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  • Brooklyntonia commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Sheet Metal Gauged Earrings5 days ago
    Sheet Metal Gauged Earrings

    Thanks for providing that info for other makers. I always wear my silicone tunnels, so they aren't touching my skin at all.

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Modular Cardboard Lampshade 2 weeks ago
    Modular Cardboard Lampshade

    Mostly because I don't want to feel like I'm living in a cave. There aren't a lot of windows in my living room, so the ceiling light is the only source of light.

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  • Transformable Leather Sculpted Earrings

    They look great! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  • There are costume contests annually around halloween. They're pretty epic.

    They could be to prepare for such an event. The instructable could also be downloaded and printed for an emergency binder.

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on miniil's forum topic How many votes? I'm from Belgium1 month ago

    The Contest FAQ should answer all your questions. https://www.instructables.com/community/Contest-FA...

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Modular Cardboard Lampshade 1 month ago
    Modular Cardboard Lampshade

    No light comes through. That was the point. The light from my other shades was causing a ton of glare on the TV. This way all the light is directed upward and it doesn't cause as much glare. I have 5 powerful LED bulbs inside that still light the room well.

    Yes, I was trying to avoid glare on my tv, so directing all the light upward lit the room and prevented glare.

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  • Shameless personal promotion: My quilt won three.

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on SarjitT's forum topic Change in Membership plan2 months ago

    Email support@intstructables.com and they can help you out.

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  • Convertible Strap Waxed Canvas Backpack Purse

    I didn't notice anything on the pillowcase, so it likely doesn't matter. However, I wouldn't use your favorites, just in case.

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Custom Binder Travel Journal3 months ago
    Custom Binder Travel Journal

    If you buy the Idea-Ology rings, you'll need their hole punch if you want to make it easier on yourself. The spacing isn't standard. However, you could rip a more standard set of rings from a binder and use a traditional hole punch.

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on Doug Costlow's forum topic Do VOTES have any meaning?3 months ago

    That's why staff always choose a few that don't make it in from votes. However, posting early doesn't necessarily equate to more votes. The early entries get buried at the bottom of the list and get progressively fewer views as the contest goes on.

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  • I've posted this a couple times before and had lots of takers. This time it's been a lot slower than usual.

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  • Verifique sua caixa de entrada!

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates5 months ago

    The long drawn out exchanges on this topic have resulted in some very large chunks of text on my feed. Those fields of type are quite possibly discouraging visitors from scrolling on my feed. Could the feed entries have a max size with a "view more" button at the bottom instead.

    If that ible was recently featured, then I'm sure you're right about it being on your profile from being seen and favorited elsewhere. In contrast, the profile page works for you while you're not publishing. I haven't published anything in a while, and 35 of my old ibles are currently in the feed of my profile. That's a lot more than 5. I also feel strongly that visitors are a lot more likely to scroll than click on the the "all instructables" button. Scrolling is more natural these days. When I'm looking at Instagram or Pinterest, I have to force myself to stop scrolling and put the phone down. It's so easy to just give it another flick. I really think the feed will help gain exposure for older ibles. The two ibles on the mobile site are the left side of a scrollable area. Sw...see more »If that ible was recently featured, then I'm sure you're right about it being on your profile from being seen and favorited elsewhere. In contrast, the profile page works for you while you're not publishing. I haven't published anything in a while, and 35 of my old ibles are currently in the feed of my profile. That's a lot more than 5. I also feel strongly that visitors are a lot more likely to scroll than click on the the "all instructables" button. Scrolling is more natural these days. When I'm looking at Instagram or Pinterest, I have to force myself to stop scrolling and put the phone down. It's so easy to just give it another flick. I really think the feed will help gain exposure for older ibles. The two ibles on the mobile site are the left side of a scrollable area. Swipe right to see the rest. I think the way the edge of the second ible is cut off a bit is weird and doesn't quite demonstrate that its a scrollable area. It took me a bit to realize it. Perhaps they should be a bit smaller and show a sliver of the third ible?

    Are the contest achievements in some sort of order I can't figure out? They don't seem to be by date.

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  • The feed's existence doesn't negate all feedback. For example, the long drawn out exchanges on this topic have resulted in some very large chunks of text on my feed. Those fields of type are quite possibly discouraging visitors from scrolling and seeing my older ibles that have been favorited, because they may assume that's all there is. I would suggest giving a box a max size with a "view more" button at the bottom instead. The feed is here to stay, but I can still suggest an improvement for it.

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  • Just because you didn't get what you want, doesn't mean they aren't listening. Comments are sortable by oldest, newest, and active. As far as I know, that's a relatively new feature. I have no problems reading and understanding the order of comments, so it clearly isn't a universal problem. Staff will fix or change what they deem most important. Any company would do that. The customizable slots for your ibles on your profile page is something people have been asking for for ages. We finally got it, and I'm happy about that. I can completely understand why they wouldn't make an announcement about big changes. They want to see who notices them and when. I didn't notice the profile page change until it had been like that a few days already. I don't often visit my own profile. I noticed the...see more »Just because you didn't get what you want, doesn't mean they aren't listening. Comments are sortable by oldest, newest, and active. As far as I know, that's a relatively new feature. I have no problems reading and understanding the order of comments, so it clearly isn't a universal problem. Staff will fix or change what they deem most important. Any company would do that. The customizable slots for your ibles on your profile page is something people have been asking for for ages. We finally got it, and I'm happy about that. I can completely understand why they wouldn't make an announcement about big changes. They want to see who notices them and when. I didn't notice the profile page change until it had been like that a few days already. I don't often visit my own profile. I noticed the homepage change within hours.

    There is a forum post by the lead developer that has said that your feed will not be overrun by that kind of activity. https://www.instructables.com/community/Profile-Pag...

    Just a reminder that when they changed the homepage to a feed-based system that was different for each logged in user, they changed it back after reasonable objections from the members.

    Members are not being ignored. When we spoke out about the new feed-based homepage that was different when you were logged in, they changed it back. They've said this change is here to stay, but they've explained their reasoning and asked for suggestions here.

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates5 months ago

    What is a concern to me is the fact that my audience must now navigate through a Byzantine maze to get to seeing my content. What maze? There is one button click to see all your ibles just like before. If that was your goal, you've missed the mark. Far from reducing the amount of drilling a person must do to find anything, the work to find things has only beenincreased.They aren't saying they're trying to make it easier to get this information. They're saying most don't look at it, so they've taken it out or moved it. Re: Surfacing Older ContentNoble concept, but not one that is well served by the layout we now have.I have seen tons of my old instructables on my profile page in the last few days. To top it off, they are clearly clickable and will surely lead viewers to them. So, with th...see more »What is a concern to me is the fact that my audience must now navigate through a Byzantine maze to get to seeing my content. What maze? There is one button click to see all your ibles just like before. If that was your goal, you've missed the mark. Far from reducing the amount of drilling a person must do to find anything, the work to find things has only beenincreased.They aren't saying they're trying to make it easier to get this information. They're saying most don't look at it, so they've taken it out or moved it. Re: Surfacing Older ContentNoble concept, but not one that is well served by the layout we now have.I have seen tons of my old instructables on my profile page in the last few days. To top it off, they are clearly clickable and will surely lead viewers to them. So, with the addition of being able to customize the ibles at the top of the page, there's more ibles on my profile page than ever. It would not be unlikely for the average viewer to make the incorrect conclusion that this mere 1.25% of my content is all that I have posted, solely based on the lack of information given under the new layout.On this one I agree and have kindly suggested they add the number of ibles somewhere on the page. With the activity feed as it is, there is actually very little indication of what I do or how I participate.I'm sure your feed is full of unhappy comments on similar threads, clearly showing how you engage with the community.

    Most of the my engagement with the community is as a content creatorYou're contradicting yourself. One second you're saying people are going to have to dig stuff out of the feed, and the next, you're saying that there's none of your content in the feed, because it's filled with other people's actions. This picture of the top of your feed shows two instances of an ible showing up on your profile page that isn't in your top 5. There were many more of your ibles further down the feed. That means that anyone that goes to your profile will see more than just those 5 ibles. If they scroll, which is admittedly easier and more natural than clicking a button, they will see more the further they scroll. They will also be encouraged to follow you, as there is a follow button on each notification t...see more »Most of the my engagement with the community is as a content creatorYou're contradicting yourself. One second you're saying people are going to have to dig stuff out of the feed, and the next, you're saying that there's none of your content in the feed, because it's filled with other people's actions. This picture of the top of your feed shows two instances of an ible showing up on your profile page that isn't in your top 5. There were many more of your ibles further down the feed. That means that anyone that goes to your profile will see more than just those 5 ibles. If they scroll, which is admittedly easier and more natural than clicking a button, they will see more the further they scroll. They will also be encouraged to follow you, as there is a follow button on each notification that someone has followed you. It seems to be somewhat of a snowball effect. If someone favorites your ible, it shows up on your profile where more may see it and favorite it, thereby adding another instance of it on the feed for the next visitor to see. If what you want people to see is your ibles, then they are seeing just as many, if not more, on your profile page via the top 5 and the feed. Besides, is one less ible space on your profile page really that big of a deal? There were only 6 before.

    How can you say that most people have found they won't find anything interesting in the feed? The feed has only existed for a week. They don't need to scroll. The images in the feed smack them in the face. My Painted Irish Meat Pie was at the top of my feed just now, because someone favorited it. Anyone who goes to my profile will see what's at the top of the feed, and the achievements on the left side encourage them to keep scrolling at least until they hit the bottom of the contest wins.

    The 0.018% stat demonstrates to me that no one is looking for forum content through a members profile page. I'd say that number is mostly newbies stumbling around. When people want to find forum content they go to the forums.

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  • Brooklyntonia's entry Mod a Vinyl Art Toy With Sculpey is a winner in the Clay Contest 2016 contest 6 months ago
  • Brooklyntonia commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates6 months ago

    Sorry, I see now you've already won some contests! The site had a hiccup last night that seems to have not shown any achievements for a bit.

    I'm missing the number of subscribers too! It could just be another stat under the About section.

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on pseaton's forum topic Profile Page Updates6 months ago

    Thanks go out to the dev team for working hard to keep the site relevant and fresh!

    I agree there is a lot of wasted space on either side of the profile pic. I'm not sure what I'd do about it. Perhaps an image could be personalized into that space like the top of a Facebook page?

    I like the new profile page. The feed does bring old projects into the spotlight whenever someone favorites it, and I love being able to decide which ibles are featured. There are a few tweaks I'd like to see. The total number of ibles should be somewhere on the profile page. I like BrittLiv's suggestion to have the button say "View All 107 Instructables." I also miss seeing my number of comments. It's not on the "you page" to my knowledge, though if it will be on the new private page, that works too.

    Don't leave! You'll earn a medal one day, perhaps even a contest. I too would like to see the old icons for contest wins come back. It's a small thing, but they're more fun than the generic, while still being uniform and clean.

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  • Instructables are step-by-step instructions for how to do something, so how to set up a speaker system is totally acceptable. If you do a good job explaining and documenting the process, there's no reason why you couldn't win. The key to winning contests is engaging the community, so give it a shot! As you said, even if you don't win, you're contributing what you know to the community, and that's never a bad thing. Good luck!

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  • You should only compare your project to the top half of the finalists, because chances are high those "poor" instructables were finalists due to votes. Staff can put good entries with less votes in, but they can't remove less good ibles if they have the necessary votes. A loss just means you weren't in the top of the votes or in the top of the small number of overlooked ibles staff get to throw into the ring.

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  • Brooklyntonia's entry Mod a Vinyl Art Toy With Sculpey is a finalist in the Clay Contest 2016 contest 6 months ago
  • Trying to analyze why specific ibles win contests in order to make the perfect ible and win every time is pretty futile. Sometimes they make finalist because they related well to voters, sometimes it's because staff or sponsors put them in the finals. Whether it's clever ideas, great pictures, or documentation, there's always a reason. Just put out the best product you can and always strive to make the next one better. With hundreds of entries and only around 20 prizes in each contest, even good ibles won't be awarded prizes. Sometimes you just have to acknowledge you got beat. Keep making.

    I've entered a lot of contests, and with the current contest page setup, I personally don't think there's a benefit to entering early. Most people don't want to click "more entries" more than a few times. The earliest entries get buried at the bottom of the list as it gets longer. The daily views count drops significantly after it drops of the front page of the contest. Therefore, everyone generally gets about the same amount of exposure.

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  • Only finalists are up for a prize. Check out the contest FAQ for everything you could ever want to know about contests. https://www.instructables.com/community/Contest-FAQ...

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  • Actually, I meant that the number of people that actually view the newsletter is likely different from day to day. Certain days of the week or events may effect the number of people who actually view the newsletter at all.

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  • Have you considered the days that the different newsletters were sent out. Perhaps the first one was on a particularly boring day compared to the others, and thus, more people looked at the newsletter all together?

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Metal Origami6 months ago
    Metal Origami

    Thanks! Yes, prickly pear Shiner is awesome. It's a summer seasonal.

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  • I'm happy to hear you're thinking about presentation more and look forward to seeing what you come up with. When it comes to complexity, you aren't going to please everyone. Since you post regularly, perhaps you could flip flop each week between various types of performance.

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  • "There is always some complaint over something, and it is extremely rare for the slightest suggestion to come in indicating what ideas they have toward a solution."I have previously suggested that you simply make your primary images more engaging a.k.a. pretty. A paper airplane on a cutting mat doesn't scream click and vote.

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  • "Copyrights protect expression and patents protects inventions, and neither protect ideas." -linkYes, licenses protect your expression of your idea. Photos and text are the most commonly used expressions in instructables. Nothing protects ideas and nothing should. Just because you came up with it, doesn't mean you can do it best. Obviously, you weren't listening as I have suggested that perspectives on sharing ideas has shifted. The existence of the CC license is proof of that. It represents people wanting to share not only their ideas with others but also the expression of those ideas.

    What I'm trying to say is that there are far more people who are happy to share their ideas these days and far fewer people who are worried about their ideas being "stolen." So, while there may be some people out there who share your concern, they are in the minority. People have come to understand that it isn't just about the idea anymore. It's about how the idea is executed that matters and sets a maker or artisan apart.

    As always, you have brought your argument back to what I suspect is the real reason you have issues with these kinds of projects. They are winning contests and you aren't. Not winning a contest is not stopping you from working with RC paper planes and I find it sad that you do. You cannot control what others do, but you can control your own actions. Stop dwelling on the negative, and figure out what you can do to achieve what you want.

    There are more ways to gain access to the equipment you need than winning a contest.

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  • I'd say at least half of my instructables wouldn't exist if it weren't for contests. In fact, none would exist, because the contests were what got me into Instructables in the first place. In the grand scheme of things, 100 or so ibles isn't much, but I'm sure there are other makers like me. It's not that I wouldn't post if I couldn't win a prize, though that's sometimes the case. Primarily though, the contests give me ideas and remind me of things I've been putting off. I have literally made boxes of things that I don't use because a contest gave me an idea and it seemed like fun at the time. I think dropping contests would have an effect on good instructables far more than you would think.

    Truthfully, they don't need to give credit. It's courteous, but if they didn't take any images or text directly, there's no rule or law that says they have to give credit. Ideas are not protected unless a patent is granted. The reason they didn't think about it is likely that they think of what they find on the internet in a different way than those of us who are old enough to remember a time before the internet. See my crazy long post to OAE.

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  • Often a copier is a new or young maker. They made something they thought was cool and want to share their version because they're excited to have accomplished it. Yes, they should be encouraged to document their sources, but encouragement is the issue isn't it? We should be encouraging new/young makers to publish their work. We want them to get comfortable with the publishing process and grow confident enough to branch out on their own. Instead of encouraging them, they're being reprimanded and shamed. Let this be a call to anyone reading this that when you see a "copy" don't get angry, get supportive. Ask questions that might spur new ideas in the authors and encourage them to make something original.

    You're absolutely right about the changes to the general opinion on this subject. The internet has changed the way many think about their intellectual property and has bred new generations that have known no different. The advent of the creative commons license is a great example of that shift. Many people posting their ideas on the internet not only acknowledge that their ideas, documentation, and writing may be used by others but encourage it, because they understand that they are not all knowing and others can contribute to their ideas. We have also come to understand that like putting all your best belongings on your lawn, your best ideas on the internet are likely to be taken. The difference is that you do not own your ideas. Unless you get a patent, you only own the pictures and w...see more »You're absolutely right about the changes to the general opinion on this subject. The internet has changed the way many think about their intellectual property and has bred new generations that have known no different. The advent of the creative commons license is a great example of that shift. Many people posting their ideas on the internet not only acknowledge that their ideas, documentation, and writing may be used by others but encourage it, because they understand that they are not all knowing and others can contribute to their ideas. We have also come to understand that like putting all your best belongings on your lawn, your best ideas on the internet are likely to be taken. The difference is that you do not own your ideas. Unless you get a patent, you only own the pictures and writing associated with your idea. I personally grew as the internet grew. I was in high school when the dial-up internet became commonplace. I did not always have these opinions but have changed my thinking as these shifts have happened, and I am happier for them. If I was constantly worrying about whether someone took my idea, I'd go crazy and likely wouldn't send what I make into the world. As an art teacher, I deal with both sides of this argument everyday. Many of my students feel they can't make anything at all, others only want to copy what they see, and most of those who don't, struggle to come up with a good idea. These are three phases of growing as a maker that all need to be supported. They first must feel confident in their ability to make something (usually a copy), then they must be encouraged to find their own voice (branching out and putting their own spin on it), and finally learn to come up with their own original ideas. While it may not seem like as much effort to "copy" another person's project, it often is for those who do it, and there are benefits to those copies existing. Whether it's bolstering someone's confidence, providing different perspectives, or spreading ideas, it would be sad if everyone thought they had to come up with something original in order to share what they make.

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  • Yes, but how does the tax rate compare a.k.a. who's paying for those procedures that you aren't paying for?

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  • Brooklyntonia commented on Jayefuu's forum topic The Clinic7 months ago

    My pleasure. Good luck!

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