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Instructables Answers Answered

Check out our new Instructables Answers!

Have questions about how to build or make something, where to get tools or materials, or about DIY and life in general? Me too. To get answers to all of our questions, we've put together an answers section on Instructables. Ask a question, and help answer questions from the community. Then, choose the best answer to help others with the same question.

You can ask a question from almost any page on the site. Look for the blue answers box, and type in your question -- you don't even need to create an account or log in. Upload images to help explain your question.

Answers is a work in progress, and while we have many of the key elements ready for you to test, there are a few obvious things we're not quite finished building, but will be up as soon as possible. Upcoming features include:
  • Your questions on your "You" page
  • Indication of the number of answers and Best Answers for users replying to your questions
  • More tips for asking good questions
  • Ability for the community to vote on a Best Answer to a question

Let us know how you like it, and how it's working. If you come across a bug, please submit as much information as you can to our bugs forum section.

Update: Here are some tricks to see the Questions with the most Answers, and the most recent Answers: Instructables Answers Tricks - Sort by number of answers and most recent answers.

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Zokss
Zokss

1 year ago

I have tricky question. So if I win contest do i have to pay taxes and shipping and how much will it be for Serbia/Europe

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

But...but it's not green, it's white :-)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

Just wait. There are other people with the same anti-orange preference :-) Or, you could take the initiative and try writing a CSS yourself.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

XD Thanks for catching that.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

No.

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dombeef
dombeef

12 years ago

How can you find your question?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

See my posting below from "Jan 28, 2009. 10:56 PM". The I'bles search interface isn't updated yet, but you can hand-edit the search URL.

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dombeef
dombeef

Reply 12 years ago

How?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

You've never hand-edited a URL before? In your browser, the URL appears in the long "address" text box up at the top. Just click in there to get a cursor, and use your keyboard to make the appropriate modifications.

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dombeef
dombeef

Reply 12 years ago

Oh Ok nevermind

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

Also, soon your own questions will appear in your "You" page.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

And there they are! Very nice, Eric (and Rachel et al. :-). Is there a reason why you've decided to put Best Answers and Your Questions widely separated on the You page? Just curious...

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

The You page badly needs a redesign.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

Ericn is already working on it, but I'll point him to your suggestion.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Cool - it was just moment's thought.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

(Note careful retention of ORANGE)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

:-) Well, yeah, but I wasn't going to generalize so much :-)

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dombeef
dombeef

Reply 12 years ago

Oh ok Thanks!

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PKTraceur
PKTraceur

12 years ago

I think you should have a page of just the questions. Like, no pictures as similar in Instructables, but just a very long list, maybe 25-50 per page. Like so.. How do i turn on my computer? How do you get the instructable website? Who is ewilhelm? Is it possible to jump onto a water bottle? Etc, etc.

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PKTraceur
PKTraceur

Reply 12 years ago

Oh, never noticed that. You should have a more acessible link, like on the home page.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

The word "ANSWERS" is the link. Try it, you might like it. And if you try things before asking, you might make faster progess!

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

The blue answers box, which is on most pages, has a link.

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PKTraceur
PKTraceur

12 years ago

How about an RSS feed, or a email whenever somone makes a question in a specific category?Like, I would like to know when someone makes a question with the tech category. Then, I would get an email notification.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

On the list. Not certain when we'll have it done, though.

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Joe Martin
Joe Martin

12 years ago

Could a minimum word limit (such as 50) be put in, So people actually have some information to help answer it. As the word "null" doesn't help!

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

Coming soon. We've also got some hints and helpful pointers that will be integrated into the question form. Hopefully these will encourage people to include more information.

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Joe Martin
Joe Martin

Reply 12 years ago

Good to know, cheers Eric!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

I have a question about answers... According to my profile, I have "best answered" 4 times. I have no idea which questions they are. Is it possible to arrange a notification, similar to the feature notice?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

Coming soon.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

:-)

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

12 years ago

Are there any procedures in place for anyone abusing this great new feature? E.g. Flagging of questions?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

Flagging is in place for answers. However, since I expect answers to move a little faster than Instructables and forum topics, we're going to need some help moderating, and have few things in store to make that happen.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 12 years ago

I'd Gladly help!

On a suggestion note, I see to the left of the questions on the https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:question/ page, most of the questions have no picture and thus it's just a blank page. Perhaps put the Gray "Hand" logo there, like you have in the forums if a topic has no image.

And maybe even put a banner over the image for "Answered" like you did for Instructables that are "Finalists" or "Winners".

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Yer, me too! And I haz wicked moderating XP

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mg0930mg
mg0930mg

Reply 12 years ago

Me too. Cuz I better than RS... Jk. Or am I?

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 12 years ago

Wotcher sonny, what my ban hamma wont do, my fists of fury shall :P

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mg0930mg
mg0930mg

Reply 12 years ago

Erm.... I'll throw something at you.... like a rock...or whatever.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Watch out, he has a lot of small rocks Huh? What do you mean? Rocket does not mean a small rock ?

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mg0930mg
mg0930mg

Reply 12 years ago

Haha, I'll throw a big one. XD

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 12 years ago

Something along the lines of the 'regular user' flag idea, Where by if say one of the feature team flags it, it is temp taken off until reviewed by yourselves, also, many of the regular ible contributers/forum users, could have said power, but the item is only removed when 3 of those users flag it. Great things as always! was rachel really up till 8am GMT? or is that another bug.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

12 years ago

Is it possible for Guests to edit their questions? There have been a few Guests who have had poor grammar and comprehending the questions was very hard. I was going to tell them to edit their post but I wasn't sure if Guests were able to do that or not.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

Yes, guests can edit their questions.