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!

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


Nominating Instructables to be "Featured"

I just joined the instructables community a couple days ago. I'm not exactly new and knows how the featuring process workds. I've been poking around the site and there are some unfeatured instructables that I feel like were missed. I decided unfeatured instructables should have a chance to get recognition too! I created this forum topic for people to nominate instructables that they feel like should be featured. Anyone can suggest something. I might even create a group to "feature" some of these nominated ones. Suggest away! Update: Click here to join the group and support your favorite instructables.

Posted by SkysTheLimit 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New Guide Feature?

I think that there has been a new feature added to Insturctables, Instructable guides. I assume that their main purpose is to make a list of similar Insturctables for easier viewing of related Instructables and to find other Instructables that you might be interested in based on ones that you like.

Posted by Ferrite 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Friends Feature on Instructables

I was thinking that a 'friend' or 'watch' feature could be added to instructables. One that would allow you to click a button on a user's page and add them to a list that would send you an email once per day/hour/week that would tell you if they had posted new instructables. I think this feature would be very useful. This is just a thought, but I would love to hear other users' opinions on the matter.

Posted by Ora 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Featured Author: Liquidhandwash

Hi! I recently had the chance to interview liquidhandwash. He has quite an amazing instructables profile that he uses to teach his high school students. Check out the interview! If you think of a question I didn't ask, ask him here!

Posted by tomatoskins 2 years ago


Featured Author: Ashleyjlong

Hi everyone! Recently I had the joy of interviewing the author Ashleyjlong.  If you haven't read it yet just head on over here and read it, I'll wait... Now that you've returned this is your opportunity to ask any questions you have for Ashley!

Posted by MsSweetSatisfaction 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Featured Author: Kludge77

Hi! I recently had the chance to interview Kludge77. Not only does he have quite an extensive instructables profile, but he has his own YouTube channel. Check out the interview!  If you think of a question I didn't ask, ask him here! 

Posted by tomatoskins 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Featured Author: Doodlecraft

Hello! I recently had the joy of interviewing Doodlecraft! Not only does she have an amazing blog of her own, but she shares her awesome projects with the Instructables community on a regular basis--often winning a fun prize in the process! Check out her fun featured author interview! If you have any more questions that you would like Doodlecraft to answer, here's the place to do it!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 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!

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


Collaboration Feature Error

My partner, who owns the project, added me as a collaborator, but I haven't received any notifications on my inbox. Do you know how I can access the Instructable?

Posted by Aditya Priyadarshi 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Contests and Getting Featured....

I don't know what to think of this, but there has to be a better way.... My instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Laser-Etched-Wedding-Invitations-With-Victo/#) was featured. That's great! I got over 1,700 views!  Unfortunately, I hadn't been "approved" for the 3 contests that I entered it in, so of all those potential votes, I got none. Naturally, my 'ible is no longer on the home page. There has got to be a better way.  Perhaps allowing people to vote, but caching the votes until the Instructable is approved?  What are your thoughts?

Posted by MercuryCrest 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 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

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


Thanks for the new feature!

I just noticed that when replying to a PM that instructables shows the PM you're replying to below now! It was really annoying that it didn't before. Don't know when it was changed, or if I'm just being slow, but THANKS!

Posted by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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

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


'Random Istructable' feature

I was thinking, that for people like me who just want a project to do, and don't want to search or anything why, why not have a 'View Random Instructable' link/button? It seems to work pretty well for wikipedia!

Posted by 27723773 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


To-do List Feature

I had an idea for something that I think would be a great addition to the site: a To-Do List feature. You could create to do lists and add instructables to those lists. It would help keep your projects together, say if you wanted to make some shelves, repaint your room, and add mood lighting, you could add all of those instructables to a "Room Make Over" To do list. Just a though, I'd love to hear what you all think of it. (Sorry if this is in the wrong section, I couldn't think of anywhere else to put it.)

Posted by Ora 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Overly Featured Authors

I'm happy to see the ladies on the front page and their work is fantastic, but I'm on the site every day and it seems that 75% of the time I am seeing giannyl (published in March) and 25% of the time jessyratfink (published in May).  I haven't see the April dude on the front page once.  Did you have a "Sexy Bunny vs. Guy Who Dresses Very French" focus group? How exactly it this rotation determined and why does it rotate back to one person?  Is it based on views? Regardless, perhaps it could be changed up a bit to allow other authors some front page time? And just a quick aside on the 50s era wording "much more than a pretty face"...Will you please continue to reference how authors look in future features?  I would love to see "For a handsome dude, this guy sure knows a lot of math!" or  "This moderately attractive author has created some gorgeous pieces" or even "At least his soldering iron is hot."

Posted by annahowardshaw 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Pro Features for free?

Hi! I have this nice little laptop supplied by my school that I use to go on Instructables a lot, and I noticed that even though I donot have a pro account, I can still use the Allsteps feature. My laptop is running Internet Explorer 8 on a windows 7 machine. I belive that Javascript is at least partly disabled, and I am acessing the internet through a websence proxy. Whenever I am logged into the Instructables, I can simply click on the allsteps button, and instead of asking me to upgrade, it will give me all the steps on one page. I have tried this on my home computer, and it asks me to upgrade, so I am considering this to be a bug.

Posted by Michael_Bell 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Feature Request: k'nex Filter

Would it be possible to somehow implement a k'nex filter for PRO members? I don't really know how the Firefox one works or any programming for that matter, but I was wondering if it was at all viable.

Posted by JamesRPatrick 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A qustion about "FEATURED" articles.

I am here from 6 months, I love how instructables works, very friendly community :) I read some articles about "how to make a good articles?" and I follow the rules, to improve my articles, but that's doesn't work ! I noticed three things: some articles will have over 10,000 view in one day, while others can't have this number with a year, and it's not about the subject or how good was that article! I was reading about contest rules, I think it's not fair to feature some articles and let others suffer without viewers. right?! Last thing, some people have 90% featured articles, and sometimes over 100 articles, & it's not clear enough to be featured. I think there is something tricky here :P

Posted by Ivan Igor 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Featured instructable not showing up as featured?

My 'How to Make a Birthday Pop Up Card' Instructable was featured a while back. It shows up when searching through all the featured instructables, but lacks the little star, medal, and banner that they all have. I'm a bit confused? the instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Birthday-pop-up-card/ you can find it on page 66 of all featured instructables last I checked, as well ... Thanks for any help! :)

Asked by charchar2 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Feature request: multi-language versions of the same instructable

We miss out a multi-language feature in instructable. Some people creates copies of the same instructable in other language and other transalte each step of their instructables. It will be great, once you have entered an instructable in English, to add the same text and notes in other language. So when other person visit your instructable, he will be able to choose the languages. Also, someone that likes so much another author's instrutable could be able to translate it to other language...

Posted by ansanma 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Featured Mark

My Fast Hot Glue Mold for Small Things was featured in Crafts: https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-living/channel-craft/?sort=FEATURED , but not marked. Why?

Posted by Lindsley 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What does it mean to have a Group featured?

A couple of hours ago, The Robot sent me an e-mail, "Your Group ... was just featured by one of our editors! Look for it on the Instructables home page...". I'm not sure how to interpret this. The normal "Featured" section has I'bles, Slideshows, Videos, and Guides, but not fora. The "Community" section in the lower right corner has individual Forum topics. Has anyone else ever had a Group featured?

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


Am I blind... or?

Has the "fave" feature been discontinued?

Posted by bajablue 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Some feature suggestions for the site...

1) Add a short list of the last 5-10 most recent forum responses, possibly in the right column. Sort of a "what's hot" list. So you don't need to hit "view all" to get a quick snap-shot of activity.... 2) Add a "sticky" to the top of the FAQS section with a link to some of the "helper" projects, like Eric's "How to make a great Instructable," etc.

Posted by gmoon 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How about a "What We're Up To" forum/page?

. Y'all have been making a lot of changes lately and not informing the community about what's going on. If you had a forum or page (replies wouldn't really be necessary) that said "Here's what we're working on right now" you could include a note saying "don't worry about it, we're doing some tweaking" or "if you have problems, let us know." This would also help the regulars help the confused so they don't have to bother you.

Posted by NachoMahma 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Received an email saying the instructables is featured but not featured in site

I got a mail saying my green house instructables is fetured. But it is not showing up in site as featured. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Greenhouse-Construct-Plant-and-Care/ Kindly look into this issue. I had given a considerable amount of time in making it. Passion Make

Posted by Passion Make 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Should Adrian's guide be featured?

I just added Adrian's Guide to Robot Projects to the Robot group. Hopefully Robot will notice and be suitably impressed :-)

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years 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?

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


Regarding Featuring at various levels...

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

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Feature Request: Community editing

One of Quora's great features is the ability to "suggest edits." Instructables has many brilliant DIYers who are...well, TERRIBLE spellers, typists or grammarians. Then there are folks like me, who may lack technical brilliance, but know very well how to write, spell, edit, proofread, and organize. Allowing users to suggest edits, with a way for writers to quickly accept or reject them, would allow distributed collaboration that would make the site better and more useful for everyone.

Posted by abrothman 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year 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.

Posted by scraptopower 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 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?

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


If I update my instructable after publishing it can it still get featured? Answered

If I have published an instructable at a partially incomplete stage, can I still get featured if I complete it after it has been reviewed once.

Asked by arillshukla 11 months ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


Does Instructables Still Give Out 3 Month Memberships When Featured? Answered

I was recently featured, which i am very happy about, but i was wondering if they still give out the 3 month pro memberships like they did in the past. I haven't received any codes in my email or inbox.   

Asked by joey99 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 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.

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


I was looking at a couple of older instructables...

Something funky was going on with the intro image notes. See here and here for examples. Is this a glitch? Or did this used to be a feature?

Asked by kcls 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Unable to rate some Instructables

I noticed that I am unable to rate some Instructables, some of mine included. The rating feature is missing. I wonder if there is a reason for that.

Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to get your Instrucable to the big Lets Make Box??? Answered

Hi there, I was wondering how to get your instructable to be posted onto the big Lets Make ___________ box on the homepage. I know that if you have a good featured Instructables then it is promoted to the homepage, but i was wondering how to get it on the Big Lets Make box?! Do editors pick what they like? Thanks madminor

Asked by rickyeatough 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


How may I filter out certain instructables from my account, so they would no longer appear in my searches/browsing? Answered

Howdy! I recall in the early days of Instructables, there was more of a focus on actual working technology ideas. Nowadays, many of my searches become jumbled with Instructables of nature more asthetic than function. It is my desire to be able to filter out these instructables from ever appearing in my searches again, preferably individually for higher precision. Is this possible? Or have I just suggested a new feature to include in an upcoming site upgrade? Thank you kindly, your help is incredibly appreciated. Phunky Monkey, esq.

Asked by phunkymonkey 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


IDEA - IRC integration in Instructables.com

I just had an amazing (i think) idea....Instructables should host an IRC channel.it would allow people to ask specific questions (often not necessary to archive) and chat without the necessary delay that a forum presents... the forum would still be the way to communicate with the group (whether they're online at the same time as you or not) but the IRC channel would allow for higher speed exchanges as well, thereby improving the ability to collaborate on projects, ask questions, and share insights.The IRC channel should be moderated, and public transcripts should be logged on the site in an openly accessible mannerThis allows others to benefit from previous topics breached in the channel, helps keep it clean, and provides a level of protection for children / young teens who use the site. The logs would be slightly behind the active chat (updated hourly) to discourage lurkers.The IRC channel's current viewers should be posted on the site, as well as an IRC protocol ink to the channel.that way, people can see what sort of activity is present on the server before joining.I believe Instructables has a lively enough membership to support such an endeavor, and that it would enrich the community, and bring us all much closer. I welcome anyone else's input on this idea, and hope the 'Ibles staff will take it under advisement.btw, I'd love a job... the bay area is much nicer than VT for the creatively minded

Posted by gschoppe 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


featured RSS feed may be leaking future "featured" instructables

 I got this one: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Repair-a-Lawn-Mower-Engine./ and a few others. They occasionally show up on my feed reader but I can't read them in the reader. When I search the site, the istructables do exist, but they are not "featured" yet There were about three others, but I did not get the name before Akregator crashed. BTW, feature request. if there is some way I could "sum" several feeds together  (featured, popular, and a few of my fave authors) such that I only get the instructable once on my feed, even if the user changed the title or did a quick republish a half an hour lator, that would be great

Posted by kill-a-watt 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Searching forums feature implementation

I just became a member of instructables after having searched these pages for fun projects and interesting ideas for over a year. I tried to search the forums as I have done with a fair good deal of other forums, but I could not specifically query the forum for topic searches. I looked top to bottom for a link or search box that would help me find answers in the forum, but nothing existed other than the default search bar at the top right hand corner of the page. If you could direct me to the correct location of the search tool for the forum that would help me immensely, or if the feature does not exist I suggest that it become part of the page when clicking on the "community" link. Muchas thank you N Stuff.

Posted by Sn34kyP373 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Translated Instructable - feature request

Overnight, my instructable count went up by one. Since I haven't posted anything new, I realised that this means that one of my instructables has been translated into another language for one of the non-English versions of Instructables. It wasn't immediately obvious, though, which instructable or which language.  Jayefuu pointed out the existence of a drop-down menu that had appeared, but that only takes me to the translated project, not to the the translated project on the other website. Please, can the links between the different language sites be made more explicit? For instance: A row of buttons across the bottom of the page to switch between language sites (even if they just take you to that site's front page) An option to include other language sites in searches An email from HQ when an instructable is translated, with a link to the translation on the other language site.

Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Front Page Feature Never Showed Up

I got an email stating that my latest instructable was featured on the front page, but I never saw it there. Did anyone else? I got the email around 5:30 am, does that mean it was featured for a bit in the early morning and then disappeared into the tech category? Is there a significant delay between the time something is chosen to be featured and the time it appears on the front page? Thanks! Xellers

Posted by Xellers 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Do people who have the authority to "feature" things, able to "feature" all of their instructables, slideshows, ect.? Answered

Do people who have the authority to "feature" things, able to "feature" all of their stuff? Or are they only allowed to "feature" projects besides theirs?

Asked by Serial-Cricket 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How Do You Know if Your Instructable Got Featured?

Title says it all...

Posted by LoneWolf 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Feature request: "Sorting" choice in topics lists under Groups

It isn't obvious to me how the page-generator chooses the order in which forum topics are listed on a Group's main page. It would be Really Nice if the section bar include choices for the order in which topics are presented (by date posted, by date of last reply, by number of replies, by author, etc.).

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago


How an instructables become featured?

How an instructables become featured????

Asked by dashinggurl 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago