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The Clinic // Get help with your Instructables! Answered

Hello and welcome to the newest version of The Clinic!

If you have an instructable that's not getting the attention you think it deserves, post it in the comments below for honest feedback and suggestions to improve it from fellow authors and Instructables staff. We want to help you create the best instructables you can!

Curious about the basics of creating an instructable? Check out my FREE How to Write an Instructable Class! You can also read through our Featuring Checklist.

Posting a great instructable has many benefits, including:

  • More views
  • More comments and followers
  • Having your instructable Featured on the site
  • Having your instructable featured on our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Better chance to win contests
  • Driving traffic to your website

P.S. While I know the goal for any instructable is to get Featured, it's not the end goal here! We're sure to hand out features, but please keep in mind not every instructable is feature-worthy. Even the most popular authors have unfeatured instructables! Don't let it get you down - you're still amazing! :D

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zakbobdopcihato

Reply 14 days ago

Wow! Your instructable is really good for a first time poster. You show the process and share the pdf files, so it can be easily replicated, and your project is not too simple or too complex, it's in the middle, just right. One thing I'd fix is that you didn't add a list of supplies and tools. Otherwise, your instructable looks great. Thanks for asking!

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Sethsg

4 weeks ago

Hello every one can you please tell me any ways I can improve this instructible and can it also be featured thanks:4)

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zakbobdopSethsg

Reply 4 weeks ago

It was featured! Nice photos you took.

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Sethsgzakbobdop

Reply 4 weeks ago

Thanks, taking photos is one of my hobbies.

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zakbobdopMissionCritical

Reply 4 weeks ago

It was featured :D
Sometimes it takes a while to be featured. Good thing you posted it here for the instructables team to review!

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zakbobdopSethsg

Reply 7 weeks ago

This is really good! Your pictures do stun me :D
You have a pretty good chance of winning, I think! You include pdfs and every last detail in, which is impressive. The only thing that may need to be fixed, and it is very small, is a single typo in the last step, the "instructables". Other than that, the instructable is stellar! Great work!

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Sethsgzakbobdop

Reply 7 weeks ago

Thank you for the very the very positive comment. Also thanks for pointing out the typo.

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zakbobdopMissionCritical

Reply 7 weeks ago

Looks like it is now! Sometimes it takes a little bit for instructables to feature :D Great job!

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out-of-the-box

8 weeks ago

I was directed here for help and I'll see what happens I guess. A few of my ibles related to this topic have gotten featured no problem. This one was a unique solution to a unique problem and I did everything from pictures to a full fledged YouTube video and it topped at 100ish views. I spent weeks on this project and to see it top at 100 views is far from encouraging. I'm not sure what will come of this but I may just pull it from the site as well as myself with my other ibles. Thanks for looking into it.

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-LED-Ring-Light-PCB-for-Microscopes-1/

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zakbobdopout-of-the-box

Reply 8 weeks ago

That looks amazing!
I think that your documentation is good, Descriptions are good, and you included a bunch of files! If you haven't seen it yet, here's a featuring checklist the instructables team uses: https://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-Checklist/
It seems to fit! Sometimes instructables misses cool projects like this :P Maybe now you've posted, they'll notice like they do other projects that have been posted here. Good Luck!

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out-of-the-boxzakbobdop

Reply 7 weeks ago

Thanks! It was featured a little bit ago. I really appreciate your comments!

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zakbobdopHassan Nasser

Reply 8 weeks ago

I don't know about 2, but for 1 I think it was overlooked because people on the web have already made mini bricks. Sometimes knowledge like this is featured, but I guess this time it wasn't :/ it is a great instructable though, and I appreciate the post :D Keep making!

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zakbobdopFerferite

Reply 2 months ago

There's a few *very* small typos, but your idea and instructable are very well thought through!

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Ferferitezakbobdop

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. English is not my firts language and I self taught english myself. I will try to find the typos. Thanks!

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Orngrimm

2 months ago

First off: I want to say thank you to all the volunteers here who assess the instructables and give so good feedback. I will add my 2 'ibles for review. I dont need them on the featured page, but i would like to get feedback on how to improve them and future 'ibles.
For a nice community, for good 'ibles, FOR DIY! :)

Number 1 (Quite old): https://www.instructables.com/id/Replace-Wheels-of...
Number 2: https://www.instructables.com/id/Tear-Off-Notepads...

Please dont hesitate to speak up open and without hesitation. If you think its crap: Tell me waht was the points you hated. If you think its great: Tell me what was so appealing to you.
I can take the blame and fall, i can take the praise and glory ;)
Only with input one can become better.

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zakbobdopOrngrimm

Reply 2 months ago

I actually think they're awesome first instructables, for a new author! Your pictures are clear and you describe the process so well that anyone could do it! Overall, they're really good! I think the only way to get better is practice more!

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Orngrimmzakbobdop

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks! If you could, how would you describe the changes one naturally does while practicing more instructables? Change in language-style? Style of images?

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zakbobdopOrngrimm

Reply 2 months ago

I remember when I just started, my steps were really short. I didn't know back then but I know now, and I cringe at the thought of it :) That's not where you need to improve, but I'm sure you'll find it on the way!

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TechMartian

2 months ago

Hi all,
I am still in the midst of writing a new lengthy, but hopefully useful, instructable.

First, I was just wondering if there'd be any authors or community members that would be willing to review it in the coming weeks before I publish it. It'll be about rc airplanes, so if you're interested in providing any feedback please message me.

My second question is about the audience in the Instructables community. My guide focuses on an engineering, first principles approach (teaching one to fish rather than giving them a fish, so to say), which given the subject area will get theory heavy. The best way I can describe it is it'll be similar but more technical than my very first writing here https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-ANY-Profess...
So rather than just the build, I'll go over technical terms and theory, as well as simulations and calculations. For example, how would you go about maximizing the endurance of a drone -- that involves a fair bit of math, understanding, simulations, and maybe coding but I'll provide the MATLAB code that I have.

So I guess what I am asking is, is there an audience in the community for this or is this not the right site to post it in?

Cheers!

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Sethsg

3 months ago

can this get featuredCamping Flatware and if not please tell me how to improve it thanks.

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OrngrimmSethsg

Reply 2 months ago

What was a bit weird (in my book) was that you show the finished product in step one at the "Materials and Tools". You need finished knife and fork to begin with? Wasnt that the idea of the 'ible to make those?? ;)

Would be more suiting to show the wood-piece you have chosen and a selection of / all the tools needed...

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OrngrimmFriedlc

Reply 2 months ago

As an electronics engineer, Step 5 is clear to me. But i imagine, it may puzzle quite a few non so versed in electronics.
The rest of the 'ible looks really nice by my standards! Nice imagery! :)

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zakbobdoptaifur

Reply 2 months ago

Looks like it is featured! :D Great idea for a project!

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zakbobdopasemery

Reply 2 months ago

Impressive! It's hard to get that amount of views without getting featured!
Most of the time, I seem to get featured because of an innovation or an invention. I bet if you do something special to take that knot to the next level, it's sure to get featured. Good luck!

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zakbobdopThe_Martian

Reply 3 months ago

I can't pinpoint anything wrong :D I'll leave that to a community manager or someone else to answer.
If you want to see their standards for featuring, check it out here:
https://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-Checklist/
your project is pretty good! I've voted it!
Remember, just because your project isn't featured the first time doesn't mean you should give up! I'm excited to see one of your projects featured! Good luck!

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The_Martianzakbobdop

Reply 3 months ago

Thanks for the vote! I'm really hoping a community manager will stop by and let me know. Thanks anyway.