Intro: The Instructable/Slideshow/Video Tabs....
After reading many comments about how slideshows and videos don't count as Instructables, I figured it might be time to enlighten the masses. I'm sure that the Instructables employees/interns don't wish to keep having to repeat themselves time after time. So I'll be quoting the Instructables' descriptions and showing how you can avoid these new additions altogether if you so choose to.
First off, these new additions are in their own tabs located at the top of the website when exploring:
The Instructable default is the "all" tab which includes Instructables, Slideshows, and Videos. The default setting is "popular" which, of course, orders everything by how popular they are.
Authors feel free to link your Slideshows/Videos here and advise people to read it before commenting on your posts :)
Step 1: The Descriptions
Now the descriptions of each category.
Quoted from Overview:
"What is an Instructable?
An Instructable is a step-by-step guide showing how you made or did something.
What makes a great Instructable?
Start by sharing what you're passionate about. Well taken photos for each step will make it easier to follow. Make sure it's complete and not missing any steps. Use the spell checker.
What's acceptable to post?
Just about anything that's complete, well documented and you are the author of. If you haven't documented your project, share it as a slideshow or video. Please refrain from posting illegal or illicit content."
"What can I use slideshows for?
Slideshows are for showing off photos of what you made or did, but don't have full instructions to create an Instructable with."
"What kind of videos can I post?
Submit your how-to videos, show off what you have made or are currently making. Just make sure the videos are your own."
Detailed information can be found at the Instructables Blog...
Step 2: The Tabs and How to Use Them
Now we explore the possibilities of the tabs and how you can avoid everything else but Instructables.
The first picture below shows how Instructables looks when it's at its default settings. To change tabs, just click on the one you want (makes perfect sense). The "all" tab has all three categories in it, "Instructables" tab has Instructables in it, and so on.
Now to show how to only view Instructables when you visit:
1. Click on the "Instructables" tab. Please note that once the page has loaded, the "sort by" filter is at its default position of "popular".
2. Click on "Recent" located next to "sort by:" to view recent Instructables.
3. Now you should have a page that resembles the last picture. Bookmark this page (unless it's on a work/school computer where you're not allowed to, then you'll just have to either put up with everything or go through these two tedious steps each time).
4. Click on your bookmark each time you wish to visit and only look at Instructables.
5. You can also use the RSS link located to the right of the categories, which will give you an RSS feed of what you are currently exploring. For example, if you just want a feed for Instructales, the link would be:
Note: Please don't demand Instructions from the authors of Slideshows/Videos since they don't need them and are located in the correct categories. You can ask for Instructions if the project sparks an interest in you. Some of the authors have their Videos linked to the Instructables that they've already made (look below the Video but above the embed code box).
If you have a better way of doing this, please say so (remember the "nice policy" though : ) )