Please Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

Greetings Folks! My name is Randy and I am a "new" member of the Community Management staff. For those of you who have been around a while, you may remember me from my time as serving as the first Community Manager of this website starting in 2007, or from my role as the Technology Editor in 2010, or even as the founder of the Instructables Design Studio back in 2013.  Albeit a lot has changed in my life since I last spent some time hanging out here in the forums - I completed grad school... moved to NYC... decided to get married... - my enthusiasm for this website has not.  I'm super-excited to be back in the role of community manager and more actively participating on the site.  I look forward to getting know everybody new, and catching up with those of you who have also been around forever (lookin' at you Kiteman and Caitlinsdad!) Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback for me. 

Posted by randofo 7 months ago


Inside the mind of Randy Sarafan

Ever wondered what makes HQ staffers tick? Now we know! Get Satisfaction blog (via NOTCOT) have revealed the inner workings of the mind of a Community Manager. Fascinating.  All those pastel shades...

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Help us decide upcoming contests!

EDIT THIS FORM IS NOW CLOSED - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!For contest suggestion, check out this thread:https://www.instructables.com/topics/What-kinds-of-contests-do-YOU-want-to-see-on-Instr/ We can’t wait to see what you make in 2018!@audreyObscuraInstructables Community Manager

Posted by audreyobscura 6 months ago


Community Garden

Hello all, I was doing some work in the garden, weeding and harvesting some Veg when I had an idea. I thought "I wish my local community had a place where I could grow my own plants with everyone else that I know". Then I thought "Maybe I should set up 'my' own community garden!" It has since become my mission of the day (and hopefully the next few months or so) to try and figure out how to make this happen. But almost immediately I have run into many problems. I have managed to sort these problems into 4 sections: 1. Location 2. Price (renting or buying?) 3. Management 4.Resources (human AND natural) I think that time will not be too much of a problem, as the summer holidays are commencing soon which will bring me a great amount of free time. I know it's a big ask of you to think up any solutions/tactics that I can use for this project, but I know that it's been done before and documented as an 'Ible at least once. This is more of a question than a forum topic, so to bring the relevance levels to a happy medium I ask: What are your experiences of Community Gardens? What are your opinions of them? Thank you for your input,  -R-

Posted by roblin90 8 years ago


How to moderate new submissions to a Community Group Workshop?

I am the owner/moderator for the Community Group Workshop, Arch Reactor Hackerspace. I am currently am able to moderate who becomes members and I can edit the Workshop page.  https://www.instructables.com/group/archreactor/ I have added my own new Instructables to the Workshop and received a message that the moderator would need to approve them.  However, there is no place that I can find to moderate the submitted Instructables from myself or other members of our hackerspace's Workshop. Under "Admin Features" the only choices I have are: "Manage Admins" "PM Group", "Edit Group", and "Categories". If I turn off the "Moderate New Instructables", it will allow submitted Instructables to post, but I'm not able to moderate the new submissions individually. There also seems to be a second bug that does not allow me to add more Categories to my Workshop. Typing a new Category name on a second line will only add the second category to the end of the first one.  It is as thought I'm only allowed to have one Category. Any assistance would be extremely helpful. Sincerely, Gene

Posted by GeekTinker 3 years ago


Colossal (to me, anyway) Compost Kerfuffle

[warning: contains some rant-like content]I am so angry that I can't see straight. My apartment building has a Community Garden, which is good. Our rules and guidelines which are especially emphatic about keeping the gardens all natural and organic, and chemical and pesticide-free. To this end, there is an "Approved Garden Products" list specifying the chemicals and fertilizers that may be used in the gardens. The list includes "Walt's" brand organic fertilizer, "Cedar Grove" compost, and six product made by Miracle-Gro.I had two 4' x 5' plots in the Community Gardens last year, which I heavily amended with the compost from my worm bins. I submitted a request to have an organic fertilizer mix that I have on hand added to the approved list, but the only response I received was another employee telling me: "I emailed Jane (not her real name) about it, and she emailed back to tell to you that Walt's is the best one to use." I should have followed up on this, but was too angry and aghast to speak to Jane about it immediately, and later never did get around to grasping that particular nettle.This year I'm doing just one 4' x 5' plot. I dug in some compost on Sunday, and on Tuesday I received the following letter (all names have been changed for internet purposes):Dear Ms. Gorfram,I wanted to follow up with you regarding an email I received about "homemade" compost that you may be using in your garden.The garden agreement has specific items that can be used in the garden, unless you are using a combination of those ingredients, your "homemade" compost hasn't been approved yet. If you would like to submit the ingredients of your compost for review we can take a look at it and try to get it on the list as well. In the mean time please use only the Cedar Grove compost or any other product on the approved list.We appreciate you help in this matter.Sincerely,Jane Doe,Property Manager(Spelling and punctuation very much hers, very much verbatim)She insulted my compost. She accused me of violating the gardening agreement. She is demanding that I list every last darned thing that I ever put into my compost and submit it to her for approval. She appears to be confusing my compost with the fertilizer that I asked to have added to the approved list. She either does not necessarily believe that I do make my own compost, or she is misusing quotation marks to indicate emphasis. ...She insulted my compost!Not wanting to alienate the manager of my apartment building by telling her that she is a slavering ignoramus who does not know the difference between compost and fertilizer, I responded with the following:In re: your letter of June 9, 2009Dear Ms. Doe,Perhaps there is some misunderstanding about my use of soil amendments in my Community Garden plot.The compost that I use in my garden plot contains no chemicals or pesticides. It is made entirely from vegetable waste from my kitchen and garden, to which I add water and locally native earthworms. It is my understanding that this sort of bulk organic matter does not need to be reviewed for the Approved Garden Products list. In answer to a related question asked at the July 15, 2008, Community Gardener's Meeting, John Galt (n.b. Jane Doe's boss) said, "As long as it doesn't contain pesticides or chemicals, you don't need to tell us about it."The email your letter refers to may have been in regard to my August, 2008 request to have "Dr. Earth Organic 7" fertilizer added to the Approved Gardening Products list. For your convenience, I have attached a new copy of the information about "Dr. Earth Organic 7" and its ingredients that I submitted with my request. I look forward to receiving approval of "Dr. Earth Organic 7" for use in the Community Gardens, or a statement of your reasons for denying this request, soon.Thank you,Evelyn Q. GorframAm I nuts? Should I be this mad? Should I tell her to take her 20 square feet of soil and suggest where she might put them? Should I demand that we duel at dawn unless she publicly retracts her dread insults to my compost?

Posted by Gorfram 9 years ago


thank you to the community managers

I have been busy workwise and hadn't visited the site since around a year.  Today I went  thru this site, the changes,l the new developments...those lovely and numerous classes you offer and painstakingly answer each and every question...boy!!!! you are just awesome and I mean it. I would like to send a huge hug to each and every community administrator and shout out a THANK YOU. Sorry if I have posted this in the wrong forum sub, I didn't really know where this belongs to best regards sunglowart

Posted by Sunglowart 1 year ago


Content Management System used

Hi Team! I'm a web developer and i'm commited nowadays in developing a online science community in Brazil. It already exists and you can take a look here www.pontociencia.org.br. I would be grateful if you tell me which CMS (Content Management System) are InstructTables using. It is a widely known system like Joomla, Wordpress... or did you have developed your owner content management system? I take the time to congratulate you all for the work done. Thank you very much in advance. Francys Pinheiro, francysap@ufmg.br

Posted by francysap 8 years ago


Instructables Needs Fall Interns!

Instructables needs interns for this Fall in the San Francisco area! We're especially looking for people to help us do community management and build cool projects. See the seedy under-belly of the site! Learn that "scalable community management" isn't just a silly buzz-phrase I made up! Help us make Instructables users happy. Please send a resume, cover letter, and any other useful information to iwannawork at instructables dot com.See all the positions available at Instructables.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Well, I got fired

Well, yesterday i got some bad news from my boss. after missing a shift because of a long Harry Potter movie, I called to tell her what happened and that is when it happened, " Well this is the last time this will happen because I'm afraid that Steve (owner of the store) has told me to let you go". She then hung up quickly. So I ran down the the store and called Steve, He said that he had NOT SPOKEN TO MY BOSS FOR A WEEK! Displeased with her lie i asked him to talk to her. She managed to make me sound like a useless pay-robbing dick, so he fired me for real this time. although he said that i could use him as a reference, i still had to leave what I actually loved doing. Now, i sit here Unemployed because of a really bad, little kids Harry potter movie. Does anyone know how to handle this?

Posted by Steamdnt 9 years ago


Long Distance Skateboarding

My name's Bam, my team and I created Skatefurther, a community for long distance skateboarders. We've managed to raise well over $20,000 for a range of charities so far. Interested? Check out the forums and get on a board!

Posted by Bam Bam 9 years ago


Featured Author: Tomatoskins

Hello! I recently had the joy of interviewing Tomatoskins. Not only is he an awesome maker, but he's also a Community Manager here at Instructables! Check out his interview! If you have any more questions that you would like tomatoskins to answer, here's the place to do it!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 2 years ago


YOU page bugs

A couple of bugs on the settings pages - first off, clicking on change email>manage alerts just throws you back to "update your profile"...unless I'm missing something, I don't see any place to manage alerts from that. (Clicking on the link up top to manage email alerts does work, however) I could be way off-base, but it seems like the WATCHLIST object (as opposed to, say, EMAIL) is maybe invalid or something like that?Also, I have several collaborations, but my collaborations tab shows 1 collabs (and it only shows that 1 after joining another - it displayed 0 for a while). Oh, and on the way here I noticed that when you go to Submit>Bug, instead of taking you there directly you go to Community>Help. Dunno if that's intentional or not. =]

Posted by Lithium Rain 8 years ago


Positions available at Instructables (August 9, 2018)

Education Community ManagerCome join our community team at Instructables, and lead our efforts to help teachers bring making into the classroom! In this role you will be the primary point person for all teacher related activities, and engagement. This includes, but is not limited to; outreach, moderation, insights, events, and content development. This is a new position here at Instructables, and you get to play a role in shaping it.Requirements Passion for education, and makingFamiliarity with education standards, and curriculum Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writtenComfortable with technology, and social networksFamiliarity with EdTech sector Ability to travelBeliefs The best way to learn something is to do itFailure isn't a stopping point, it's a learning pointCourage is what dares us to do what we imagine Collaboration makes us betterDifferent is good This is a full time contract position that can be performed remotely from anywhere in the US, or from our offices in San Francisco, Boston, or Portland Oregon. Please send cover letter, resume, and writing samples to auctoramentum at instructables.com. Make the subject of your email robot-related, and, if possible, witty. Working at Instructables If you don't see an open position that fits you, please don't hesitate to drop us a line and say hi. We are always actively building our network of curious, creative talent with a passion for making. To introduce yourself, please send your cover letter and resume to auctoramentum at instructables dot com with a fun, robot-related subject line

Posted by ewilhelm 2 years ago


USB to Arduino USB Wirelessly?

I am currently working on a robot that has a deadline in about a week, and so far, there is only one problem we haven't solved yet: Communicating with it without a wired connection. Currently, we have a program on a desktop send the Arduino the gcode via USB cable. What we would like to do, is send that information without actually having it connected with a wire. Originally, we were going to have a Bluetooth module connected to the arduino directly, and have the desktop program communicate with it. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we haven't managed to get it working, and would like to move onto plan B: communicate through the USB port, and essentially leave the Arduino untouched.  I did a little googling, and I wasn't able to figure out very much on Bluetooth dongle -> Bluetooth -> USB that was actually positive and helpful. Currently, we have a few HC06 bluetooth modules lying around, as well as a few spare Arduinos. I was thinking of connecting one of the modules to another arduino, connect that arduino to the robot's arduino, and communicate with the first arduino via the bluetooth. Essentially, the first arduino would be an interface for the second one. Would this work? How would I go about doing it? In short: What would the best method to communicate between a PC and the USB port of an Arduino wirelessly be? Anything helpful is always appreciated, thanks!

Posted by RocketPenguin 1 year ago


HAL 9000 Open Source Community Project - Announcement and Invitation

Goal:  Build a HAL 9000 Series Computer Specification:  "2001: A Space Odyssey" Website:  www.hal9000project.org Instructable coming soon I watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" the other night and I decided it would be cool to build one.  I've never managed a project this big, and don't plan to start doing it now, so hopefully people will step up and assume various roles and responsibilities.  A project like this needs a program manager, deputy program manager, project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, programmers, graphic designers, web developers,etc.  I'll assume the role of chief engineer and chief software architect.  Also needed are an admin for the sourceforge project, and a webmaster for hal9000project.org.  I don't plan on having any special rules or regulations, I'm just throwing this out there to see what comes of it.  It could end up in a hairball of chaos, or it could evolve into a smooth running machine, although I suspect nobody will join in and it'll be just me with nobody watching. This is not a far fetched pipe dream.  The IBM Watson has already beaten the reigning champion on Jeopardy. I'll be defining all the individual subprojects such as the speech recognition function, lip reading function, speech synthesizer (it will have the exact voice used in the movie,) facial recognition function, voice recognition function, object recognition, various other artificial intelligence functions, neural network, physical mockup, physical prototype, software simulation, etc. There is a distinct possibility of getting government funding and along with commercial grants, therefore, some people could theoretically carve a full time job out of this.  That would work for me.

Posted by el_roboto_loco 7 years ago


Google+ Hangout - Build Night Q&A/Feedback/Suggestions

Write Up From Google Hangout We are hosting a google+ hangout to answer questions, take suggestions, and get general feedback on the build night program. If your makerspace has participated in a build night or plans on participating in the future you are invited to attend. This is open to all members of your makerspace community - so be sure to let your community know! Carley and Mike, both Instructables staff members, will go over a few topics (listed below) and take live questions. Instructables Representatives: Carley Jacobson (Business Development + Partnerships Manager): Carley is the creator of the build night program and is constantly seeking out new ways to support the maker community. She connects companies that make cool products to the Instructables community through contests, build nights, sponsorship, and other programs. Mike Warren (Play Editor and Community Manager): Ever contact Instructables service, info, or support e-mail accounts? If so, you most likely received a response from Mike. He has helped hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people post excellent Instructables and has contributed 120 Instructables himself. Time: Join in for one of the following times. We will be on google air so both sessions will be recorded and posted to the Instructables Youtube account. Tuesday, July 30 SESSION 1: 9-10am PST (4pm UTC) SESSION 2: 6-7pm PST (1am UTC) How to Join: Check the google+ air broadcasts and search for the hangout titled “Instructables Build Night Q&A;” and you can opt into the hangout. This won't be live until the time of the event. General Schedule: Build Night and Makerspaces on Instructables: Carley [5-10 mins] Instructables Best Practices: Mike [5-10 mins] Q&A;: Mike + Carley [40 mins] What types of problems have you encountered at your build nights? Have you had issues uploading Instructables Motivating people to upload Instructables Suggestions for future build nights Suggestions on how to improve build nights Suggestions for how to engage makerspaces beyond build nights

Posted by Carleyy 5 years ago


Friday Forum: Ask an Editor (Makerspace Program Edition)

Hey everybody! On Friday, June 13th (Friday the 13th AHHHHHH) from 1-4pm PST, I'll be answering your questions about the programs Instructables is running with makerspaces, hackerspaces, student groups, libraries, and fab labs around the world!  Our main program is the Build Night program. Some past build nights include: Bare Conductive, Sugru, Lumi, Jameco, Cool Neon, Voltaic Systems, littleBits, and Dremel.  In case you don't know me: my name is Carley :D  I am the Business Development and Partnership Manager at Instructables. Those are just some corporate-y words that mean: I work with companies that want to introduce cool products to the Instructables community I develop new programs for the community I identify new groups to engage with in the maker community (super boring job I know....) Feel free to swing by this forum on Friday afternoon and ask me questions + submit ideas for new programs. CHEERS!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago


Digita Media Enthusiast/Tech Support Specialist

Job description ABOUT PAI PAI is a community rich in culture and diversity, distinguished by its high level of job satisfaction. We believe that our team members are our most valuable assets, so we recognize and reward great performance. We believe in open communication and foster an environment of creativity, loyalty and respect both for employees and clients alike. THE BIG PICTURE Do you like to get into in-depth trouble-shooting that would revolve around TiVo, DVR, or multiple types of digital video media? Do you excel in communicating with people in both a technical and non-technical way? Are you known for thinking outside the box when it comes to creative trouble-shooting solutions? If so, there’s a strong possibility you’d fit in well with an exciting new project at PAI. As Team Leader, you’ll assist in providing first-and second-level customer support for the full line of video media software products for our newest client. You and your team will interface with customers via telephone and email to provide troubleshooting, patches and/or bug fixes, version upgrades and software use tips. Ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction is key, and will be measured by providing quality issue resolution within the established response time intervals and service level standards. DESIRED EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS • Basic professional understanding of video standards such as NTSC and PAL, frames and fields, and frame rate and basic video signals such as composite, S-video, Component, SDI and DV. • Basic understanding of broadcast digital video formats and compression such as Standard Definition, High Definition, MPEG-2, GOP Structure, Program and Transport Stream, as well as popular internet streaming, and download and desktop media formats such as Windows Media, Real Networks, QuickTime, MPEG-l, MP3, MPEG-4, etc. • Understanding of audio channels, digital audio sample size sample rates. • Understanding of non-linear video editing concepts. • Familiarity or use of a content management system or digital asset repository THE EVERYDAY VIEW • Phone, Email, and Remote Desktop support to resolve client issues, • Lead a professional team in providing world class support to leading industry customers • Verify and escalate bug reports to Engineering for resolution • Document problems/resolutions for internal/external knowledge base articles. • Effectively communicate with customers, both written and orally, to manage expectations through the trouble-shooting and issue resolution process. WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH: • Excellent trouble-shooting/problem solving skills with high attention to details and good follow-through. • Excellent written and oral communication skills. • Ability to install and configure Windows Operating Systems. • Basic hardware, software, operating system and device driver troubleshooting skills. • Basic understanding of MS SQL and/or Oracle server installation and configuration. • Basic Linux/Unix installation and administration skills. • Understanding of Windows File Systems, configuring IIS, JBOSS, Apache, File permissions and Disk management. • Ability to troubleshoot basic networking and connectivity issues including TCP/IP, DHCP and DNS. • Ability to effectively work with a variety of personalities and occasional stressful situations. • Ability to multi-task under time constraints. • Able to work Evening and Late Night shifts. • Experience providing support within a Network Operations Center environment, • Digital Media or related Software or Production Service or 2+ years Digital Media Encoding/Production Experience.  To apply: 142a+8972@c1.catchthebest.com http://pai.catchthebest.com/apply/142a/8972  Cindy Law HR Manager 858-495-3525

Posted by clawpaisd 8 years ago


Integrating Access Control System with Hackerspaces Passport and Membership Software

Jigsaw Renaissance are looking into integrating Nadine and Hackerspaces Passport with our door locks. If you are able to commit time to help us designing or building, please post to: Inscape Access Control System - If you are interested in the project, please go to the group and sign up. - There will be opportunities to work on embedded firmware, electronics, mechanics, encryption, and the membership software application. - You can then control whether to get each email separately or receive a digest once a day. About the project: This project will provide an electronic door access for our new building. The project will involve providing several badge readers (probably RFID), and door lock controllers as well as a car park induction loop. Finally there is a need for software that manages the keys and access privileges. This software must be easy to use as the building landlord will use it. -- Jigsaw Renaissance is a learning and making community, a collaborative community dedicated to collective education and creation. Our mission is to create an environment in which success, failure, and most of all discovery are celebrated. Our vision is that this environment will foster an enduring sense of wonder and a drive to effect change in ourselves, our communities, and the world. For more information about JR (www.jigsawrenaissance.org), please visit our wiki page at wiki.jigren.org/Starting_Classes or this page: www.element14.com/community/groups/jigsaw-renaissance/blog/2011/03/25/who-we-are Contact us, so we can chat about scheduling something cool together. Thanks!   Ultimate Regards, -- Budi Mulyo +1.206.571.8430

Posted by Wise Cricket 7 years ago


empty watch list

I'm subscribed to some contests, but a lot of the emails I get don't have any projects, although the subject line says the opposite. Here is te last example: subject: You have 2 new instructables from a contest you're following! body: Hello, ........... Here are the newest items from each of the contests you are following.  To change or turn off updates, go to your following  page: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST --------------------------------------- Thanks for being part of our community! Instructables Team @ Autodesk | https://www.instructables.com/ To manage these notification messages, please visit your watchlist preferences: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST

Posted by soldeerridder 4 years ago


Explore groups to find one you like! link

Hello,   i made my account and went straight to customize my profile.   in Groups tab, under Settings, under Customize all i see is:  Manage Your Groups You haven't joined any groups. Explore groups to find one you like!  Nothing wrong with that since i haven't joined any groups. Problem is that the link doesn't work.  It returns a:  403 Forbidden Request forbidden by administrative rules.  I know i can join groups from the Community tab in homepage, but i just wanted to point out the flaw cause i really love Instructables.  Peace,  Panagiotis.

Posted by tabakisp 5 years ago


New forum layout leaving you confuzed? GM to the rescue!

Is the new layout for forum messages annoying you because the sidebar switched spots, and now you instinctively look to your left, only to find nothing but ads?Well, as I do, I wrote a Greasemonkey script. Click to installConfused? Look here for more step-by-step infoSince its so short, here's the magical code:// ==UserScript==// @name Instructables Forum Left-align// @description Manage your Extensions, Themes, Languages, and Updates// @include https://www.instructables.com/community*// ==/UserScript==document.getElementById("main_content").style.cssFloat = "left"Have fun ;-)

Posted by zachninme 10 years ago


Show & Tell at Mike and Molly's House

Instructables author spike3579, has launched a new Show & Tell feature on his site, Mike And Molly's House. Show and Tell is a swap meet for ideas and projects where the currency is inspiration.  The premise is to highlight how we all manage our day-to-day lives in an improvised manner, and to celebrate creativity, resourcefulness and inspiration in all mediums whether it’s making, baking, growing or living. So share your ideas for creative solutions to make everyday life a little easier, more special, or just more fun, every Monday with Mike and Molly.  I did!  It was easy!  And it's a great way to check in with the maker community to see what's going on and get inspired.  

Posted by scoochmaroo 6 years ago


K'nex Contest

Upon reviewing the winners of the k’nex contest, we realized that we made a mistake in awarding prizes.  This was a combination of a small judging pool and lack of editorial control and insight on my part and I personally apologize for that.  As the new contest manager, I guarantee that this lapse in judgement will not happen again.  I want everyone to know that we value all of your contributions to the Instructables community and  we are taking steps to ensure that this doesn’t happen again including: expert guest judges more instructables staff judges more editorial control Remember, anyone who has posted an instructable is eligible to judge a contest, and we appreciate all the help we can get!  Please feel free to message me with any contest related questions.

Posted by Danger is my middle name 3 years ago


Empty contest notification emails

I recently tried to follow a couple of contests, and set the settings to receive emails when new ibles are added to contest. Most of the time I get standard text in the email without the information about newly added ible. Sometimes I get it when there are many ibles. Seem like a bug to me.This is what I get , please see below: Here are the newest items from each of the contests you are following.  To change or turn off updates, go to your following  page: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST --------------------------------------- Thanks for being part of our community! Instructables Team @ Autodesk | https://www.instructables.com/ To manage these notification messages, please visit your watchlist preferences: https://www.instructables.com/you/watchlist?modify=WATCHLIST

Posted by Tarun Upadhyaya 4 years ago


Gerber AR600

I am “resurrecting” an AR600 that I bought new in 1996. Been an issue using it over the years using the original Composer and ArtPath software, but managed by maintaining the XP software on an old computer; the last effort with WIN7 and a Virtual Machine - but no more - communication errors etc. are too much of a problem. I thought it was the AR600 control board, but had that checked out and it is all OK. I came across this website and perhaps someone can offer some suggestions on how to accomplish this.  Maybe I can get rid of that “ARC Station” and go with something that will run off of WIN7? (32 bit and/or 64 bit) Times and technology has changed muchly, so I look forward to hearing your suggestions…regards…Dave

Posted by S1gntist 2 years ago


Make Ideas Real: Share your SketchUp Story

Today, the SketchUp team is launching a new project called Make Ideas Real. The purpose of this project is to showcase work from SketchUp users who (in some way) have made their models into something real. SInce so many of you are already discussing and sharing your projects here, I wanted to reach out and introduce the project to the Instructables community specifically. We think SketchUp users do amazing work, and that sometimes this work gets lost in the 3D Warehouse. If you're particularly proud of a model that you've turned into reality (using SketchUp somewhere in your workflow), we hope you'll share the project and the story with us here. And please, we also want to hear about the role that Instructables played in your project! Our plan is to collect the most compelling stories and feature them in a special showcase, so that people who are new to SketchUp can be inspired by the work of others. If you have any questions, I hope you'll respond to this post and let me know! Mark Google SketchUp, Community Manager

Posted by mharrison11 6 years ago


This Instructable should be fully reviewed and possibly removed, as should the author

I am surprised that this is a featured instructable your team should review the instructable and consider removing it https://www.instructables.com/id/Gold-recovery/?&sort;=ACTIVE&limit;=40&offset;=40#DISCUSS First, it involves the use of chemicals that can be very dangerous to the persons and the environment. The author provides no instruction on how to protect either Second, at some point in the comment section a reader points out that the process is incomplete. He does so in a very matter of fact way.  The author accuses the reader of attacking him and publishes the reader's name, the name's of his parents, the readers phone number and his address. Wait What!?!  Seriously, IMHO this should get the author banished from Instructables. Thirds, Further down in the comments someone from "Africa" (not a Nigerian prince) makes a post stating that he represents a group selling gold bars in bulk for cash and provides information on how to contact him to make a purchase. At this point I stopped reading.  I have been a subscriber of Instructables for some time now.  I love the information, creativity and passion to build that it inspires.  However, the fact that this particular Instructable has been FEATURED worries me that the community managers are not properly reviewing the articles that they are using to promote this community.

Posted by cjameson 3 years ago


KipKays " Chill A Coke In 2 Minutes! " Featured on Australian television

Television show "Friday night live" whom features internet clips, tonight played a small snippet in which they tried KipKay's advise and managed to chill their coke's in the said time frame.They played the whole clip, including his fridge obsessed cat.Not all that exciting, yet was interesting to see someone of the DIY community make TV here.Now if only he was to do an I'ble on it."Have you ever forgotten to stock your fridge."It's like pure poetry.Videoinvalid movie: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=dc9BHiQUpWUSorry for the picture quality. Only had time to grab the phone to take them.KipKays, Chill a coke in 2 minutes.If the vid didn't embed properly, here's the link.

Posted by Lftndbt 9 years ago


Suggested contest: BUCKETS!

Hi folks, I believe I saw it suggested elsewhere, and forgive me if it already happened and I managed to miss it entirely, but: how about a "bucket" contest? There are so many projects out there already and countless more still locked up in our collective brains, it would be nice to see all of that gray matter on display. In buckets. This has taken over my own brain recently because I'm knee-deep in a couple of buckularish projects right now (and will of course be instructable-ising them regardless), but there's nothing like a contest to kick everybody's creativity up a notch.  The 5-gallon bucket in particular is such a ubiquitous and versatile creature, free or cheap, available in food-safe or full of toxic chemicals... how about a community-wide renewal of our devotion to the noble bucket! Many thanks, Mike Buckethead

Posted by mikecraghead 5 years ago


Winding Method For Guitar Pickups?

I just finished putting together a Savonius wind turbine:https://www.instructables.com/id/ERTAINQF18DW99A/One of the things I really want to work on for the next version is improving the inductance of the coils. Someone told me today that there's a whole community of musicians focussed on wiring their own guitar pickups. He said they do cool stuff with modified sewing machines and the like.Has anyone run across people or projects like this? Do you have you own favorite methods for quickly and effectively making copper coils? I'm thinking something in the 36 gauge thickness with several hundred wraps. So far, I've managed to do okay with 28 gauge wound up in aluminum bobbins by a variable speed drill, but I know there's got to be a better way.

Posted by mikejedw 11 years ago


IRC knex channel

Hey, I decided that the knex community needs a IRC channel...why? We don't have one yet (as far as I know). IRC is ALWAYS good to chat because it is fast and there are MANY clients you can download and access it. So, I programmed a bot to manage it and now it's online! I put it in IRCLink, the channel is #knex. For those who don't know how to use it... Go to google, type IRC client, you can download one, then type into the chat box "/server chat.efnet.org" and after that "/join #knex". For those who don't want to download stuff: here is a client for the web-browser. As a channel you must enter #knex For real name and email you could just invent something Looking forward seeing you all there!

Posted by Sorunome 6 years ago


Tessel: a new quick-prototyping microcontroller, programmable in JS

I haven't been very active on Instructables lately because I've been a part of starting a company (technical.io)! I thought the Instructables community would want to see: Tessel is an internet-connected microcontroller programmable in JavaScript that enables developers to extend the reach of the web to physical things. Since Tessel is compatible with Node.js and leverages the Node Package Manager, adding additional capabilities is as easy as plugging in a Tessel module and npm installing its firmware. Get Tessel and start making smart, internet connected devices! We have eight days left of crowdfunding: http://www.dragoninnovation.com/projects/22-tessel, so you can see our whole story there. Since Instructables still has a claim on my heart, you've got an open line to me if you have any questions. Miss you! Selkeymoonbeam

Posted by SelkeyMoonbeam 4 years ago


It had to happen: Real SnailMail

In hindsight, it's inevitable that somebody would create genuine snail mail, and recruit actual snails to carry actual messages.The gastropods have been fitted with equipment to allow them to send e-mails on behalf of visitors to a website.Instead of instantaneous communication, sent messages will travel at 0.03mph (0.05km/h) and could take days, weeks or even months to arrive.It is part of a "slow art" project called Real Snail Mail at Bournemouth University in the UK which will be showcased in Los Angeles in August.Each snail is fitted with a tiny capsule which holds a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip. RFID allows objects to communicate over short distances.Users of the service send a message via the Real Snail Mail website which is routed to the tank at the speed of light to await collection by a snail "agent".As the three snails slowly amble around the tank, they occasionally come into range of an electronic reader, which attaches the e-mail message to the RFID chip.The electronic messages are then physically carried around the tank by the snails until one of the gastropods passes close to a second reader.It is then forwarded over the net in the usual way. So far, the three snails have managed to deliver 14 messages.Users of the service will hope that Austin is on hand to collect their messages. The Snail has made 10 of the deliveries so far with an average delivery time of 1.96 days. SnailMail siteBBC story

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


BEAM CAMP SEEKS SUMMER PROJECT DIRECTOR/WORKSHOP MANAGER

Company: Beam Camp (http://www.beamcamp.com)Position: Summer Project Director/Workshop ManagerDates of Employment: 5/21/09 - 8/21/09Location: Work from Home (5/21/09 - 6/21/09) Strafford, NH (6/22/09 - 8/21/09)Salary: $5,000 (food and boarding included 6/22/09-8/18/09)ABOUT BEAM CAMPBeam Camp is a 4-week summer program (July 18-August 16) for boys and girls aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They transform ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success. Each summer Beam commissions a unique large-scale collaborative endeavor that campers produce and enjoy. The Project can range from the conceptual to the structural. Teams of campers guided by the staff work on different aspects of the Project each morning. JOB DESCRIPTION- Position requires 4 weeks of planning work from home prior to 8 weeks of full time residence at summer camp in New Hampshire. - Responsible for planning, supervising and facilitating daily, 3 hour program where up to 90 campers work on the construction of a commissioned project.- Responsible for training, supervising and assigning counselor staff to implement program. - Work closely with administrative staff to select, plan and budget annual project and establish a summer curriculum for project periods.- Manage and supervise workshop facility for use by campers and staff.- Assist in general maintenance and upkeep of camp during operational season.QUALIFICATIONSApplicants should have proven experience with tools, crafts, building, and team leadership. Patience, flexibility, good humor and an interest in mentorship of kids and young adults are required.Please email cover letter and resume to Brian Cohen at brian@beamcamp.com

Posted by Brian Cohen 9 years ago


Designers Wanted: Join a Think-and-Make-Tank for Soul of Africa

Oxford University's Said Business School is running a sort of Peace Corps for designers. Writes Lucy Kimbell, Clark Fellow in Design Leadership: We need up to 10 designers who want to use their design practices and skills to help social enterprise Soul of Africa tackle some of the challenge facing it, during a one-day workshop in Oxford in collaboration with MBA students. The workshop is a participative, creative "think-and-make-tank" that brings together people from management and from design to use visual methods to analyze and tackle specific problems identified by an organization. MBA students from Said Business School will be joined by designers from different disciplines to help social enterprise Soul of Africa engage with key challenges. Soul Of Africa is a charitable initiative and a self-sustainable project created to facilitate employment and funding aimed at helping orphans affected by AIDS through the sale of hand-stitched shoes. Unemployed and unskilled women in South Africa are trained to hand-stitch shoes, giving them the self-empowering ability to feed their families and provide them with essential health care. Download more details here. What we are looking for Designers (recent graduates, current MA or BA design students, and design professionals) are invited to take part. Ideally, we'd like a mixture of people from these backgrounds: - visual communication - product/industrial design - service design - interface design - fashion - design management How to get involved To apply, send an email to Lucy Kimbell at lucy.kimbell@sbs.ox.ac.uk to arrive on or by Friday 20 March 2009. The email must include - your name and contact details and any institutional affiliation - your design discipline (eg product, visual communication) - up to 150 words on why you want to participate. Successful participants will be contacted by Friday 3 April at the latest. Reasonable travel expenses to Oxford (standard class return, UK travel only) will be reimbursed to those who attend the workshop, on the production of a receipt.The Design Leadership blog is here.Via Core77

Posted by noahw 9 years ago


"I Made It" Pixlr photo contest for Maker Month

Hey there! I work alongside the Instructables folks in our Pier 9 office as the community manager for Pixlr, a photo app that you may or may not be familiar with. Actually, the Instructables site uses Pixlr, so if you've submitted an Instructable, you have probably used our photo editor.  We know that the Instructables community LOVES contests, so I wanted to pass along this contest that is dead-simple to enter. We're celebrating Maker Month at Pixlr with a slightly Instructables-themed hashtag contest. You can read all about it on our site for the contest, but I will lay out the major details if you are interested in entering:  Take a photo of anything you've made.  Edit it in any Pixlr app (e.g., Pixlr Express). Tag photos with two tags — #imadeit #pixlrcontest — on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Facebook. That's it. Super simple to enter. In fact, if you've ever submitted an Instructable, I encourage you to enter it in our contest by editing one of your Instructables photos with a Pixlr app and posting it with the hashtags so we can find it.  We're giving away 7 prizes through the end of May, and all winners get to pick a prize from this batch of fun prizes on our contest site: imadeitpixlrcontest.com. Lots of photo-friendly and just cool stuff on there, so you're bound to find something you like.  Happy to answer any questions you have, and I hope you join us for this fun little contest. 

Posted by supereric 4 years ago


Create inexpensive hail pads - Citizen Science Contest

The SciStarter Citizen Science Contest is live! This is your opportunity to help millions of citizen scientists contribute to real scientific discovery. Make their experiences better by coming up with solutions to some real annoyances that hinder their participation. To get you started, here is a specific--and very real--challenge sent to us by project organizers. CREATE INEXPENSIVE HAIL PADS Background: The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers take and submit measurements of rain, hail, and snow precipitation. These observations are made available for use by the National Weather Service, meteorologists, emergency managers, and others. The Problem:  Hail pads are essential to CoCoRaHS's mission to measure, map, and study hail. Each pad consists of a 12" by 12" square of Styrofoam covered in Heavy Duty Aluminum foil. However, in recent years, these materials have tripled in cost, which has greatly reduced the number of hail pads that can be produced and distributed. The Challenge: Create a cheaper hail pad that can measure the number, size, and orientation of hail stones. Enter now! Contest closes January 21, 2013

Posted by scistarter 5 years ago


What soldering station do I get?

Ok, all, I've got a good one for you, and I'm sure all the diehard fans are gonna come out of the woodwork.  I've been looking for some time for a decent soldering station that I can start doing PCB/fine work with.  I used to have a Weller digital rework station a long time ago, but don't know what might be good now.  I've gotten back into doing small work, such as SMC, XBee, Arduino, rework, and the like, almost all on a very small scale, and I've pushed the Radio Shack special I've got to the limit, and managed to brick two routers. I need to know your opinions, on stations ranging up to $300 (preferably around $100 to $200), that would be good for me.  I know that this is more than likely going to upset many in the 'ible community, being willing to spend that much, but when I get started doing some of this major device hacking, I'm going to start putting my stuff up here.  I'm looking forward to a lot of cool stuff, but can't get it done without the right tools.  There are too many different stations out there, and not enough reviews, especially after searching for nearly a month.  Can anyone help?

Posted by tmoore4748 7 years ago


support SIP, Mutil-user managerment, international professional communication IC gateway with one,two,four port on sale

Call Features1. 3-way Conference2. Auto Answer3. Call History- Most Recently Missed Calls- Most Recently Received Calls- Most Recently Dialed Numbers4. Call Hold5. Call Forwarding6. Call Mute7. Call Rejection8. Call Transfer9. Flexible dial map10. Call Waiting11. Caller ID12. Do Not Disturb (DND)13. DTMF Relay- In-band, Out-band and SIP Info 14. Hotline15. support SIP domain, DNS name i. of server16. Multiple Proxy, Registrar, Redirect Servers17. Supports 2 service domains18. Volume AdjustmentManagement1. Firmware Upgradeable2. Upgrade firmware through boot monitor3. Config through Web, Telnet 4. Upgrade firmware and configuration file i. through HTTP, FTP, TFTP5. Support Syslog6. ND5 EncryptionProtocols1. SIP RFC3261 RFC3262 RFC3265i. Backward Compatible with RFC25432. SDP (RFC2327)3. RTP/RTCP (RFC1889 and RFC1890)4. NAPTR for SIP URI Lookup (RFC2915)5. STUN (RFC 3489)6. ARP/RARP (RFC 826/903)7. SNTP (RFC 2030)8. DHCP/PPPoE9. HTTP Server for Web Management10. TFTP/HTTP for firmware upgrade11. DHCP Option Codes for SIP (RFC3361)12. 802.1P TOSApplications1. Voice Mail Integration2. NAT Traversala) Static NAT Routeb) Traversal by STUN/UPNP3. Support Firewall4. Support Route/Bridge mode I/O Interfaces1. 2 RJ-452. Dual 10/100 Switched Ethernet Port3. 1 RJ11 for Phone(FXS) , 1 RJ11 for LifelineUSB-phone

Posted by cobbyzhou 11 years ago


Pro Instructables Accounts

As you know, the recession has has hit many industries hard; it's even changing the way the internet functions. While we hoped to provide an excellent service for free under an ad-supported model, it's becoming obvious we'll have to do something different to help our community survive this economic downturn. So, in the next few weeks, we'll be launching Pro Instructables Accounts.The pro account feature set is still slightly in flux, but it will give you access to some of our existing features and some new ones:Private Instructables - share an Instructable with only a small group of peoplePatches - create and send patches to other usersFewer Advertisements - No contextual (Google) ads, or ads from indirect networksPro Users forumPDF versions of Instructables, including more customizable optionsView all steps on one pageAccess to secondary images sizes on an Instructable's step All images are available for freeNo captcha for Private MessagesPro badge on user iconWe have not finalized the pricing, but it will be reasonable, and you will be able to join for periods of one month, one year, or two years. Initially, we'll only accept payment via PayPal. Every user who has registered prior to the release of pro accounts will receive at least 3 free months of access to the existing features we are turning pro. During this period, we hope to convince you that the features are useful enough to pay for.Why we're doing this:Instructables provides a tremendous amount of value to everyone who uses it. Our authors benefit from having a superior documentation tool and an already established and sizable audience; our members benefit from our active community management; and our audience (those who do not currently have accounts) benefit from inspiring, entertaining, and useful content. In consideration of Instructables' value, you currently look at and occasionally buy products from our advertisers. Supporting content with advertising is a wonderful system, but it isn't covering all of our costs, so we're asking you to subscribe to support us and the DIY community. One of the things I've endeavored to create at Instructables is an egalitarian meritocracy. Anyone can post an Instructable and anyone can comment on an Instructable, not just editors and approved writers; we don't highlight our admin accounts or often use them to moderate comments because it's important that the community as a whole enforces the "be nice" policy. In that spirit, we won't be giving away free pro accounts. I, and everyone else who works here, will buy pro accounts for ourselves. This may seem like just an exercise, but with it I hope to make the important point that we value Instructables and we want to support it. Having been an Instructables member for a long period of time, or having the greatest number of pageviews will not entitle you to a pro account. Just like anyone can post an Instructable, anyone can become a pro member, and the price is the same for everyone. If a pro account isn't for you, we'll always offer a free account. The free account maintains the site's core functionality, and is extremely usable: You can follow an Instructable's directions, post pictures of your results in the comments or another Instructable, and enter all of our contests and challenges. We've tried to carefully balance providing free access to the content -- so we can provide a large audience to our authors -- against making some of the more bandwidth-intensive value-adding features available only to pro members. As an author, you'll always retain full access to your own projects, including PDF versions.I often tell people that Instructables is an online magazine. In reality it's so much more than a magazine, but as an active member of the community you already know that. I hope you'll subscribe.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Enter the Snap, Style & Share Photo Competition

Hey there. I'm the community manager for Pixlr. Wanted to tell you about a contest that might interest you.  We recently launched a contest that celebrates not just taking photos — but editing them, too. It’s a contest that’s perfect for students, but just about anyone between the ages of 13 and 24 can enter. We’ll be giving away some great prizes like an iPad, an iPad mini, and an Olloclip iPhone lens (among many others). The contest is called Snap, Style & Share, and that’s about all you have to do to enter: Snap a photo with your smartphone or camera. Style it in Pixlr Express to improve and enhance it. Share the before and after photos on the contest site — and anywhere and everywhere else that you think will give you a leg up on the competition. Everyone will vote for their favorite photos, with a panel of judges choosing the ultimate winners from a big batch of popular finalists. We’ll be tracking (and showing off) some of the top photos here on the Pixlr blog in the coming weeks, as well as some of the more interesting ones that catch our eye. Whether you’re a serious student of design, someone who loves exercising their creativity, or just someone with some great photos sitting on their phone from summer vacation, this is a fun and easy contest to enter. So, enter now!

Posted by supereric 4 years ago


Quick rundown various Linux and BSD operating systems:

1.  Debian - one of the older base distributions and currently one of the most popular.  Uses the "apt" package manager for software installation.  Excellent server distribution. 2.  Fedora - the free community edition of Red Hat Linux.  Sponsored by Red Hat Linux.  Uses the "rpm" package manager for software installation. 3.  openSuse - sponsored by Novell, originally developed largely in Europe. 4.  Mageia - fork of an older distribution called Mandriva Linux. 5.  PCLinuxOS - also a fork of Mandriva.  Looks to provide out-of-the-box support for graphics and sound cards. 6.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) - based on Fedora, RHEL includes many enterprise-level enhancements and is supported Red Hat corporation. 7.  CentOS Linux - free enterprise-grade operating system that is built from the same source code as RHEL without the proprietary enhancements or support from Red Hat.  8.  Puppy - very small Linux operating system that boots the OS and applications completely into RAM.  Can operate on older computer equipment.  Excellent for use in emergencies and to recover data from hard drives. 9.  FreeBSD - operating system that is based on BSD code. 10.  Ubuntu Linux - easy to use operating system that is based on Debian Linux.  Supported by the Canonical corporation.  Ubuntu means "humanity to others".  Excellent server distribution. 11.  Linux Mint - currently one of the most popular distributions, based on Ubuntu Linux.  Looks to provides complete experience by including browser plugins and media codecs (ie: Flash) upon installation.  Excellent desktop distribution.  Also comes in lightweight editions for older hardware 12.  NetBSD - based on BSD code.  Can be run on a wide range of hardware.  Currently there are 57 different hardware architectures that can run NetBSD. 13.  OpenBSD - based on BSD code.  Source code built from the ground up with security first and foremost as the goal.  Ships "secure by default", that is, all non-essential services are disabled.  OpenBSD has embedded cryptography throughout the operating system; it utilizes OpenSSH, Pseudo Number Random Generators, cryptographic hash functions, cryptographic transforms and crypto hardware support. 14.  ClearOS - server and network distro designed for small businesses.  Based on Red Hat Linux.  Web-based interface controls anti-virus, anti-spam, VPN, content filtering, bandwidth manager, file services, SMTP services, print services, SSL certification, and web services. 15.  Kali Linux - distro that specializes in penetration testing and security auditing.  Over 300 penetration testing tools.  Based on Debian Linux. 16.  Lubuntu - lightweight version of Ubuntu Linux for older computers and netbooks. 17.  Gentoo - highly customizable distro that uses a package system called portage written in Python.  Mascot is Larry the Cow.

Posted by matt392 4 years ago


Friends in high places

Evening all, Following on from what Jessy has already said, I'd just like to weigh in with my own views on life at Instructables and the company's decisions to work in cahoots with Autodesk. I've been an Artist in Residence at Instructables now for two weeks, and they've been an amazing two weeks. The atmosphere in the lab is the sort of laid-back but productive work environment you can only find among people who really love what they do. They work, they play, they somehow produce an awesome, widely-loved website. And now it looks like a big, grown-up company has decided that the site's awesome too. As far as I can tell, that's a good thing. Everyone at the Instructables lab seems genuinely, if cautiously, optimistic about what the new regime will mean for the company. A bigger company can provide more resources, taking some of the load of the team's shoulders so they can introduce new features and more extravagant contests. At the lab, there haven't been any changes. Everyone's still doing the same jobs they were doing a week ago and, yes, yesterday afternoon we were still up on the same roof, shooting shaving cream at the same intern. All is as it should be. Instructables is run by a small tightly-knit team of makers, so I think there were a few concerns about how Autodesk might try to warp the company to fit it into a standard, corporate mold. So far, Autodesk has been doing a good job of putting those concerns to rest. The success of Instructables is deeply tied up with its staff being a flexible little troupe of amiable nutcases and the managers at Autodesk seem to appreciate that. They know as well as we all do that if they mess with the winning formula, they'll only screw things up. Instructables is built on its community (that's you, reading this) and the community won't put up with any changes that make the site a worse place to spend time. If they try to screw the site up, you lot will rebel. If they try to make us wear ties, Randy will rebel. Their plan seems to be to nurture and support the site with funds, people and expertise while interfering relatively little with how it actually runs. We've been over to the local Autodesk offices to meet up with some of their employees and they seemed like a bunch of overenthusiastic, slightly geeky maker types. Which is to say, they seemed just like the rest of the gang here at Instructables and, as far as I can tell, just like much of the Instructables community. They're people who like to make things. A lot of them have been using Instructables for years. As a company to work alongside, they seem like a good fit. It will be very interesting to see where the site goes from here, but my gut feeling is that it will keep on doing the same things it's always done, just more so. Hopefully that's something we can all look forward to.

Posted by PenfoldPlant 7 years ago


FAQ Center (UNDER CONSTRUCTION!)

Hi there! I'm Keith-Kid, a regular member of Instructables.com, and just a kid that enjoys making stuff. This place is extremely friendly and welcoming, so feel free to jump into a conversation anytime!I noticed a lot of Frequently Asked Questions around the forums from new members, so I decided to do something about it. Be sure to check back here if you ever have a question. Or, just ask any member to help!So go out there, and Start Making!Instructrables has recently been upgraded, and changed. Please wait while I update this FAQ to the aforementioned changesTable Of Contents1. Getting Started 1.1.......................What is Instructables? 1.2.......................How does the Site make money? Is it profitable? 1.3.......................What is the Instructables Robot? 1.4...................... How can I get started here? 1.5...................... Who can Help me get started here? 1.6.......................What does DIY mean? 1.7.......................What can I write an Instructable about? 1.8.......................What's the difference between an Instructable and a slideshow? 1.9 ......................What is a video on Instructables 1.10....................How can I unpublish my Instructable?2. The Community 2.1.............................How can I make text effects like bold, italic , small text and upper small text? 2.2............................ Why doesn't my Instructable show up on the search page when I type the name? 2.3 ............................What kind of material is considered offensive? What kind of material should be avoided? 2.4.............................Why am I asked to give a number when I send a Private message to someone? 2.5.............................Can I ask for homework help on the forums? 2.6.............................How can I improve the community? 2.7.............................I've spotted an offensive ad! What can I do? 2.8.............................Can i post Instructables in other languages? 3. Other Instructables Features 3.1.............................How do contests work? 3.2.............................Are contests decided by the staff or the community? 3.3.............................What is Burning Questions? 3.4.............................Why is Burning Questions Held? 3.5..............................If Burning Questions is chosen by the staff, then why does it have a voting option for the Instructables? 3.6.................................If I submit 2 answers to Burning Questions, and they both win, do I get 2 Prize Packs? 3.7.................................What regions are eligible to participate in contests? 3.8 ................................How can my Instructable get more views? 3.9.................................How are Instructables featured? 3.10...............................What does an Instructable need to be featured? 3.11...............................How can I be selected to be able to feature? 4. Miscellaneous 4.1..............................Is it possible to intern at Instructables? 4.2 ..............................What is the Community Section? 4.3...............................What is the Marketplace? 4.4...............................I just saw a comment that says it was posted -xx minutes ago! What should I do?5. Current Events and Glitches5.1............................... I just rated an Instructable, but it says that it hasn't been rated yet!5.2 ...............................5.2 I just saw a comment that says it was posted -xx minutes ago! What should I do?1. Getting Started 1.1 What is Instructables?In a sentence: Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. A bit more in depth: It was created by Eric Wilhelm, a mechanical engineer, and launched in August 2005. Instructables is dedicated to step-by-step collaboration among members to build a variety of projects. Users post instructions to their projects, usually accompanied by visual aids, and then interact through comment sections below each Instructable step as well in topic forumsWhile a member of the Media Lab at MIT, Wilhelm co-founded Squid Labs, an engineering and technology company specializing in design and consulting. Instructables started as an internal Squid Labs project, which Wilhelm has since spun out as an independent company and acts as CEO.The original content focused mostly on such projects as building electronic or mechanical devices to solve common problems around the home. The scope of the project has expanded to include a larger array of categories, including arts and crafts, food, home, life, offbeat (first known as "not liable") and recently knex, transportation and tech. The site allows uploading of photos, diagrams, video and animation to help explain complex terminology and mechanisms in clear and understandable termsRead more about the history...Also, Read our About to see who works here1.2 How does the Site make money? Is it profitable?The site is mainly supported by ads, which you see in the sidebars and sometimes at the top of the page. Here is the full explanationIs Instructables profitable? - Almost. According to ewilhelm , the site generates enough money, that it usually covers its running costs, but not quite enough yet to be constantly profitable. 1.3 What is the Instructables Robot?The Instructables Robot is Instructable's mascot. His main function is to greet new members and alert members when they receive comments or messages. The robot is friendly and welcoming. You can easily find him around Instructables.You can tell the robot to alert you if you receive a comment in your personal settings. Likewise, you can tell him to stop doing so anytime at your personal settings.Nobody knows how exactly the robot came to Instructables.....time may tell......1.4 How can I get started here?You probably want to upload an image to your profile. You can do that here , as well as change some of your other account settings, like making View all Steps in one page your default.After that, check out How to make a great Instructable , The Guided Tour of Instructables, and the Help Group if you have any questions.1.5 Who can Help me get started here? ANYONE! all users are helpful. If you are confused, or have a question, don't be afraid to ask in the forum of a member of the community. Our members are happy to help newcomers get comfortable. You are more likely to get lots of help through an open thread, but you can ask questions privately (say, for a project in development) through the "Private Message" system.Have a look at other FAQs in the FAQ Section1.6 What does DIY mean?DIY means Do-It-Yourself. It means that instead of buying expensive stuff, make it yourself and save some money. The main idea of Instructables is to make things and share them with others. You will be surprised about how much money you could save if you do things yourself, and we are here to help you.1.7 What can I write an Instructable about?Bearing in mind our family nature, anything at all. If you're passionate about it, and want to tell others how you do it, then write an Instructable. If you're looking for inspiration, check out the Burning Questions to get you started. When you're a bit more familiarized try entering our Contests1.8 What's the difference between an Instructable and a slideshow?In an Instructable, you show detailed step-by step details on how to make or do something. A slideshow is used when you do not have enough documentation or material for a full Instructable. In a slideshow, you can show off projects or things that you have made. If you want to show something, but its not enough to fill an instructable, you can show pictures of it in a slideshow and write a short summary of the project.1.9 What is a video on Instructables? If you do not want to write a full instructable, but you want to present something that can't be fit into a slideshow, you can embed a video as an individual section.1.10 How can I unpublish my Instructable?It's a slightly-roundabout route, but if you click the edit function, then the publish, and unpublish options appears lower down the screen.2. The Community2.1 How can I make text effects like bold, italic , small text and upper small text?Read this helpful Section by Instructables member NachoMahma2.2 Why doesn't my Instructable show up on the search page when I type the name? Instructables are reviewed by the Robot and his human minions before being added to the public pages. Be patient, it may not have gone through the filter yet. Is your instructable lacking images? Sometimes instructables without images fail to go through the filter.On weekends and Holidays, where there is an influx of people posting projects, it may take longer than normal for it to show up in the Most Recents. If there is a problem with your work, someone on staff will PM you.Your instructable may have been caught by the spam filter. If it has, contact anyone in the Instructable team, and they will check it out for you. Just Be Patient.2.3 What kind of material is considered offensive? What kind of material should be avoided?Pornography - Any and all pornographic material is considered offensive. Posting images or links that include pornography is strictly prohibited. This is a family friendly site, children often browse this site.Language - If you wouldn't show it or say it to your headteacher at school, don't show or say it here.Insults and flaming - We have a "be nice" policy here. Please be positive and constructive with your comments or risk being banned from our site.Spam - Spamming, misleading links and site advertising on the forums, orangeboards, instructables, and Private Messaging are strictly prohibited. However, offers and advertising are allowed in the For Sale Section2.4 Why am I asked to give a number when I send a Private message to someone?This is called a Captcha. A captcha is when you are asked a number or word that appears as an image or sound. The purpose of this is to stop automated spam robots from spamming our Community.2.5 Can I ask for homework help on the forums?Of course! Our community is more than happy to help any way possible! Be sure to post in in the right category, because you wont get much science help in our craft section!2.6 How can I improve the community?You can help our community in many different ways:Be positive and constructive in your comments. We are a friendly and welcoming community, feel free to comment and incorporate yourself into forum topics and discussions. Our members are happy to help and guide newcomers in any way they can.Report offensive material. If you spot material that might be considered offensive or SPAM, click the "flag" button next to the comment or instructable. The Staff will review and take action if necessary.2.7 I've spotted an offensive ad! What can I do?If you spot an ad that qualifies as offensive, right click (not left click!) on it and choose properties. In Firefox, you can right-click and select "Copy Link Location". Copy the URL and report it to a staff member so they can take immediate action. If possible, it is also good to take snapshots of the page (On your keyboard, press Prt Scrn and paste it on MS paint or another image editing program) then present it to a staff member.2.8 Can I post Instructables in other languages?Of Course! We would be extremely happy to add instructables with languages other than english. If you need help with some words or terms, feel free to ask around on our community! Proper grammar and spelling are compulsory in any language. We have a lot of users who are fluent in many languages including Spanish, German and French.3. Other Instructables Features3.1 How do contests work?There is no complete answer to that question, as different contests have different rules. Usually, a contest follows these steps:1) A staff member usually announces that a new contest is coming, and what the theme will be, so members will start getting ideas2) The Contest is announced in the front page3) A staff member will post an instructable on how to enter the contest, and will show full details about it.4) The Contest is then opened for entries.5) After a specific time, the entry deadline closes and the winners are chosen either by the staff of by community votes (Depends on the contests specific rules) and are announced.There are two kinds of contests:- Regular contests are the ones that last a month. These contests also set the month's specific theme. These contests are usually sponsored by a company that is related to the theme. For this reason, prizes almost always come from the companies themselves. Regular contest feature more expensive prizes.- Speed contests are those that only last a predefined time. They are called speed contests, because users have to submit their entries before a close deadline. Since they last such a short time, there are usually more than one speed contest can be held in one same month. In some rare occasions, there can be more than one active Speed Contest at a time. Speed contests usually have more and less expensive prizes than regular contests.3.2 Are contests decided by the staff or the community?It depends on the Contest's specific rules. When an Instructable is chosen by the community, the winners may have multiple categories, such as best rated, most viewed, most votes and others.When the staff decides the winners, they usually take the community's reaction to it as a factor in choosing the winners.3.3 What is Burning Questions?Burning Questions is a regular event in Instructables, where the staff (usually Noahw since he manages it) posts a list of Wanted Instructables that haven't been made.Users submit their entries and the best instructable that answers a question on the list wins a prize. Since there are so many prizes (One for each question), Burning Question Prizes are less expensive, so there can be more prizes.(Originally, the prize was an Instructables Shirt, but as the community grew, more instructables were requested, and the prizes were getting more expensive, so now, the prize is usually a Prize Pack consisting of various Instructables Merchandise)When a winner is chosen, the staff will send him/her a Private Message telling them how to claim their prize.The staff publishes a new round every now and then (currently, we should be expecting Round 5.)Rules:Although the rules are posted in the same posts that the questions are announced, these rules are important, and if not followed, an entry wont qualify: - The Instructable must have pictures in every step. These pictures must be related to the instructable. - The Instructable must be of good quality. It must have proper grammar and steps must be clearly understandable and detailed - The title must be the same as the question, or else it wont be accepted. If the question is how to fold a shirt, the Instructable's title must be exactly that.3.4 Why is Burning Questions Held?Burning Questions has 2 purposes:Getting people to create Instructables wanted amongst the communityImproving the site's "googleabilty". Since many questions start with How to...., it helps the site appear more prominently amongst search engines like Google.3.5 If Burning Questions is chosen by the staff, then why does it have a voting option for the Instructables?Burning Questions winners are chosen by the staff. The voting option is available because Burning Questions has been implemented into the new Contest Section, because of various reasons.Although it is the staff who choose the winners, the community's response to the instructables is also a factor in the decision. 3.6 If I submit 2 answers to Burning Questions, and they both win, do I get 2 Prize Packs?No, if you answer 2 questions in one Burning Questions Contest, the staff will send you a surprise extra gift along with your Prize Pack.3.7 What regions are eligible to participate in contests?Some contest are open to any country, while sadly others are not available for some countries. Take your time and carefully read the rules and details of contests so you can save time or make arrangements.3.8 How can my Instructable get more views?The main thing you can do to get more views is to make something interesting and likable.If you want more views, try posting a forum topic so people can learn about it. Instructables with good and clear steps might even be featured on the Front page- the most trafficked part of Instructables.com3.9 How are Instructables featured? Members who have shown to be very helpful inside our community are handpicked by the Instructables staff and are given the ability to feature an instructable is they consider it meets the criteria for Featuring. As Instructables are featured they appear on the homepage, the most trafficked part of the site. 3.10 What does an Instructable need to be featured?It needs to be good - clear, easily-read Instructions, plenty of useful photos, in focus and probably using your camera's Macro Function (Click here for additional info on using the macro setting) , and additional notes on the images to explain extra points.You should use full and proper language - capitalize sentences, check your spellings and don't use sms-speak. (cuz-because). English isn't compulsory, but correct grammar and spelling are.If it is original idea, a novel approach or an enjoyable read, with carefully-arranged images, then it is more likely to be featured.3.11 How can I be selected to be able to feature?If you produce consistently-good Instructables, and especially if you take an active, useful part in the community, you may be approached by Eric ( ewilhelm ) to join the team. There is no set number of members of the team, but new members are not often invited.4. Miscellaneous4.1 Is it possible to intern at Instructables?-Check regularly at our We're hiring page for more info. Instructables member TimAnderson is also running an internship program documenting Heirloom Technologies 4.2 What is the Community Section?The Community Section contains the Forums:You can choose to either view topics by category or View All in an option at the top of the pageGeneral Forums - General Discussions of DIY. You can talk about anything, not just DIYMarketPlace - Forums for job offers, Internships, Kit sales and other sale sin generalHelp - Ask for help, report a bug, or just give your feedback on Instructables4.3 What is the Marketplace?The MarketPlace is a special part of the forums dedicated to bussiness like Job offers, Interships, Kit sales, and other sales in general.You can sell your stuff, or buy someone else's. This section is still fairly new, so some changes might still happen.5. Current events and Glitches5.1 I just rated an Instructable, but it says that it hasn't been rated yet!The current rating system is fairly new. Before, the rating system was simply the option to give it a plus, or a minus.Our new Rating System is based on the one described hereThe new rating system, consists of the ability to give it a rating from a scale of 0.0 to 5.0. This system is represented by a line of stars. You may also give ratings like 3.5 and 2.5.This new system is not yet complete, and there are a few bugs to work out. Currently when you rate something, it is queued to be processed during Instructables' overnight Bayesian rating algorithm-run and does not update immediately.Until it is complete, you might notice somethings, like for example, that most Instructables will have a rating lower than 4.5.2 I just saw a comment that says it was posted -xx minutes ago! What should I do?This is a small glitch we are currently experiencing. The staff is aware of this, so please, do not report this as a bug or make a forum topic about it. It is nothing serious and out staff are working to fix it. Instructables runs on a couple of servers. Sometimes, the serves receive different information, and when they each compare their information, they might get confused and say that the post was made at a time that is not possible.The following people have contributed to this FAQ:* Kiteman* NachoMahma* Brennn10ewilhelmThanks for your help!I hope this Section has helped answer any questions you might have.Have a question that should appear here? Private message me and I will answer as soon as I can.

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


Uncharted Play is looking for talent

The creators of the SOCCKET, the first energy-harvesting soccer ball, are currently seeking creative thinkers with engineering backgrounds for our our 12-week Product Development Internship Program. All associates will be working on Uncharted Play's new product lines, as part of a multidisciplinary team of engineers and designers. The program is based in New York City. Scheduling is flexible, with a minimum of 20 hours per week required. As this is an unpaid internship, school credit may be offered as compensation, as well as consideration for joining our team after program's end.  Openings: Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Operations Engineer Personal Characteristics: Go-Getter Attitude Fast Learner Creative Thinker Problem Solver Technical Aptitudes (Mechanical Engineer): Excellent visualization and 3D CAD skills Demonstrable Prototyping skills Knowledge of manufacturing processes Product development experience is desirable Knowledge of Design for Manufacturing knowledge is a plus Technical Aptitudes (Electrical Engineer): Ability to design, develop, test and troubleshoot analog and digital circuits Demonstrable prototyping skills Robotics experience is desirable Experience in the DIY community is a plus Technical Aptitudes (Operations Engineer): Knowledge of Supply Chain Management principles Willingness to interact with suppliers, both domestically and internationally Ability to construct models and metrics for operational efficiency Experience in the manufacturing industry is a plus If you are interested in becoming a Product Development Associate, please email your cover letter, resume and a brief example of your technical and/or creative skills to info@unchartedplay.com with "Product Development Candidate" in the subject line. You will be contacted within 7 business days on the status of your application.

Posted by vangelUP 5 years ago


hi!Mood is still naked!

hi!Mood is a wi-fi device which generates led patterns and plays music in sync with your mood. It plays the tracks which best fit how you feel directly from stereomood.com, associating to each song the coolest and most appropriate RGB led pattern matching your mood. You can interact with hi!Mood through a mobile app interface so that hi!Mood focuses only on what it can do best: playing music and generating colored light patterns matching your mood! hi!Mood is being developed by A-Pole, a mobile application development studio which is creating innovative mobile apps to know more about the world around you and interact simply with everyday electronic objects. A hi!Mood prototype was hacked together by A-Pole during Hackitaly 2012 (more info). A-Pole is taking care of the electronic core, the design is Desall business! Desall is a crowdsourcing platform that, through design contests, connects companies and private clients with a worldwide community of creative talents. Every designer can sign up for free and participate. If you are a creative or a designer, we ask you to imagine and design the hi!Mood case: it must contain the controller board (maximum length and width of an Arduino Mega2560 PCB are 4 and 2.1 inches respectively), emit led patterns and play music through a speaker. If you manage to combine style with functionality, proposing a uniquely cool product design there is a big prize for you! Check the brief to know more about technical requirements, conditions and submission deadline. Link contest Good luck! May the best designer win. Acknowledgements: A-Pole, Arduino, Desall, Hackitaly, Openpicus, Stereomood.

Posted by Desall 5 years ago


Instructables' Alternate Reality Game. Why not?

While I was at work I hit on an idea.  The instructable's community if filled with people with broad expertise, talents and interests from all over the world.  This is the key element in both creating and solving alternate reality games.  For those who may not know, an ARG is a game that is played by hiding clues around the world for people to find and solve.  These clues can be extremely vague or even downright unbelievable.  This sounds daunting and like it wouldn't work but it actually works better than you could believe.  ARG's have been used to promote movies, products, etc by engaging players in a reality within our own and attracting press attention.  Some better known examples are: A.I.(The Beast) - This site also includes some other examples Star Trek - this one is unbelievably complicated but with thousands of dedicated fans it was pretty much solved. The thought is we, the community here at instructables.com, could run an ARG to draw in people and the media to promote a topic of our choice using the people and talents found here.  If we work together we might be able to succeed at something amazing and promote instructables or even environmentally friendly lifestyles and technology.  I don't know if I personally have the time to fully dedicate myself to something as big as this and I have never had the chance to participate in one but with the right group of instructable members this could become a reality. Story example:  Messages from a future where the world is coming to an end due to widespread global disasters begin to appear all over the planet warning and guiding its players through efforts that might be able to prevent such a future.  It might even be possible to run the game over several years/decades and never let people know if it is real, just a game, or even who is doing it.  If done right, this might even cause people to affect evironmental change in their area. This would work kind of like the biggest, longest stealth flash mob ever created : )  The benefit is the costs would be significantly lower than traditional ARG's since we are all over the world and know how to do/build amazing things and love doing so in our free time. Any thoughts? I would suggest that specific details should be kept out of public forums like this one to prevent an information leak if this becomes a reality. UPDATE:  I have setup a webpage(http://arg.42dotservegame.org) to help manage the different aspects of a multi-user project like this.  The page is restricted to only those that have been invited to join.  To get an invite, please PM me and I will get you setup with an account.  The username will be the same as your instructable username to prevent confusion.  This is to limit access initially until everything gets rolling.  Later, active users will be given rights to invite others they think will be good resources.  As of right now there are still some things that need to be worked on within the page but I think it is functional enough to be used.  Features that are provided are: -Integrated chat -Forums -Wiki -News -Calendar -Limited/restricted file uploads and downloads

Posted by critterfluffy 8 years ago


My Month at Instructables as an Artist in Residence

It's easy to see Instructables as a single entity who's persona is summed up in one yellow robot. During the month of November I had the good fortune to spend a month as an Artist in Residence at Instructables HQ and had the opportunity to look behind the yellow curtain and learn more about the people who craft the website and the work that they do. During my stay I met artists and technicians, crafters and programmers, and I was allowed to peek into their world and see the inner cogs whirling away. Oh yeah, I was also let loose with a million dollars worth of 3D printers and laser cutters with no more direction than to have fun and make stuff! Day to day life at the office was not what I expected. Before arriving I had envisioned a, well, a madhouse. I figured that there would be 10 ft cardboard robots beeping away in one corner, office supply archery in the other, and paper airplanes gliding over the top of it all. When inside though I didn't find a room of chaos, but a room of people quietly working. I soon found out that between community management, site development, contests and other site duties there is a massive amount of work that goes into making the Instructables DIY hub function. It wasn't all business though, there was certainly time for liquid nitrogen ice cream, communal lunch hours, and pizza Thursday! I am very much a robot / tech person, so one of the highlights of my visit was getting to talk shop with randofo and amandaghassaei, Instructables technology editors. They had the coolest gadgets, and both fit the role of tinkers perfectly. Randofo had a huge bin of motors, gearboxes and other electrical delights that he patiently let me riffle through, and Amanda's work area was mass of dismantled keyboards, wire and test equipment. They practiced a type of electronics where novelty is the main function, and it was amazingly fun to see their projects come together. And yes, of course, the 3D printers were a blast. I really was allowed to dive in and try anything I wanted with the Objet machines so I took every spare moment working with them. I spent a fair amount of time running test prints of the different materials and testing their physical and mechanical strength, (aka breaking them). Once I had a feel for the UV cure pseudo plastic, I had just enough time to print everything I wanted plus some. I should also mention that this same building had two of the fastest laser cutters I've seen, and all the plastic and cardboard I could possibly need for my scale of projects. I can't possibly relate how liberating it felt to be able to think of an idea, draw up the CAD, and have a working prototype in less than an hour. The Instructables office is found on a busy street of San Fransisco, above a deli and a bar that plays full Talking Heads albums. This was my first time in California and I loved every minute of it. There was this creative energy all about and it seemed that there was some kind of art plastered anywhere it could fit. I felt like I was on an expedition, seeing for the first time things that I had only read about; I saw subway performers, photographers, and a silver painted robot guy. I ate at a Kwik Way and bought guitar string from the store that the Mythbusters bought their trumpets from. Not only that, but there are celebrities in California and I'm almost positive that Elton John rode the same bus as me every day. I could be wrong, but he had these huge glasses and the hair cut and everything. (I've never seen a celebrity before.) I visited California for a month but it felt like it flew by in minutes. After giving a small presentation over a Thai lunch and a short goodbye, I left San Fransisco and Instructables with a greater awareness and appreciation of the creative community and the talents of its members. Visiting the office and meeting the Instructables crew was an unforgettable experience and I hope to visit again someday. I would highly recommend the AIR program to any one in the position to participate, I had the time of my life.

Posted by Tomdf 5 years ago