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Topic by bumpus    |  last reply

disappearing topic

I could of sworn there was just a how do you feature forum topic. Kruser said kiteman featured my instructable, so I checked my instructable to say if it says anything about kiteman, and it didn't. So I went back to the forums and it isn't here anymore!

Topic by guyfrom7up    |  last reply

Forum Topic

I created a new forum topic under "crafts", but when I got to Community > forums > crafts, I can't seem to find my thread anywhere. Why isn't it there?

Topic by (s)Aint    |  last reply

Bumped Topics

I (along with other members of the Instructables Community) have noticed a problem with bumped topics. Topics that were originally posted over 2 years ago are being bumped to the top of the forums. In most cases this is due to comments that don't even contribute to the conversation. What solutions are there to this problem? I don't like the idea of locking topics. This puts a stop to contributions that might actually be useful. What solutions do you guys have?

Topic by Gjdj3    |  last reply

first topic

SOoo, um... I guess I should start a topic or something. what systems do all of you use? I use Xbox 360 and nintendo

Topic by atomicpenguin12    |  last reply

shooter topic

Great for anyone who likes to make guns.

Topic by killingrapist87    |  last reply

Topic Wanted

I'm searching for Orange or Amber colored Neon tube kits. Can someone help me and tell me where I can buy these?? I'm searching for more than two month right now.

Topic by Burpy  

suggestion topic

So I recently entered the hidden doors/compartments contest (my first), and was thinking that it would be nice to know if people are voting for me... just suggesting the addition of a vote counter (unless it exists and I missed it), not necessarily to see other peoples popularity, but just to see how you yourself are doing.

Topic by rajacasa    |  last reply

The Inspiration Topic

Hello. I have no idea how you do it. In a good way, I am jealous. Some of you can become inspired by relativly nothing and make something amazing. I on the other hand, have apparently a medical lack of inspiration. Maybe I'm just lazy. I know its not imagination, because once i get somethign it flys around doing everything in my head. Enough about me. I know you love me, but maybe later, okay? What I really created this topic for is for thse of you like me, and the rest of you. Post particularly amazing and inspiring things. What i mean is, artistic-wise. Post things that would inspire someone to draw/paint/aret-create, something amazing. Who-kn ows, besides +10 Karma for you, maybe the creator will love you long time?

Topic by Whales    |  last reply

The forum topic to post stuck forum topics

Lately there have been a ton of topics that just get stuck for no reason at all. Here's where to post them when you make a perfectly legitimate, and not possibly controversial or offensive topic but it just won't show up after a period of several hours.If you spam or post controversial things, I'll delete and repost the topic. This is only for stuff that gets stuck for no apparent reason, as poor Kiteman keeps having happen to him.

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  last reply

Regarding topic below (new topic thread)

[ High-Impact Water Rocketry] Look for "HIWR.PDF"I have written a more detailed nontechnical white paper regarding the subject. Maybe you maight find that more interesting. You can get it at: Look for "HIWR.PDF"If you like it, please copy and paste the whole thing onto your website, and do remember to follow the instructions at the bottom of the second page, OK?

Topic by nathanzhang  

Pro topic suggestion

Hi, I noticed that a lot of forum topics, when clicked, link you to the pro page. I know this is because they are pro-only forums. However, there is no way to identify a pro topic from a free topic. My suggestion is that we add a pro symbol before or after the topic name so that we know what is what, and don't waste our time clicking on it. Any other ideas? -J

Topic by The Jamalam    |  last reply

what are fourm topics for? Answered

Just need to know

Question by pianolover10124353    |  last reply

Topics from the future

Why do I find topics from the future?

Topic by lemonie    |  last reply

Delete forum topic

How do you delete a forum topic ?

Topic by Brandi286    |  last reply

Forum topics not appearing.

Over the last month, I have noticed that my forum topics do not show until a few days after posting. By this time they have sunken three pages in.One of my previous topics, did not show until Kiteman commented in it. I'm not sure how he found it.I have just posted another topic, which still hasn't shown up after a day.This has only occured of late as previous topics showed within 5 min.Thermo electric generatorand my recent topicSia preforms still MIAAny ideas?

Topic by Lftndbt    |  last reply

Unable to start topics

Member nutsandbolts_64 reports: Uh, I know it's off topic, but I can't post anything BUT comments here. Yes, I am overemphasizing because I can't post a question or forum topic (and the like) so I have no other choice but to post a comment somewhere on the bugs section.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Slideshows in forum topics

Zachninme put together this sweet way to embed slideshows in forum topics. I'm posting it because it requires HTML in the body of the text, and only admins can do that.What do you think? Is this something you would use? The images in the Slideshow below are from this forum post. They are not from an existing Slideshow.Show/Hide Slideshow

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Posts, Topics, and Replies

Its not huge, but its a bit confusing. In some places, you call them "posts" and "replies", whereas others you refer to them as "topics" and "posts". The overlapping "posts", where it takes on two different meanings, is slightly annoying. I personally prefer the latter method, just from prior experience.

