If you block a user will they be forced to stop following you? And if you block a user will they get notified in any way?
Question by JM1999 | last reply
Recently I have had an apparent troll (I will not say who) post BS on many of my comments and answers, and obviously following me around here just to post 'mean' stuff to stir me up, and frankly after some time I am getting a little annoyed with it, since it is spamming my email with useless and inappropriate crap. After searching for a few minutes for an option, I did not come across any obvious "block" button, so I guess I am missing something. Also, will blocking users only make it so I do not see their replies, or will it disable the "reply" button entirely for them? Thank you in advance.
Question by -max- | last reply
Don't you think that people who have been members of this site since 2006 and haven't posted any instructables waste the server's space? I havent been here long (only 3 1/2 months) but I have posted 4 instructables already HERE'S WHAT BUGS ME MORE!!!!! the very same people have the coolest usernames!!!!!! (except me) What do you think???
Topic by coolz | last reply
I was just wonderin'. Anyone got an answer?
Question by Seleziona | last reply
With the recent spate of spam postings, it occurred to me that, "wouldn't it be great to be able to flag the spammers directly, rather than the individual postings"? Less than a minute's thought revealed the obvious abusive disaster that would entail (especially among those of a knexish age and gender). Sigh...
Topic by kelseymh | last reply
I thanks and appreciate engineer sadiq abdulahi
Question by youngfala | last reply
This site is the business activity of Instructables Inc, and as such has to turn a profit (or break-even at the least). I don't know how the books balance or who has how much equity in Instructables Inc, but we do know that paid memberships (Pro accounts) have been introduced as an additional income-stream. Current Pro users number just over 600, so small money so far.A lot of complaints have been made about Pro membership, mainly in relation to what will be denied to free members, but also with regard to perceptions of an "us and them" division.If the site can successfully sell memberships and attract advertising revenue / sponsorship, it would not be necessary to annoy / nag free members by denying them basic features they won't or can't pay for.This is it: How can the site better market what it has to attract paying users willingly, and maximise other sources of income?E.g. gmjhowe's suggestion of Testimonials ("awesome" E Wilhelm)E.g. changing the Pro badgeE.g. changing the "recent Pro users" on the front page ("interesting idea" E Wilhelm) taken up unless it's just coincidence that it appears to be that wayThis topic is for constructive ideas around the introduction of new features and increasing site revenue, not for complaints (there are plenty of other topics for complaints)Personally I think the marketing of Pro accounts could be improved in some areas?L
Topic by lemonie | last reply
Having disappeared for a while myself I've noticed some other familiar users have vanished too.Does anyone know what happened to these people?FrenchCrawler since Jul 19, 2006last comment Jul 31, 2008. 1:30 PMlast instructable Dec 10, 200737 instructables930 commentslast myspace login Last Login: 07/05/2008 Tetranitrate since Jul 3, 2006last comment Oct 19, 2008. 12:37 PMlast instructable Jul 25, 200844 instructables837 commentsAlexTheGreat since May 12, 2006last comment Oct 16, 2008. 6:03 PMlast instructable Jun 8, 200818 instructables250 commentswatermelon since Apr 4, 2007last comment Dec 29, 2008. 4:06PMlast instructable Oct 22, 200819 instructables223 commentsVIRON since Jun 2, 2006last comment Aug 18, 2008. 11:34 PMlast instructable Oct 23, 200712 instructables641 commentsThese are five users I've noticed to have gone quiet. that have previously contributed a lot - I make no apologies for missing anyone else.L
Topic by lemonie | last reply
Why do people ask the same question over and over? Why do people ask the same question over and over? Why do people ask the same question over and over?
