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Top 50 2008: Instructables Answered

Yesterday we looked at theTop 50 commenters for 2008 and today we'll be looking at the numbers for the top 50 Instructables of 2008.

Since there's no one way of declaring a list of Instructables, we created three top 50 lists. These cover Instructables in order of rating, pageviews, and comments. Instructables on these lists were all published in 2008.

Let's go to the graphs and charts!


Top 50 Instructables: Pageviews


InstructableViews
1Body-Mod: Elf Ears347738
2Use your laptop as an Xbox/Xbox 360 "Wireless Adapter" on Windows XP/Vista, and Mac OSX220780
3Fix the Red Ring of Death! (without towels!)177285
4Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars159647
5Run Backups on any Wii Without a Modchip159408
6How to build a 72Volt electric motorcycle159261
7How to make out145713
8Inverted Bookshelf137198
9Munny Speakers124736
10Awesome led cube118293
11Firefox Pranks!117449
12How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor116481
13How to French Kiss115958
14How To: Make Bath Bombs108287
15Gift Ideas107914
16DIY USB "Hard Drive"96588
17Safely Shaving Your Pubic Hair96144
18WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista, run like lightning, and stay productive, fast & smooth94980
19Laser Tattoo94705
20DIY Vinyl Wall Art92752
21How to refill a "disposable" Brita brand water pitcher filter with activated carbon.89724
22Make your own Roll-Up Keyboard89558
23Hidden USB Storage86430
24how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment84340
25Build a 60 Watt Solar Panel82286
26Grow a square watermelon82275
27LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies81368
28USB80875
29How to remove most of the seeds when cutting up a watermelon80822
30How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT80281
31LED Cube 4x4x478936
32Covert Spy Sunglasses78633
33 Build a water mortar77090
34Super Nightvision Headset Hack!76634
35A better laptop stand for bed76101
36Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!!74842
37How to get a Free Itunes Account (No Credit Card Needed)74490
38Make an iPod Video Projector74026
39Homemade Gifts73478
40Lasers73242
41Remote shutter trigger for Digital Cameras72911
42Ergonomic Laptop Stand Made From a Coat Hanger72321
43MAKE A HIGH VOLTAGE SUPPLY IN 5 MINUTES71744
44Protect Your Home with Laserbeams!71387
45Iron Man Helmet71358
46Get Big Money for Dead Batteries70261
47How to Put on a Condom69805
48How to make an Iron Man Mask69617
49How to build a 96-Volt Electric Motorcycle68924
50Nintendo Lunchbox68164

Top 50 Instructables: Ratings

InstructableRating
1Build A Plasma Speaker4.64
2Build A Net Gun4.62
3Wall-E Robot4.60
4Sew your own Instructables Robot Plushie!4.60
5How to Make a Portable Game System4.54
6Build Your Own Butler Robot!!! - Tutorial,Photos, and Video4.54
7Electromagnetic Floater4.52
8LED Cube 4x4x44.50
9LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies4.49
10DIY Vinyl Wall Art4.49
115-minute Chocolate Cake4.48
12When a Phillips is not a Phillips!4.48
13Airgun with eXplosive air-Release Valve4.47
14How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot v2 ( Revisited )4.45
15How to Start a Business4.45
16Gandhi: 17' Tall Cardboard Avatar4.44
17turn signal biking jacket4.44
18Hidden USB Storage4.44
19Cyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand Gun4.43
20LED Chess Set4.41
21Build your own Electric Car!4.41
22LCS-1M - A Full-Featured, Low-Cost Hobby Oscilloscope4.40
23Build a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker!4.39
24Lego USB Stick4.38
25MAKE A PILLAR WITH A DECORATIVE CAPITOL AND BASE4.38
26EGG FLOWER VASE4.38
27Aliens Powerloader Halloween Costume4.38
28Munny Speakers4.37
29Giant 100mm LED4.37
30Coilgun Handgun4.37
31How to Thank Instructables4.36
32Guitar Tube Amp4.36
33How to get a Tshirt for GoodHart4.34
34Creepy Cobweb Shooter!4.34
35Grow Your Own Bioluminescent Algae 4.32
36How to make a Portal Gun4.31
37how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment4.30
38Duct Tape Messenger Bag + Hardware4.30
39Firearm Safety: The "do's" and "don'ts" of enjoying guns safely.4.29
40The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more!4.29
41Recycle Old Light Bulb4.28
42USB Batman Spotlight4.28
43Coffee table upgrade!4.27
44Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow)4.27
45Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller4.27
46How to grow flowers on a military base in Iraq4.26
47How to make your own LED lightbulbs4.26
48Iron Man Helmet4.25
49Cardboard/Fiberglass Halo 3 inspired Master Chief Costume4.25
50Build Halo Armor4.25

Top 50 Instructables: Comments


InstructableComments
1Build a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker!812
2Knex Heavy Cannon645
3Awesome led cube637
4Simple Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Mod591
5Build A Plasma Speaker494
6DD-27 V2.75 compact AST rifle454
7WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista, run like lightning, and stay productive, fast & smooth453
8The accidental pocket jet engine...427
9Scavenge free electronics, food, and help the environment400
10How to make your PSP "Better" or how to have more fun on a Sony PSP379
11Laser Tattoo376
12Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!!376
13DSman195276's sidearm --updated-- v1.5 is here!371
14MAKE A HIGH VOLTAGE SUPPLY IN 5 MINUTES363
15Wall-E Robot352
16Knex Heavy Cannon v5 - Handheld342
17Fix the Red Ring of Death! (without towels!)341
18How to Build a Time Machine (Vortex Distortion Space and Time Dilating Device) 340
19Knex Heavy Cannon v2 - Mini339
20How to get a Tshirt for GoodHart338
21Run Backups on any Wii Without a Modchip336
22Make A Water Leyden Jar331
23Park 52 knex sniper327
24Build a simple Marx Generator323
25Knex Guinea Pig Trap318
26TRUELY semi-auto knex gun315
27L96308
28How to Build a Knife307
29Pineapplebob's Sniper Rifle306
30True Trigger, 10 Round, Auto-Loading, Knex Concept Rifle299
31Fire Shaving290
32DJ Radio's knex SPEC-9 sniper rifle285
33How to UPGRADE from Vista to Windows XP on an Acer laptop283
34How to dodge a draft279
35Protect Your Home with Laserbeams!279
36Hidden USB Storage277
37Knex Compact AST Pistol276
38Cyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand Gun276
39Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow)275
40Pocket sized survival kit274
41Knex Pistol "TDS" With Simple Slide Action *Updated as of 8/26/08*271
42Use your laptop as an Xbox/Xbox 360 "Wireless Adapter" on Windows XP/Vista, and Mac OSX269
43Body-Mod: Elf Ears266
44Knex M4 Carbine (True Trigger)257
45How to make a Portal Gun255
46DSman195276's sniper rifle254
47Reaper Crossbow254
48fully automatic knex gun (UPDATED)252
49Build your own computer252
50LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies252

Discussions

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1up
1up

11 years ago

Fifth place for ratings! Woohoo! :P

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

11 years ago

Who received the most patches?

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FaqMan
FaqMan

11 years ago

Why is elf ears viewed so much?

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susie
susie

Reply 11 years ago

Once I saw your question I had to look at it. I believe the answer is: Because someone actually modded their ears to look like an elf? I couldn't resist looking. And I haven't checked google but I wouldn't be surprised if there were a lot of referrers to that page from the north pole, especially around Christmas time.

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

Thanks

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

Jessy also happens to be gorgeous. How cute is she in her Robot Plushie photo!?! I'm sure a lot of guys just clicked on it to see more pix of her. Not that the Plushie isn't awesome, because it is. I think I need a cute girl to pose with my next Instructable.

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

Just realized Elf ears were a friend, but also way cute girl.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 11 years ago

I saw it on boingboing.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Because it's cool? Because Jessy's cool? Because it got picked up by lot's of blogs?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Odd things tend to draw attention? :-)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Hey, Ed. Any chance you can generate a plot of unique "referrers" per I'ble (i.e., all the "google.com" URLs collapse to one count)?

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 11 years ago

You thinking most searched 'ible?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

I didn't realize (until I looked at my own "referrers" based on your comment) that search query results got captured. I was actually thinking about counting how many times an I'ble got picked up by someone else's blog (collapsing all the Google results into one count eliminates it as a bias).

