Should we have "Advanced Searching" on Instructables?

I'm posting this topic to bring forth the idea of having advanced search capabilities on Instuctables. If anyone has visited a member who has amassed a huge number of instructables, you'll notice that using the "next" button is rather inefficient for searching. If you don't know what I mean, go to Kitemans page and search for the first instructable he wrote.  There are also times where you are looking for a specific instructable written by a member and would therefore need a method to do so, especially when some members have written over 100 instructables. There may be a specific forum topic, group, guide, or question/answer that you're looking for, and again, you'd need a way to search these only. I'm sure I'm missing a few examples, so feel free to throw in your 2 cents regarding advanced searching on Instructables, and maybe the staff might implement it for us.  Thanks, canucksgirl

Posted by canucksgirl 6 years ago


Lost the ability to modify photos

Hi guys, I have lost the ability to modify a pic once uploaded on the website... B

Posted by BaptisteL8 1 year ago


Fourms

I would like the ability to search and favorite forum topics like instructables. This would be very helpful for staying on top of the forum. At least give us the ability to subscribe to a forum topic.

Posted by starwing123 9 years ago


Ability to edit other's instructables if you're in the same group...

If your answer has been selected as a winner in the Burning Questions, you might have noticed the ability to edit other people's instructables, because you are in the same group. I believe this shouldn't be allowed, since anyone could vandalize someone else's work.

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


Collections Feature Request

Please can we have... The ability to delete our own collections, especially the draft ones. The ability to flag collections for spam etc, as we do for Instructables and Forum topics. ... pretty please?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago


Feature request - ability to edit your own posts in the forum

It would be great if we had the ability to edit our posts in the forum...i've got some learning disabilities and when i get to typing a lot of stuff or typing really fast i have a habit of making drastic mistakes (complete wrong words or letters etc...)...it would be great if we could edit those out after posting something....even if that edit ability were time limited (like within 30 minutes of posting) i hate having to reply to my own posts with corrections

Posted by crapflinger 8 years ago


Lost ability to add comment to group membership denial

.  IIRC, I used to be able to send an explanatory note with a membership request denial. The system didn't give me that option a few minutes ago.

Posted by NachoMahma 8 years ago


Pro Expiration

Do I lose my ability to view all steps on one page if I signed up before Pro when my Pro membership expires? Because I had the ability to do that before I had Pro.

Posted by matchlighter 7 years ago


Digital photo frame

I want to make a digital photo frame with the ability to dictate the length of time each photo is shown and the ability to type words describing the photo that can be triggered by use of a touchscreen.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by lacuerda1 1 year ago


add to group (FT option)

Hey guys, I used to have the ability under FT options to add an Instructable I was viewing directly to a group I was part of (button was located where 'add to guide' option is now). This ability did not require the author of the Instructable I was viewing to acknowledge the addition or for them to be part of the group. Since guide publishing was rolled out, this option seems to have disappeared. Has this happened to anyone else, is this the new format, has this ability been removed? Input? Windows 7, FF v3.6.10 _mike

Posted by mikeasaurus 7 years ago


Hacking/reprogramming a fijit friend

Being one of the most popular toys last year, and its apparent abilities I can't believe that not a single person has hacked one of these things yet. I found a site where someone dissected it, but nothing further. Anyone out there with the knowledge or ability to do this?

Posted by mbhillrn 6 years ago


Gravatars as profile pic.

 It would be awesome if instructables would add the ability to use gravatar with your profile.

Posted by action_owl 8 years ago


Ability to "tag" certain instructables that I would easily like to return to

Forgive me if there is already a way to do this.  Is it possible for members to mark or tag certain instructables (I realize it would have to be a limited number)?  I have favorites from many different categories and re-finding them again can sometimes be very cumbersome.  Thank you for your attention.

Posted by thenickp 7 years ago


How to rejuvenate non-sticky velcro

Is there anything that can be done to things that fasten with Velcro that "lose" the ability to attach the "cro" to the "vel?"

Posted by weekilter 7 years ago


Possible Ability to Vote Multiple Times for an Instructable

I have the instructables app for android (4.1.1)  and I was viewing an instructable I submitted for a contest. At the top of the app page, there is a vote option. You can check the boxes for which contests its been entered in, to vote. You can click the vote button, check the boxes, and cast your vote as many times as you want, so it appears. Is it possible that it is casting votes multiple times?

Posted by Aliasmk 4 years ago


concept guns

Post any ideas for guns you have, and we'll discuss their effectiveness and ability.

Posted by Scrubsfan1234 9 years ago


WOW

This looks like both fun and exhilerating.....but I have such a poor communication ability with people face to face.....I don't know if I COULD assemble a team.  But the idea is AWESOME !

Posted by Goodhart 5 years ago


Multiple drafts?

With many projects happening at once, how do I create multiple drafts. I seem to be able to only make one, finish, then start another. There is a counter but not the ability to multi task.

Posted by Random_Canadian 2 years ago


Account Featujre Request: Download Instructable Favorites to Browser

I would love to see some additional functionality added to Instructable's Favorites system if possible. 1. the ability to download your Instructables favorite's list to either a browser or text file.  2. The ability to view Instructables favorites as a list 3. a search command that allows one to search through Instructables Favorites rather than the whole site. I believe these additions would make for a better experience and make Instructables a more robust tool and resource. -Chris Tempe, AZ

Posted by OgreHacker 1 year ago


Mods and Admin Needed!

I know I have started a lot of threads lately, and I apologize, but this will be my last thread for a few days.http://triadplanet.orgThat is my website. It is looking pretty empty now. I would LOVE to add content to it, but I need some help!I am searching for 5 people who would make good admins. Below I have included a list of needed skills to apply:-Moderate Amount of Free Time-Love of Games, Geekery, or Development (of any kind)-Basic HTML knowledge-Ability to copy/paste HTML text to add to front page-Devotion to the internet-Ability to write articles and post messages-Maturity and restraintI am also searching for 10 people who would make good mods. Below I have included a list of skills needed to apply:-Moderate Amount of Free Time-Love of Games, Geekery, or Development (of any kind)-Basic forum knowledge-Basic phpBB knowledge-Ability to modify forums-Ability to write articles including stickies and announcements-Maturity and restraint-Devotion to the internet-A partridge in a pear tree.If you are interested in signing up, please PM me here, email me at murdok09@gmail.com or post on my forums! You don't need all the above skills, but the more the better! I hope to hear from some of you soon!-Murdok

Posted by Murdok 11 years ago


Facebook login fixed!

Hi! We've just released a fix which restores the ability of users to log in using facebook. There were a few other bug fixes, etc. so please let us know if anything isn't working properly.

Posted by dworley 6 years ago


Attach LED's to (eye)Glasses with the Ability to Dim

Hello,   I'm trying to make eye glasses that are an indicator of how interested I am in what you are saying. (I'm not that big of a jerk, its for an art project ;) ) My idea is to put LED's around the frame that glow brightly when I am interested, and dim to nothing with I'm not.  It's just important to have the in between.  Ideally, this would be controlled by a slide switch dimmer.   The problem is that I really have no idea what I'm doing.  Is this possible? And could someone explain, in the most simple yet informative terms, how to make this work? Thank you!

Posted by JonathanLampron 7 years ago


Flickr Support

Did we loose the ability to import our pictures from Flickr to an Instructable? Edit: As I write this I see flickr import here in the forum but not on my instructable in progress. Doesn't seem to be working very well though.

Posted by bwrussell 6 years ago


I Can Comment Again!!!!!!!!!

Whatever bug that made me lose my ability to comment yesterday has disappeared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not sure why ... but if it's the result of the Admins fixing the problem, not it just working itself out, then Thanks a ton!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by LoneWolf 8 years ago


Including comments in a download

I was possible in the past to choose to download comments with a project. This ability has disappeared. Any chance of a revival ? Many times a comment may add to the value of the project or point out, for example, a safety problem.Thanks JohnO

Posted by JohnMTWAO 2 months ago


Superhero

If you could create a superhero, what would their powers/abilities be? How did they get them? What's their background/story? Do they have enemies? Allies? What would they look like? What is their personality? Do you have artwork/pics that you wish to share?

Posted by MattGyver92 9 years ago


How to create teams to work on stuff (collaboration)?

Hi there, I just joined this site and have several ideas I would like to work on.  However, it is often much better to work in teams so we can pool expertise and work off each other's creativity. Is there functionality on this site to do this? What I was thinking of was - Functionality to allow users to create a team to work on a specific projects (the current group functionality) - Ability to invite people to join this working team - Ability to develop group reources From what I see at the moment, the site allows individuals to share, and people can then comment. However, there is not a lot of room for collaboration, unless I am missing something. Regards, Martijn

Posted by mhooimeijer 3 years ago


Arduino-powered ball balance machine

This wood panel has the ability to move a ball anywhere it wants thanks to Arduino, servos, and processing. If the noise could be cut down this would make for a very cool installation. Origamata via Make

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


how to open port 6112

Now that i have my computer up n running i lost the ability to host. some guy on the game told me to open port 6112. how would i go about doin that? (some random comic)

Posted by ich bin ein pyro 10 years ago


Unable to add contest entry to the contest

My instructable id/Make-Great-Cordage-Out-Of-Grass/ was made sperecificaly to be entered into the survival challenge. Howevever some weird glitch will not allow me to enter it. Can an admin or anyone with the ability please please add it to the contest Survival Challenge. Thanks

Posted by nepheron 6 years ago


need a delete button for spam

I have two spam comments from this user: https://www.instructables.com/member/personal+injury+attorney+Tampa/ i've flagged both but nothing has been done. i think authors should have the ability to flag comments and delete them on their own pages.

Posted by kylemcdonald 7 years ago


Death of the small portable TV?

I realized last night when the power went out during a  bad storm, that the move to digital TV has elimintaed my ability to watch the incoming weather on my portable TV.  I felt blind!  Is there a way to get receprtion on that small TV anymore? 

Posted by Ladywyngs 8 years ago


Re-locate macbook power button

I am working on converting my macbook into a tablet computer, but I need to relocate the power button and remove the keyboard. Does anyone know how to remove the keyboard but still have the ability to power on/off the computer. Thanks in advance

Posted by mbarndt 8 years ago


Post your Manga (^_^)

Hi everyone! I just wanted to start a place where people can post and view their manga style drawings. You can post your work no matter what your ability :)   Looking forward to seeing the pics :D -chrizw123

Posted by chrizw123 7 years ago


Over-Charging Capacitor

What happens if you connect some form of dc power source that supplies 100 volts to a capacitor that is rated for 100 volts, and leave it plugged in for a long period of time. would it eventually "over charge" and explode? would it over heat? would it loose its  ability to store energy?

Posted by merlinj 2 years ago


Zune eBook Creator (RTextAsImage)

Make your Zune the ultimate eBook reader with our softwareThis tool allows you to "convert" text such way, that you receive suite graphic files like suite of scanned pages of book or magazine. It is often necessary when you want to read favorite book on MobilePC, which does not have ability to show text files, but only graphical i.e. Zune. This tool has many opportunities for settings output files: type of graphical file, size of file ("resolution"), pagination, margins, font, color of text, line spacing etc. Also you have ability to save favorite settings and load saved earlier. http://www.roversoft.dp.ua/Default.aspx?ProductID=5download url - http://roversoft.dp.ua/TextAsImage/publish.htm

Posted by oleg.shastitko 10 years ago


Best garmin hiking gps???

I want to know the best garmin gps for hiking and the best place to get it. I want easy navigation, accuracy, cheapness, ability to upload free maps, and color. I was thinking garmin etrex 20. I'd also like the cheapest place to buy it, used or new. thanx, theboygenius

Posted by theboygenius 5 years ago


Organize favorites

I'd love the ability to organize my favorites into categories that I choose.  I'm a science teacher and use instructables for various lesson ideas.  Some are for physics classes, biology classes, chemistry classes, just for fun, etc. This would make finding my favorited instructables easier to find and also convenient for sharing groups of instructables with my students.

Posted by matt.nupen 7 years ago


Propane vs. Charcoal?

I'm going to make the move back to regular ol' charcoal for its sheer cheapness, and my ability to make it hotter than propane. Mainly though i've been running on the last dregs of my propane, and i'm going on-the-cheap and as free of electricity as possible soonish-like. What do you use and why?

Posted by abbabibble2 10 years ago


Molding is Not My Forte

I am currently working on a future Instructable that involves a lot of molding. Hence, I've discovered that my molding abilities are not up to par. It has been almost twenty-four hours since I poured the clear casting resin and it is still tacky on the top. Is this normal, or did something go horribly, horribly wrong?

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 9 years ago


Mini Cannon

This video by YouTube user 43287633 shows off the abilities of a tiny custom cannon. Check it out to see this thing take on soda cans, glasses, balloons, and more. Unfortunately, there's no other information about this one, but I do love the fact that the firing range is the creator's own desk. That's some serious confidence in the reliability of the cannon. via Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago


Feature request - copy step.

Could you add the ability to copy a step from one instructable to another? For instance, I do a lot of work with the ATtiny chips. Each instructable has the same instructions telling how to load the chip definitions into the Arduino IDE and program the chip. Without this the instructable would be incomplete, and it is a lot of work to copy it every time. Thank you JRV31

Posted by JRV31 2 years ago


Setting video size no longer working (youtube)

The ability to define size for youtube videos has disappeared. Older instructables which included sized videos have reverted to a larger default size. Probably a change on their end. Many of my videos are recorded to showcase audio, not video--so I've always sized them down. This isn't really a huge problem.

Posted by gmoon 10 years ago


Comment HTML formatting, etc.

Re: this thread , I hate to have to say this but I don't think it's the best idea to make a big thing ofd the ability to use arbitrary HTML in comments.  Yes, it's great to be able to go  G o o g l e all over the place, but the lack of source editor for non-pro members actually cripples the editor, including the ability to save the text of a comment with formatting/links etc. and post it later (or just keep it in case the editor screws up and deletes your comment, like it just did to me).  While the point of the pro value-added features is to make people want to go pro and "non-essential but cool" features are probably the best way of doing that without creating resentment, I still suspect the anti-pro regiment like ReCreate etc. don't need another reason to accuse pro members of lording it over the great unwashed.

Posted by PKM 8 years ago


Lying down may make you smarter

While at MIT, we used to mercilessly mock my friend Sawyer because he would always start a problem set, and then lie down on the couch to think about it. Turns out, he might have been on to something. Although it didn't help that he often had a pillow over his head...http://www.braingle.com/mind/83/horizontally-smarter.htmlA recent study by the Australian National University tested peoples' problem solving abilities while standing up and lying down. They found that people were slightly better at solving problems while in a horizontal position.This difference in cognitive ability may come from the varied release of a neurotransmitter called noradrenaline, which is believed to interfere with creative thinking. When you are lying down, your body releases less noradrenaline.So, if you need to do some serious thinking, lying down may slightly boost your performance.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Mobile Phone Format

To Whomever has the ability to make this available, please, please, please seriously consider making the website mobile phone friendly. When I try to view the site on my Droid smartphone it is difficult because of the way the text displays.  I love instructables and I also do a lot of web viewing on my phone.  It would be nice if it were not so difficult. Thanks.

Posted by 3.1415 8 years ago


Luminodot: Next Gen Lite Brite

The humble Lite-Brite has long been overdue for a modern reboot. We made our own Giant Lite-Brite, but Bandai is now coming out with the Luminodot which has a 70x50 grid, closely packed lights, and the ability to animate the backlight. The cost is $100 and sadly it's only available in Japan. Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


A complete roleplaying game in one post

I can't post this as an Instructable, because it's not my game at all.  It surfaced in the sorting out of my lab as my school closed. My original copy of the game was a page in Games and Puzzles magazine, but this is my own re-type of it, which I had to re-type again because the first digital copy was lost during one PC upgrade or another. The document gives me permission to pass it on (even though it pre-dates the Creative Commons movement), but I have emailed the author to let him know I'm posting it anyway.  I've not had a reply, but the page I found his address on had not been updated since 2009. UPDATE: Frank has been in touch, is happy for the game to be published like this, and is even going to send me copies of v2 if he ever finds them. FURTHER UPDATE: Frank has sent me a scan of the v2 rules, which I have added as the first image below. I thought older members might like to be reminded of their youth, and younger members sometimes need reminding that roleplaying games didn't always need a computer with a high-speed internet connection Here is the text, and I have attached a tidier-looking PDF of the same text: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- S.I.M.P.L.E. by Frank Carver Shared Imagination Multi Player Leisure Experience Have you ever been sitting around with a few friends and wanted to play a game – but hadn’t brought the rule books, supplements, charts & tables, character sheets, funny dice, metal figures etc? Here is the answer: a game simple enough to fit on one sheet of paper, and easy enough to remember & explain, even if you haven’t got that! ABOUT SIMPLE SIMPLE is a roleplaying game (RPG), in which each player controls the actions of a single character in an adventure. An adventure takes place in an imaginary world, which may be very different from the real world. Sometimes it’s outer space, the far future, wild west or fantasy. The background from any book, film, TV show may be used, or one from your own imagination. The adventure is usually organised by one player acting as Game Master (GM), who knows about the setting and provides things for the characters to do – problems to solve, enemies to defeat, victims to be rescued, riches to be gained ... anything the other players might enjoy. Problems are solved by thinking them through, talking to the other players and the GM, and rolling dice to see if your plan works. Details of each character are recorded on a character sheet, which develops from game to game. Travel the Universe without ever leaving your chair! TO PLAY You need at least two players (more than 5 or 6 is hard work), a copy of this sheet, at least one normal 6-sided die, a pen or pencil (an eraser is handy), some paper to write on and your imagination. THE SIMPLE CHARACTER Each SIMPLE character is described by three things – Body, Mind and Abilities. Body is a single number showing how strong and tough the character is. Mind is also a number, showing how clever and aware the character is. Abilities are things the character is good at. Each Ability has a description, and a number which shows how much better than average the character is. If your character is just average at something, it doesn’t go on their Ability list. Each character starts with 10 character points, which may be put into Body, Mind and Ability. For each point put into Body or Mind, the number goes up by one. For each half point put into Ability, the number goes up by one. Abilities may be anything that suits the setting. The GM and other players must agree with them. For example: running, science, driving, casting spells, seeing in the dark... EXAMPLE CHARACTER SHEET Name: Gus Goodguy Player: Frank Body: 5 Mind: 3 Abilities: Gunfight 2, ride horse 1, drink whisky 1 Description: A gunfighter in the Old West. Rides tall in the saddle, tips his white 10-gallon hat to ladies, calls men “Pardner”, travels the dusty plains looking for bandits to catch or farmers to rescue. Likes his whisky, and wil never resist a call to a shoot-out. USING THE NUMBERS IN AN ADVENTURE To see if a character succeeds at a task, the GM decides on the difficulty (5=easy, 8=average, 11=hard, 14=very hard and so on) and whether it is a physical (Body) task or a mental (Mind) task. The player then rolls a die and adds the character’s Body or Mind and any matching Abilities. A 6 means roll again and add the result. If the player’s total is better than the GM’s target, then the character has succeeded. The difference between the two numbers gives how well it was done. Gus Goodguy has Body 5 and Gunfight 2. To shoot Bill Badguy is an average (8) Body task. Gus rolls a 3, plus his body of 5, plus his gunfighting 2, making a total of 10 – succeeded by 2! Bill has been shot, and until his wound is treated his body is reduced by 1 point. If his Body falls to 1 he is unconscious, if it reaches 0 he is dead! At the end of a game, the GM may award up to one point to good players to spend on their characters. DOING EVERYTHING ELSE Most problems should be decided by the GM and common sense. Some useful hints, though: when time is important, like in a fight, do things in one-second rounds, with the character with the highest Body going first. A character can run Body (plus running Ability) metres per second. An “average” person has 4 Body and 4 MNind with no extra Abilities. If you need some enemies in a hurry, roll some dice onto the table – use the numbers on top as their Body score, and turn the die down one when they are injured. If you like this game, please copy it, give it to your friends, take it to conventions etc If you like it a lot, why not write to Frank Carver at: The Albion Guard Games Club, 62 Tomline Road, Ipswich, IP3 8DB, United Kingdom. This document is copyright Frank K Carver, 1992. Permission granted to copy and distribute this document, provided that only the complete document (including this provision) is copied and/or distributed. Enjoy!

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Radio Shack Bankrupt? How will it affect Instructables users?

Recently Radio Shack has declared bankruptcy. I know that tons of projects here on Instructables rely on Radio Shack, and some have even been sponsored by them. How is this going to affect our ability to find and buy electronic components? http://finance.yahoo.com/news/radioshack-files-ch-11-bankruptcy-222534944.html

Posted by gravityisweak 3 years ago


Knife Honing

Would anyone be interested in an instructable on how to hone a blade to have a razor sharp edge? I have been working on my honing ability and I have gotten very good at it. I have a 4-inch knife that I can use to cut through a 1/2 - 1 inch peace of wood. I will put up vids of stuff that I cut as soon as I can find my camera.

Posted by Pat Sowers 11 years ago