"Most Popular" ... ?

I was curious how the "Most Popular" section on the front page works, it's great and shows some wonderful Instructables, but I'm curious as to how an Instructable with just 67 views gets #1 on the list. Is it views / time? Comments / time? Thanks!

Topic by Kryptonite 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 months ago

Sort by popularity?

Hello Is it possible to sort search results to see the most popular entries first? Thank you.

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

Inexplicable Popularity

This is an issue that has always puzzled me, and more recently affected me. And it is entirely based on the phenomenon of an old forum topic being suddenly and randomly restored to the front of the board after an extended vacation to the back of the list. My topic, "Facebook for Nerds" has been one of the recent reincarnations to be affected and no matter how much it pleases me that someone new felt a need to comment on my original post, It begs the question of "why now" and "why this one"?  

Topic by Bigev 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How popular is this site now - is it as popular as it was?

I know this site used to be quite a hive of activity, however, would I be right in saying it is declining in popularity, ie instructables posted and volume of people viewing them? If so, where are people going instead? Any stats to prove or disprove? 

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


MOST POPULAR INSTRUCTABLE  -  This one https://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Doll-Dress-Up-Sugar-Cookies/  has 2 Views!!!  HOW can it be Popular?

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

How to popularize instructables?

How can I make my instructable more popular, as there have only been about 100 views Thanks

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


It has come to my notice that the title of this box, (Most Popular), is at best misleading - It appears that to get in it you only need to be featured and may indeed have a VERY low view count  - 2 views -  Hardly most popular. see this question thread A bug or intentional?? Richard Harris

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

Are Jeans popular worldwide?

Are blue jeans as popular in countries outside of the US? I commonly think of them as a quintessentially American leg covering, usually due to Mr. Strauss and the fact I see more people wearing them than any other type of Pantaloon. Because of my lack of foreign travel, I have a somewhat limited view on the subject and would like to know more.  

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

What is the most popular Instructable? Answered

What is the most popular instructable in the history of Instructables?

Question by BLUEBLOBS2 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Minor bug: Issues of featured/popular tags

Hiya, I've had a couple of instructables 'featured' that don't have the featured bit on the corner such as my concrete rhubarb leaf: https://www.instructables.com/id/Ornamental-paving-slabs/ which I got an email saying 'watch the front page' but it never appeared and still didn't get the flashing.  Was this a mistake email sent out? Similarly today got a 'your instructable is popular' but it's not updated to show 'popular' - it's https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Pioneering-Build-a-Monkey-Bridge-from-woo/ Any ideas?

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

Funny Stuff on the Internet

LOL has anybody been Rick Roll'd before?Or has anyone heard of the insult "So i haerd you like Mudkips?"Post funny stuff on the internet here.

Topic by Knave125 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Home page most pop? Answered

What are the criteria to get into the most popukllar box on the home page - my post - geodesic green house rated 4.3 and over 100 views the top of the mort pop box no rating and 311 views ??  Don't get it.

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

Which Arduino is the Most Used by ibles Members ? Answered

I want to purchase an Arduino probably from Jameco Electronics close to me. There is some confusion on which revision R1, R2, R3 is the most compatible to this community.  Most of the Unos cost between $30 and $40 US. I use a PC with XP windows  later probably be getting a shield 8 pin.

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

Ibles Robot In Popular Mechanics

Well I was flipping through my August 2008 issue of Popular mechanics, and what do I spy on page 16? The Ibles Robot! In his green sci fair outfit! No idea what he's doing there, and I intend to email PM about it.

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

Instructables in Popular Science magazine

My Bungee Bazooka along with crreed's Grappling Hook Launcher were noticed by the folks at Popular Science magazine, and they published snippets about both projects in the March 2012 issue (page 66). Here they are at popsci.com. I thought this was awesome!

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

How to Popularize your Instructable

I added a section called Popularizing your Instructable to the How to make a Great Instructable Instructable. Some of the tips there will surely be useful to those of you trying to get your wallets noticed.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Why is knex a popular subject? Answered

Everybody tends to post slideshows is it because its apparently fragile and not for instructables or are they just lazy?

Question by knex inventor 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Instructables seems to be more popular!

Wow first instructables has sprint ads and now toyota ads. I think instructables is really getting more popular i see more and more new members join. Wow i think instructables.Growing do you think instructables is growing?

Topic by Easy Button 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Shops popular with British teens?

For reasons known only to myself, I need to know of some shops popular with British teens. What shops do you guys on that little island like to go to? I kinda need to know actual shop names, I can assume you shop for candy, clothes, gadgets, and whatnot like us on the other side of the pond. Your quiz crazy pal,RocketScientist2015

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

How can you be popular without being a slut? Answered

Just a question people want to know...

Question by leo rox ur sox 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I make my instructable popular?

I have an instructable that I believe many people would like, but no body has seen it. How can I make it popular:, tags, categories, and so on. https://www.instructables.com/id/Echo-iPhone-Speaker/ Thanks for the help.

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

Popular Instructable, not in recent or availble via search

Hello, I posted an Instrucable yesterday and views have exploded, reaching 2,270 and rapidy going up. I received an email about two hours ago telling me my Instructable is "popular". However, it is neither listed under recent Instructables, nor does it come up with a search. The only way it is available is via URL. I posted it to a couple of subreddits, views from Reddit total 272. Somehow people on the Instructables app are viewing it, with a total of 373 views. But this only adds up to about 700 views. Are the rest from random Google searches? If so, survival must be a much larger concern that I would have thought. If somebody could explain this for me, that would be great. I'm pretty confused, haha. Cheers, *Confused* Darman12

Topic by darman12 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Can anyone get my instructables noticed, Especially my first one? Please help! Respond soon!

Question by happyhippy1 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Back-room inventors' contest.

From the Popular Science website: World-changing devices don't need to come from big labs funded with big money. Sometimes radical technological innovations roll, whir, or fly out of basements and garages. Do you know you've invented something that's poised to disrupt a market, or have you toiled building prototype after prototype in your home workshop to prove your idea works? Whether you're a professional engineer working on a self-funded side project, a hobbyist who has launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to refine your gadget, or an obsessive teenager who's built a sellable product in your bedroom, please tell us about it! Enter the seventh annual Popular Science Invention Awards. We’re looking for game-changing products developed by passionate, independent inventors -- not academic or corporate R&D; labs. Popular Science editors will pick 10 entries that best represent the spirit of homegrown ingenuity and solve real-world problems in a practical, innovative way. Then, in our May 2013 issue, seven million readers will get the first look at the winners. This is right up your street, Instructablers, because you have to make a thing, that you can show working, and you are not allowed to enter if you have a commercial or university research department backing you up. Link for more details.

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

Where do I get my science?

Since joining Instructables at the end of September, I've jumped into several discussions of scientific topics, not all of which are directly related to my specialty (experimental high energy physics). Why should I pose as any more of an "expert" in these different areas than anyone else?Well, I shouldn't (pose, that is). In the interests of disclosure, I thought I'd post some of my general sources for scientific information. I'm also hoping these might turn out to be of interest to other I'bles community members. PhysicsFor current research, I skim the arXiv preprint archives every day or two and see what's out there. These are technical papers intended for peer-reviewed journals, so they are generally not accessible to the lay public.Physics Today This is a "general interest" publication of the American Physical Society, intended for physicists but not for subfield specialists.PhysicsWorld from the IOP, similar to Physics Today. Non-physics ResearchNatureScienceBoth are peer-reviewed journals, but cover a full range of fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and more. Popular Science NewsNew Scientst Generally good, but also includes a sprinkling of non-traditional speculative articles, so be a bit on your guard!Science NewsScientific American I actually get this one on paper, in the mail...I also highly recommend the Science & Technology articles in The Economist. As I've commented elsewhere, they have some of the best (both in language and in technical detail) journalistic coverage of science that I have found anywhere.Update 15 Nov 2008: With thanks to GorillazMiko,Science Daily Books, Books, BooksI read. A lot. Stephen Jay Gould, John McPhee, Oliver Sacks, a wide variety of "popular" science books.

