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why is instructables.com charging for membership? Answered

we think of it, build it, create it, write the instructions, we take the photos and videos, then post it on instructables.com and they get paid for your work. Whats wrong with this picture? GO TO YOUTUBE and get paid for posting your creations.

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novakfor3
novakfor3

11 years ago

If you don't like making Instructables and not getting paid for them, then just don't do it!

Basically, it's a service to others to make an Instructables. I always look at other's creations and they're instructions, most of which look very fun and easy to make!

Going Pro means that you want to help others even more. Plus, it's really fun having exra benifits in making 'ibles.

Please think about what question you typed up before you posting it!

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ANDY!
ANDY!

11 years ago

you need to pay now?

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aeromancy
aeromancy

11 years ago

 Like many others, Instructables is not doing well in these tough economic times. I'm pretty sure that the Instructables staff didn't want  to make users have to pay (although you don't have to pay unless you go pro).

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Another accident victim(ologist) needing the waaahhmbulance.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Who is this "we" that has produced all the site's content?

You have made no comments, posted no topics, and produced no Instructables.

As has been pointed out already, you are not charged to join the site, or use the site's main features.  The vast majority of members only produce one or two projects, hardly worth the effort of creating your own website to show them off, and certainly without an already-existing audience of up to a quarter of a million hits per day.

Still, if you are so annoyed by some people choosing to pay, nobody is stopping you going another site that will publish your projects for free.

Not that one exists...

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

The site provides a publishing service, and associated messaging and community services. The paid-for features are in addition to the basic free service.
To get a better idea, think about trying to publish stuff yourself, create your own site with the same web-coverage and what that would cost you.
If you're not publishing stuff (you aren't) make do with the free service, restricted as it is.
The site is the business end of Instructables LLC which is a for-profit business, and paid subscriptions are part of the current business-plan.

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Re-design
Re-design

11 years ago

It's still a free site.  You don't have to pay. 

If you go "pro" you get a few extras.  Like extra formatting in the comment editor, you can hand out patches and there is a private area for Pros.

But you can still post, answer look at instructables just like before even if you don't go pro.