A new feature: Membership Challenge for the Members, by the Members

It could be another Go Pro incentive, but have a space where members can challenge others to make a particular item by a given date, then let the membership vote on the winner. Similar to what is done now with contests except it's hardly any work for you guys and increases the number of ideas pertinent to then members themselves.

Posted by kz1 4 years ago


Sponsored Content - by who?

Whenever an instructable is marked as sponsored content, I would love to see a small notice about who the sponsor is - or am I missing this somehow? I get that based on parts list, sometimes this might be easy to decipher, but other times I am left clueless.

Posted by xGrape 3 years ago


Intro content replaced by code

I tried to add new photos to a published instructable and now the text for the introduction is replaced with code that starts. {"context":{"footer-robot":{},"you-image":{},"spinner": Is there any way to get the content back? I'm Using Firefox 42.0 on Lubuntu The URL is https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Three-Piece-Flat-Pack-Christmas-Tree/ Thanks

Posted by huffee 2 years ago


Overtly sexual photographs.

Smart parents monitor their children's internet activities, but they probably never thought they'd need to consider blocking Instructables due to overt sexual content.  Is a woman groping her chocolate covered breasts really considered kid-friendly by this community?    

Posted by bajablue 5 years ago


9gag is stealing your content

Your content, hosted at https://www.instructables.com/id/Privacy-monitor-made-from-an-old-LCD-Monitor/ Has been misappropriated by the website 9gag.com at http://9gag.com/gag/4705255 They placed it on their website, which is monetized with ads. When downloaded or linked, their watermark appears on the image. They have clearly not asked for permission to do this, they have not given any sort of credit or attribution. This is a clear violation of your rights and of the law. Kindly sue these buttholes, I really dislike them. In case they take this page down(which they like to do after they get caught stealing), here are screenshots: http://i.imgur.com/wtcrE.jpg http://i.imgur.com/0KQMS.jpg http://i.imgur.com/AT4LR.jpg

Posted by moonlightanon 6 years ago


Instructables not family safe any more

I was disappointed to see the repeating ad for the AXE Undie Run. I was browsing through Instructables with my 10 year old son and the ad kept appearing at the top of the page. I actually DO care what goes into my child's mind.This is not the kind of content I want my son being exposed to yet. Come on? Women taking their clothes off? Headlines that say "Sexy"? What does this have to do with instructables? This just does not fit in with the otherwise wholesome, educational nature of the site. This means I cannot trust the content on this website to be safe for my kids any longer. If you cannot maintain higher standards than that, then I am forced to boycott this website for my family's viewing.

Posted by capacitated 8 years ago


The kind of content to post

I am trying to find out a little more information before I post something. The site doesn't seem to have a page telling what it's all about. Do you have to post about something you made by hand? For example, our company helps customers design woven labels for clothing. So, can I give examples and step by step instructions about  how to design a woven label? Ultimately, they'd have to order the labels with us after they design them. Would that be viewed as poor taste, like we are trying to promote our website? If you want to see what I'm talking about, you can always review the site and see if it qualifies http://customwovenlabels.com/ Thanks!

Posted by ashleyhudson 6 years ago


I can go to bed now...

It is 01:29GMT - I've finally caught up with Questionable Content. One thousand, two hundred and ninety-nine issues in a few days.I came across it via [www.xkcd.com XKCD], and it's rather good.Sort of like Friends, but interesting.I like interestingly-insane people, and happily-psychotic computer hardware.(UPDATE: Than you to everybody who ignored the appalling (now corrected) spelling. It was very late early when I posted this.)

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Halloween contest 2008 my items not showing up

I signed up for the DYI Halloween contest through Etsy and flickr way back and my stuff is not showing up. What's the deal?

Posted by simplysavy 9 years ago


An error occurred while loading this content

The nice new tabs seem to be broken - when I click on "more", I get the message that entitles this topic, then get presented with the default list of forum categories. Q&A; is thus inaccessible via in-site links. Sorry, no screenshot, the message only pops up for a moment. (Using Safari on an iPod with up to date iOS.)

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Did we get it right?

An article on the BBC is predicting that large swathes of internet content, starting with news websites, will soon vanish forever behind paywalls. Content that is free to users, funded by advertising, will (apparently) soon be a thing of the past: Rob Grimshaw, managing director of FT.com, says charging for online services is inevitable, as online advertising is unlikely to deliver sufficient returns. While it is still "swimming against the tide" to expect payment, he says it will be recognised soon that "the oddness has been to give it away". In the long term, he says not charging will come to be seen as the aberration - and he imagines future business students writing case studies of how publishers were wrong-footed. So, fellow-pros, do think (as I do) that we have got the model right, with free-to-access content, plus paid-for benefits?

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Instructables content - moderation and peer review

Following a discussion in this forum I thought is might be a good idea to create a new thread.Adrian Monk "That's one reason I'm a little apprehensive about the future of Instructables-you don't want a police state, but if it gets humongous you start to lose control unless you moderate well. It's quite selfish, but that's why part of me wants Instructables to stay (relatively) small, and not become a phenomenon."Kiteman"That's the thing, we aren't heavily moderated - there are no people who have a specific moderating responsibility."LemonieSome time ago, people were talking towards things like peer-review (I can't remember who). Allowing anyone to post anything does have some drawbacks.As a suggestion - new posts would submit to a "review" stage, where administrators and their delegates would have the opportunity to click "publish" or "reject"."Publish" would move the new post to it's normal published state, "Reject" would force a comment to be added to that effect, leaving it in the "review" stage.It would mean changing the system, but a group of people would be filtering new posts.It would preempt having to flag things and post comments asking for withdrawal or fixing afterwards.With a group of people having the option to publish, no one person would be able to hold a new post back, and the group would be able to see "reject" comments and add to them. Users posting would also be able to see comments against their submitted posts.By "the group" I mean people who are flagging and commenting already.Safety catch: after X-days with no action, posts publish automatically.Forum for general ideas, do with it what you will...RegardsL

Posted by lemonie 9 years ago


Poor punmanship

I finally got around to really reading through the new ibles blog. Seems you need to log into facebook to post a comment there so hence the posting here as forum topic. I was interested to read about the ice cream gathering, the one promoted with the "nitroglycerine" ice cream. I get to the part where you have the flavors listed. I see: Rum Raisin (aka MADD About You) Now, that is questionable on many levels. If that is the name of the flavor promoted by the ice cream vendor, shame on them. If that is the name of a flavor made up by the blogger, I think they need to have a look at the Be Nice policy. I am not beyond reproach but I do know where not to cross the line.  

Posted by caitlinsdad 7 years ago


Many instructables pages are served with Content-type: text/plain, including the new user registration

Since the registration page is sent as Content-type: text/plain, at least Firefox doesn't render it as a form, so you can't even create an account in order to file a bug. I eventually had to install an add-on to force the Content-type so that I could register...

Posted by agricocb 9 years ago


the requested content cannot be loaded

Ive been getting this error message on step 2 photos 8 and 9 on my instructable when using the arrows. As I use this to teach kids they all get the same error, around 20 mac laptops running, safari, google crome, and firefox all do the same thing. this has happen for around two weeks https://www.instructables.com/id/Digital-Manufacturing-project-four-laser-cut-box/

Posted by liquidhandwash 5 years ago


Instructables can not be updated

Hi, I'm new here. I had added some text to one of my instructables, along with another rendering image. I published the updates yesterday but could not see the updates today after logout. I use Chrome, and cache is cleared. Guess this is a bug ?

