in and tearing it all out to replace the speaker and maybe put in a dampener resister to prevent it from happening again......I AM going to finish this one way or another......just wanted you all to know I am having to deal with a lot lately (my Mom becoming ill and maybe needing full time "residence in a facility" and being the only one left in the family willing to do anything, a whole lot has been dumped into my lap since July. But I DO intend on getting this out somehow, but Tuesday...but I am so sorry for this horribly long delay.

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

How far can a snake strike? Answered

Take this snake for instance.  It is not coiled. If it wanted to, how far could this snake strike?

Question by onrust 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Just how far is "a block", anyway? Answered

When I read books based in America, distances are often related in "blocks". I have no mental image of "a block" - how far is it?  How long would it take to walk?

Question by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

The best yoyo video so far

Whether you've been following the entries in the Anti-Yo contest or not, check this one out.Seriously. nostalgia

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

When Design Goes Too Far

Here's an image that's been making the rounds today. It's a bed that breaks down into four pieces that can then be interlocked with the floating bookshelves to form some sort of padded wall/bookshelf. It's just a design concept and not meant to be produced (I hope), but even so it's quite a case of a design looking for a problem. A few shelves on the wall will have a lot more storage for books and you can then store a futon or an inflatable mattress underneath. And do you really want your mattress displayed on the wall?

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how far can an electromagnetic field reach?

For my project I need to know how far electromagnetic fields can reach. I am guessing its related to power and materials, but perhaps there is some kind of rough formula for calculating potential reach? By reach, I mean, how far can the magnetic field reach and attract (move) something, like metal fillings. Also, is there anyway to know how quickly a magnetic field can move something. In other words what speed will metal fillings move at when the electromagnet is switched on? Thanks all, Joel (the snow athlete)

Topic by snow athlete 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Arduino as an ISP Programmer???? No luck so far :(

Hi, I've owned an Arduino Duemilanove for a while, and I love its functionality and all that it can do. I also like to program chips(PIC, and AVR) as it is pretty much an Arduino in super miniature form. But theres one problem, I dont own a working PIC or AVR Programmer! I looked around online and the only low-priced ones I could find(<$20USD) were Serial(I only have 1 serial port, but It's being used by my monitor, which I kind of need to see what I'm programming...). I have plenty of USB ports, but the USB programmers are over my budget. I would love to make one(I'm more of a DIY person) but I've heard from a few sources that the FT232RL and MAX232(UART<->RS232 converters)  wont work for the application of programming(but theres one on the Arduino?!?!?), so I'm out of luck there. But then I put 2 and 2 together: Why not just use my Arduino as an AVR programmer? So I went online hoping to find a shield I could buy for cheap, or at least a schematic. And I got nothing. The only thing I found close is how to program an Arduino with another Arduino, but I only want to use an Attiny13, or Attiny2313; Not the big Atmegaxxx. So now my question I present to you: How can I program an Attiny13/2313 with an Arduino, preferably(but not requiredly, anything really) with the ArduinoISP sketch included with the arduino IDE?

Topic by metrogdor22 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How far can a healthy teen walk in a day? Answered

Im kinda just curious. im 15 male i do xcountry and i was wondering if 40 miles for 10 hours a day for multiple days is very hard. Any personal experiences?

Question by zigzagchris 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I throw anything far and fast? Answered

I am building an artillery, and I need any method of propulsion, may it be electronic or mechanical. Only don't make it too complex as this may be my first (or second) instructable. Please post any answer.

Question by tanyutsharma 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How far is safe to video a microwave with the door removed?

Hello, I soon wish to start making some videos of microwaving stuff like CD's  , eggs and xboxes. For these videos, ideally, ide like to not have the microwave door in, i fully know how to get the microwave to run without it, but since m videoing it, what would be a safe distance? Also, would power efficiency be cut with the removal of the door? Otherwise, if i cant microwave as usual without the door, if i was to remove half of the mesh in the microwave door (like every second row ect, not one half side) would that have any negative implications? and then, what would be a safe videoing distance from which to video the microwave? i want to make this as visible as possible, while keeping maximum power, also while not wrecking my video camera.

Question by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago

has anyone else seen one of these this far north? (oregon)

Has anyone seen one of these as far norht as oregon? and please leave global warming out of this one :) copy it to your browser.http://images.google.com/images?q=sun+spider&gbv;=2&hl;=en&safe;=off&sa;=G&imgsz;=small%7Cmedium%7Clarge%7Cxlarge

Topic by Pumpkin$ 11 years ago

Is it safe to look at a green 200mw Laser from a far distance? Answered

My laser is 200mw(MILLIWATTS), 532 nm(NANO METERS)

Question by GamingA9 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Where you've been in your T-shirt so far

I don't have images at this point myself but seeing what the group is about I thought a forum was a plan... places my T-shirt has been... Several Gigs at the rotterdam bar in belfast The Italy food for you competition, with video coverage of me doing an interview in it I was wearing it in italy when i was on radio ulster the same day Under my shirt at the co-op I work in (since the shirt is really see through people see it) England, in general M&D's in Scotland seen mooning off the ferris wheel in it (was at a party the night before and was drunk half the day) Seen by many as I charge about belfast on my bicycle scaring cars, as it's the one with instructables.com on the back it's my liscence plate in a way...