Question by kelseymh | last reply
Here's an idea I thought of a few weeks ago: Subscribing to Users on Instructables.It will be exactly like YouTube kind of, except you can see the New Instructables/ Slideshows/ Videos any of the users you subscribed to posted.Picture 1) This will be on each users page. Obviously the button will not be like that, it will be like the buttons on Instructables, gray and orange words.Picture 2) Next to Submit, it will say "Subscriptions v" (v is the little arrow), and when you hover over it, it will say New Instructables, New Slideshows, New Videos.Picture 3) Couldn't make my own, so I used YouTube. It won't be like this, but it will be close. See the New Videos/ Instructables/ Slideshows? Click on any, and it shows any of those from any user you are subscribed to. And when you click their user name, it shows all the new stuff from them. See how right now in the picture it just shows a video? Exact same thing will be for the Instructables and Slideshows, so they won't have a video time under it unless it is a video. It shows the date it was posted, the views, the ratings, the usual.If you have any suggestions, please comment!Thanks!NOTE.Click the i in the picture to see it full size.
Topic by GorillazMiko | last reply
I would like to have a way to block a user, or ban a user from commenting on my instructables. Currently you can send a patch, subscribe to, or send a private message to a user. I would like to see a block tool as well. I have had users that started discussion threads on my instructables that become offtopic, or inappropriate. Flagging the individual comments when they post takes time. If we could block them, then it would stop the commenting all at once. Instructables could even use this filter as a guide to see what users consistently are being blocked, and use it to ban users who are abusive.
Topic by KronoNaut | last reply
We have created this topic for users that cheat, steal, spam, drop viruses, etc. The topic is also for those who are reporting users as bots, or users that are computer generated and carry out tasks that they are (often maliciously) programmed to do. We posted this topic on account of a bot user known as N-Factor. This bot has gone around Instructables in Computer software guides and has dropped the same virus over six times.
Topic by TATcreator
When we had an Orangeboard, I used to leave messages on a spammer's Orangbeboard, and then report them so the staff could see. Now I can't do that. On YouTube, under the about page, I can report the user, but now, I can't do that. Example, on the right part of the screen: https://www.youtube.com/user/Matthiaswandel/about Something like this: *clicks* Choose between the following options: Spamming/Unwanted advertising Inappropriate profile picture/comments/etc... ... *clicks* Thank you! The Instructables staff will review this ASAP!
Topic by Yonatan24 | last reply
Hi everyone If you can see the picture you might see my problem, some nut has posted comments on one of my instructables that I use to teach kids at school. I could delete the comment but that may make it look even worse with "the pedo under your bed deleted by authors request". tag under my 'ible Do we really need a member with that user name, and can I get rid of all trace of it from my page?. thanks. Liquidhandwash
Topic by liquidhandwash | last reply
Hey Everybody, Some friends of ours over at MIT have some questions about your participation on Instructables. Help them out by taking this short survey: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdiOGdvZldTSjNzZk9VZGVNNVlpbGc6MA#gid=0 Thanks!
Topic by randofo | last reply
I don't know if this is the right area, feel free to move this message if it isn't (if you can do that).Is there some way we can notify users as spam, the way we can with Insturctables and comments? There has been a rash of new users, mostly allegedly 25 years old, posting spam instructables about a couple of DVD ripping/converting programs (Cucusoft and Daniusoft, IIRC). The instructables are written like genuine ones, so at a glance aren't obviously spam, but there have sometimes been duplicate postings of identical 'tibles by the same persontheir comments are pretty much more of the samethe screenshots of the products appear to have been made for other purposes, they haven't used the 'ibles image hint box thingsKarel Jansens has commented on many of them and has also flagged them, but it seems like a bit of a chore commenting all their Instructables and comments when the users are transparently only there for the purpose of spamming.Just from a quick search for "DVD converter": danke, chickchest, seinfelder, Adam Smith, D Eric, floxir and skyocean appear to all be spamming a couple of video format converters.tl;dr- can we report users for the banhammer? Does it count as spam if they post a well-written set of instructions for how to use software that happens to not be free? EDITIt's getting worse, it appears- the spam users are commenting on each other's Instructables to make them look legitimate. Observe this fine specimen:More blah about DVD convertersAll three people who have commented on it (at time of writing) are spam-only members who appear to only exist to talk about this software. The names Daniusoft and afterdawn predictably come up again. Blueberry, tracyjump and CrayDeng can be added to the list above.I'm officially petitioning the site admins to ban all of these users (and preferably their IPs) and remove their Instructables.
Topic by PKM | last reply
I have some pic12f675 chips laying around, but I have never used pic before. I have heard that they are very easy to program, and very useful. I have experience using arduino. does it use the same language, and can you use the arduino ide with it? as I said I am a beginner with these, so please include as much info as you can, and please leave links to some tutorials if you can. thanks in advance!
Question by Higgs Boson | last reply
As someone who focuses on contests here on Instructables I find that it helps to try and enter other contests on other sites as well to get a feel for how it is to be on the other side. It's fun to have a new challenge and it's even paid off in unexpected ways. So far I've won a gift certificate to Home Depot, a laptop, and a Kodak video camera. Well, I entered another contest on YouTube recently that Olympus was sponsoring. I didn't think I'd win this one, but I hadn't entered a contest in a while so I made a video. I had more fun playing with some motion graphics than coming up with some compelling story to win it and the results showed it. But, it's always worth trying, right? So then I submitted my video into the site only to find out that the only way that I could become a semi-finalist was to be in the top 20 in terms of "likes" my video received. I was urged to promote via twitter and facebook and any other method possible. I thought about the merits of spamming everyone I know and promptly forgot about the contest. Screw it, it wasn't worth it. Now, I understand why this would be a filter for semi-finalists. YouTube contests can get a ton of entries and this helps narrow the field without judges doing any work. It's also a way to promote the contest, and therefore Olympus, to all of the entrant's friends. As an entrant, though, it just stinks. It's a popularity contest only. So that's why our process for choosing finalists combines user votes and staff selections. Half of the finalists are the top user votes and the other half we pick out. Many cool Instructables are submitted that are looked over. We really appreciate the time and effort it takes to make an entry and make every step we can for the contests to be fair for people who enter.
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
This might just be a bad night for the Instructables search function. What I observed: I added tags to my profile for interests ("embroidery, sewing") and saved them. I clicked through the links on my updated profile to what I presume should have been a search results page showing other Instructables users with the same interests: ( https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-user/interests-sewing/ ). I saw a blank page. I tried clicking through "embroidery" with the same empty page resulting. I thought "huh, maybe it's just my profile?" So I tried clicking through from Rachel's profile with the same results -- a reasonable looking URL in the address bar, but an empty page. Attached is a screenshot of the empty results page 16-June-2010 21:49 Pacific at the URL https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-user/interests-sewing/
Topic by jmeowmeow
I would just like to know because I am on there alot and it would be cool if I could talk to Instructables peeps on armor games too. I would also like to propose an Idea- On armor games they have a forum games forum, where you play online RP's and RPG's by typing your actions and stats and stuff. So I thought it might be cool if we did that. My username on armor games is gooeyglop1.
Topic by vroom...vroom...
As the economy ebbs and flows, so does the advertising industry. Since Instructables' only current sources of revenue are contextual and brand advertising, our future has a few more question marks than it did a few months ago. We're currently engaged in a number of experiments to see how some of our ideas around alternative revenue sources pan out. For example, we're currently asking non-logged in users to create an account to access all of the large images in an Instructable. Whether we decide to make any of these changes permanent depends on how they perform, feedback from the community, and if and when brand advertising picks back up. Advertising underwrites the creation, hosting, and distribution of a tremendous amount of awesome content. Keeping that content flowing when advertising has a down turn requires some creative thinking, and often requires business models that are not free. While we have no plans to charge our community to submit or get access to the Instructables content (because really, it's your content in the first place), we are experimenting and thinking about premium models around how that content is displayed and other features you may find valuable. If you see something out of the ordinary, please give us the benefit of the doubt while we experiment to find ways to ensure we're around for a long time to come.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Before it was for registered...AND I REGISTERED JUST TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT!