Topic by zachninme  

The Airsoft Armor Topic

This is the topic on airsoft armor. All airsofters at one point ask this to themselves and then research. People with experience in costume making and Airsoft playing can answer questions for craftsman enthusiasts.

Topic by gamingechostudios    |  last reply

What is a forum topic? Answered

I've seen and heard about this my I still can't figure out what it is.

Question by Glad(to-meet-ya)ys    |  last reply

Do NOT Open This Topic!

If you opened this, Why? It clearly stated do not open. I just want to know. *curiosity killed the cat*

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply

Stop with the useless topics!

Ok, so I have noticed some forum topics that seem to serve no purpose, and thought I would bring this to the community's attention. An example of one of these posts would be Knexfreak's topic about how he is going on holiday. These posts are getting the K'nex community laughed at, quite frankly, and while sarcasm may be hard to pick up on on the internet, some others must have noticed at least something. And at least if you want to post some tat, use correct grammar and spelling. This is what mainly contributes to the stereotypical view of the 'K'nexer'. Or you could continue, as I did chuckle at the whole 'fourever' dialolgue in kookoo for knex's post. Thank you for that, caitlinsdad and others. 'Non-K'nexers' may want to use this topic to give advice to the K'nex community. Also, my name seems silly and has stopped me posting on other 'non-K'nex' instructables more than once , in fear of ridicule. Any ideas for a shiny new name are welcome.

Topic by knexguy    |  last reply

a new altoids topic?

I've been searching for a new project since my last, which i have finally finished for good. I was hoping to work with some altoids tins, as I have about twenty of the things taking up space in my room. After some research, I noted that the current altoids projects haven't really changed in about a year, so, if you've got an idea, i'm all for it. Please, feel free for any  suggestions. Just don't talk like you drunken a thousand long-island iced-teas.

Question by MrMystery96    |  last reply

Possible Contest Topic

Is there a contest about the things that can be done with wood pallets? Ever since I saw an instructible showing how to take apart a pallet as well as the amount of wood used to make them, I have wondered if there has ever been a contest to show how useful they can be as potentially free lumber and hardware. After all the uses for pallets that i've looked up on the internet, there are about less than 50 uses for recyclable pallets, keeping these materials from ending up in a bonfire or a landfill. The link below can explain quite a bit about this subject. Maybe a way to lessen the number of pallets that end up being wasted in garbage can be achieved if there was a contest that encouraged the recycling of wood pallets. Anything that can be made from a pallet would be eligible to win whatever prize this contest would have. I personally think this would be a good idea to try. But do any of you think this would be a good contest idea?

Topic by EngineerJakit    |  last reply

Vanishing forum topic -- created by "add topic" in Group, but not appearing

About 20 minutes ago, I created a forum topic I went to the Physics Group and used the + new topic link to create the posting, classifying it in Forums : Science.The topic is not showing up in the Community "recent" listing, even after I added a bump-comment myself. Could Ed, Rachel, or somebody give the database a kick? Thanks!

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply

Group a topic posted in not showing up in All topic list

. In the topic list for the All forum (and maybe for others, as well) the group that a topic was posted in doesn't always show up. Eg, sometimes a topic that should list like this: 5 Special Effectsreplies posted 11 days ago by impossiblecorey in Film Makers on Instructableswill be listed as: 5 Special Effectsreplies posted 11 days ago by impossiblecoreyinstead.

Topic by NachoMahma    |  last reply

Forum topic not turning up...

My new form topic, isn't showing up on forums...

Topic by KentsOkay    |  last reply

How are forum topics sorted?

When I pull up a specific Community Forum, the default behaviour is to show topics sorted by "recent" -- which one has had a comment added now? However, there are some topics which seem to "stick" at the top of the list, for example "Instructables Store" and "World's Largest Piñata" in Community Blog. These "always recent" topics appear to come either from Robot or from I'bles Staff.

Topic by kelseymh    |  last reply

Navigating large-response topics

As a participant in AngryRedHead's Photo challenge, I've noticed that, as the thread gets longer, navigating it to find my past comments and replies is getting... odd. Using the next and previous buttons seems mixed up.  Sometimes you don't get a new set of comments, sometimes you get a few extra comments in between the ones you already saw, sometimes nothing happens. Similar things happen on other topics with large numbers of responses. (Running XP and up-to-date FireFox)

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Can't post new topic

Not sure if this is a bug or another problem... Tried to post a new topic in the Shop Tech forum asking about when the Brooklyn Chapter was opening... But when I tried to click on "preview" I kept getting an error message saying I did not have permission to do that. I'm a pro member, and I thought we could post in the forums.

Topic by belsey    |  last reply

"Recent" over ALL topics

Please PLEASE bring back an option to see the recent ibles over ALL topics.At the moment i have to go like- Choose topic (Like Circuits)- Click "Featured projects"- Click "Recent"And this for all 7 topics...I would really like the old back. Showing the recent ibles of the whole site.

Topic by Orngrimm    |  last reply

Trouble Previewing Forum Topic

I was just trying to edit a forum topic I posted earler and when I was done editing I clicked on PREVIEW and nothing happened.

Topic by iproberry1    |  last reply

Feature Suggestion, Topic closing

After getting a comment on a very old topic and noticing some come up it occurred to me that giving users the capacity to close their old topics or possibly leave it at the discretion of a time limit or a team of, well not quite executioners but something or other may be rather useful, mainly to stop old topics coming back up without reason, some stay active for a very long time, others just occasionally pop up. If the topics were merely closed but still existent then they'd still be available for reference and any specific comments about something could be sent to the user in question's orangeboard, it's just a thought, I'm not saying all old topics need taken out back and, eh sent to the farm but it might keep the forums a bit fresher, without causing confusion...

Topic by killerjackalope    |  last reply

No forum topics on the instructables app? Answered

Ok, so I have the ibles app for my phone, and I was wondering why I cannot view forum topics from it. Why is this? Help would be appreciated.  

Question by CorgiCritter    |  last reply

Repeating RSS Feed Topics

I'm subscribed to the RSS feeds for Instructables, News, Forum Topics, Comments (to me), and my Personal Messages Inbox. And they all repeatedly send me the forum topics. Most of the "new" items I get in all of my Instructables RSS feeds have already been sent to me before. It's incredibly annoying.

Topic by Aeshir    |  last reply

Your Heavy Hitting Topics

What was your most successful topic? I want to know what people are in to.Mine are: can base it off of just reply number, or quality of replies, rating, etc.

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply

Forum topic not showing in forum

Is there a delay between posting a forum topic, and when it actually shows  up? I just posted this question: I can see the individual topic, it exists in the breadcrumbs at the top it says it is in the  help: contests forum but if you click those breadcrumbs, the topic does not appear in the forum. It exists all by itself, if you have a direct link. but it does not exist in the category so I can't see how anyone would ever see it. Are threads screened or something before they will appear in their  category?

Topic by eclipsed    |  last reply

Apology to "Salute to a hero" topic.

Some people noticed i wrote a comment on Kiteman's "Salute to a hero" topic. I am sorry about writing the comments I wrote. I know Bill Parker was a hero, but on the internet it's hard to recognize things. What i thought was people didn't post anything because they were like "why?" on the topic. Again, i am very sorry, and i pay respects to Bill. -NYPA.

Topic by NYPA    |  last reply

Pro Forum Topic Visibility

I think it would be nice to have some form of deliniation between the "normal" forum posts and the "pro" formal posts when browsing the forum. i tend to look through the forum in the "view all" mode sorted by date. this results in seeing a bunch of interestingly named forum topics (like all the aspie ones) however i go to click on it and blamo "why not become a pro member". i don't have anything against going pro (except for fund shortages), but it would be nice to not be taunted with the pro topics that i can't view

Topic by crapflinger    |  last reply

Forum topic lock not showing

Someone at HQ has sensibly "locked" the comment about the awarding of free membership for bug reports where many members were posting their bugs, to deaf ears. However, "locking" puts no special message on the visible if you attempt to find the "reply" button, it isn't present in the locked thread, so, for all the world the forum software looks "broken". Steve

Topic by steveastrouk    |  last reply

New Topic Not Showing UP ?

This probably won't show up someone is filtering out my forum topics! I posted many. No way to find them in : Burning Questions or Community Blog. The topic is : AMR ELECTRIC METERS - radiation poisoning people, etc... Can not find my blogs. Can you look into this administration people, bug fixers ! There are people on your staff who have an agenda that is working against peoples forum answers and questions. You know who he is. He is not from the USA. Check out his activities for yourself. Something is covert and not right with his interferance and deletion of blogs and personal agendas. Thanks.

Topic by triumphman  

Forum Topics Never Post

I've recently posted to the forums: It does not get posted to the specified forum; however, if I search under my profile I do see it has been made "public" in a way. I've had this problem years ago and was told I was most likely caught by the filter robot-something-mer-other.. So.. I'd like to ask if I can be white listed or cleared. It is very frustrating, especially when I eventually do make an instructable I always have to ask to be cleared for it to show on the site.

Topic by MrRadicalEd    |  last reply

Forum topics that go nowhere

Has anyone noticed some forum topics look like by Grampa Simpson rambling?  They are usually by new members, and I often flag them as spam,  they often look like this....... But less funny We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. "Give me five bees for a quarter," you'd say. Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones. Three wars back we called Sauerkraut "liberty cabbage" and we called liberty cabbage "super slaw" and back then a suitcase was known as a "Swedish lunchbox." Of course, nobody knew that but me. Anyway, long story short... is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling.

Topic by liquidhandwash    |  last reply

Instrument Topics of All Kinds

Hi all! I'm new here...nice to meet ya'll! I think I get how this site works, and it seems really awesome! Who needs the DIY network when you have a whole online community :D Anyway, this forum seems to be for sharing personal endeavors, correct? Well there's this blog. It's not completely's a company blog. It has SO MANY how-to posts about mainly reed instruments, reed-making, and all sorts of things. That makes it relevant to a niche community, which may or may not be here on instructables? I just hope there's some oboist or bassoonist out there that I'm helping by posting this :] It's called the Midwest Musical Imports Blog. Yes, there are a couple self-promoty type posts on it (it's a company blog, afterall). But a majority of it is how-tos and instructions and such. Am I right to post this here? Please tell me if I'm in the wrong! Thanks everyone! - J. Doorn

Topic by jdoornink  

Since We're on The Topic of Dreams...

Well, I've seen quite the lot of dreams being posted, and it just so happened I had one last night:Starting from when I can remember:Me and two of my friends got selected to fly into space to investigate mysterious disappearances of items from the Space Station..So we go through training, and tests, and finally comes the date of liftoff(I can't recall much though here)while were are in the space station, I notice something...this isn't the space station NASA sent us to, Its an exact replica of the parking lot at Macy's in my town...I look around..and my one friend (cody) says "Hey man, thats your car isn't it?""Wait a sec.. IT IS!"I walk up to the car, and reach into my keys are chiming off each other as my hand shakes..I unlock the door, and sit inside..checking the sun visor, and to my astonishment, there is a picture of my crush (whom I wont mention)the picture is folded and faded..I get out of the car, and look around..I'm back in Cape Canaveral!in the parking lot of I walk with my two friends in the doors, I am greeted by Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google)((which I never knew till i searched for it today after my dream))he says "It'll be great having you with us in our mysterious hunt for the missing items in the Space Station."My friend (cody) says "Wait a second, I forgot my travelers guitar" (in the trunk of his car)so we go to get his guitar and as he's pulling it out, I notice something in his car..A GUN!"Why do you have a gun in your car cody?"as I finished saying that, these two men ride up on a moped and demand (in broken English):"Best not make any sudden movements"as the two guys talk amongst themselves, I whisper to cody"Psst, grab your guitar, and get down"He grabs the guitar, and ducks down as I reach for the gun, which ends up to be a .22-250, and shoot the one guy in the leg, he falls, the other guy pulls from his pants a handgun, he fires three shots, and I fire two, they all miss,I load my second to last shell, and take aim...POWthrough the chin, into the throat, and out his neck my shot traveledhe lays motionless on the ground as his partner, hobbles on to his moped and rides away..I gather myself, and get my friend, as we walk by the entrance to the building I see these two gentlemen playing a tune, my friend sits down, and strums along..they were playing Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker...which incidentally was the song I awoke too this morning....prolly the weirdest, most vivid dream I have ever had...Sorry about the plethora of misspellings, non-capitalization and spotty punctuation.. its late, and I need sleep..

Topic by bumpus    |  last reply

I spend to much time in the topics.

Apparenty, so do you. I really need to get back to looking at the actual Instructables, instead of constenty looking at topics. Time to spin the bottle.

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply

i don't know if this a topic but it is a question

Well i'm canadian but my mom's hole family is from england so half of my background is english. also i have been to england 6 times and i'm only 11. would i still be able to post topics?if someone can send me a private message that would be great!

Topic by DELETED_misrockandroll    |  last reply

New Forum Topics Not Appearing (even after 5 days)

I posted a new forum topic in Burning Questions which did not appear. After a few days I figured that maybe I had posted in the wrong section so I reposted in Science, Tech, and Wanted. Non of which are appearing. I deleted the post under Burning Questions, but the rest are not appearing. Any thoughts?

Topic by onyx77    |  last reply