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New Instructables Community Section Answered

Last night we released a re-worked version of the forums as part of our new Community section. We quickly built the previous version of the forums more than a year ago to give people a place to discuss and share things that weren't quite full Instructables. The forums quickly grew way beyond what we had originally designed them to do, and last night we finally got a chance to improve them.

The forums are now organized into categories, with a Market Place section and a Help section, and addition to the general forum. There's even a special forum category exclusively for K'Nex. If like the old forum sorting, that's still available by clicking view all on any of the three sections. Also, you can now preview your forum topic before you post it, or leave it unpublished but saved in case you have something more to add.

Tell us what you like, and help us find and squash any bugs!

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sbappleg8
sbappleg8

12 years ago

i'm looking for wood plans for making those Chinese boxes.the type that has the hidden or secret way to open the box.does anyone know where i can find any plans.hopefully free

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sbappleg8
sbappleg8

Reply 12 years ago

thank you for the link,lots of nice plans there including the puzzle box

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schmeagle
schmeagle

12 years ago

has anyone tryed to make noonshine vodka yet? how easy was it?

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jmspice
jmspice

Reply 12 years ago

What do you mean by noonshine? I've made potato vodka. With patience and a hydrometer anything can be done.

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Patrik
Patrik

12 years ago

Always. Then again, I hardly ever browse the front page either - I just go Explore->Recent...

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chalky
chalky

Reply 12 years ago

yep me too it's Explore->Recent all the way for chalky:)

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snoyes
snoyes

Reply 12 years ago

I use the Greasemonkey script that makes every Instructable "View All" automatically.

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xwx
xwx

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah i ussually use the show all button when i'm looking at Instructables

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reine
reine

12 years ago

found your site surfing (i mean the web!), it's more "make" than MAKE. Love/Like it!. Reine.

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Prometheus
Prometheus

12 years ago

A "Tech" section should exist on this if it doesn't already....I am only stating this from the view of the screenshot, so if not already there, let's add it?

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 12 years ago

Um......there is. Just click on the community tab up there next to the hand logo.

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2qute
2qute

12 years ago

I have just found this site this morning,and I haven't been able to stay off of it all day. It's great and I love the categories you offer

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4mem8
4mem8

12 years ago

A great site, lets keep it that way, I just love all the inventions here.

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foxy1paco
foxy1paco

12 years ago

this will definetely be easier for those of us *cough*me*cough* who'd rather see what there is in different places than have to do a "variety" search so, yes, i like this

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GorillazMiko
GorillazMiko

13 years ago

This is seriously awesome. And cool, I'm in that image! :P

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, I see my little "Snuggles" guinea pig Avatar there too :-)

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 13 years ago

me too!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

No, more like a youngster. Learning and growing....all forums are like that...and they either grow into adulthood or become neurotic and collapse. This has a great chance to become great, and to really make a difference.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Don't forget the dysfunctional ones...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Well, even the dysfunctional ones can become productive or choose not to move in that direction. :-)

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Then there are those dysfuntional ones that feel production and reproduction is their sole purpose in life (in keeping with the people analogy...)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Of course, but then, that is still their "choice" ;-)

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

I know, I just felt that that analogy should be added aswell, for the like of the list...

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 12 years ago

Oh, geez. I'm sorry!

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Chill twas a joke, I'm not that sensitive...

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 12 years ago

Oh, okay. Well, I deleted it, just throwing caution to the wind.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 12 years ago

Well yeah, suppose it was the smart thing because you didn't know what the craic was...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

Um, yeah that was 9 pm CA time, on my end of the USA it was already midnight.. .

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

I am using both old and new about equally. If I want to scan down all the recent posts, I use the View All button.

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ghostguard7
ghostguard7

13 years ago

I really like the new layout idea. More areas may be needed, though. Things such as "Outdoors", or other groups that could hold many orphaned topics. I also would like to see some sub-organization or something that would make using the entire site easier for regular users. Over-all, I'm thinkin' this just might work.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

It was a shock at first, but it's growing on me quickly.

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locofocos
locofocos

Reply 13 years ago

like a tumor? :P

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 13 years ago

I hope I'll be able to say the same; I just got back from Florida to find this!

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westfw
westfw

13 years ago

Shall I add a list of feature requests here?

  • 1 I'd like to have a way of seeing the categories in "recent" order.
  • 2 I want a way to divide the categories into groups. One of the choices for a group should be "all the categories that aren't in some other group." Individual groups should still have an "all" capability and "recent" sorting.
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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

I love this! Sometimes it got old looking at the same forum topics, but now I can increase the amount of time on instructables by another hour or so! Thanks, and great job!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

13 years ago

I posted something in Marketplace! :D

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gmoon
gmoon

13 years ago

It'll take some getting use to, but I never thought the old "all-in-one" format was effective. A bit too much off-topic noise (maybe that helped to foster the community, maybe not....) And thanks for giving the Knex crowd their own section.... Incidentally, the shift-reload trick must be done more than once. It fixed my earlier image issue, but couldn't post here until I shift-reloaded again.... I'm sure this will all settle down quickly enough.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

13 years ago

Is there a way to undo the "View All" If I wanted to?

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 13 years ago

Nevermind, I don't think it stays that way.