Question by LeonimuZ | last reply
We've been growing pretty consistently since the site launched in 2005, but September was notable in that we smashed a number of our records. We had the greatest number of people come to the site (5.6 M), the greatest number of people return (2.9 M), the greatest number of new pro memberships, and our first and second highest traffic days where over a quarter of a million people visited Instructables in a single day. We didn't break any records for new Instructables (the last month of the Craftsman contest from last year still holds that one), but September wasn't too far behind. And all this in a month with only 30 days!October is my favorite month. Here's to it bringing in some amazing costumes and smashing even more records.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
I know how to flag a comment as 'not nice' or 'inappropriate' and an Instructable as 'inappropriate' or 'spam' ... but how does one flag a user?I've seen a few around that are rude, offensive, racist, sexist, and some times violent. Is there any way to flag a user, and not just his/her individual comments or Instructables?
Topic by anomrabbit | last reply
Hi all, I am following some categories (such as woodworking, home improvements, etc) and users. Is there is a way to browse only through the followed categories/users instead of the homepage featured instructables? Something like a personalised homepage? Sorry if it is already been asked, I searched in the forum but have not found an answer. Thanks in advance!
Topic by LoicBVN | last reply
For me instructables is great because of it's outstanding community. Still, I believe this could be an even better place if we worked closer together. Sure, this can't be forced, but it can be made easier: It would help greatly if a "@user" tag was introduced. It should do two things: Notify the user mentioned, both with an on-page notification (like a PM) as well as through email Produce a clickable link to the user's page The usage cases are plenty. It could be used if... an authors project is based on @user ideas/ project @user has improve upon one's work @user has similar project worth checking out a comment/ forum post is adressed to @user, even though it is not a direct response one knows @user is interested in a instructable/ forum post, but may have missed it Unlike PMs it's a quick and public method to reach out for people. I am very aware that even though this is a "small" idea it may take much effort to develop and integrate throughout the site. Yet I do believe it would be absolutely worth it, as it... motivates authors (it is the greatest feeling to know somebody values the project you've poured all of your heart into) keeps conversations going (I've seen many comments not being responded to just because they haven't used the reply button) brings people with similar ideas and interests together (isn't this what instructables is all about?) It could happen that this will be abused by some people, so "blocking" certain users (to not receive notifications) should be a mandatory function. What do you think about this?
Topic by nqtronix | last reply
This past Monday, Feburary 12th, I gave a talk titled "Getting to Open-Source Hardware" at Eric Von Hippel's MIT Innovation Lab Meeting at Google. Eric's research focuses on user innovation where he has found that users rather than manufacturers are the actual developers of most new products and services. My talk gave a brief introduction to Instructables and then did a case study on the K'Nex guns as a community that is building open-source hardware in much the same way Zeroprestige was before we started Instructables. Check out the PDF of my slides.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
I am supposed to have a pro membership. I received some emails regarding my pro membership expiring, now when I look at my own profile it says my pro membership doesnt expire for almost another year, but I'm still not marked pro.
Topic by garrettg84 | last reply
Instructables.com never recognizes me from one visit to the next. Every time I click on a link in an email (unless I already have instructables windows open, and I'm logged in) it doesn't know who I am. Granted, this is bordering on a feature request, but I do think that it should be considered a bug. Since pretty much every other website that isn't a bank account recognizes the user, I would call it a bug unless there is a reason for forcing the user to log in on every visit. Thanks EDIT (Aug 21, 2012): I was using Windows XP with Firefox when I had this problem, and it was consistent for at least a year across different machines. Since posting this question, instructables hasn't asked me to log in again! Maybe it's because I switched to Chrome a couple of days ago, or maybe it was just me. Since this is not a typical, please never mind.
Topic by geneorama | last reply
Dear Sirs I paid for a pro membership back in 11/19/12 I was even able to use the pro membership for some time but now I'm unable to. I show a with draw on my bank account in November, so I know it went through. I wrote firstname.lastname@example.org yesterday and have'nt heard back. I also left a post in another post. CAN YOU HELP!
Topic by bcurtis5810 | last reply
Suddenly I got an overwhelming urge for a Blackberry so I went down to the local telco store and got myself a BlackBerry Curve 8310 (the one with the camera and GPS). I'm sure that there are a lot of tips&tricks to learn and good utilities / applications to download to enhance the functionality of this little neat device. Does anyone have any tips or pointer to good websites for blackberries except the official blackberry-site and handango?
Topic by matseng | last reply
If you are thinking of changing your user name, or creating a replacement account, these names all appeared to be available today:Single:spoodle pibbler spongdoodle ptwingoid mimbly phthyppy cruddite titicaca toastron QTMcWhiskers woodlouse ichneumon tastycrat fingerlician melllvar gasolinda dynamikeDouble:brian damage, stick chick, bent metal, anon rodgers, joey mousepad, electric cornflake, currency cat, ted maul, the increduloid, norbert dentressangle, window licker, metal mickey, dennis plaxton, ethel acetate, harold woodchip, frank plasterboard, milton keynes, edna coaldust, hector cement, albatross benson, lionel peppercorn, kevin fluff, permission granted, major woody, private parts, knex recycler, molten boron, ninja muffininator, ninja terminator, beg tets, odd bob, strange dave, spam master, sieve master, grease master, cheese eater, mr onions, wavey davey, whale omlette, penguin burger, sheep squeezer, fork bender, pork man, slime muncher, salty jim, PVC maniac, perineal suturesFootball (soccer):Eindhoven de gekste!, counterfeit Madrid, strathcarnage, portsmouth bubblejet, PNEOther:No!, medical meat supplies, licenced to ill, licenced to bungle, epileptic fridge boy, batch files R us, golden ninja warriorL
Topic by lemonie | last reply
I can't believe this but the UI of this site continues to be virtually unusable. I am now trying to respond to a comment in one of my instructables and cannot do something as simple as upload an image. Here is the work-flow: Click 'Add Images'->'upload'->'Upload Files'->nothing->'SELECT FILES'->select an image->nothing Next I go to my member profile. There is not a single link there that allows me to upload images or even see what images are in my library. I tried this in Firefox and Safari with the same results. If I add a link to an image uploaded to a file hoster, which is the preferred way to do it, it does not display. How is anybody supposed to add an image to a post or to their own instructable? This is just basic functionality that is taken for granted in any forum. Why is it so difficult (impossible really) to do this in a forum that relies entirely on images to convey information?
Topic by Laral | last reply
Pwn2Own hacker: Apple Safari is 'easy pickings'Charlie Miller, the security researcher who won last year's Pwn2Own hacker contest, is predicting that Apple's Safari browser will be the easiest target this year.In a note posted on the popular Daily Dave mailing list, Miller describes Safari as "easy pickin's" and forecasts that at least four zero-day Safari flaws will be used during the contest at CanSecWest later this month...Safari: hacked by 4 different people. Easy pickin's as usual.Android: hacked by 1 person. Not too tough but no one owns one.IE8, Firefox: Survive unscathed. The bugs to exploit equation is too hard for $5k.iPhone, Symbian: Survive due to non-executable heap.Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Chrome: I don't know enough to say anything intelligent. That said, they're probably hard/obscure and so survive.Last year, Miller exploited a Safari flaw to hijack a fully patched MacBook Pro machine. He is also known for launching successful attacks against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android platform.Safari predicted to be the easiest target this year...
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
Title says it all.
Question by Atomman | last reply