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

How many views does your instructable need to become "popular"? Answered

I thought I knew this, but I guess I forgot.

Question by Jessie Marie 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Top 5 April Fools' Day Pranks You Can Build in the Office

Check out the Top 5 April Fools' Day Pranks You Can Build in the Office I put together for Popular Mechanics! Certain holidays seem to have been created for DIY-ers, and April Fools' Day is certainly among them. No store-bought hand buzzer can stand up to a well-built, well-executed homemade prank, so we asked the chief geek from the gonzo builders at instuctables.com to pick his favorites from their new practical joke contest. Once you're suitably inspired by these projects, share your own antics right here to win $200--and enter PM's DIY Rally 2008 (only one day left!)

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to make my Youtube video be seen?

How to make my Youtube video be seen? I uploaded a video and i followed youtube advice to add a bunch of tags on it. But it's already 1 week and it only gained a little less 300 viewers. I already made some advertising moves like video response( but no one approved it due to that it was not a response to their video, is that supposed to be? I don't know, im a first timer). I did some other ways, although i can say it worked since some youtubers posted comments on it, and so far, all are positive but i came to an idea that these are the people i invited to have a glimpse on my video. Does that mean i have to invite some more(but i've already invited a 50+ i think)? So, I was thinking, my video is not seen. I know about the youtube promotion where you pay for every click, but i can't afford it. Is there any good youtube culture to make my video be seen? Please share what your minds are made of.. Please Thanks. uhm yah.. the link: just go to youtube, search for ShadowZinger, that's the name my channel.. the title of my vid is "Big Bang Male cover I dont Care". that's not exactly the title. Thanks. thanks and good day

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

How does an instructable become "Popular"? Answered

What is the difference between getting featured and becoming popular? Does an instructable that hits a certain number of views all of a sudden become "popular" and go to the front page, until it is eventually pushed off by other instructables? Thanks!

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

Are American music artists popular in the UK? Answered

I'm aware that there is a somewhat large population of users from the UK, and I was wondering, Are music artists from the United States popular across the pond?  I'm not very familiar with artists from across the pond, is it the same the other way around?  I understand that many people do not like the popular music genres and probably wont know them by choice and not circumstance.

Question by Fizzxwizz 9 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

My instructable made it into Popular Science!

Just wanted to share this because its pretty cool.  My instructable from a few years back, USB Bike Generator, is featured in the DIY section of Popular Science in the May issue which is out now.   Here is the online article Popular Science - Amp your Ride but turn to page 74 of the magazine and check it out too. Just goes to show that posting instructables can lead to some really great things.  So start making things you love and put it on Instructables!

Topic by Doug Costlow 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Popular Mechanics 2008 DIY Rally

Submissions for the 2008 Popular Mechanics DIY Rally close on April 4, 2008. If you've got something cool, be sure to enter it (and post an Instructable!). Here's the official announcement:Popular Mechanics' race for the best DIY projects of 2008 is on! Can you top a pedal-powered air gun? A self-tending barbecue? A motorcycle that rides on water? Whatever you've been hammering away on in your garage or basement, we want to see it. If it qualifies for the magazine's annual DIY Rally, you and your project will be featured in an upcoming issue. Use this online form to enter, but be sure to do it soon. Submissions must be received by April 4, 2008.Submission formAstute readers will note that the winning entry, shown in front of the loading dock at my old hangout, MITERS, was submitted by Damon, who now works for a Squid Labs spin-out company.

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago

Your instructable became popular ... again?

Maybe you could change the "your x became y" message to be different for each tier?  The email seems to be identical each time the popularity rises, and that just feels like spam. I don't really get the badges, either.  I thought at first it worked like the badges on stackoverflow. Instead of simply telling someone "your thing is not crud" you could award them a badge for being ++good, and have different badges for each tier.  Naturally, the email would have to be different for each badge, etc.  You could further motivate people by letting folks see each other's badge list.  Almost any action a person makes could be a badge - even a badge for having every other badge! I'm just thinking... young people.  play too many games.  they get game mechanics.  so reward them in a similar way, and they'll feel like contributing more.  work that pokemon "gotta catch 'em all" addiction.

Topic by aggrav8d 8 years ago

Is the "Popular" sort function in Contests Broken?

Looking at the sorting in contests when you sort by "Popular" 'ibles with fewer views (both daily and since creation) are ranked significantly higher than others with more views (Daily and since creation). 

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

Error retrieving pro, forums, popular

I am intermittently getting messages like these when viewing the home page : ERROR retrieving pro members ERROR retrieving pro forums ERROR retrieving popular Sometimes all the forums are also down. And sometimes the home page is just blank.

Topic by Lithium Rain 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I browse popular/recent instructables in all categories?

I just visited the instructables main page, and I wanted to just browse some popular instructables from the last few weeks or so.  However, I can't seem to find a  way to do this.  From what I can tell, the main page seems to force me to browse only within a certain category.  Maybe I'm missing something. How do I look at a list of recent & popular instructables?  Is there a way to browse without having to choose a category first? Thanks!

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

Where can I find free popular/video game sheet music for download? (I searched myself but it is mainly classical.) Answered

I found some good sites like ichigos.com but there is not much for free except classical music, little of which I find interesting. Please help!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Ripped off by Hearst Mazines(SCAM company)

I'm wondering if anyone here has ever subscribed to magazines such as Popular Magazines. Four months ago I subscribed through Hearst Magazines paid by credit card, thinking Popular Magazines is a pretty well recognised magazines. First two months I could put up with thinking there might be some error. Writing to the people in Hearst Magazine only resulted in auto-reply messages. Third month there was one reply with a case i.d.  At first I thought I was getting somewhere. Still, nothing happened. I wrote to them again showing some frustration, I asked whether I will be getting my first issue this November or next November. The reply was: "Thank you for contacting Popular Mechanics. We have extended your subscription so it will continue through the November 2011 issue. Thank you, Popular Mechanics Andrew   Customer's email address: aoandy@yahoo.com Case id: 12214311 " What does that mean? I have written to Consumer Protection. I doubt any action will come soon enough. But I am writing here as a warning to anyone and everyone to beware of this scamming organisation. If you feel the need to rid the world of such people, I encourage you to spread this message. Thank you all. We have received your subscription order. ORDER SUMMARY: Date: 2010-09-06 Term: 36 Issues Amount: $61.00 Ordered by: SF Lin Delivery Address:    S-F Lin     67Soi 57 Lardphrao Rd.    B********,*********** This is an auto-generated email, please do not reply. If any information is incorrect, or if you need to contact customer service for any reason, we ask that you wait at least one week for your order to be processed and your information to appear in our system. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of first issue. Popular Mechanics is a publication of Hearst Magazines Division, Hearst Communications, Inc. ©2010 Hearst Email Privacy • 300 W. 57th Street • New York, NY 10019 Customer Service | Privacy Policy | Give Popular Mechanics as a Gift | Other Magazine Subscriptions  

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

Two "Bugs" Monte....For Lack Of A Better Title

Not sure this will reach the correct, interested parties:  Is it just me...why does it take so long to moderate the contest entries?  Instructables guidelines states up to 48 hrs...I am trying to enter the gardening contests and it's been over 5 days in at least one example.  It appears Instructables is failing the community, at least for this member, again!  Frustrating to spend considerable time and effort on this end only to have it end in frustrating neglect on your (staff's) end.  I detect discrimination, but am not sure exactly how to classify it, or even that it needs classifying...discrimination is discrimination!  A second point:  This is actually a bug report; on this issue, at least. I have received 4 or more notifications that one of my instructables (how to make mulch rings/mats) has been  rated as popular, without ever having been featured. So that is two errors of commission alone.  Another frustration, and all those months of free membership?  Not likely, would appreciate if your de-buggers can illuminate or eliminate these issues. Thank You. Cman

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

How can I become popular online? Answered

It seems wherever I go, I can never get good publicity, even if I post good work. Some of my 'ibles are well written, yet have less views and what-not compared to some really cheap 'ibles. On Youtube, my Spinafire account doesn't have many views on the videos, and I have put a lot of work into them. How are people like Kipkay and Kiteman, or Plasmana popular? Is there some big picture that I am not seeing?

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

New bug

When I searched for knex today, I clicked on rating, recent, and popular, along with the other sections, and the listings never changed at all. This is the first time I have witnessed thig bug, and I am wondering if anyone else has found this. If you look at the pictures this will explain the problem fully. Does any one of the instructables team think they can fix this?

Topic by The Jamalam 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Oooo, look what I came across today....

I was out and about today, going to local areas of interest, and we stopped at a little shop I hadn't been in for years. In amongst all the old tools, and bits of paraphernalia, were all these magazines (Popular Mechanics, Science and Mechanics, etc.) from the time of my youth. I was THRILLED, and so I started going through them. Well, I would have loved to have taken the whole box of them (about 50 or so) home with me, but at $3 a pop, I decided on just 2. The Popular Mechanics magazine from the year of my birth (not the month, this one was a Jan. issue). and the Science and Mechanics issue is from Aug. 1960. Neither is remarkable in any specific way (excepting the birth year one). At the same shop I also found an original copy of Gimbels Handy Book For Boys. © 1933I am thrilled at this find, not that it is terribly valuable as an investment, the cover - binding is not so good, but at $5, it has a treasure trove of info and tips, very similar to "The Boy Mechanic, yet different too.

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

Anarchy and teens

What the deuce is with these teenagers and anarchy? Is pure evil and chaos what they want, and are attracted to? What the deuce do they want? I know most will stop being anarchists (not truly) eventually, but is it a trend, a cult, a what? Comments will be most appreciated my fellow insructa-users

Topic by theburn7 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

why is KILLERK's gun still so popular?

Why do you think KILLERK's gun is still so popular?

Topic by Mepain 12 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What Does the "Popular" Sort Method Do?

When you click explore or a tag or somethnig and a list of Instructables shows up and there's the option to sort by "Popular". Lol. I'm confused.

Topic by Aeshir 11 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

how many views till in ible is 'popular'?

Question by Lynne Bruning 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Popular Mechanics Takes a Tour of Pier 9

"Inside Instructables' Kooky, Creative Warehouse Wondershop" "There's a place where artists can create whatever they want, using the most advanced equipment on the planet. It's in San Francisco (of course). In a warehouse (of course)." Come read the article to hear more about the Pier and what some of the Artist in Residence are up to!

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

Eric Wilhelm and Christy Canida on Popular Mechanics

Check out Christy Canida & Eric Wilhelm on Popular Mechanics website for the article: 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream   "More than the work he did at MIT while earning a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, it was his passion for kite surfing that led Wilhelm to create Instructables. Launched in 2005 with his wife, Christy, and colleagues at the design firm Squid Labs, the DIY website quickly became a forum for step-by-step instructions—the kind Wilhelm had been distributing to fans of his handmade boards and sails. The site, which was bought by Autodesk in 2011, now features more than 100,000 user-generated projects in fields from cooking to woodworking to electronics." Check out the video interview with them on Popular Mechanics. Also, Totusmel gets a shout out!

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

Contest, no recent, popular, or veiws buttons anymore?

Just noticed the way you view contest has changed, so how are they arranged now? I thought they might be by most recent, but they seem to be a bit more random.  Just a question why the change?

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