"Feature Comment" Not Working

For over a month now, I can't feature a comment that someone posted on my Instructable, Am I the only one that has this problem? No, I've seen someone feature one of my comments before, Anything wrong with my computer? I am a PRO-member so it definitely has nothing to do with that... WHY?!?

Topic by Yonatan24 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


What is feature comment? Answered

On my OB it says for the comments "feature comment" What does that do when you feature it? Thanks, mm8

Question by MegaMetal8 8 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Front Page Featured Comment

SFGate added a new widget to their front page - a Featured Comment box. Someone commented on one of my Instructables that they wished they could favorite the comments because they were so fun to read. It would be neat if there was a box on the front page with a single Featured Comment, or part of a comment. The folks who have the ability to Feature an Instructable could be given the ability to also Feature a comment. You really don't need many. I'd probably only keep the most recent 10 or so in the queue. You could use a simple JavaScript form to submit a comment to the queue. Tell the folks with permission to only put the best of the best in there. Even if it stuck on the same cool comment for a couple of days, that's ok. It would be maybe a minute or so to add a comment by cut and paste to the queue. If you each only do one a week it would be full constantly. It could lead folks to the Instructable, or even the Commenter.In the SFGate box it looks like they just choose the featured comment editorially. I'm not sure how often it changes. I think just whenever they decide to change it. I've never seen one persist for more than one day. It doesn't change with reloads; that's why I think it is chosen editorially.I love a lot of my comments.

Topic by SFHandyman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Reply button disapears on featured comments

When I feature a comment, the reply button disappears.  Un-checking the feature box and reloading the page returns the reply button. Using firefox 3.6.13 Ubuntu 10.04.

Topic by scraptopower 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


"Feature comment" on slideshow is broken?

I tried to use the new "feature comment" checkbox out of curiosity on Jake's comment here, which popped up a yellow error box saying 400 -- QUESTION objects are not sticky-able By the sounds of it this feature is a few hours old so I guess the kinks are still being worked out.  Is there some documentation on what the feature actually does?  I gather it pins a comment to the top of the list of comments and disables replies to that comment...?

Topic by PKM 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


feature comment button is gone

On my latest i'ble I noticed that the "feature comment" button is gone! 

Topic by bravoechonovember1 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Can you un-feature a comment?

Can a featured comment be un-featured and put back into the order with other comments?

Question by zimitt 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


I made it

I notice a few days a go the "I made button" on the comments below each instructable. I got to use it today as I just finished my Micro slicer. Just a big thanks to Silver Jimmy and Groover for  posting their projects, you guys a re awesome! Microslicer

Topic by liquidhandwash 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Comment deleting? Answered

I am new but I have posted many comments.  When people reply I get a notice under my user name page.  I like this feature but I have like 12 replied comments now and I want to get rid of the old notices I have read.  How?

Question by King Julien 9 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Comment Tracker

When I check my homepage, I notice that by putting my mouse over the "Youv" I get a small menu of options. One of the options is "Comments." When I have new comments, it will say "Comments (x)." I really like this feature, I find it useful, but I am having a problem where it will say "Comments (2)," but I have only one new message. This is not a very urgent bug, nor am I sure it is even a bug, but it would be much appreciated if it could be fixed or amended in the near future. Thanks.

Topic by Whaleman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Feature Request: Access to URLs of individual comments

There are many occasions where I want to cross-reference somebody's comment in another posting. Most of the time, I try to use the "date and time" stamp, but that's problematic since the time is computed on the fly in my local TZ. It's worse if the comment is embedded half a dozen layers down in some thread in a completely different Forum Topic. Once or twice, I've tried to use "View Source" in my browser, and search through to find the corresponding markup for the comment, and then extract the hash from one of the tag/JS attributes. Since the information is already there, would it be difficult to add a "link" hyperlink to each comments, such that the returned URL was the one needed to get back to that comment in the future?

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Feature Request

Lovin' the site, but would like to see one small feature. Could we add an RSS feed to the comments page under the You link? I'd like to keep track of what, if anything, people are saying about what I'm saying. It would make it much easier to do if we could get an rss feed for that page. Thanks!

Topic by mrmath 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


What does "Feature Comment" mean?

Hi When you post a comment or look at an answer to a question you've posted...it has a checkbox which says feature comment. I've been wondering what it actually does. I've been checking it whenever I see it. Is it necessary? Thank you super_me

Question by NebulaIX 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Feature request: Favorite something with comments

When I favorite something, it would be very nice if I couls store some notes as to what I like about it. Very often I get inspired by an i/ble, notice an idea in it I can use, or simply want to save it for future reference. It would be nice if I can store on a notes field why I saved it.

Topic by tinkernaut 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Featured Author: dtextor

Check out the interview I conducted with maker extraordinaire, dtextor (aka Dominik Textor)! Leave your comments and questions for Dominik in the comments of this post.

Topic by xxlauraxx 4 years ago


Word formatting on comments

I have been away from Instructables for some time, and I came back, not much has changed after the pro feature was implanted. Which is good. ^^ However, I have a little problem with word formatting, when I tried using some symbols to change the way the words look, they don't work. Is this due to the pro feature? Or am I using the wrong symbles and my memory needs a little refreshing? Thanks! I just chose this picture randomly, I don't know what else to use. :P

Topic by Plasmana 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


New Instructables Features

Hi! This is the first post in the new instructables forums. Instructables has lots of new features out today. Check out the comment tracking feature and find all the comments you almost missed! You can also send private messages to other Instructables members. There are also lots of little new things... Oh yeah, FIRST POST!

Topic by leahculver 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


A comment on slideshow option...

Is there a way to shut off the slideshow option and see it like the rest of instructables? It seems to be slow, clumsy and eye-iritating to the point that it's not worth fighting with to look at. Feel free to disagree and post your opinion.

Topic by jtobako 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Bugs on Posting A Comment

This past few days, I observed that the comments get scrambled. Comments fall under the wrong tree-pattern, specially when you click on the feature comment. Please help, miss communication occurs when comments get scrambled. Thank you!

Topic by ASCAS 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Contest Comments Page

I miss them!  They were always fun to read, comment and reply to. Does anyone else feel the same way? Mods: Why were these Comment pages discontinued in the first place?  Is there any chance this feature might be re-instituted?  Sign me: Hoping! ;-)

Topic by bajablue 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Thanks for the new feature!

Ibles was down earlier for "maintenance". I just spotted what they changed! Thanks for updating the comments as per Fungus' suggestion, much prettier!

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Preview Your Comments

Today we added a feature for previewing comments. Now when you enter a comment on an Instructable, forum topic, or orangeboard, you can preview it first to make sure it looks pretty. You can also preview your comment images, links and videos! A comment can be edited and previewed as many times as you like before posting. Enjoy.The email uploader for images is working again too! Hooray.

Topic by leahculver 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Ratio of views to comments...

Over some time I've noticed that the ratio of instructables pageviews to commenters has increased on the side of pageviews, both with new and pre-existing instructables. The featuring of instructables in categories and channels has definitely increased pageviews overall but with less commenters. It could be that there are more visitors overall but that more are non-members, or that the community has extended a bit.  Though this isn't unusual on the internet, most places have a ratio of views to comments of less than 1%... Just something I've noticed on my own and few other instructables, not much more than a thought...

Topic by killerjackalope 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New feature: comments by topic authors are identified!

As part of the Answers Release, it looks like a new minor feature has been deployed. All comments from the author of a Forum topic are identified with a little "(author)" next to their username. The same is true for comments to Instructables. Very useful!

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Bug in forum reply with more than 3 comments in thread

I believe that I am seeing a bug in the comments reply feature.  If I click the "reply" link when there are more than 3 comments within a reply thread in my instructable, you can not see the last comments.   Here is an example where there are 5 comments in this thread but only 3 show in the reply link: https://www.instructables.com/you/backtalk/?action=reply&commentId;=CB4D9PWHSPP7D4X see picture and https://www.instructables.com/id/Rideable-Segway-Clone-Low-Cost-and-Easy-Build/

Topic by ihart 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Adding images to comment replies?

How do we add images to comment replies?  There's an "add image" button for top-level comments (see first image), but not for replying to existing comments (second image). Is this a bug, feature, or oversight? (Working on an Android tablet, using default browser.)

Topic by Kiteman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Fewer/no comments on Instructables?