Topic by killerjackalope 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

can the original intel Pentium be underclocked? and if so by how far?

I've been reading up on old laptops like the ibm poqet pc that could be run off 2AA batteries for months and i noticed i had an old hp sub-notebook siting around it could run dos easily but the old batteries give me an hour at best so basically I'm wondering if the processor can be underclocked to save juice thank in advance

Question by clasic_traveller_diehard 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Has Instructables strayed too far from its origins?

Hi  So I posted a comment here today: https://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-3D-Printer-Under-299/?ALLSTEPS see- mjreller (or see the attached pic) I have been a big fan of the site since 2008 and things have changed. I am aware that many 'bootstrap' projects are available and they probably make up the majority of the total. BUT, so many, like the one linked above have almost no information about how to actually build the item. Does this make it a bad 'ible?  In my mind, heck yes it does. As the parent of a very bright young person I am constantly looking for projects to keep his (our) mind(s) expanding and growing. I look to this site frequently for ideas and it is becoming less and less useful. Clearly by voting/not voting I have a voice in what content succeeds here.  But I feel like I am in the vast minority especially when reading the other comments for the above linked 'ible.  Being impressed with what someone makes does not qualify it as a good Instructable. I make large allowances for tech shortcomings (I know not everyone has access to laser cutters, etc etc) but the INSTRUCTION should still be there. Am I naive to expect to have a clear idea how to make every project on this site? I don't think this is too much to ask when other commenters are complaining about Standard-Metric conversions. I welcome an open discussion, and consider this an opportunity to learn how to better use the site. thanks for your time, Matt

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

is there a gun i can make that fires from a far and powerful distance?

A gun that can fire really powerful and from a far distance?

Question by pikathebudgie1234 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

what is a zero clearence plate mean? as far a a skill saw goes ?

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

how do i publish a map on far cry 2 for the 360?

I tried to make a map on far cry2 for the xbox and i checked the varifacation for game types and all game type will work but when i save the map it says the map is not varified for any game type so i cant publish maps. how do i get a map to be able to be published?

Question by bearsdude23 8 years ago

Hand Wrench Shows Bad Puns Can Go Too Far

It's a "hand" wrench. Get it? By Paul Julius Martus.Thanks to Core77

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Awww... didnt win, oh well, the others are far more superior

Congrats to all, i never win anything, but i contributed and was a finalist. Congrats to all! Great ideas. Green Ideas BTW don't forget to drink your Ovaltine!

Topic by theburn7 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How do you mini pen gun that shoots far that is fully automatic?


Question by GEEK1 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Has anyone done anything cool as far as modding or reprogramming the Monkeylectric POV?

Has anyone tried or figured out how to make the $60 POV into their $2k POV, reprogramming or any other really cool hacks? I really want one of their video units but not enough to fork out that much money. Aren't they basically the same with the exception of the controller and the pre progammed images?

Question by gdog8511 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Ideas for motor drive mechanism on a so-far un-designed combat robot?

I am going to be soon thinking about designing a combat robot for fun. Probably won't be any real competing (unless it's among friends). I am however at a loss for what kind of motors/ where to get them to use for the driving mechanism so the bot can move. Any ides anybody? *Finding old cordless drills and removing the motors did come to mind

Question by An_Amateur622 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Will removing a rear seat move the centre of gravity in a minivan too far forward? Answered

A family member frequently drives around in the van all by themselves, which I'm sure is an enormous waste of gasoline. Removing one or both of the rear seats will help reduce the weight of the vehicle and improve the efficiency a tiny bit. That said, I was wondering if doing that would cause handling issues due to the centre of gravity being farther forward. Also, winter is long and icy here, so rear traction is an issue 5 months of the year.

Question by zalf 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How far does extreme builders' Truely Semi-auto knex gun shoot? Answered

Question by Master_Zane 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

running electric 740 ft how many amps can I run that far?

