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When is an Instructable not an Instructable? Answered

I have recently noticed that many of the published works are not in fact Instructables. They are simply displays of someones work/ideas,etc. They do not contain any instructions ie. how to make this.
How does this fit into the Instructables ethos? I love seeing these pieces and have no problem with them being on show but, how are they classed as instructables and do they "count' in competitions and any counting for awards? I would like to display some of my work, see "what do you like to draw?",  but it has never occured to me to simply show them as an "Instructable". This may be covered somewhere but I havn't noticed it.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

10 years ago

Click the "Submit" button in the upper right. You'll get this description for "Photos": "Share one or more photos of a project, recipe, or whatever you've made, quickly and easily." It's the same thing that used to be labeled as a Slideshow. While it's always nice to include build photos and some instructions, all that's required for the Photo Instructable submission is a picture of the completed project and a description of what it is. What you're thinking of as a traditional Instructable is now termed a Step-by-Step Instructable.

There are some contests that you can enter with just a Photo Instructable, like the Share Your Space Challenge. Others require a Step-by-Step Instructable, generally the ones with larger prizes. In many cases, even if a Photo Ible can be entered alongside Step-by-Step Ibles, it's vastly more difficult to win anything with one. You almost certainly won't see anyone winning a laser cutter with just a Photo Instructable.

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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 10 years ago

Very clear explanation. Thank you for making it clear. I must have missed it somehow.

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duboisvb
duboisvb

10 years ago

I have submitted a couple of instructables that basically have been someone else's idea that I modified a bit. I have tried to give credit to the original author but I still wonder if that is enough.

I guess what I am asking is it considered proper to just make something that someone else designed or should it be original.?

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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 10 years ago

When you make something that has already been made, If you have altered or adapted it , and tried to atribute it to the original then that's fine. Many ibles are like this and are a tribute to the original and a further developement of their ideas. Go For It.

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SeamusDubh
SeamusDubh

Reply 10 years ago

But doesn't that mean I just see the popular stuff not the new, unless it becomes popular of course.

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craftyv
craftyv

10 years ago

Since asking this question I have used the "Photos" option and published an Instructable. It's called ----How to improve your mood.  I'd love any critiques especially about making my work more attractive to members. Thanks.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

It may be just my own personal prejudices, but I'd love to see some exploration of "why" in a project like that.

Did you know, for instance, that the colour combination most visible to the human eye is black on yellow, because it is employed as a warning by venomous animals?

Or that the best colour-combination for the mobiles you hang over a new-born baby's crib is just black-and-white - you add colours and complexity as their cognitive abilities grow.

Then there is the matter of association - I find combinations of maroons, dark greens and browns to be soothing, because of their association with old libraries, stately homes and classic luxury cars.

However, I find dark green by itself to be exciting, thanks to the historical links with pre-F1 motor sport.

There's a bunch of research out there (some of it quakery) about the effects of colour - you could produce a set of pictures along the lines of "this images is calming because..., whereas this image is uplifting because....".

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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks for the feedback I will think about your idea. Ok I've thought.
Yes I will start on an Ible right away. Thanks so much. craftyv.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

You're welcome - I'll look out for it.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

10 years ago

Instructables (Eric) recently changed the terminology they used, and have given a lot of prominence to what used to be called "slideshows" and are now just called "photos". They've even gone so far as to refer to the photo/slideshow stuff as "New" (which it patently is not).

I think that change, and the advertising of it, has encouraged a lot of people to produce content that is really not "Instructable" in any way. It's too bad, but on the upside it brings more people to the site, which is not a bad thing.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 10 years ago

Blast, I spent too long typing mine and you beat me to it with a better explanation. :P

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Yeah, but yours was better at toeing the company line...

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Now *thereś* a backhanded compliment, if ever I heard one...

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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 10 years ago

Thanks for the feedback I really didn't recognise the changes for what they are. I'll have to open my view a little.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 10 years ago

:D I'm such a good little suckup.

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craftyv
craftyv

Reply 10 years ago

Thank You.