Posted by 7PLAIN 6 years ago


Breaking down the Rating system

I just read one of the recent Answers, and it was asking about how to get ratings. That got me to thinking. I like to think that Instructables is a more useful sight than many others. Given its "usefulness," it follows that each aspect should be scrutinized for said usefulness.The usefulness of the Rating system, to me, is unapparent. On a website, I usually measure usefulness as how much something affects a decision I make. Following the mentality of the day, I need to be able to make such a decision in a millisecond, or else I just opt out of making the decision at all. I see a picture and read a title -- I click the link if I like it or move on if I don't. The problem with a single rating system that applies to the entire Instructable is that if I really like one aspect of an I'ble, yet don't like another, I'm more likely NOT to rate it at all. This saves me the internal struggle about what rating to actually give the I'ble. When I internally rate an I'ble whilst viewing it, I look at two major categories: Presentation and Concept. Is the concept amazing? Is the concept old hat? Is the I'ble written well? Is the I'ble unintelligible? If the Ratings were split into these two categories, I think authors would feel more empowered and would be able to focus their energies more effectively in their quest to submit better I'bles. The Rating system may get more use, too. I see a great idea written poorly, I know EXACTLY what to rate it -- I don't have a lengthy decision in front of me. High on Concept, low on Presentation. Rated. Done. Bam. The author can then easily take this feedback and do what they need to do to improve their contributions. Given the current system, I have to debate in my head whether or not I want to rate high, or middle, or low, because I like the Concept, yet dislike the Presentation. Oops, decision took too long. I've moved on. Didn't rate.The current one-size-fits-all rating system may be simpler to implement, but provides much less function than a slightly-categorized rating system. Readers will be more inclined to use the tool, and authors will be provided with much more valuable information.Ok. I'm done.

Posted by BeanGolem 9 years ago


We need a music contest!!!

I think that we need some kind of contest involving music! Instructables has had contests for photography, robotics, baking, biking, yo-yoing, and many others... so why hasn't there been one about music? There are many aspiring musicians here of Instructables and I think that we need our time to shine. That's my two cents.

Posted by sk8bordgeek 10 years ago


Instructables - Finalist for Best User-Generated Content Award in the Crunchies

Feeling like your Instructable was the underdog in our Laser Cutter Competition? Check out the blog to see how Instructables is competing with the likes of Digg, Facebook, Geni, and Yelp. Or just head straight over and vote for Instructables:http://vote.crunchies.techcrunch.com/category/view/ugc according to the rules, you can vote once every day until Thursday at midnight.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Can you help write a video game?

Do you want to get involved in moving an internet sensation to the next level? Webcomic Questionable Content are looking for a video game developer to push forward the creative vision of the comic's author. J Jaques says; Today, I had an idea. An idea for a video game. A video game about WEBCOMICS. I passed this idea around to a number of my colleagues, and they were very interested! It then began to dawn on me that this was possibly something I could actually make happen. But obviously I don't know anything about actually making video games, so I would have to talk to a developer about it. And while I'm sure there is nothing video game developers hate more than a Normal Person Who Thinks They Have A Great Idea For A Game, I am pretty sure this idea has legs, both in terms of potential audience and potential funding. So if you make video games for a living, shoot me an email. I would love to discuss my ideas with a professional. If you don't know QC, you should.  If you have a couple of days spare, start reading at number one, otherwise pick up here.

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Urge authors to make better project summaries

Hello! I see these neat projects all the time in the newsletter, but when I click on them I'm often bewildered.  When I see an instructible  want to know one thing: What does it do? Maybe it's my own shortcoming, but I wish that people would say in the first sentence what the point is of their project.  EXAMPLE 1: https://www.instructables.com/id/PC-SOUND-CARD-SCOPE-INTERFACE-FACILITATES-DC-RESTO/ This project is super cool and the steps seem clear.  However, what does it do?  It says in the title "facilitates DC restoration".  I don't know what that means.  It also says in the link "PC Sound Card Oscilloscope".  Does an oscilloscope somehow facilitate DC restoration?  I probably don't know enough about electronics for this to be useful to me, but it would be really nice to understand what he's making and what you'd use it to do.  EXAMPLE 2: https://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-2-wheel-robot-with-IR-sensor-weight-14gr-and-/ I'm sorry to pick on the guy who's apologizing for his English, but I wish that it said what the robot does.  EXAMPLE 3: https://www.instructables.com/id/the-algae-experiment-How-to-build-your-own-algae-/ This has a great description, and this is what I'm talking about.  I can't imagine what you would do with it, but it clearly makes algae.  Cool, if I want to make algae, I'll know where to look!   I think it would be easy to encourage people to include the purpose of their project in the summary, and perhaps it could be incorporated easily into the submission process (although a simple suggestion might do the trick).  Of course there are times when it wouldn't be appropriate, like when posting art related instructables.  Also the general purpose stuff, like how to make balls of ice (although it would be interesting to know why someone would make an ice sphere maker)!  Also guides, like "Plant Terrarium Basics" don't need the purpose spelled out.  But, I think that lots of other things would really benefit from it! Thanks, Gene

Posted by geneorama 6 years ago


Inappropriate contents

Hi, I think below user's contents is inappropriate. https://ssl.instructables.com/member/dlchg-ml1313/ Please block this guy or delete contents. Thanks Jinbuhm Kim

Posted by Jinbuhm Kim 2 years ago


Ingenuity in the cannabis community

This is an inquiry aimed at the moderators and staff of the site specifically, but should also involve the community. I live in Northern California, which is one of the world centers of marijuana use and culture. My entire life I have been exposed to users of the drug, and it is a drug, although a largely harmless one in comparison to other legal drugs (and let's not make this a debate, please. it's not the issue at hand, argue about that in other places PLEASE). I would also like to add that I do not, never have, and will most likely never smoke marijuana unless I develop a medical condition for which it is prescribed. Being a maker, I have noticed the large amount of art, ingenuity, and design that goes into the smoking devices that these people use. This creativity and design is something that I feel should be shared on this site. Marijuana is a drug that is legal in many places, either freely available or medicinally, or in a legal gray area. In fact, it seems much more legal, and arguably safer than a portion of the projects on this website. From the perspective of someone who does dumb things safely, I have seen some stuff on here that is terrifying at worst, and dumb at best. That said, it's all usually creative, and awesome, and is by no means representative of the vast majority of content on this site. tl;dr: marijuana apparatus can be very creative and artistic, values supported by this site it is legal in various areas and a lot safer than some things I have seen on here The actual question: What is the official position of the mods/staff/community on posting content including or related to marijuana smoking apparatus? I have made many different kinds of smoking things for my friends, and it is a much more in depth and scientific process than one would imagine. If it's okay, I would like to share some of these creations. also, that's not my picture, just an example of an intricate bong.

Posted by ilpug 5 years ago


New contents - email alert

I hope, if such functionality appear. When new contest is started - to be notified by email.

Posted by dsur 4 years ago


Start Menu Contents and Programs

What are the usual things on your start menu? What is under All Programs?

Posted by puffyfluff 9 years ago


eBooks only contain table of contents and comments

Hi, The ebooks available for download only contain a table of contents and comments, but not the actual instructables.  Not what I would call an eBook!! Is there a problem with the eBook generation or is this on purpose? Cheers, Shauno

Posted by shauno 7 years ago


How to change a memory content

Hello! Ihave a singing toy for my little child and I want to change the content. I want to insert another melody, some different songs that my child loves a lot. How can I do?  There are little pcbs inside and I haven`t see any pin or microcontroller. Yhank you!

Posted by baicia 2 years ago


Content goes POOF during an edit! Then--->

A couple sentences of the disappeared content appear in a whole NEW, unpublished Ible that I never created.  I lost A LOT OF WORK and I want to cry out of frustration. ;_( btw... I did "Save" changes a few times during the edit, but 90% of the content is still gone.

Posted by bajablue 6 years ago


/You page not showing content or notifications

To my great surprise getting on today, I found my /you page is no longer carrying any of my content or notifications. Can someone tell me how I can remedy this problem?

Posted by OrigamiAirEnforcer 4 years ago


Are you allowed to copy contents

Hi, I just glanced through the Terms and Conditions and I am trying to understand if people are allowed to copy authors contents on this site, to published on places like my blog. Or do you need a written consent from Instructables. Thank you

Posted by Genstry 2 years ago


Spam/sponsored content

Where does the line between spam and sponsored content go? I'm specifically thinking about instructables like these: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Choose-The-Right-Train-Horn/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Things-To-Consider-Before-Purchasing-Window-Coveri/ They are fairly informative, but also contain advertisement for a company. Where does the line go? I see a lot of these ibles.

Posted by jurgemaister 4 years 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


Instructable editor pastes content in the wrong place

When pasting content into the Instructables editor, the content doesn't always get inserted at the cursor's location. To reproduce:  1. Start a new Instructable, and edit the first step.  2. Enter some dummy text, followed by a newline.  3. Use the "formatting" menu to change the current format to "code".  A grey box will appear.  Place the cursor inside the box.  4. Copy some source code (from a separate editor or a separate tab) and paste it into the grey box. What should happen:  - The content on the clipboard is pasted inside of the grey box. What actually happens:  - The content on the clipboard is pasted immediately after the grey box. A partial workaround is to paste the code first, then highlight it and switch the formatting to "source".  Pasting the code when formatting as normal text causes the code to be modified, however (whitespace and newlines get mangled/combined).  Aside from being annoying, this can break code in languages where whitespace is significant (like Python).  The paste function should work as expected, and insert the pasted content as-is at the current cursor location. I am currently running Firefox v52.0.2 on Windows 7 (64-bit).

Posted by sparkchaser 1 year ago


Would a star rating system for Instructables be a useful feature?

This recent Instructables UI update has got me thinking.Star rankings provided by users are useful feedback options that are all over the web.Instructables has been around for a long time and has had about a gajillion (citation needed) how-to's-posted over the years. There is a fair amount of redundancy in some of these projects (looking at you, Minecraft, pen guns, drawing tutorials, most of the airsoft category) and they vary WIDELY in quality from very in depth valuable content to stuff that barely qualifies as a how-to at all. What if they could be ranked? The ranking score of each how-to would be a simple out-of-5-star rating. This rating could be used for a few things:Sorting when searching. Obvious really, when you search for a how-to, there could be a little sorting option to sort by typical variables like time, views, and rating. This would help direct users to better content.Allow mods/helpful people to figure out what how-tos are really not working. This would sort the mass of content into a more easily managed hierarchy. With the new tips feature that allows people to give input on projects, this sorting would really highlight what projects really need some help, allowing users to help less successful users to improve their content.This gives a direct amount of feedback for the user, sure, views help to show the amount of interest in a project, but interest does not equal overall quality. If a user posts something that is low quality (poorly written, misleading, bad pictures, unfinished, unedited, plagiarist, or just plain dangerous) and they can see that they get a bad rating, it is a good sign that they need to work on their content.An automated service in the site could give people a head's up if their content is consistently rating low. You could get a message that says something like "Hey, we noticed that ________ instructable is performing poorly, here's some suggestions that could help it improve! (then link to the how-to-make-a-good-instructable-content) This keeps users focused on all of their content, not just recent stuff. Obviously there should be a switch that lets users turn these notifications on and off so if they don't care to use it, it's not forced on them.There are problems with this, of course. Ranking users means that personal taste can influence the quality rating of a project, rather than the actual quality of the content. Someone who hates cats could go poorly rate all the cat-related content, regardless of it's overall quality. This means there needs to be a way to make sure that the star-rating system isn't abused too much to damage good content. There needs to be a barrier to entry. Some suggested barriers to entry for star rating privileges could be:Pro membership automatically lets you rank content (pro never seemed that exclusive anyway, this could make it more desirable)Having X number of instructables posted lets you rank content (3 I think would be a fair number)Having X number of views/comments lets you rank contentWinning a contest lets you rank contentHaving the star rating of your instructables be net positive would let you rank content (IE, the majority of all your content has an above 3 star rating)These barriers or a combination of them would help ensure that only personally invested users would have access to the ranking system to ensure good data.Thoughts? Would be awesome if a moderator or Instructables dev could chime in here.

Posted by ilpug 6 months ago


funny song

Go to this site and check it out this is just messed uphttp://cristgaming.com/pirate.swfim still laughing from the look on thier facesalso some fun gameshttp://thecleverest.com/content/attractors.swfhttp://thecleverest.com/content/attractors_water.swf

Posted by ich bin ein pyro 11 years ago


Jobs at Ponoko

An opportunity for someone/s to turn their immeasurable talents to produce top quality 'how-to' content for our users on a regular basis ... how to design, how to make and how to market their digital product designs and their finished tangible goods.You will post your content (text, images, video) on our blog and on Instructables.comIf you have a passion for creating how to content and want to do it with a small team of people who are reinventing how goods are designed, made and distributed worldwide, then show us what you've done!You can send your email to us at: info-at-ponoko-dot-com.Can't wait to hear from you :)

Posted by Dogic 9 years ago


Again How To- Stolen Instructables Content

Again How To Hi all,  not sure if this is really the correct place to be raising this (and can’t seem to find it mentioned elsewhere), but a new website called again how to has appeared aggregating content and reposting on their site, along the lines of ehow. It does appear to be pulling a hell of a lot of Instructables up on it, as well as off peoples personal sites (how I have picked up). I hope the Instructables legal team can have a look at this. Superpants

Posted by superpants 5 years ago


OLPC call for educational content

Can you think of something useful and fun to teach children through the http://www.laptop.org/ OLPC $100 laptop? We've created a group where you can submit Instructables for consideration to be included. Instructions for how to do this are here. Feel free to submit both old and new Instructables!

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Google ads not clearing

Google is pitching ads that don't go away and block content.

Posted by onlylooklikepackrat 6 years ago


Make sure "sponsored content" is identified on mobile app like it is on the site?

A couple times recently I've been scrolling through featured projects on the mobile app (Android) and noticed one that had some suspiciously prominent Mike's Hard Lemonade in it. It wasn't until I checked in a normal web browser that I could confirm that these were sponsored content: https://www.instructables.com/id/Mikes-Marinade/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Tent-stake-marker/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Tiki-Torch-Bottle/ I do appreciate the efforts for transparency on the site and how these are clearly marked as sponsored. It would be nice to get that same transparency on the mobile app - unless I'm missing something, right now there's no way to tell the difference between a regular featured project and a sponsored one.

Posted by Ben Finio 4 years ago


Instructables ripoff site?

Just ran across a strange site that appears to be ripping the content from Instructables. See, for example, http://s2ptech.com/2013/07/simple-beer-1/ Is this something Instructables is working on? If not, then our articles here may be penalized for being "duplicate content." Just wondering. Thanks

Posted by flyingpuppy 5 years ago


Getting Views on Unpublished Content

I am editing an unpublished Instructable and am showing a few views.  I deleted that one (assuming that I had accidentally published it somehow) and the same is happening in a new one.  Right now. it is just one on the new one.  I don't see it anywhere in 'recent' so perhaps these are not real views by other users.

Posted by annahowardshaw 7 years ago


Do you own or write to a blog or content management system?

I've just finished v1.0 of my Instructable about making your own blog, from scratch, and I was wondering who here has a blog, writes to a blog, or runs a content management system of any kind.I have been a blogger in numerous blogs in the past, i'm currently co-building a new blog with a friend, and I've owned and ran (before passing on) about 4 blogs. What's your experience?

Posted by lifelong-newbie 9 years ago


User profile pages have been changed, for the worst

Instructables has reworked user profile pages in a radical way. Profile pages are now wholly different from what they used to be. Content is no longer divided by its type (instructable, forum, comment, favorite, etc.), it is divided into two sections: the user's projects...and everything else. The section on everything else encompasses every activity related to the user in question. This cluttered list of activities can include everything from viewers favoriting the user's projects, replies to the user and even (deleted) spam comments left on the user's projects. There is no way to divide things up to look at them by their individual types--you must sift through everything manually. As far as the user's content goes, only five projects are visible to the marauding viewer at a glance. There is no indication to viewers over how many projects have been posted by the member in total. Versus the previous layout: Fewer projects are being shown The total number posted by the user is now unclear The number of subscribers had by the user is now unclear The 5 projects which are shown are displayed with smaller images than before. Absolutely every aspect of presentation was superior under the old layout. The only vaguely positive new development is the ability for an author to control what five projects they desire to spotlight. In light of the massive costs, it is not a major plus. If the viewer does make their way to the page which carriers all of a user's projects, they will again find its contents unfiltered. There are no filters to weed out content by featured status, views or popularity. There is still no indication of how many projects there are either. Patches do not appear to be of any value anymore, as they are nowhere to be seen on profile pages. ------------------------ This change has destroyed profile pages. I have been around Instructables for many years and have seen many layouts--this layout is, without a doubt, the worst yet. The layout of profile pages must be reverted to the previous style. Content is being downplayed like it never has been before. Most of a person's profile page is now dedicated to what other people have done. Users' profile pages--what were once pages dedicated to their stuff--are now dominated by others' stuff. When a user goes to my profile page, I want them to see what I have posted. That is why they went there--to see my content. They are not there to look at others' content. Under this new layout, viewers will have to work harder to find results on these profiles and are more likely to lose interest in the content of the user. The lack of intuitiveness to the layout will only aggravate and put off viewers. Content creators will probably bear the brunt of the fallout of this change if it's not quickly undone. Interest in and viewership of their content will likely decrease in time if things do not change. In turn, content creators may decide not to withdraw and discontinue sharing their works. Whomever made the layout what it is now may have had the best intentions. However, it is time to accept the fact that the new layout is completely inferior to the previous one and that it needs to be scrapped.

Posted by OrigamiAirEnforcer 1 year ago


Option for Flagging copied content instructable

I opened up the site and saw this great looking lamp instructable on the homepage (https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Recycled-TetraBox-Lamp/) I really liked it and thought of putting up a comment when I saw that in a previous comment, another user mentioned seeing the exact same images and content before in another place. It's nothing new that people are blatantly copying content(which might be copyrighted too) for winning prizes, but these appearing on the main homepage is a little disappointing. Another example of such project getting featured on homepage was a 9V-battery top spy bug instructable some time back. I understand the instructable staff can't keep knowledge of every project ever posted, and to feature only the original ones. But can we have an option to flag as "Blindly Copied" with link to original work, so the instructable staff can check and remove it? None of the current flag categories match the requirement,

Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 4 years ago


"This video contains content from SME" message

Hi everyone.  I have an Instructables I recently posted which contains some videos. I've never had trouble with people viewing my videos on previous instructables I've posted, but on my most recent one, E4-B4 Astromech Droid, on of the videos has the following message... This video contains content from SME. It is restricted from playback on certain sites. Watch on YouTube." So first off, what the heck is SME? If it's such an issue, what does it leave a link to view the video on YouTube, which it plays in anyway? How can I get rid of it? And why is it that Instuctables.com is one of the sites that has this issue? This particular video does contain some third party content which I do have their permitton to use, so I don't see why I get this rather annoying message.  Thanks guys. 

Posted by steve-gibbs5 2 years ago


More patches up for grabs!

For no particular reason, I have created a set of patches based on the web comics Questionable Content and XKCD. Do you want one? Then tell me why you deserve one... Hiccup Update: I can't send patches until the image upload thingie is fixed (I only uploaded the picture of Pintsize when I wrote this).  Sorry.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


report blatant copyright violations

Who should we be reporting stolen content to? IE. having it removed for review It's not MY content but I won't just watch and ignore while other people submit material ripped off from others. It shouldn't require a request from the owner for something do be done when it's so obvious. Step up and confront it. At least add something to the flag menu.

Posted by explosivemaker 5 years ago


Pitchforks and denial

I felt an urge to blog. Though some of you may find the content or tone offensive, I do not apologise.

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Team up with Make Magizine

Dear Instructables, I am tired of going to so many different sources for great How Tos and DIY projects. This is why I am suggesting that you and Make Magazine should merger.  This way we could get the great content of both the open web content of Instructables and the the physicality of Make Magazine. I love both of you, but I also love a one stop shop. Sincerely, A FAN

Posted by nathb1028 7 years ago