Site Update

So maybe I've got the right spot for this comment this time (Thanks, Kiteman, for the wake up), but here goes..the last time the site had an update wasn't too bad. Things were relatively easy to see and find, and the previous style had been a little cumbersome--now it's a big mishmash and confusing as hell. What is it with geeks who can't leave what works well enough alone, but have to try and fix it? (I'm looking at you here, too, Firefox.) Pay attention here folks! The project of the day humongous header at the top of the page--it's frickin' annoying!! It was good to be able to see all the projects in a row, very neat and organized, and then go to the one I'm interested in. Surely I'm not the only one? I can't get here everyday and now the different projects are extremely hard to catch up on. I'm not trying to be mean, nor am I against constructive change or fixing problems, but changing something just to be different doesn't always work. People come here to see the projects, etc., To connect on ways to do things or build things, not to see a website where someone wants to show off their building skills. Please take a poll of your readers or something and see what everyone else thinks. If I'm a minority opinion I'll just learn to lump it, but I still won't have to like it!

Topic by beatyruth 8 years ago


Site update?

What happened to the instructables site? I can't find anything, no "recent" "featured" "topics" or "question" good luck finding this post. Is it an update or does my computer just hate me?

Topic by liquidhandwash 13 days ago  |  last reply 10 days ago


Small Site Changes

I've just released a small set of changes: new footer featured and popular items are now split out by channel home page shows both featured and popular items in the same list searching on an exact channel name gets you to the main page for that channel various small formatting fixes There is also a new backend process to check for Pro members whose membership is about to expire but is not set to be automatically charged, to email them and see if they want to renew it.  However we screwed this up a little, as the email text wasn't completed and it is pretty much incomprehensible. Some of you will have received a rather confusing email, which you can totally ignore; we'll fix this and try it again in another couple of days.  My apologies to anyone who got that! Also for a short time there was a display problem for all unpublished instructables (and like 20 published ones), but that has been fixed.  If you were editing during this time don't fear, your work was not lost.  Go try again now.

Topic by rachel 9 years ago


Upcoming Site Changes!

Hey folks, You may have noticed the new look on our homepage and header - I just want to let you know there are more exciting changes coming! We try to do small site updates about every two weeks, and now that the development team is a bit bigger we'll be able to stick closer to that target schedule. The one constant in a healthy website is change, and our philosophy is to test and modify based on actual results: it's incremental, hypothesis-driven website design of both function and aesthetics.  Lots of small, frequent changes help us evolve the site at a comfortable pace. So stay tuned for new features, design updates, bug fixes, and other good stuff coming your way!  We'll keep working to make Instructables a better place to visit. Christy (and the rest of the Instructables team)

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


Site release with tiny updates

I just released a set of small changes, most of which are under the hood helping admins do their job a little easier.  The things you may notice are: we removed the gmail address importer as nobody but spammers was using it :( image deletions from your library are fixed search term is retained if you enter one and choose 'Graphical Search' instead of the google search button forum topic preview is now formatted correctly As always, file a bug if you find any problems!

Topic by rachel 9 years ago


Stats cards!

I've just pushed out another release which has a pretty cool new feature, stats cards!  We've collated a bunch of what we think are some interesting stats on members, like their view count, comment count, feature percentage, etc.; and those are now shown on the member's page as a quick overview of their activity on Instructables.  This was inspired by the awesome Top Trumps-style card game created by Jayefuu with gmjhowe, Lithium Rain, Kiteman, Yokozuna, KentsOkay and Lemonie. This release also changes how we serve up images.  This is an under-the-hood change so you should not see any difference, but if you do notice missing images anywhere, PM me or one of the other site admins and let us know. Update: oops, this update broke PDF images!  We'll fix that ASAP. Update: fixed.

Topic by rachel 8 years ago


Behind the scenes changes

I just released a set of changes which, with luck, you will not notice!  We're doing some work on additional ways to view Instructables, and how we'll handle Guides going forward, but so far it's all underneath as there is some further prep work remaining.  Next release you will see some of these changes live.

Topic by rachel 8 years ago


Editor change

I've just released a new version of Instructables, with a new updated version of the rich text editor. Also, we set the default for comments to not use rich text, because most comments don't need it; but you can click the 'rich text' button if you want to use formatting in a comment. The new editor looks a little different but works basically the same. As always, Pro users do have a greater range of formatting options.  It has a couple nicer features than the previous one (e.g. you can paste directly into it) and runs a bit faster.  We hope you will find it an improvement too; please let us know of any problems you may encounter with it!