Have other Instructable authors noticed a decline in comments for their Instructables with the most recent version of the site? I realize this sounds arrogant, but the past two of my Instuctables currently have more than 3,000 views and 50+ likes, but zero comments. One of the things I really like about Instructables is the opportunity for feedback and discussion. I'm wondering if anyone else is having this experience. If so, I wonder if it is a product of our society or the design of the site. At least when I view my own Instructables, there is a considerable amount of scrolling involved before you arrive at the comments section, which could be just enough to prevent comment inspiration. Or perhaps my recent Instructables are just not inspiring comments.  https://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Disney-World-bag-featuring-Glow-With-The-Sh/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Toy-Tank-DJ-Booth/

Topic by davidandora 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Instructable Features not working?

Quite recently some of my features have stopped working? Since my question 'computer problem' My post question feature is not working. I can go on the 'submit question' page and write my question and publish it but it will never appear on questons nor will I get an email? I can awnser questions though? I'm not to fussed but sometimes my email doesn't work aswell? Also It appears for some reason My last instructable got little regonition? Or is it me? All comments welcome Thank you for reading Oscar

Topic by oscarthompson 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Instructable Features not working?

Quite recently some of my features have stopped working? Since my question 'computer problem' My post question feature is not working. I can go on the 'submit question' page and write my question and publish it but it will never appear on questons nor will I get an email? I can awnser questions though? I'm not to fussed but sometimes my instructable email doesn't work aswell? Also It appears for some reason My last instructable got little regonition? Or is it me? I'm posting this is 'bugs' too. All comments welcome Thank you for reading Oscar

Topic by oscarthompson 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Not a bug, but a feature request

In the forum sections we can see who made the last comment and I find this info very helpful. In the Answers sections however we only see the number of replies given so far. A lot of us like to help out by providing more or less usefull answers and it would be great to see who provided the last. This way it is easy to see if the person asking for help actually came back and replied him/herself. As an alternative it would be almost as good to see a tick, point or "replied" info once the person asking replied again. Would of course also help during springclean to remove tons of questions that never got solved.... Not to mention user from the database ;)

Topic by Downunder35m 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Easy Feature Suggestion - timezones

At the moment all the times on the site are in US times. As a bonus feature for pros it would be REALLY useful if we could set our timezone in our profile settings so that all the comments in the forums, on ibles and in answers were changed to our timezone. Please please please please?

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


2x Feature request: Concerning the Slideshow feature

Two things about slideshows that I think could use some improvement. 1. When I put my mouse cursor over one of those tagged areas (yellow rectangle outlines), I'm probably doing that so that I can read the comment that shows up. It would make sense to automatically pause the slideshow until I pull the cursor out of the rectangle, so that it doesn't switch pictures while I'm reading. 2. I'm not sure about this, but it appears to me that the slideshow first decides that it's time for the next picture, and then loads it. This means that on a slow connection, the time it takes to load the picture can significantly shorten the time that you get to see the picture. Then, after an all too short viewing period, the picture goes away, and the slideshow shows only a big white area while loading the next pic. It would make sense to try and switch pictures every T seconds, and load all pics as quickly as possible. If the next pic is not availible yet, don't hide the current one just yet. =) /Gibson

Topic by gibson_se 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Not able to comment on Spanish Instructables

Dear friends, I have noticed that there are not links to the Instructables made in other languages on the home page. I have also noticed that I am unable to comment, favorite or check the statistics on a project. I wonder if these are features that will be added in the future.

Topic by blkhawk 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Should be possible to edit comments

We should be able to edit comments that we have published. I found an error in a schematic I posted, for instance, and I should be able to go back and revise it instead of deleting the whole comment and re-posting. This is a common feature in other forum software.

Topic by endolith 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Suggestions regarding new features

I think it would be better if the link to the forums went to the mots recent topics only, not the most recent replies. Comments? Agree? Other suggestions?

Topic by LinuxH4x0r 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Comment HTML formatting, etc.

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

Topic by PKM 9 years ago


Instructable comments in weird order?

Why are the instructable comments in a weird order? My comment on an instructable ended up in the middle of the comments section, not at the top or bottom as you would expect??? How can you track progress of comments on an instructable you like in this weird ordering?? The instructable i want to follow recent comments on is this one: https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-RFID-Door-Lock/

Question by redfox05 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Feature Request: @user tag

For me instructables is great because of it's outstanding community. Still, I believe this could be an even better place if we worked closer together.  Sure, this can't be forced, but it can be made easier: It would help greatly if a "@user" tag was introduced. It should do two things: Notify the user mentioned, both with an on-page notification (like a PM) as well as through email Produce a clickable link to the user's page The usage cases are plenty. It could be used if... an authors project is based on @user ideas/ project @user has improve upon one's work @user has similar project worth checking out a comment/ forum post is adressed to @user, even though it is not a direct response one knows @user is interested in a instructable/ forum post, but may have missed it Unlike PMs it's a quick and public method to reach out for people. I am very aware that even though this is a "small" idea it may take much effort to develop and integrate throughout the site. Yet I do believe it would be absolutely worth it, as it... motivates authors (it is the greatest feeling to know somebody values the project you've poured all of your heart into) keeps conversations going (I've seen many comments not being responded to just because they haven't used the reply button) brings people with similar ideas and interests together (isn't this what instructables is all about?) It could happen that this will be abused by some people, so "blocking" certain users (to not receive notifications) should be a mandatory function. What do you think about this?

Topic by nqtronix 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


New interface for comments editor

Last night, Rachel rolled out a new version of the comments editor.  It's supposed to be faster and easier to use (no more pull-down formatting for paid users, for example, just buttons). One nice new feature is that you don't have to wait for all the buttons to load if you're just typing plain text.  The back end is still the same HTML-based CKEditor as before.

Topic by kelseymh 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Feature Suggestion, Topic closing

After getting a comment on a very old topic and noticing some come up it occurred to me that giving users the capacity to close their old topics or possibly leave it at the discretion of a time limit or a team of, well not quite executioners but something or other may be rather useful, mainly to stop old topics coming back up without reason, some stay active for a very long time, others just occasionally pop up. If the topics were merely closed but still existent then they'd still be available for reference and any specific comments about something could be sent to the user in question's orangeboard, it's just a thought, I'm not saying all old topics need taken out back and, eh sent to the farm but it might keep the forums a bit fresher, without causing confusion...

Topic by killerjackalope 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What about adding status post here?

I would like to suggest a post status here just like facebook. I would love to post my update on what's on my workbench or what I am currently cooking or what so ever. What do you think? Please let me know in the comment thanks!

Topic by WarenGonzaga 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Subtle non-bug with new "(author)" comment identifier

As I've noted in a separate thread, there's a new feature in comments -- any comment by the original author of the Topic, I'ble, Answer, whatever, is identified with "(author)" next to their name, and now with a blue background on the full comment text. There's a subtle bug involved with this. When the original author first creates a comment, either at the top level or by replying to someone in a thread, their comment shows up without the annotation. It is only after reloading the page that the "(author)" and blue background appear. UPDATE 3 Feb 2009: As Lebowski has noted below, this is not actually a bug, and definitely isn't important to "fix" :-)

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Kiteman's opinions on pro features.

(I have deleted huge chunks of the original version of this, which is why some comments may not seem completely relevant).This is my take on what should be happening:Whatever is decided, there is one core thing I believe;Pro benefits should be features, not content.My take, tweaked since first posted elsewhere:Free membership:Post projects in the current format.When reading projects, have full access to images, no matter who or how they are published.When reading projects, have access to basic PDFsAccess to non-pro forums.Pro membership - all the above, plus:Access to customisable PDF downloads.PatchesAccess to Pro forumsPrivate publication (projects only visible to those who are sent the URL)Mass-mailing (eg, to all those members who subscribe to you, or to whom you subscribe)Early notification of events and contests.For an extra fee (I was going to call it "pro-plus", but I think that's a medication):Post projects without advertising.Power to moderate comments on a project.Please add posts with constructive ideas to Lemonie's topic here.

Topic by Kiteman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Some Featured Instructables are not worthy of Featuring

Instructables is great. I frequently view Featured entries. However, I have reviewed the criteria in a number of staff posts regarding what gets a members Instructable featured, I think the idea is good but the implementation is flawed. Some of the featured Instructables might meet those criteria but the Instructable itself may not be worthy, one recently had to be removed by staff for plagiarism after it was featured! The breech of Instructables Guidlines was clearly indicated in comments prior to the featuring. Instructables, please remember that just because an Instructable gets lots of views or comments, these may be for all the wrong reasons and each Featured Instructable and its comments should be reviewed before featuring. Thanks, and I really do think Instructables makes the world a better place :-)

Topic by mad_mat 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


In Add Comment bockWhat is the meaning of " FEATURE COMMENT FLAG"and What Author has to do on that comment? Answered

On some project reader writes some comment and at the bottom there is a remark" FEATURE COMMENT FLAG" and then small block "REPLY" in Red color What Author has to do , What is the meaning of that

Question by nachiketa 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Feature Question: How do you create an unreplyable comment?

So, how does one create a comment which cannot be replied? I've seen one example, posted this morning, and it rather surprised me. I know that there is a work around if the comment itself is in reply to something I've written, but I'm still curious if it is a "user-accessible feature." UPDATE: I have learned from Staff that this is a feature of all "sticky comments." Announcements of bug fixes are often flagged as sticky, so they stay at the top of the original bug report. Also, the new "Best Answer" flag will make the associated comment sticky, for the same reason.

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Feature request: mass-mail to subscribers

I have just realised how many people have subscribed to me (over 370!). Since they have taken a special interest in me, I feel I ought to be able to reward them somehow. I would like to be able to send a message to all my subscribers at once, giving them advance notice of ibles etc, to let them get first chance to comment or suggest improvements before I publish it to the general public. Update: the majority of replies seem to be in favour or neutral. (For instance, I currently have two projects awaiting publication that are complete enough for useful comments to be made, but not complete enough to publish properly.) Would you have liked the chance to comment on a project a few hours before everybody else? Or to be able to contribute to it before it is published? Or maybe you want to publish a project that is unavailable to the wider public because it does not meet the site's usual family-friendly standards? Or am I giving the concept of subscribers more significance than I ought?

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Feature request : "I did it".

-When you post an instructables, it would be cool to know that people used your instruction to do it -Some people made "instructables" to show what they did after reading an instructable (the "Waseome led cube", as an example, led to two other instructibles from people who don't tell you how to do it, but jsut wanted to show what they managed to do) So : I'd like to see a "I build it" feature, which whoud allow registered users to add one page on an instructables, with at least one picture, some optional text, and comments. They would not appear in the "steps" list, but in a separate "They build it" list, but from a functionnal point of view, they would be exactly as a step owned by someone else. Actually, it would be possible for the owner of the instructable to put every builders as contributors, but this would requier an action from the owner, and I think it would allow every builder to modify the instructable, which is not wanted. HTH :) tReg.

Topic by treg 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


An attempt to create bugs in the commenting system.

Post comments here, attempting to create errors in the commenting system. Keep track of the steps you take to create those errors. Post a comment detailing those steps here, so that others can try to recreate your error. Then we'll get the error fixed! Resources: Navigating large-response topics *****EDIT 20110115@0930PST***** FOUND BUGS **When clicking on a forum topic, the default sort is "active" when clicking prev/next the link changes the sort to "newest" changing the order of comments. **When a comment thread is featured, the order of the posts change from being ordered by threads, to ordered chronologically (see photos in comments for details) **When you comment, there's an inability to reply to the comment you just left. (not fixed-feature) **When responding to a lot of comments without replying, comments get double posted (occasionally) key: ## = has been passed along to the dev team to look into and fix ** = Fixed/Done ********END EDIT******** (more awesome bug photos)

Topic by StumpChunkman 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Standards for being featured dropped?

This is anecdotal, since obviously I don't review every single featured Instructable. I just happened to notice two recently that have some nice photos but otherwise seem kind of "incomplete". Absolutely no offense meant to the authors, I'm sure they put a lot of effort into these projects, but the documentation seems lacking and not up to the standards of "someone should be able to reproduce the work": https://www.instructables.com/id/Colorful-LED-Christmas-tree-automaticlly-flashing/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Functional-Nintendo-Controller-Coffee-Table/ The latter especially has nice photos of what is obviously a really nice build, but totally lacks a materials list, wiring diagram, cut instructions for the wood - all information that's essential to actually do the build. There are a couple (nice) comments pointing this out. Just wanted to point this out - not sure if there's someone new on the community team who might be featuring things just because they have nice photos, without checking the text, or if there's been a change in the standards for featuring that I'm unaware of.

Topic by Ben Finio 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago