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No category for environment or alternative power? Answered

Well I just submitted my first instructable under the new organization, it may be my last. There doesn't seem to be a "category" or "channel" or whatever silly thing that covers things like environmental science or alternative power source or most of the 20+ instructables I have posted.

Anybody else feeling left out?

Since I must now apparently put in mandatory keywords for community posts I used the keyword "unhappy author"...

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kelseymh
kelseymh

10 years ago

Topic moved to Living : Green, just for the irony of it all.

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egbertfitzwilly
egbertfitzwilly

10 years ago

Plus of the course the competition to get featured becomes even more fierce as more and more people are competing for fewer featured space ( and, of course,competing with the instructables staff ). Being featured is also less valuable as the period of time one is exposed is limited because of the pressure of reduced feature space. This infrastructure is not worth $25 a year to me at this time.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Being featured *is* valuable, as each top-level feature earns the author 3 months of pro membership.

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egbertfitzwilly
egbertfitzwilly

Reply 10 years ago

I think you're missing the closing point in the membership sale. You are going to close more new members because they submitted good instructables as free members and got featured than you will by featuring someone and hoping they renew.

The value of being featured isn't free membership, its bragging rights and hit counts. Anybody who says otherwise is lying to themselves. "No, no" they say "I just want the world to know..." but somehow never quite publish anonymously or don't know their hits counts....

'Best Featured Instructable by New Members' will drive up your hit count and support a one time 'Support Bob's work on Instructables' $4.99 PayPal button... Actually you could probably add a personalized 'Support this project' contribution button on all the pages...

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

I tried desperately to find a point in all of that, but was hopelessly unable to come up with anything other than the suggestion of a "give this author money!" button, which doesn't really help instructables at all.

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egbertfitzwilly
egbertfitzwilly

Reply 10 years ago

Obviously, or perhaps not, this is a button to make a contribution to Instructables, not to the author. Clearly sponsoring the Instructables site is part of supporting the authors efforts and would work very, very, very well with kids and grandkids. Not to mention the "Give Johnny a Pro membership" button.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

10 years ago

I have moved this to the category you could not find: Workshop: Energy.

Or maybe you wanted Living: Reuse? Or maybe you wanted Living: Green? Or Workshop: Solar?

When you publish an Instructable, you should also notice that there is the option of suggesting a new category or channel - should enough people want a particular category or channel, then it can be created.

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egbertfitzwilly
egbertfitzwilly

Reply 10 years ago

I think Green should remain a top level category segregated by category/interest. Solar, Wind, Recycling, a sustainable category cross indexed into living, others. I also think there should be two categories. Although who knows where I might find soap making who are the other potential consumers. I also think we need a top level highly visible 'other' for folks who, well, just don't fit tidily into neat little categories. That would be some of us, I think.

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egbertfitzwilly
egbertfitzwilly

Reply 10 years ago

That should have been "two categories per instructable" Also, of course, there should be 'Fuel Cells' under green...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

.  Those are all very good suggestions (maybe Robot will incorporate some of them), but you have to draw the line somewhere. There is no perfect system, especially for such a diverse group as we have here..

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scraptopower
scraptopower

10 years ago

I just my A.E stuff in workshop - energy. I think most of the instructables categories are either too vague or too specific. They need some fine tuning!