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

That would be interesting. It would be really hard to quantify though. Gummi Legos showed up on Gizmodo.com, Gizmodo.co.uk, .au, .nl, .de, .sp, .fr (maybe more). Separate posts in different languages by different editors. I think all the English ones were the same guy though. They didn't show up on the non-English sites until several weeks after the English blogs. How would you count those? Same thing with Google in different languages. Before I stopped looking through the referrers about 6 weeks ago, I found the Gummi Legos on blogs, and news sites in 20+ countries. I found posts about it in Dutch, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Hebrew, Croatian, Russian, German, Finnish, French, Hungarian, and one I never figured out for sure. The Gizmodo.com post about them, got over 40,000 hits. I'd love to see where those were coming from. A lot of the sites I found linking to it, went to the Gizmodo post instead of here. I stayed in the top ten for ratings, and just barely snuck in at last place for comments. Honestly, half of the comments were probably me replying to comments. Thanks for the stats Ed.

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 11 years ago

That is a great achievment for a ible.

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

It was pretty wild watching it travel around the world.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Yikes. I think I'll leave that one alone for now.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

:-) Yeah, I agree with you. Especially after Handyman's observations of what some of those referrer URLs actually are. I didn't really just how ugly such an analysis would get.

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

Someone also rewrote it in Chinese, and there is another version in Japanese. They both have my photos but they rewrote the instructions. How did they write it with only 2 or 3 sentences per step?!? Word for word translation of one of my Instructables into another language would be an insane task. Nobody would take a project like that (except me). It's very difficult to find it in other languages as there is usually a unique word for gummy candies in each country, and they use the local term. The only thing they don't translate is SFHandyman, and I can usually find it by searching for that. I just lucked onto most of the non roman alphabet references. I think a couple of them were from links to my photos over on Flickr. A couple of times it was from a comment posted on a non-english forum or blog that said something like: "Cool I saw this here..." and it would be in yet another language.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

You've created a monster you can't feed. :-P

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Giving a physicist numerical data and distributions is kind of like giving a banker free money. We can't help ourselves! :-D

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Oh, I'm partly up there.

But only partly.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 11 years ago

Which one?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

The thank you ible (and my signature is on Goodhart's t-shirt).

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

I saw the thank you ible in real life! It is really cool. Missing a letter though. Maybe someone snagged it for their desk. There were some really elegant pieces, and the overall effect is very impressive.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Just one letter missing? I thought several had got lost in the mail - which letter is still missing?

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

I remember noticing at least one was missing. There may have been a couple. I can't remember which. I just found a photo of it in the thank you note and there are 4 missing. It seems more complete in my memory but that's not a reliable information repository. I wonder if some arrived later.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 11 years ago

Ahh, I see... And why was I not part of it? :-( Am I making everybody somehow jealous about something????

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

There were only so many letters to go around.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 11 years ago

Okay....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I am only in the Thank You ible.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

But you inspired the entire T-shirt project!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Well, that wasn't on purpose :-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Still, without you, that would never have happened - the first of the site's big secret plot ibles.

You started a small precedent.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 11 years ago

Which has continued...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Truly, I am sure the trend would have started eventually with someone, had I not come along when I did. But I am glad, if I have inspired extra good will amongst you all. :-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

The accidental clandestine conspiracy founder ?

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 11 years ago

Kiteman, down in comments, and down in instructables lists. Do I sense a falling from grace?

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 11 years ago

*brings trampoline* *brings rocks*

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

11 years ago

Yay! I'm in the top rated!

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, me too, I am on the very top... :-)

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 11 years ago

That was a really cool one.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, I never expect to have a highest rated instructable...

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SFHandyman
SFHandyman

Reply 11 years ago

Well it was very cool and your photos were exceptionally gorgeous.

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Plasmana
Plasmana

Reply 11 years ago

Thank you! :-)

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 11 years ago

W00t! Me too!

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Nice update to the lists, Ed. And great use of s...argh!
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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah. This is one of the few times a year I'll use 'em.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Sniff...sob...grumble.

<whine>
You get to use them, but what about the poor benighted souls who want to include nicely laid out parts lists, or lists of HTML entites and character codes, or performance specs for their water rocket.
</whine>

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

The wiki formatting has table support, but we aren't allowed it for some reason :(