I want to run electric back to a cabin in the woods its about 740 ft from power source.  What cable do I use and do I need a step up transformer to get more amps back to cabin? What size wire for at least 20 amps +  to reach cabin? Power source is 30 amp

Question by MichaelM352 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Device to warn two atv's if they are getting too far away from each other

I'm trying to find a way to warn one atv rider if the other rider is getting too far away.  Basically a device that you could mount on each atv that would have a red light and a green light.  The green light would be on if both riders were like say very close to each other or up to 1/4 mile away.  If the atvs would get more than 1/4 miles from each other a red light would turn on letting the riders know they are getting separated.  Thinking a low power radio transceiver that every 10 seconds or so would send out a signal that the other would pick up so the green light would stay on, if they two radios were out of range and didn't pick up a signal after 20 seconds or so the red light would come on until they got back into range then the green light would come back on. Basically a warning device to let each other know if they are getting out of range.  An example would be two atvs riding on trails following each other.  If the atv following got stuck, broke down or stopped for any reason the lead rider would be alerted that the other rider is not in range so they could stop and wait or turn around.  Anyone know a device to do this or an easy way to build one. 

Topic by tlessard1970 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

can i change car head lamp with LED?

We like to change the lamp color with pure white led and how to make it beam is can see very far but led is can not see far

Question by nyihtut100 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

whos 'ible do you think is the best in the get the led out comp so far?

Who will win?? oh and who will you vote for

Question by Jake Morton 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


This is my m14 it shoots really far and i was wondering if i should post.

Topic by funguy29467 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Petty that it has come this far that we now have to pay for our downloads...........shame on this site.

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

post pictures of your drawings

Ill start with mine ( so far)

Topic by Malhecho 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

how can i be rougher with my boyfriend without going so far that its extreme pain?

My boyfriend likes when i bit him harder than a nibble and he says that i should be less gentle with him. Im willing to give it a try but i have no idea what a good limit is without going over the limit?

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

How do I display portrait style pics? So far they all stay in landscape frame of reference.

No matter how the pics lay out in other programs, they all present landscape style. I don't want to post pics sideways! There's got to be a way because I see some in other instructables... Help?

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

When installing a domestic pressure pump how far can the pump be away from the tank it's sourcing the water from?

When you install a pressure pump would it be possible to have the pump 200 meters away from the tank it's sucking from if the pump is lower than the tank by about 1 meter? Thanks in advance

Question by legend4930 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

who's watching the seahawks???

Pretty good game so far, we are eating the crap out of the 49ers

Topic by Yerboogieman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

K'nex flamethrower!

Holy crap, I think this guy went too far. Really I do.

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

Automatic light switch with timer and Arduino

Greetings! I need to set up a test environment with End of Day lighting (EOD). I am a rose breeder and I read some interesting articles on the use of far-red light (740nm) followed by red light (660nm)  for a short while at EOD. The goal is to lengthen the stems of the roses by giving them EOD light in a sequence. What I need to achieve is that by dusk (EOD) the far-red goes on for 10 minutes and then off, followed by the red light for 10 minutes and then off as well utill the next evening.  I have the following hardware: Arduino's (Uno and Mega) LED's (red and far-red) Lightsensor two relays to power the LED's transformer(s) resistors etc. However: I am not a programmer. Can somebody help me with the code needed for this trial? As far as I can see it should be reasonably straightforward. Many thanks, Peter

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

Is it possible to create a branching path instructable? Answered

Since I do a tutorial supporting Windows mac and Linux, I would love to have a branching path solution within insctructables. This to separate out the steps per operating system. Is that in some form possible? I came up with named anchors so far, to jump to the correct section within a step. The draft I got so far

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

Airsoft team roles

IM attempting to create a airsoft team and I thought it would be good if all of us had our own roles. I have some but I am looking for more heres what i have so far Roles I have so far: sniper assault gunner suppressive fire grenadier/Door Kicker scout Designated marksman CQC Team leader

Topic by BuildSleepThink 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Drawing Hub

I have only been drawing for a few months and so far I think drawing goes hand in hand with my other 2 loves which is poetry and music. If you want to check out what I have so far and how much I have improved, you can browse through my profile page on drawinghub.com/user/CocoPebble

Topic by DawnB142 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Is there anything useful from old computer circuits and circuit boards? So far all I have is a bracelet.?

Looking for interesting ideas on what to do with old circuit boards, including all the hardware attached. I have 2 old computers and enough green boards to do anything semi-interesting.

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

Starting your own religion

How many of you have fathomed about doing it? How far did you actually go with it?

Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Another langage Instructables ?

Hi everybody ! I'm french and i discovered instructables.com yesterday at late night. What a (good) shock ! It's very impressive to see people have so many ideas ! As far as I know, we doesn't have the same kind of website in France (and again: as far as i know). It's too bad, I think some french people, and many others langage speakers could really be interessted ! So here's my question: can i make an instructables in full french if i want? As far as i made it in english too of course :) I really want to make people discover your great website. Thanks for your attention and my apologize if i'm posting in the wrong topic :3 

Topic by Zenki 5 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

is it possible to make a remote or something to control the built in isight on macbooks?

Maybe to zoom or pan while im far away or something

Topic by sushirox08 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Weekly Prize?

Isn't there a weekly prize for this competition (I think they just pick an entree at random), but so far I havn't seen this weekly prize...

Topic by guyfrom7up 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago