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Can I create a new instructable on a progressing, but incomplete project? Answered

I would like to create an instructable on a project I am just beginning and report on it as it progresses. Is that acceptable or is it preferred to create the instructable only on completed projects?

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Tomcat175

8 years ago

Indeed, "on the go" projects would be cool ! =D, I am currently working at a special computer case construction. As I experienced at many places, people can learn a lot of seeing how the construction is progressing.
If you are intrested you should google "Elements of Fortune" ... I don't want to spoil other links here :p ^^

If you can get that "on the go" topic working ... Then I"ll be happy to post some updates :)

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craftyv

8 years ago

It's a good point. I would be interested in "as you go" pictures. This would be a good way to see how peoples minds work.

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JimRDcraftyv

Reply 8 years ago

I agree. Seeing some of the failures or mods during the build is instructive too.

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craftyvJimRD

Reply 8 years ago

I agree with that. As long as the "on the go" Ible explained why changes were made, etc.

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Kiteman

8 years ago

My own take is "not usually, but there are exceptions".

I did one myself, when I was experimenting at building a kite out of feathers.

I'd say, if the write-up takes the reader to a useful point in the project, beyond which they can work unaided, then you are OK.

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canidaKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

That's a pretty good suggestion.

Right now we don't have a way to show of "in progress" work - Instructables are generally geared towards completed works, or at least projects that have reached an interesting inflection point. ;)

But (this aimed at JimRD) I like the idea of being able to selectively make your works-in-progress visible. I'll add it to the feature list.

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JimRDKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

It would be nice to have a catagory of instructables that are in process or building so that interested individuals could have input into the build process.

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CameronSS

8 years ago

You'll see both on here. Generally the preferred method (*I* think) is to post project updates in the Forums, then post an Instructable on the finished project. Keep in mind that most people who see your unfinished Ible won't keep checking back to see changes, and Instructables will only send out subscriber emails and put it on the Recent list if it's completely republished.

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JimRDCameronSS

Reply 8 years ago

Maybe I am not correctly utilizing the forums but it seems difficult to find something you are interested in, or that might interest you without looking at all of them.
Also, I think there might be a set of folks who would check back on an interesting project now and then. More traffic for instructables.com too.