New Category!

I want instructables to make a category about fire   anything fire. Change fire color, different household items that start fire. Just anything!

Posted by jamob 5 years ago


No categories available when posting a forum topic

I just tried to post a new topic in the Forums, and I cannot select a category. I get the "Choose one:" and the "----------------", but no actual categories. Consequently, I cannot post the topic. I'm in FF3 on WinXP. LinuxH4x0r tested it for me and it worked for him, using FF in OS X.

Posted by CameronSS 9 years ago


Authors?

This is posted in Help: AuthorsWhat exactly is this category for? Help with spelling and grammar? Writing styles?Or is it for people looking for other authors to collaborate with?

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Favorite categories

I think it would be nice if you could categorize ones own favorites.. Personally I've got 179 favorites, all stacked in a pile with no kind of sorting. I'm thinking that a similar system to what pinterest is using, where you create your own boards and add the content as you wish.. Just a thought. Thanks! /D

Posted by DavidFerAndersson 7 years ago


Searching within a category

I am searching through all the crochet instructables. Every time I click on one I want to Favorite and I go back to the list of projects, it brings me back to almost the beginning of the list instead of where I left off. This is very frustrating. Is there any way it can be fixed? Thank you,

Posted by kathieb 1 year ago


Selected a category, but the form ask me to select one!

So i wrote an i'ble, clicked publish, enter keyword, select category ("Audio" under "Technology"). leave anything else in their default state and click "Yes, publish my instructable!" button. the error pops up, stating "Please select a category before publishing!" and I thought "wait, i selected one!" so i refreshed the page, repeated the process again, and get the same error. I tried a few more times, but all I got is the same error. Note: i'm using chrome 9.0.597.98 and i'm in thailand so my english wasn't that good.

Posted by patt39 7 years ago


Not Liable name change

When we released categories in April my intention was to help people find more Instructables that fit their interests. We carefully chose eight categories that broadly represented the site, and encouraged cross-over by allowing Instructables to be in two categories. I imagined that the categories would change and grow with time: If we saw an influx of Instructables of a certain type that couldn't be accommodated by the sub-category keywords, we'd create a new category.Not Liable was intended for all things that required a safety warning, and it was us thumbing our nose at our overly litigious society. I love the Not Liable category; many of the projects are inspiring, ridiculous, hilarious, and completely irreverent. However, over the past few months it seems that the specific name Not Liable isn't a great fit for the Instructables that show up there. Also, the focus on caution, safety, and "I am not liable for your actions..." attracts two types (at least two, maybe more) of Instructables that aren't a great fit, and just shouldn't be there at all. First, there are the Instructables that require some discussion of safety, but safety isn't a defining characteristic. For example, if a project involves making a book shelf with a table saw, the author should mention that table saws require care, but this doesn't make it a Not Liable Instructable. On the other hand, safety is at the very core of an Instructable on breathing fire. Second, many people misunderstand the meaning of the name, and assume it's a category only for things that might be illegal or immoral. I firmly believe that information should never be illegal, but there are projects that will never make good Instructables, and some people interpret Not Liable as a call for those projects. Also, Not Liable has always rubbed my aesthetic sense the wrong way: It's our only two-word category! So, I propose to change the name of the category to better reflect the Instructables already there, and as a way to encourage more Instructables of the type we want. When we transition, we'll add a "Not Liable" keyword to various Instructables to seed a proper Not Liable sub-category.So, give us a hand coming up with a new name, and tell us your thoughts.Brainstorm of potential ideas:AudaciousBizarreBrazenDeviantEccentricEdgeFreakyFunkyImprudentIrreverentOffbeatOutrePerverseShenanigansWarped

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Categories and Channels

We've just released the big recategorization work which has been occupying the whole dev team for the last few weeks.  Christy has written up an explanation of it here so I don't need to say too much.  That's the big thing; there are a few more bugfixes in Pro payments and some caching changes to help with our bandwidth but check out the browse pages!  I found a bunch of interesting instructables I hadn't seen before just while verifying the functionality.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


Category changes under the hood

Just pushed out another release of the site.  The big news here is that we have enough content now that it was time to reorganize it. The new system isn't live yet but before we can do that, we have to get the current Instructables sorted... Christy wrote a post about it here which explains the whole thing in detail. I invite you to read and comment on it.  Additionally there are a couple administrative changes to make things easier for the site admins, and a bugfix or two... and I just noticed we broke the RSS feeds AGAIN!  Will fix that first thing in the morning, boy do I feel silly doing that twice in a row. Please let us know if you see any problems by filing a bug! Update: RSS feeds fixed (all the ones I saw, anyway; let us know if yours is still broken).  Also authors' ability to update their categories & channels.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


What is a Guide?

When I accessed Instructables this morning, I saw a new tab on the Explore page, "guides". When I select the link, only one thing shows up -- something about LEDs from Randy. It looks like these are meant to separate out collections of I'bles from Groups/Forums. Are they "staff only"? Or in beta? The Submit page doesn't have a way to create a Guide (yet?).

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


Can't post threads - category menu missing

I can't post a new thread, because I can't select a category if I try and put things in "forums".

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Browse by followed categories and users

Hi all, I am following some categories (such as woodworking, home improvements, etc) and users. Is there is a way to browse only through the followed categories/users instead of the homepage featured instructables? Something like a personalised homepage? Sorry if it is already been asked, I searched in the forum but have not found an answer. Thanks in advance!

Posted by LoicBVN 1 year ago


Featured on Hompage but not category?

I was recently on another computer and want to find one of my instructables to show my friend. She wanted to print it quickly so I didn't log in. When I tried to find it under the Technology category it wasn't under the featured instructable. We found it instead on the homepage (the third page of the recently featured instructables). Later at home I tried it on my computer (on Firefox) and encountered the same problem. Can an instructable be featured on the homepage but not the category page? I was sure it was featured in both. Some screen shots are included below. Thanks (and sorry for bothering :)

Posted by jen7714 7 years ago


Instructable missing from its category - https://www.instructables.com/id/Cleaning-up-your-PCB/

An Instructable I published last night is not showing up in its category. I cannot pull it up under "Technology" or using recent under "Soldering" where I had published it. The link I have for it is - https://www.instructables.com/id/Cleaning-up-your-PCB/. Is there something I need to do to try to republish it?

Posted by Dave-T 6 years ago


Regarding Featuring at various levels...

At the moment, a full feature for a project gets that project onto the front page as an "Editor's Pick", but all a feature at Category or Channel level earns an author is a small star on the project's thumbnail. What I think should happen is... I look at the front page, I see the most recent top-level featured projects (as now) I click on a Category, say, Food, I see all the top-level food projects, plus all the Category-level featured projects. I click on a Channel, say, Sandwiches, I see all the top-level, Category-level and the Channel-level sandwiches. That way, authors will be rewarded for their work with the increased traffic they deserve. The photo is irrelevant, I just don't like publishing topics with no image.  It's the Angel of the North, with Conker-X sitting on the toes.  I took it on the way home from the Newcastle Maker Faire.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


What about a Health Subcategory?

Instructables should have a healthy living contest.. about all sorts of helpful information. Taking your pulse, signs of heart attack, how to count calories, make your own shoe insole insert, etc. Maybe a life insurance company would sponsor it :) It seems to be the one category missing.. Laura

Posted by lbaran 10 years ago


Category Bug - Refreshes Page *Ignore* Solved

If you go onto the home page, and hover over Explore, it will drop down a menu with the categories. When you click on one, it just refreshes the home page. This could be considered a fairly big bug, but not totally . Just thought I'd let y'all know.

Posted by Bran 10 years ago


Services Forum Category Rules

Welcome to the Services forum category! This category is for listing services for sale that are of interest to the Instructables community. Commercial postings are OK (and please note this is one of the few forum categories where commercial postings are acceptable). Please keep things relevant to the spirit of the site. Really cool listings may even be featured to the Instructables homepage, while irrelevant postings will be deleted. We encourage people to use our private messaging system to work out details, and remind you to deal locally when possible, or only with others whose reputation you can determine and trust (for example by checking out their Instructables profile). We strive to keep the quality of the listings high, but cannot guarantee their accuracy. When in doubt, ask lots of questions in the comments!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


For Sale Forum Category Rules

Welcome to the For Sale forum category!This category is for listing items for sale that are of interest to the Instructables community. Commercial postings are OK (and please note this is one of the few forum categories where commercial postings are acceptable). Please keep things relevant to the spirit of the site. Really cool listings may even be featured to the Instructables homepage, while irrelevant postings will be deleted.We encourage people to use our private messaging system to work out details, and remind you to deal locally when possible, or only with others whose reputation you can determine and trust (for example by checking out their Instructables profile). We strive to keep the quality of the listings high, but cannot guarantee their accuracy. When in doubt, ask lots of questions in the comments!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Suggest Food Subcategory: Vegetarian & Vegan

I am torn by having to choose either "Soup & Stews" or  "Vegetarian & Vegan" when publishing entries to the soup contest.  What Vegan/Vegetarian food wouldn't fall under one of the broader headings? The first Instructable that shows up when one searches specifically for 'Vegan" is from January 9th...so I would guess that the search is driven by the highest level category rather than the content. (Unless there is another way to search...) Would it be possible to have a subcategory so that all veggie dishes could be classified as such?

Posted by annahowardshaw 7 years ago


Random instructable

Hello! I have an idea so  decided to share it with you. Would it be possible to make som kind of randomazier for different instructables? For example: I want to cook something, but I don't know what so I surf in on Instructables and can't decide what I want. So I just press the randomizer and the site finds something for me. Something like StumbleUpon. Of course you should be able to use categories, keywords etc. so you don't get the Portal Gun instructable when you want a bread recipe. Time to brainstorm!

Posted by GroggDog 6 years ago


"EL" Category under the Technology section

I think there should be an "Electroluminescence"/"EL" Category under the Technology Section Is it possible to do that?

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago


Filtering out certain categories while browsing

Is there a way to filter out certain categories of instructables while browsing? I know that I can choose to only view a particular category using the /category: flag, but I'm trying to figure out how to filter out certain categories while seeing all the rest when browsing the latest instructables. For example, the recent explosion of knitting projects or the k'nex craze a while back. Nothing against either of those types of instructables; I'm just not interested in them, and they're so prolific they kind of drown out everything else. I tried searching for an answer, but I keep coming up with activated carbon filters and guitar noise filters :P Anybody know of a way?

Posted by chantling 10 years ago


Resources Forum Category Rules

Welcome to the Resources forum category!This category is for sharing and discussing resources relevant to Instructables and general project building. Do you know of a great place to get LEDs, yarn, wood, or strawberries? How about somewhere to learn to weld, knit, solder, or saute? Share it here. Commercial postings are NOT OK (and please note that commercial postings are only acceptable in a few forum categories where they are explicitly permitted). Forum topics about resources should be authored by those without a direct interest in the resource. If you think your company, store, website, magazine, or otherwise would make a good resource for the Instructables community, please post it in the Services Forum Category. Please keep things relevant to the spirit of the site. Really cool listings may even be featured to the Instructables homepage, while irrelevant postings will be deleted.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Kits Forum Category Rules

Welcome to the Kits forum category!This category is for buying, selling, trading, giving away, and discussing kits. Since kits are so popular on Instructables, this forum category is a "for sale", "wanted", "for free", and "discuss" section specializing in kits. Commercial postings are OK (and please note this is one of the few forum categories where commercial postings are acceptable).Please keep things relevant to the spirit of the site. Really cool listings may even be featured to the Instructables homepage, while irrelevant postings will be deleted.We encourage people to use our private messaging system to work out details, and remind you to deal locally when possible, or only with others whose reputation you can determine and trust (for example by checking out their Instructables profile). We strive to keep the quality of the listings high, but cannot guarantee their accuracy. When in doubt, ask lots of questions in the comments!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Wanted Forum Category Rules

Welcome to the Wanted forum category!This category is for listing services or items you want that may be found in the Instructables community. Please keep things relevant to the spirit of the site. Really cool listings may even be featured to the Instructables homepage, while irrelevant postings will be deleted.We encourage people to use our private messaging system to work out details, and remind you to deal locally when possible, or only with others whose reputation you can determine and trust (for example by checking out their Instructables profile). We strive to keep the quality of the listings high, but cannot guarantee their accuracy. When in doubt, ask lots of questions in the comments!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


New Category? How About Hunting :)

Hello! My name is Tyler, and i have a proposal for Instructables.com, or whoever might be interested in helping me with this. I would love to see a new 'outside' sub-category (I guess you'd call it that) on hunting, trapping, tracking etc created, and it would be thus called, Hunting! Basically, the idea came to me when i noticed lots of guides like cleaning critters, trap setting/making, how to track animals etc, but to me they don't seem to belong to the right category. I haven't seen any other posts related to this, but I would love to put the idea out there, because I do think it would be quite useful to have a category for hunting, not just sport, but for survival. I want to also apologize if someone has said this idea before and  i haven't noticed it :-P I hope this interested at least someone and I hope to see how it goes! :-D Tyler H.

Posted by fatchumba667 6 years ago


Filtering Results

I think I've started to figure out how your sorting works, for instance /type:, /category:_, /keyword:_. But I have a few questions...Is there way to do an OR statement? If I do https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:instructable/category:art/category:food/ (which is an awesome combination, BTW), it shows results for art AND food, is there a way to do art OR food?Also, is there a way to do a without? Say, without the keyword "cool"?

Posted by zachninme 10 years ago


Categories

How are the categories arranged because there is an OFFBEAT in TECH and a TECH in OFFBEAT. Which is it? It's almost as if its a circular category. Confused....

Posted by DickDastardly71 9 years ago


Massive View Spike

Can anyone suggest why the amount of views on my Instructable spiked massively? I notice there is a Top Referers tab in the stats for my Instructable, but this won't load - I was hoping to see if some external site had linked the Instructable as it is a huge increase in views - over 3 times as many views than when I originally posted it. The annotation labels on the images describe whats going on...I hope you can see theses - I couldn't in the preview. Also, is there a better place to post a question like this. I went into the Questions but there wasn't a help using the Instructables website​ category.

Posted by theredbryophyte 2 years ago


link to parts in 'ble for easier search and categorisation

Hello fab fun instructable people, I would like to see instructables linked to their basic ingredients. This way, when I englishly search for vhs and get 1.5 pages of hits that don't have anything to do with vhs's, and then search for vcr and get over 5 pages of hits, I can instead... go to a page, and 1) look at the main basic ingredients that instructables are based upon, 2) reading through them at my leisure, and 3) can think up a new 'ble that has not been done before. Lets say this another way. Looking up at the menu bar, I would like to click a link that says ingredients, that will take me to a page, that will list 50 items (configurable from user profile) which are said to be the main components of an instructable. Clicking on one of these items will take me to another page, which will show that item/component with instructables that have chosen to build with that item/component. So here there will be a list of recipes with said ingredient in. From this list I should be able to read up on all the 'bles marked as having the american vcr tag, which may or may not also have the european tag of vhs. Can I say it again? Let me try. The way to do it with drupal: So if each 'ble is marked with a tag (taxonomy = drupal) this tag is a new field that is attached to each instructable. Each 'ble can have many tags. So this tag can be seen as being a multiple field of parts or ingredients which may be added to an 'ble listing, if he author wanted to be thorough. Next, a 'view' could be created listing all the tags/ingredients/parts used. This view is the main content, and could show on a page a number of items. Each item comprises of a picture of a generic item, item description and item title. The picture can be 48x48pixels, thus allowing for a good pageful of items. Users could have options in their profile to show number of items per page, and to show icon size preference, and say have a small icon view with the 48px icon view, and a medium with 120px, and a large with 200px, maybe for each page of results. So the results page is different from the item/category page. On this item page as on the results page will be the previous and next links, plus also the usual panels that exist on the side and the footer, and of course the header. Essentially the content is what the view is. Clicking on one of these items, will take a user to a search page, listing all items tagged with that specific term, i.e. vhs or vcr or both (you could put a rule saying tag anything with a tag of vcr with the vhs tag, or you could keep them separate, and have both items in the 'view', adding that one is americanised and the other is anglocised with some kind of footnotes). This may open up instructables to be multilingual at some point in the future too, if that was ever something to look forward to the future for. Now, somehting irrelevant to the above idea from happening: if you think I raise a valid point, cool, I would like to be put forward for charity membership, and have myself seen as exempt from having to pay for pro membership. I do not expect this. IDEA* this is another great thing you can add to the site. If possible, tell me so - and then I can make an instructable based on doing charity work not necessary for any return favours, but as an altruistic form of behaviour, and gain credit towards another kind of mem'ship, maybe even community service. I do a lot of charity work, helping others in need, and for people who would like to give but haven't enough to support themselves, or believe that people in Africa or elsewhere have more of a need than themselves getting pro mem'ship, I think that allowing people to have the option may solve grey areas, for instance, where some people who do not fit the 'pro' mold could fit into. I love this site, and I love you guys and girls for doing such a fab job. I wish I was part of the team. Hal p.s. Pro Members should be able to change their nicknames, or have more than one that is hidden from others.

Posted by Advocat 8 years ago


New Category

Hi, I'd like another category to be added to the publish page. It should be an 'other' category which lets you put you're own category name. I'd like to know if this is possible. If not, then a few more categories added would also be fine, such as Life Hacks, and in their, as subcategories : Kitchen, Home, Outdoor, Tech etc. Thank You Cheerio! super_me

Posted by NebulaIX 1 year ago


Create a farm category

Many of the instructables I submit are related to farming issues and solutions.  Usually I choose Outdoors or Gardening as the category to assign it to but I wish there was a farming category.  Farming is bigger than gardening and a faint subset of Outdoors.  Can we create a Farming category?

Posted by rhackenb 4 years ago


New categories setting bug.

Some recent projects have not got the new categories set.  When I try to set them, I get "error 500 - internal server error".

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Raspberry Pi Category

Is it possible to make a raspberry pi category in the technology section? Due to the increase in projects and popularity with micro-computers, it would be great to create its own little category.  Any Supporters? 

Posted by cam1235 6 years ago


Health category missing?

When I create a new instructable and go to assign the proper category, I see a dropdown menu limited to: food living outside play technology workshop I am looking for "health" but don't see it. Should "health" be on the category list? Thanks for any help.

Posted by milesfromneihu 7 years ago


Add a new category?

Is it at all possible to get another new sub category added to the "Outside" Category? I would really like to get "Farming"  added as a sub category, possibly even a "Tractor" sub category as well. I have already posted a couple of tractor/farming instructables but would like to see a dedicated place for these instead of vehicles or gadgets. I will post some more help and how to with farming and tractors as time goes on.

Posted by GunGeek369 1 year ago


New Category: Origami

Origami needs its own category. Seriously.  Yes, there is a 'paper' category under living and yes, there is a 'paper airplanes' category under play but origami deserves its own home. Even though I've posted a lot of origami in the paper category, I always feel weird doing it since I feel like Living, Paper is for stuff like making paper, books, cards, and maybe paper craft (though this should be under the play category and maybe have a section of its own too). I've also posted a few things in the paper airplane's category because it's flying origami but still don't feel like it's the right place for it. I feel like origami much better fits under the Play area (instead of living) and there is definitely enough of it to warrant its own category. Please give the orphan origami a home. 

Posted by sherrycayheyhey 6 years ago


Adding a new category for the ESP8266

Hey Instructables, Not sure what your criteria are for adding a new category? I'm suggesting you consider a category for the ESP8266. I'm a real Arduino and Raspberry Pi fan and I can see that the ESP8266 is coming on gangbusters. I understand if you added a new category in Technology for every piece of hardware that came along the categories would loose their effectiveness, so I'll leave my suggestion in your capable hands. Cheers, Steve

Posted by lafontas 3 years ago


They should have more categories on here.

I think there should be a sewing or clothes categorie so i won't have to look through sooo many instructables to find the one i was looking for..... idk it just seems like a good idea to me  

Posted by andieXcandie 8 years ago


battle for most views in its category

Pretty fun to watch  for most views in work shop , home renovation  category . Top 3 are close together .  https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/channel-home-renovation/?sort=VIEWS

Posted by coolbeansbaby68 4 years ago


Healthy category for food

I would really like to see a "Healthy" category in the food section of instructables for food.  I think it would really help in searching for recipes.

Posted by carlyg90 7 years ago


Submissions Appearing Slowly and Incongruously in Categories

I just published 3 Instructables about 2 hours ago, and they have not appeared in their categories (Food and Offbeat).  I'm also noticing an incongruity between the main category page and the "view all -> recent" page, and the site is loading abnormally slow.  

Posted by AngryRedhead 8 years ago


Instructables needs a Fitness category

I was browsing and thought that we really need a fitness category or contest because instructables is really about making stuff and and a huge part of fitness is making stuff to maintain health.

Posted by jcsuperman 6 years ago



Image gallery with diffent categories

Hello, Would it be possible to create something that every user can have an image gallery where you can add different categories? (I know we already have a gallery for the uploaded pictures, but nobody else can see it) It would be Really nice! Thanks, Electorials

Posted by DELETED_Electorials 7 years ago


Home Automation category?

Is there any chance of getting a Home Automation category in the Technology section of the site? A search for home automation yields some results, but neglects microcontroller projects in the home and other things. Would be a big help!         -Luke

Posted by lkarmaz2 6 years ago


There is no "Everything" category on the Homepage?

Hey instructables, just wanted to let you know, there are two technology headings and no Everything heading on the homepage. 

Posted by Cbamford 3 years ago


Suggestion: Duct Tape Category

Would love to see a section either in say Play or, preferably, Workshop for Duct Tape.

Posted by DELETED_Fuogger 8 years ago


Accepted But Not Showing

Hi, I have recently posted an instructable in the category of Arduino. It has been accepted however it is not showing up in any of the electronics category.

Posted by Bitline 7 years ago