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How are the % ratings of featured Instructables changed? Answered

I have a 31% featured rating.  I have been working very hard on my published Instructables so my featured rating will raise.  I published an Instructables that I worked several days on and it did not get featured.  I was a little surprised because I know the content is good.  My question is this:  Is there a way to unpublish it and re-work it and re-publish it and see if it gets featured then?  If I can't do that, how much will it change my featured rating if I delete the entire Instructable and start from scratch?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

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kelseymh

7 years ago

31% featured is just a fraction -- it's the number of your featured I'bles divided by the number of your published I'bles.

If you delete and republish, the denominator remains constant, while the numerator drops by one. Hence, the percentage will drop.

If the repub gets featured again (which assumes we don't notice that it's just a duplicate and ignore it), then the numerator would

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Lithium Rainkelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

Oh god the numerator got to him before he could finish. D:

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sunshiineLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks for stopping in to answer my question. I do appreciate the time you took to try and answer my question. You have a super day!

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lemonie

7 years ago


It's not important, but if it really bothers you then delete everything you've done that isn't featured. Except the competition entries, which you can't.

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sunshiinelemonie

Reply 7 years ago

After reading a couple of the comments maybe I will just keep on keeping on and see what happens. I do really wish to thank you for taking the time to give me your opinion. Might I add you were one of the first people to reply to one of my instructables. It took me a while to understand your answer. I have to laugh
about it today. I have come a long way. At least I am past kindergarten. Have a nice day!

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lemoniesunshiine

Reply 7 years ago


Have a nice day - you're right there, paying too much attention to statistics doesn't usually make for a nice day - I wish you peace and happiness.

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sunshiinelemonie

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks! I believe one should be the best they can be so I do strive to be better. Sometimes though I do need a little push in the right direction when I go off and wandering. Thanks for the correction. You have a nice day as well. Peace and happiness to you also!

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sunshiinelemonie

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks Lemonie for your comment. I hear you. I actually tried to delete a lot of my early entries. I deleted many of them because the quality was not there. I noticed you could not delete contest entries. I am striving to become better at writing my Instructables and that is why I am considering deleting them. However if I keep making the same mistakes what is the point of trying harder.

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Kiteman

7 years ago

Obviously, I know how much effort you put into the project, but maybe the focus was wrong?

You were trying to present a serious, useful project in a comedic style throughout, something that is very hard to do.

Kelseymh already mentioned the title (something I hadn't thought of), but maybe, in another life, you would make the first step humorous, and then present the preparation steps in a more "straight" style, switching back to humour for the actual meal in the last step?

(I ought to say, as well, that one of the things I find hard when helping authors in advance of publication is to give advice on wording and presentation without completely overpowering the author's own "voice". If an author rewrote everything the way I would have written it, then it stops being the author's own work, and becomes the author's attempt to post like me, which is good for neither of us.)

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sunshiineKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks so much for your input! I see where you are coming from. I do have a style like you mentioned. I know that content is important. I also understand that if there are 50 new Instructables and the front page only has 25 blocks then someone is not going to get featured even if their Instructable is well written.

I hope I did not come across as complaining because that really is not what my intentions were. In the past I have had a few instructables that I thought were well written with a good theme. I deleted a lot thinking I would search, find more interesting subjects and write something on them.

I understand I am not going to get featured on every entry. What has been frustrating is not knowing exactly what I might be repeating throughout my Instructables and that might be the reason they do not get featured.

Input from people like you is very valuable to those who do not know much about Instructables. I have been searching for my answers for a long time trying to find out everything I can so I can offer the community Instructables worth viewing and help others as well. Maybe my percentage is good. I appreciate your comment and will continue to try and find interesting things to share.

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Kitemansunshiine

Reply 7 years ago

That's the spirit - just keep going.

Whenever you have an idea, write it in a dedicated notebook or start an Instructable. You don't have to publish it immediately, but having the idea written down makes it much more likely that you will follow through.

Having said that, whilst I have published 118 various projects, I currently have 114 unpublished Instructables, of which probably only a dozen will see the light of day in the foreseeable future.

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sunshiineKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

114! Wow do they keep you awake at night? Like night mares! My family tease me all the time because Instructables is always haunting my thoughts. My dedicated notebook is in my unpublished file like yours. When I have a brainstorm I even get up in the middle of the night to write it down because I don't wish to loose it. You know if you need any bright ideas on any of them pm me and I might get those creative juices going. Have a super day and again thanks for your time. That is one thing so many people here need. I am full of time it is the energy I need.

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sunshiineKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Great minds think alike haha. I am sure we are not the only ones here because this is the community for thinkers. The best part? We are doers as well LOL.

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sunshiine

7 years ago

Thanks for your reply.  Hmmm, I wonder if it is even worth the time to work on it?  I think the content was good, I think I just presented it badly.  I changed the title but that did not seem to help any.  I had checked to see if anyone had posted an article on the subject and I did not find anything.  I am baffled.

 https://www.instructables.com/id/Chicken-Bones-Royal-Cuisine-And-Day-Spa/.

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kelseymhsunshiine

Reply 7 years ago

At least for me, the original title was sufficiently confusing that the Community Team may not have dug into it in detail. One way to get featured is to "advertise" -- make sure your title is not just clear, but engaging.

The trouble with that, of course, is that by the time you decided to change it, it had already migrated off the "recent I'bles" page, so was less noticeable.

You might consider posting this to The Clinic, and see what sort of feedback/suggestions you get.

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sunshiinekelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks for your reply! I appreciate your input. I posted it to the clinic after I read this. Hopefully I will get some feedback. Trial and error has taken me 1 year and I still am doing things wrong. It can be frustrating after spending so many hours on something and without feed back you just have to guess at what your doing wrong. Thanks again.

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kelseymhsunshiine

Reply 7 years ago

I don't know that you're really doing anything "wrong"! There are some guidelines on what makes an I'ble potentially featurable, but they aren't strict rules.

There's necessarily an element of subjectivity involved -- does a member of the Community Team notice your I'ble? Do they think it's something the "world" would be interested in? The guidelines I mentioned are more for the purpose of, "if you don't do this, we are not going to feature," rather than, "here's how to get featured."

I do have to say, though, that getting 1/3 of your I'bles featured is an awfully good percentage (you're batting 0.300, after all!). There are plenty of users out there with dozens of I'bles, none of which have ever been featured.

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sunshiinekelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks Kelseymh!

I appreciate your comment. I hope that I did not come across as winning because that really was not my intention. I have read and re-read the guidlines. Maybe 1/3 is not that bad. I was thinking maybe I was writing something in my Instructables that is too wordy and not to the point or simply not explaining myself well enough. I did not want to continue writing poor Instructables if that is what the problem was. I just strive to do better. I had a higher rating a few months ago at almost 50% and I was striving to do better even then. I guess after reading your comment I am pretty happy with 1/3. I am trying to be knowledgeable enough with Instructables to be a help in the community. Knowledge is power! I love this community and have enjoyed being part of it and I do want to contribute even if it is just in a small way. I wish to thank you again for taking the time to write a comment. I hope you have a great day and thanks again!

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sunshiineChrysN

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks ChrysN,

Do you think I should delete this one and start over or is the content OK? Or is the subject just not any good?

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ChrysNsunshiine

Reply 7 years ago

I would use the second picture (the Queen's nose in the bowl with the wine glass) first, that is really cute.

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sunshiineChrysN

Reply 7 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to comment.