Topic by rachel 8 years ago


Backend changes

I've just released a new minor version of Instructables.  There are no significant front-end changes but we have done some things under the hood to allow for upcoming features.  There are a few minor bugfixes, and for Pro members, you now have a note with your renewal date listed and if applicable, a link to renew your membership. Going forward, I will write a forum in this area for each release, even if all I have to say is, "stuff under the hood".  For bugfix releases, I'll edit the topic for the appropriate release.  If you find a bug, I'd appreciate it very much if you would take a minute to file it in the bugs section. Update: Whoops, broke some RSS feeds with that last release.  Should be OK now.  Let us know in the bugs section if you are seeing any RSS problems still.

Topic by rachel 9 years ago


Hey, where did the latest Site Update posting disappear to?

Last night, Rachel rolled out some updates and bug fixes, and very nicely posted a summary to Site Updates (thank you, again!). That posting seems to have disappeared from the forum, but not from the top-level count for the forum. Update:  It seems to have been moved from the Site Updates forum to FAQs.  It is still read-only, so I don't quite understand why that was done.

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


Recent Feed Page

We have heard your feedback loud and clear, and we will be bringing back an easy way to see all recently published instructables. This requires some dev time because we changed things under the hood and need to do a little work to re-create this page. We hope to have it back shortly.We appreciate your patience as we continue refining the site after this release.

Topic by randofo 7 days ago  |  last reply 9 hours ago


Instructables update? Answered

How often does this site update?

Question by Goalie1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Issue since Site Update

Hey.. I've been checking out Instructables for quite some time now. Ever since the site upgrade the other day, I have been unable to view any of the pictures and icons on the instructables. The only thing I see is the little hand icon on a step that doesn't have a picture. In upgrading the speed, are you using a different way of hosting the pictures? I always check this out at work, and we have the good 'ole Websense, so I wonder if it is actually Websense blocking the pictures from an outside site or something. Just curious. Thanks!

Topic by d_fresh2 12 years ago


Site Updates: 1/22/2018

Greetings! I'd like to give everybody heads up about some big changes happening on Tuesday (1/23) at 9AM (PST). First off, the Instructables pages are getting a major update. Aside from a sparkly new look, they will now have a section for Questions and Tips. This will provide a place to ask questions when you get stuck, or provide a tip for doing a project better. Secondly, the Community pages (i.e. these forums) are getting a very long-needed makeover. Finally, we are updating our search software, which should improve search results on our site in general. These changes will require a period of downtime on the site of about half an hour. Please check @Instructables on Twitter for updates. Stay tuned for more great changes to come in 2018!

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


Issues with text content not updating to the web view.

I am having an issue when I update text content it is not being updated to the web view but when you create a PDF all of my changes are present. This has happened on my last two Instructables. I have tried ever browser I have and forced refresh on each with no change. Same result from my iPhone X for seeing the changes in content.Please Help I want to make sure my changes get through, Thanks

Topic by twhite101 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


Site update - January 29, 2014

Site Update! Maybe you noticed that we've have a pretty significant site update. Following in the footsteps of the new commenting features, here's what's new! (editor) Publish new Instructable with same title as existing featured Instructable, get prompted to choose again. (editor) More detail for contests on publish screen (editor) Support for embedded files; reworked icons in navbar. Replaced embed modal. (comments) visual touchups for author in comment box (comments) No more ReCaptcha (instructables) Embedded videos displayed inside photosets (instructables) "Rich" embeds will appear under photoset, before step text (comments + editor) Clicking image in image library modal selects it (PM's) HTML support (comments + PM's) Lists and links created inline, styling updates to toolbar. (comments) "comment removed by community request" -- removed when no allowed replies remain (comments) "I Made it" appears as button in Instructable header & option on comment box ...and on mobile web: Categories + channels tabs Switch member instructables & favorites UI Ad slot between intro step & step 1 Removed author box from Instructable page As with all releases, there's going to be some kinks to iron out. Please leave your thoughts, suggestions, and detailed bugs in the comments below. We're really excited about this update and think it's going to make using the new interface easier, and a better experience. Can't wait to see your feedback!

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


Instructables update

Monday night we did a major upgrade to Instructables. The bulk of the changes were under the hood making the site faster and making it easier for us to build cool new features. I'm sure you've noticed that Instructables now have categories, but also check out the fun ways to combine categories, the new sorting and organizing features of your library, and the increased control over commenting (ability to delete, or remove and leave a stub, if there are responses). If you find a problem or want something new, please submit a bug.Have fun!

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


Instructables update

Monday night we did a major upgrade to Instructables. The bulk of the changes were under the hood making the site faster and making it easier for us to build cool new features. I'm sure you've noticed that Instructables now have categories, but also check out the fun ways to combine categories, the new sorting and organizing features of your library, and the increased control over commenting (ability to delete, or remove and leave a stub, if there are responses). If you find a problem or want something new, please submit a bug.This also appears here.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago


Site updates, upcoming changes and developments

As it seems the support team is still working hard to improve this ection I would like to take the opportunity to provide a base for everyone.Users can post bugs they find, feedback or suggestions for features they would like to see or have here.The support team could be so nice to keep us updated about what is planned and when to expect some problems or hick ups.Maybe even a list of things already in the planning for us.There is already a quite long list of requests that grew over the years, so maybe the support team could start the conversation with some infos? ;)

Topic by Downunder35m 4 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


Last update make this site pointless.

Tanks for making this site pointless by removing RECENT option.

Topic by gonzzo 13 days ago  |  last reply 11 days ago


30 July Site Update Feedback

There was a down-time yesterday and then a few minutes later a lot of things changed. It's good to know that the staff has been working hard to make our experience better. I checked the Site Update forum thread to check for what all has been changed and there has been no recent post. So here's what all I think changed and my 2 cents: Homepage top menu is different. The menu looks clean and minimalistic but it took me a while to find out what is where(as explore meant only the categories earlier). What I feel is that it seems a bit like everything has been swept under the rug. The moment you click on Explore, your senses are bomabarded with all the options: featured, all the categories(play, tech, outdoor...), contest, forum, groups, answers and even 2 contests on the right side. I think the previous menu setup provided a good balance as I didn't have to look too hard for an option(but that might be because I was used to it). If I wanted to check out the contests, it was right there. Answers, Groups and Forums were clubbed together. Explore had the various categories. To a new person the previous also advertises all the features of instructables except for just the projects. He might not click on explore now(I didn't at first). Also the menu under explore now takes a while to load and I get a loader for a few seconds. The site navigation menu should be pre-loaded and not loaded when clicked as it turns user away from exploring the site further. All the steps show together. Earlier it was optional and I kept the view to one step at a time, but that button is no longer there. Single step saves internet bandwidth and instructables load up faster. Now I have to scroll all the way down to view the comments. I honestly hope this is temporary and single step view will be brought back. Heavy instructables(such as with lots of images and GIFs) or with over 20 steps will take forever to load and finish off my mobile plan if I'm using internet tethering. Also it will put a pressure on authors to keep instructables small and light, hence losing quality. If there is some way to view a single step and the way to set it up has changed, please let us know. The Featured top bar looks good. Thin and clean yet attractive. The featured channel footer on the home page also looks really good. But there is some extra whitespace above it. Sorry for the bashing but changes will take time getting used to. Thanks for trying to always better the site. Are there other changes I missed? What do other members feel?

Topic by Antzy Carmasaic 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Quiz on the new setup

I have heard (mostly negative) feedback on the updates, so I made a quiz on it. (I hope the quiz makes sense, I was in a hurry)https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScm-CdyyZ...Thank you for participating!

Topic by random_builder 1 year ago


New Instructables Categories and Channels are Live!

Our new categories and channels are now live!   Check out the previous forum topic for more information about why we made the changes, and how it will improve your experience on Instructables.  We now have five top-level categories, each with lots of new channels.  Here's a brief rundown of the new categories: • Living has all things related to crafting, decorating, cooking, parenting, and organizing. • Play has all things related to fun and games. • Workshop is everything one might do in a workshop or shed: home improvement, woodworking, and working on cars or bikes. • Technology and Outside are very similar to the existing Outdoors and Tech channels. Roam around the site and give the new categories and channels a test-drive. I bet the new scheme will make it easier to find neat old projects from our archives - with over 35,000 Instructables, there's bound to be something awesome you've missed! As always, we're learning as we go and expect to do some tweaking to get our categories and channels exactly right.    One of the things you can do to help is make sure we've sorted your Instructables to the right place - check out the end of this post to learn how to recategorize your Instructables! 

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


New Howtoons Site!

You may have seen some of the awesome Howtoons comics up on Instructables; you may even have added a project to the Beta Howtoons group. Howtoons is the brainchild of our own Saul Griffith of Squid Labs, artist Nick Dragotta, and Joost Benson.We're happy to let you know that the official Howtoons site is now up- check daily for projects and updates. The first Howtoons book will be coming out in November.

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


My Total Views counter stopped updating a few days ago

Counters of individual posts are still increasing but the Total has been stuck for a few days. Thanks!

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


Updated 3D Model of the Instructables Robot!

Hey Everyone!Happy Friday!This week I uploaded our latest 3D model of the Instructables Robot to Thingiverse, in case you were looking for some inspiration for the Remix Contest ;) It's exciting to see how many people have already downloaded the model! Click here to grab the model, and be sure to tag us on Twitter and Instagram once you're ready to show off how you used this 3D model of our beloved robot mascot!Have a great weekend!best,audreyObscura

Topic by audreyobscura 2 months ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


Launch status issue

I've published a new tutorial recently, but it's launch status is not updating.I has around 16k views, but if I check the launch status for the last month it only show zero visitors.

Topic by IgorF2 1 year ago


New Instructables Navigational Bar (UPDATE)

I guess I noticed it first, b/c when something changes or is altered someone Forum Topicifies it.SOOOThe New Navigational Bar (The Yellowish bar in between the deep Orange, and the White page background), When you roll over one of the menus (Home, You v, Explore v, Community v, and Submit v) Whichever menu you roll over, exposes a drop-down menu.Just a little heads up.:DI just noticed this too, Look where the search box is, down with the rest of the navigation bar!I like where it sits now!

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


Instructables website update

Yesterday we made a few changes that will make the site faster and better. The most notable was adding a Solr search server. Our search is now Solr-powered and should be more accurate, faster, and better at helping you find what you want. Solr also works behind the scenes dealing with things like tags and "filter by keyword." With it doing some heavy lifting, there's much less load on the database and application servers, so the site in general should be snappier.Solr has a ton of customization and configuration that we're still fine tuning. So, if you search for something and don't get what you think you should, leave a comment with your search terms and what you think should have been returned. There's also a list of synonyms for things like bike = bicycle. Help us fill that list with things specific to Instructables. As always, if something isn't working, leave a bug report or drop me a message.

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


URLs are now text!!!

A couple of changes to the site. URLs are now human-readable. So you can go to https://www.instructables.com/id/led-throwies and not https://www.instructables.com/id/EGGJAFJASDKDFBBQLOLOLMakes it a lot easier, eh?Also, Not Liable is now Offbeat blog post

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


Update inform and buildlogging

Just my two cents: It would be nice if a feature was added to the site that, when you update your instructable, members that follow you and those who favorited the instructable, get a message about it. Off course with the possibility to put off that feature if you don't want to be spammed by it. A thirth form of instructable: The Ible-log. Great for long time projects which you allready want to share or collaborate. With the possibility to put it in a complete instructable when it is finished. What do you think?

Topic by Dave A 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


2 suggestions I have for the site.

Firstly, I think we should be able to reply directly to the topics posted in the "Site updates" category.  The reason why I think this is because otherwise discussions on recent updates spill everywhere else, such as other forum topics, or ibles, or answers, and that just creates a discussion irrelevant to the original post.  This happens especially on knex instructables. Second, I suspect this might be already done, but I think we should have an option to be notified of when someone we subscribe to posts a forum topic.  Note I said "Option" since some people might not like getting notified on when people they subscribe to post topics, while people like me might want that.  If it's already happening, I really don't see any evidence of it at all. In any case, thanks for taking the time to hear me out.  Peace.

Topic by DJ Radio 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Summer 2014 Updates

The site is always undergoing changes as we work continuously to make Instructables easier and more fun to use. Sometimes these changes can go lost or unnoticed, so I thought it might be time to post here more often. If you're interested in seeing more frequent updates here, please comment on this topic directly so that I know it's worth taking some extra time. This summer there have been a number of significant changes: iPad support for our iOS App Live in the app store now! We're especially proud of our beautifully redesigned app for iOS7, with full iPad and iPhone support. We were featured in the app store once the app released, and we hope everyone enjoys the new editorial presentation of Instructables, complete with large images beautifully assembled. Social Login You can now use your Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Autodesk accounts to sign up for an Instructables account. It's easier than ever to get involved at Instructables! While we were at it, we redesigned the flow and the associated UI, and made in-context modal login work more smoothly. Fusion 360 Integration  For those interested in 3d modeling, the Fusion360 Viewer is a great way to show off your projects. Ultimately, they'll be supporting a wide variety of file formats, and using the Fusion360 viewer will ensure that your project looks its best as people browse the site. Click the link to learn how to embed your 3d models. Fluid Homepage, Contest Page, and Explore Page Designs As screens get larger and higher resolution, we're trying to make sure you can get the most of the screen real estate that's available. To this end, we're gradually making our pages fill up more of the available space on screen. The contest page was updated at the beginning of summer, and the homepage and explore page have been updated in the last couple of weeks. And... around the corner: Much Improved Search Results We'll be testing and rolling out greatly improved results when you are looking for something in particular. We've been serving our own internal results for a long time, but through your feedback we've heard these aren't good enough. We're in the final stages of testing a new much-more-intuitive provider of search results, and we should have those working shortly. Mobile Web More and more people find Instructables first on their phones, and we don't want you to have to download an app to have a good experience on the site. Big changes to mobile web are on their way, stay posted.

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


Category changes under the hood

Just pushed out another release of the site.  The big news here is that we have enough content now that it was time to reorganize it. The new system isn't live yet but before we can do that, we have to get the current Instructables sorted... Christy wrote a post about it here which explains the whole thing in detail. I invite you to read and comment on it.  Additionally there are a couple administrative changes to make things easier for the site admins, and a bugfix or two... and I just noticed we broke the RSS feeds AGAIN!  Will fix that first thing in the morning, boy do I feel silly doing that twice in a row. Please let us know if you see any problems by filing a bug! Update: RSS feeds fixed (all the ones I saw, anyway; let us know if yours is still broken).  Also authors' ability to update their categories & channels.

Topic by rachel 9 years ago


Instructables Collection Update

I think it high time that the Instructables crew redesigned the collections aspect of the site, the collections are full of odd behaviour, missing features and bugs that need to be resolved I have compiled a few issues which should be addressed, comment if you think this is an important issue and with any bugs not listed below. - Newly created collections often won't appear under profile tab until the user has logged out and logged back in. - Collections have no clear way to add a custom cover photo - No way to delete a published or unpublished collection - Collections occasionally getting deleted for no apparent reason I believe the Instructables team should address this issue very soon, just the presence of your comment can help bring this to the attention of the Instructables staff.

Topic by jackreno11 2 years ago


New Member Page, New Groups Page

Hey Everyone! We just had a release that was over a month in the making! We totally redesigned the member page (take a look http://instructables.com/member/frenzy). We also did a much needed update to the groups page which will make them more focused, more on that in the coming weeks. We fixed carriage returns on PMs so those work again, improved image processing so your images should be a bit more clear. This is only the beginning, expect some great things coming from HQ this summer! If you see any bugs, let us know! Thanks! Gregg Horton QA Engineer Instructables.com

Topic by frenzy 6 years ago


No more traffic sources report?

I remember that it was possible to see the traffic sources in the stats of an instructable. Did this feature disappear with the site update?Thanks!

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


Feature Requests: Instructables Editor

Insert TablesCan we have an easy way to insert tables in an Instructable? It's a really arduous task to use the HTML editor to display information in a tabular form.Some use cases for tables: Parts & Material List - includes Part specifications, type, quantity, link, etc Electronic Connections - E.g: If an Arduino is connected to a sensor. The Arduino pins are in one column while the sensor pins are in another column. Explaining Code Snippets (see attached image)Embed GitHub Repository Maintaining code is made easy with services like GitHub especially if you want to make updates or bug fixes. You may have come across an Instructable wherein the code no longer works since it was based on outdated libraries & dependencies. It also encourages users to collaborate thereby keeping the code updated. You can also store electronic schematics, 3D printing files, laser cutting files, etc. Code SnippetsI know its currently possible to highlight code within an Instructable. Example:digitalWrite(led,HIGH); In the above case, the entire line is a code snippet.But what if my intention was to explain the function 'digitalWrite()' and instead only want to highlight the word 'digitalWrite()'.This is how it will look in the current editor:If the pin is configured as an INPUT, digitalWrite() will enable (HIGH) or disable (LOW) the internal pullup on the input pin.Just my 2 Rupees.#Feedback

Topic by Jonathanrjpereira 5 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago


Easy Feature Suggestion - timezones

At the moment all the times on the site are in US times. As a bonus feature for pros it would be REALLY useful if we could set our timezone in our profile settings so that all the comments in the forums, on ibles and in answers were changed to our timezone. Please please please please?

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


Home Page Images

The images for "Explore Projects" on the home page never seem to change. Repeat viewers could be excused for thinking that nothing has changed on Instructables between visits.How hard would it be to update the images on a daily basis ... using perhaps a random function?PS: This post is likely to be missed by viewers in other "Categories" and "Channels" as the posting options are too restrictive.

Topic by lingib 2 days ago


Profile Page Updates

Hello Everyone! Many of you have noticed and commented on the site updates that went live on Thursday, October 20, which included substantial design changes to the member profile page. The profile page is near to many of your hearts as the front door to your substantial investments in Instructables, and while some have found these changes disturbing, we believe that they're very much in the community's best interests. I wanted to reach out just to let you know that we have given the new design a great deal of thought and attention, and to share with you some of the reasons behind the changes. First, to clear up some ambiguity about the current state of affairs: The public member profile is stage one of two major changes to the site that will work together. Stage two, which is well underway but not released yet, involves the private profile page (currently the "you" page) and will make access to aspects of your presence on the site much more accessible. Full lists of your own content will soon be available on a full-featured (and much more beautiful) private view of the member page; meanwhile, this content is all available in the "you" section. So the sense that your own content has gone missing is temporary. Second, the High-Level Goals: Clearer, more accessible design. Our old member page, say what you will, had a lot of buttons and options. On the whole, we know that most people don't take the trouble to drill down into the various categories. We want to help you all build large audiences of new appreciators, and while an infinitely detailed catalog of an author's content is appropriate for some, the breadth of activity on Instructables can make it difficult for new users encountering the site for the first time to understand what Instructables is about. Fundamentally this is what the new design is for: to help people understand, at a glance, what a given author is up to on Instructables. Highlighting Engagement vs Cataloguing Activity. Different people interact with Instructables in different ways, but our member page has never reflected this subtlety. It has always presented the most recent Instructables and comments, even for authors who contribute exclusively to the forums, or through favoriting and following other users. We felt that your activity on Instructables should be presented front and center, because it more evenly describes the way in which you participate in the community. Many members participating in this very discussion have benefitted from this choice, even as they challenge it. Forum posts used to live buried under a tab on the left; now, the contribution of a forum topic can appear right at the top if that's how the author participates in the community. We wanted to see how authors engage, and we felt it was ultimately more important than being able to drill through every piece of historical content hierarchically. Audience vs Self. The old profile page served "my view of me" and "my audience's view of me" somewhat evenly. With the changes we've made, and the changes in the pipeline, we're taking a stance. The public page is for my audience, the private page is for me. We're confident the new design better serves authors' audiences, even if it has some weaknesses for the author's own view. The author-centric side is coming, please hang in there! Surfacing Older Content. At HQ, we have frequent discussions about the "evergreen-ness" of the Instructables authors post. A great project from 2009 is still a great project, even though the wider internet has a strong preference for "new" over "good". But it's a struggle for us: we can't put every good project on the homepage forever, or new projects wouldn't have a chance. So we have to strike a balance. The new member page helps in this regard: if your old-but-awesome project still gets some attention and activity, it'll show up in your timeline as people favoriting the old project. So your profile becomes a place of discovery, where I can see "whoa, look at that cool thing that this person made 3 years ago!". Previously, the old project would have been buried under several clicks from the landing page, generating almost zero traffic. Add to that the new ability to select "top projects", and you can see that we're trying to help you keep your best projects in the limelight. See new features below. Third, New Features to Help Authors: Top-Five Projects. DIY Projects are at the core of the Instructables experience, and we listened to authors who make different kinds of things, but want to treat their Instructables Profile like a Portfolio. Randofo is one of the community's best-known and prolific Arduino Gurus, but it's a fact that an Arduino Project of his is a much bigger time investment than some of his smaller food projects. In fact, did you know that he's authored 38 food projects? Now, randofo has the opportunity to present his most-relevant work first, rather than leaving it to his audience to figure out. Right now, he seems to be all about Halloween. Activity Feed. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We felt that having an activity feed on the member page was the most effective way to answer the most important question for a member page to answer: How does this member participate in the community? While that information was certainly available in the old layout, divining it required an audience member to click through all the tabs, reading every piece of content to completion. There was nothing "glanceable" about the information architecture, except perhaps the achievements (which we've kept). We believe that the activity feed, with the "top Instructables" feature in particular, makes it much easier to determine at a glance how a member participates. Fourth, It's a Living Document: We're watching your comments and feedback closely, and I expect that you'll see some pieces that you're missing return. I can't comment on specifics right now, but I know there are some statistics and counters that may have value. We agree, and we'll respond. But there was a whole lot of "extra" information on the page to begin with, and we wanted to start over as cleanly as possible. UX & Bugs. With a big feature like this, there are bound to be growing pains. Hopefully, you've already seen some improvement with regard to the delay in setting your "top Instructables" and having those reflected on your page. There's still a little blip, but it's down to about 10 seconds now, vs the 20 minutes when we first released it. Sorry about that! We'll also be looking carefully at how the page looks, making sure that we aggregate activity events such that no one event type (ahem, favorites!) takes over, etc. That's all for now. Hope having a little context helps put the changes in context. If it can't bring everyone onto the same page, we at least hope that it'll make them a little less out-of-the-blue. Thank you to you all who have written your comments, and who care so deeply for the community of Instructables!

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


May 2014 site update - achievements + new editor

Last night we rolled out a few new features of the site that you may have already noticed, the largest impact will be around the new editor when authoring an Instructable and achievements badges (as seen on comments). New Editor: We've had a "try the new editor" button at the top of the old editor a few months now, giving you ample opportunity to kick the tires, test out the new interface, and see the direction we're heading. We've now officially dumped the old editor in favor of the new. We're sad to see our faithful old editor go, but the new editor has many enhancements (like image dropping, step swapping, and enabling hyperlinks just by pasting them as text). We've worked hard for this new editor to be more robust than its predecessor and last just as long. As with all new things, there's going to be some hiccups along the way. If you notice anything don't be shy about leaving a comment here detailing what you've experienced. Achievements: About 3 years ago we started kicking around the idea of rewarding authors with medals for milestones reached on our site. We thought it would be a fun way to showcase amazing authors at a glance beyond just the "featured" banner (which is now a medal that hangs at the top of your Instructable). A few things came in the way of making that happen when we first thought of gamification (launching of the international Instructables and some major back-end overhauls) but we've finally made the time to make it a reality. We've started with bronze/silver/gold achievements for featured Instructables, comments, and views and have plans to roll out more achievements later. For now, these will display on comments you leave which will augment the profile card that generates when you mouse-over your username. Look for medals to make their way to your profile page in an update soon. Other notes from this release: (fixed) heaps of boring back end stuff (fixed) Instructables with more than 50 comments have the 'next' button to view remainder of comments (fixed) remove related collections from draft preview (new) editor supports youku.com embed links (you're welcome, China) (new) revamped keyword entry (new) as we work with sponsors there will be a 'sponsored' label in lieu if a 'featured' label (new) International Instructables received some much needed love for user interface As with all updates to Instructables we want to hear your feedback. In the coming weeks we'll be tweaking this update so things all play nice together and work like they are supposed to. Remember to clear your browser cache completely and refresh the site to get the best results. So, what do you think?

Topic by mikeasaurus 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Not receiving any email updates

I have stopped receiving any email alerts since 02.07.2009 - have in the interim periodically checked the site, but would like to receive the automated alerts again. Have not changed email address nor have I deliberately or inadvertently modified any of my account settings.

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


Commentary on "Small Site Changes"

In the Site Updates forum, the goddess of code Rachel reported on last night's minor roll-out: I've just released a small set of changes: new footer featured and popular items are now split out by channel home page shows both featured and popular items in the same list searching on an exact channel name gets you to the main page for that channel various small formatting fixes I wanted to make some comments on two of these changes, both pro and con. The new footer is different, to be sure, but I don't think it's too bad. All the information is there, and relatively straightforward. Having the search box at the top and the bottom is a great idea! The extremely dark background is not very accessible, though. I think a pale grey (the same grey used in the header) with normal black text would be a better choice for our low-vision users. I'm not particularly happy with having the Featured and Popular stuff jumbled up together, and indistinguishable. Those two states are really different, and the have different implications for the Instructables involved. If you're going to jumble them up, could you at least put the nice Featured banner onto the thumbnails?  UPDATE 23 Apr 2010:  They've added the banner to the home-page giant thumbnails, and have created a new Popular banner as well. Also, many thanks to Rachel for fixing my very own bug! Now the masthead (and new footer) are properly rendered even when I use the horizontal scroll bar.

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


A weekend at Birdfair UPDATE

Friday morning (in about 8 of your English hours), I'll be heading to BirdFair for the weekend.See you there? Watch for the guy wearing a Robot tee-shirt; come say hello if you see me.UPDATEAwww. am I the only UK birder on the site?Still, it was fun weekend - arrived Friday morning, met my Dad at the coffee stall, and 30 seconds later we bumped into the guide from his last trip to Guyana!As well as gazzillions of pounds-worth of optical equipment to drool over (the Swaro 'scope I liked cost nearly as much as my car), there were birding holiday destinations all over the planet (the Equadorians were over the moon because Brits can now fly there via Mexico instead of having to go through the US immigration fuss twice (and coming back is worse)). We're now considering Le Perche as a destination, so that I can go birding while the others go to EuroDisney.Numerous talks and lectures.Just a Linnet. Non-UK readers won't get the reference, but it's a lot funnier than it sounds in print, especially when one of the contestants (Nick Baker) doesn't know the rules...Call my Ruff (another British thing) (I didn't get to it)Talks by all sorts of birders and naturalists. The couple who spent 2008 visiting 27 countries in one calendar year to see just over 4300 species and set a world record (beating the previous (American) holder into a cocked hat). The chap who is re-introducing European beaver to Scotland, a dragonfly-spotting workshop (I found a pair of male Brown Hawkers (Aeshna grandis) having a territorial fight!), and a talk from Chris Packham about how much he cheats with his "wildlife" photography - photoshop is his friend!)It was a grand weekend, and I'll go again, but not for a couple of years, unless I happen to be passing on a Sunday (free entry for RSPB members on Sundays).

Topic by Kiteman 9 years ago


Site layout and taging problems

Today i've noticed that the bottom of the page has been thrown back to the late 90's in the way its showing displaying. The whole site layout has suddenly changed it little ways. What once use to be buttons are now hyper links. Are you in the middle of a site update here? The discussion tab in your profile view has also changed. Almost like its trying to show the recent comments in 2 different ways. Every once in a while when i try to change tabs in the profile page it gives me a pop up saying the site is having trouble. I have to say this HTML throwback look isn't working for me.

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


So I think we need a "changes to the site" topic everytime the site updates.

Hey, So I just wanted to give you guys some feedback on the changes around the site. I don't have the intent to make a whiney rant and all I say is is open to suggestions and changes ofcourse ;) So most of the changes are good. There has been some discussing about some of these changes but that's not what this topic is about. what it is about is that most of the time something get's changed there is no forum topic about it. I know you guys always like some feedback on what you do but without a proper topic made by you guys this will just result in members posting topics everywhere and you probably won't notice most of them. So what I think you should do is every time something changes on the site you should make a topic about it (ofcourse about serious things not when you change something trivial) Because I saw that the site has updated again. Not bad it actually looks good but I really don't know what I'm looking at at the frontpage. Is it the featured list or is it the popular list? And for that matter I have seen that there are many people who don't know about the new feature system that is divided into classes or even know how it works. So my suggestion is that a small topic should be written explaining the stuff the updates do every time something happends with the site or how it works. This way we (the members) understand what the new features do and you guys get feedback without having to look at 12 different topics. Michel

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


Site messages and other changes

I've just pushed the first significant release after a couple engineering vacations.  Rested and refreshed, I offer you these updates: The confirmation/error messages that some processes give are now 'modal', meaning that instead of an easy-to-miss orange bar at the bottom of the page, they are now a box in the middle, with a button to remove them.  We found that many users did not see the bar at the bottom and were confused about whether the site did what they wanted, or why it apparently did not.  We've done some work on removing confirmations that are common enough that it would be annoying to have to close them all the time, but if we've missed any of those please don't hesitate to let us know. We've reluctantly implemented a 3-contest limit when you publish a new Instructable.  We just had too many cases where someone, for example, entered their Arduino Instructable into, say, the cupcake contest.  It became a real load on the contest managers to keep removing ineligible Instructables.  We hope that a 3-contest limit will help authors select the appropriate contest(s) to enter. We made Facebook login a bit more obvious Clarified the Pro payment page to make it clearer that there is a free account always available Couple of bugfixes around PDFs, ebooks, and patch sending That's it for now, as ever if you find problems with these or any features, let us know by adding a forum topic in the Bugs section.

Topic by rachel 7 years ago


Instructables app for iPad?

I had a app for my iPad, but there is no update? So I deleted it. Where can I find a new App for instructables for the iPad?

Topic by Super Useable 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Have the power users seen the new "Site Updates" forum?

Rachel's posting just a few minutes ago popped up in the "recent topics" list, and revealed  the hitherto unknown (at least to me) Site Updates forum.  This is where Staff (okay, Rachel :-) will be posting announcements of up-coming or/and soon-to-be updates, features, bug fixes, and whatnot. Pretty cool, and thanks to Staff for creating this!

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