Featuring Guidelines

Having your Instructable featured means you are an excellent author, and you're providing some of the best content on the site. We want everyone to see what you've made! When we feature your Instructable, it's our way of saying "You are awesome, and we love you!" So what does it take to get your Instructable featured? Read on, my friend, you have come to the right place! You can also check out this handy Instructable that will walk you through posting a Feature-Worthy Instructable. There are currently two tiers of featuring we use to promote great content and reward our awesome authors: Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member! Homepage Feature: Your Instructable will appear in the Featured Feed, as well as on the homepage, and you'll receive a free pro membership which can be applied to your own account or given as a gift to another member. For an Instructable to be featured, the main criteria we look for are excellent documentation and reproducibility. These break down into the following points: The title fits and explains the project.  The introduction should state what the project is, and the reason or motivation behind it. All photos should be original, bright, clear, and in-focus. Projects should be broken into enough steps to be easy to follow, with sufficient photos and explanatory text to allow the reader to understand the process. Grammar and spelling should be good enough so as to not be distracting. Projects should be complete and contain all the information needed so others could reasonably duplicate the project (if the reader were to have the necessary skills and access to similar tools and materials.) Lists should be included of parts/materials/ingredients/tools used, with links to sources as needed, as well as links to references. Whenever possible, the inclusion of downloadable files, PDF patterns, and so forth is desirable. Video content (youtube videos, etc.) must be accompanied by photos and written step-by-step instructions, as outlined in the points above. For a Homepage Feature, here are some additional things we look for:  Overall stellar documentation  Beautiful cover images Content that is highly reproducible and has that “wow, awesome!” factor Note that high levels of ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and/or utility in a project will often compensate for various areas of weaknesses in documentation, so these criteria should be viewed as guidelines and not necessarily hard-fast rules. What about business-related content from bloggers, etsy-ers, youtubers, kickstarters, and so forth? Can that type of content be featured? Absolutely! Any Instructable that meets the criteria as outlined above and contains real how-to instructional content can be featured. If you are in this camp, it's an excellent practice to keep your ulterior motives relatively subtle. For example, some of our best authors are also bloggers and etsy-ers, and many of these authors simply include a single link to their site or store in the last step of their Instructables. This is a perfect approach that allows their projects to get as much attention as possible on the site, but also plug their commercial interests in a way that is not overbearing or spammy. Being overbearing or spammy is the quickest way to NOT being featured.   Want your project featured? Sometimes it's hard to see where your project could use some enhancements! Luckily, we have some great authors that will review your project and give you feedback at the volunteer-run Clinic.  Do you get featured a lot? Why not spend a little time in the Clinic and help others get to your level! :) 

Posted by canida 8 years ago


Is the Makerspace Contest Effecting 'Ible Featured Times?

I was just curious if the Makerspace contest is effecting the time it takes to get your 'ible featured? And if so, by how many days? For example, my last featured 'ible wasn't featured for a few days after posting (and I didn't post it over a weekend or holiday or anything). Usually, the featuring (if it happens) happens much sooner. But I was just thinking maybe the Makerspace contest is effecting the times because there are so many more instructables getting published right now (some of the prizes in the contest are for highest number of instructables published and highest number of featured 'ibles).  Your thoughts? Has anyone else experienced this, too? Thanks!

Posted by Meglymoo87 2 years ago


Featured instructable is not featured

Recently one of my instructables was featured, however it doesn't show up at the workshop featured page

Posted by ElmarsM 4 years ago


Featured email, but not featured

HI I received an email last night saying my 'ible is featured, however, it's not showing for some reason...  Can someone have a look please :) Thanks Simon

Posted by sparks_vfr 3 years ago


Featured ....... Then not featured

Hello, I submitted an instructable today and I was happy to see it be "Featured" but then I checked it out about an hour later then just to find out that the "featured" icon is gone and my instructable isn't featured anymore. What gives? https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Spanker/

Posted by jumb5150 6 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 7 years ago


Featured Percentage

Does the Featured Percentage include the No. of Featured Instructables+No. of Featured Collections? I have 11 Published Instructables. 9 out of 11 have been featured. I also have 2 collections; both of which have been featured. But the Featured percentage on profile is only 69% when it should be 80+%. Is this is a bug or are my calculations incorrect?

Posted by Jonathanrjpereira 2 years ago


How Can A Collection Get Featured?

How Can A Collection Get Featured? All of my collections have a "featured" badge on the top right, But none of them are features What are the guidelines for having a collection get featured?

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago


My featured instructable is not in the featured pages

I noticed that my recent last instructable "journal necklace" is been featured but didn't end up in the featured instructables page. And two instructables that I published just a little later and were featured after did…is there something I can do? Thanks to anybody for the help!

Posted by marcellahella 2 years ago


Featured Instructables.

What does it take for an Instructable to be featured? Only one of my 6 Instructables have been featured, so I'm kinda disappointed.

Posted by emcee2 6 months ago


Featured or not featured?

I've recently published an instructable. Three hours ago, I've received an email that says my project was marked as featured, even if it isn't on featured pages. It also doesn't have the little star on the upper right corner... Maybe the email I received is a bug...

Posted by giuliom95 3 years ago


Featured Instructables

If you sign up for a pro membership do your future  instructables get featured ?

Posted by mchhabra1 2 years ago


what happened to featured authors?

What happened to the featured author interviews? the last on was back in february

Posted by bravoechonovember1 2 years ago


Featured Author Must have the photo

Sugiero que la primera imagen de cada "Featured author" sea la foto de dicho autor destacado. I suggest that the first image of each "featured author" be the photo of that featured author.

Posted by rimar2000 6 years ago


filter by: featured ?

What does the 'filter by: featured' option do?

Posted by sam noyoun 11 years ago


How to make an instructable featured

Could someone pl tell me how an instructable gets listed as 'Featured' instructable?

Posted by ramhardikar 9 years ago


Instructable featured but not showing

I got an e-mail  thay my instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-Surface-Mount-Parts/ was featured, but on my list of instructables it does not have the featured flag. And it does not appear in the Recent, Featured, or Technology pages.

Posted by JRV31 2 years ago


Featured

How do I get Featured? What do i need to improve on my instructable? https://www.instructables.com/id/Create_a_Cylon_Domo/

Posted by Zmonsters 9 years ago


New Featured Author Group!

This is for all the Featured Authors on the site! We've created a Featured Authors Group to keep all of you and your interviews organized.  Please join the group if you have had a Featured Author Interview!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago


How to get an instructable featured?

Hey can i know how to get an instructable featured my friend got his in a day?

Posted by iloveandroid 5 years ago


Featured Ible'

I just noticed my instructable on making stars from scratch in photoshop just got featured (https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-SunStar-in-Photoshop/) I just wanted to say "Thanks!!!" to whoever featured it!!!

Posted by LoneWolf 7 years ago


No featured banner for profile pages.

Is this a feature or a bug? On member pages, there used to be featured banners. Now there are not. I really liked to see which instructables got featured, not just a percentage. My Hat and Contest instructables were featured. FF 3.6.6 w/ Windows 7 Home Premium. Thanks!

Posted by kcls 8 years ago


Showing featured flag on photos and videos

When a "Step by step" Instructable become featured , you see a flag in right part of the steps that means this instructable is featured . But when a "Video" or "Photos" instructable become featured , you can't find out this is featured or not . I know you can see featured star in "editors' picks" page or author profile , but when you open that instructable do you see any thing that say this instructable is featured ? The "Videos" and "Photos" instructables need a change to show they are featured or they aren't . For example instructables can show featured flag in a corner of picture or video .

Posted by farzadbayan 7 years ago


Featured Items are now displayed differently

I just noticed that Ibles that have been featured have a "featured" mark in their picture, at least when looking at the member's page or on the search!

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


How Do You Know if Your Instructable Got Featured?

Title says it all...

Posted by LoneWolf 7 years ago


"Featured" banner

After receiving two "your Instructable has been featured" emails this morning, the 'ible in question https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-easily-remove-vinyl-tiles/ doesn't have the "Featured" corner-banner, and my "Featured" stat is still at 75%. Was the "Featured" congrat sent erroneously? Has the site just not updated yet? Thanks for your time.

Posted by aeray 7 years ago


Do videos get featured?

I've noticed that video instructables don't seem to get featured, is that intentional? Or is it just that so many fewer video instructables get submitted that 'Featured' ones get lost?

Posted by egbertfitzwilly 6 years ago


Makezine feature notification?

Every so often. Well, more than "every so often", projects from this site are featured on the Makezine site.This is, without doubt, a good thing, but wouldn't it be nice if the authors of featured projects were informed, in the same way as they are informed when their project is featured on this site?

Posted by Kiteman 10 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.

Posted by scraptopower 7 years ago


instructables featured on gearfuse

The pringles golf instructable was featured on gearfuse. here is the link: pringles golf!I had to post this, as the Instuctables Robot head made it on there!

Posted by w00ty32 10 years ago


Featured instructable never made the main page?

Do all featured instructables go on the main page? usually, when I get a feature, It is featured right away, and for the next day or so, I see it on the main page. I posted a cutting board a couple days ago that got featured about 24 hours later. The problem is that when it was featured it was too late to go on the main page... Is this common? I get a lot of views while on the main page...

Posted by SlickSqueegie 5 years ago


List of "featured" on front page slightly different from those on Featured page.

It's a minor thing that may have to do with caching but I noticed that the list of features on the front page is missing an instructable that is shown on the "Show all Featured" page.  See the following screen shots of the front page and the Featured page.  The "USB Dog Identification" is not on the front page. This happened using Firefox and Chrome on Windows XP.

Posted by Deeg 4 years ago


"Featured Banner" is now missing on the instructables.

The "Featured Banner" is missing when the instrucables are in a list like on the home page. Is that a new FEATURE or a BUG? Will it be coming back? What's the benefit of creating an instructable and getting it featured if the author is the only one who knows it's featured? And yes I know I complain a lot, but if I don't tell you what's wrong how will you know?

Posted by Re-design 8 years ago


Why wasn't my Instructable featured?

I don't understand why my instructable wasn't featured, It looks :feature-worthy to me: https://www.instructables.com/id/9-Unusual-Uses-for-Tissues/

Posted by Yonatan24 2 years ago


Why are featured/not featured items inconsistent?

I'm confused about which of my  instructables are really featured.  Two of three show up on my profile, and my rate is 66%.   But on the instructable pages all three show up as featured.  ???? And since I haven't found  where else to say it, yet,   Thanks for the Halloween card! 

Posted by mole1 7 years ago


Featured but not Featured?

   I received an e-mail that said my 'ible had been featured, I checked the Featured page, but it never showed up. It has the feature banner on it, but only on the Recent page (2nd page). Neither does it show up under my "You" page. The link it gave me in the email has the feature banner, but it's only under the Photography section. This happened during my switch to Pro, perhaps that has something to do with it? I was working on the project before becoming Pro, then published it after I became Pro. I'm running FireFox 3.6.3 on Windows 7.

Posted by nickodemus 8 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 :-)

Posted by mad_mat 3 years ago


Featured author

 I'm just curious,  How does one become a featured author? I enjoy this  site so much . It's kinda one of my next goals...                                               Thanks                                                                Jim

Posted by coolbeansbaby68 6 years ago


How Do I get "Featured"?

How do I get an Instructable I built on the "featured" page? https://www.instructables.com/id/Inexpensive-Shoe-Horn/

Posted by Aaron Van Dyken 3 years ago


How to get my instructable featured?

Friends I'm new to the site and don't know much . I have published 2 instructables and have got neither of them featured can you please tell me how to get them featured? THANX

Posted by pranjal12 5 years ago


Featured Article Not On Front Page

Hey I have a featured article that will not show up on the front page or as an editor's pick. Does anyone else have this problem. Thanks!

Posted by AZNdude 7 years ago


Is my Work featured or not?

Hi peaple! I got an e-mail, and read that my work has been featured... but I don't see the target on the right corner! For me , being featured is a great honor :D Thanks This is the message I received: Hi! Your Instructable "Scrap/Tiny Wall made of Cassete Tape boxes (' ; '" was just featured by one of our editors! Being featured means we think you are awesome. Keep up the great work! Look for your featured Instructable, within the next 30 minutes, here: https://www.instructables.com/living/?sort=FEATURED https://www.instructables.com/living/decorating/?sort=FEATURED Eric Founder and CEO of Instructables

Posted by mary candy 7 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 6 years ago


Featured Author: TinkeringProductions

Check out our most recent featured author, TinkeringProductions!  Got a question I didn't ask?  Ask it here!

Posted by Danger is my middle name 4 years ago


Can Slideshows be featured?

Well? Can they or can't they? sorry if this has been asked before....

Posted by Camisado 10 years ago


Featured posts on homepage

Do featured posts on the homepage vary from account to account? I noticed this was the case when I logged into my secondary account, the featured posts on the homepage were completely different from the ones that show up when I log in with my usual account.

Posted by SeamusFrederick 2 years ago


How are the % ratings of featured Instructables changed?

I have a 31% featured rating.  I have been working very hard on my published Instructables so my featured rating will raise.  I published an Instructables that I worked several days on and it did not get featured.  I was a little surprised because I know the content is good.  My question is this:  Is there a way to unpublish it and re-work it and re-publish it and see if it gets featured then?  If I can't do that, how much will it change my featured rating if I delete the entire Instructable and start from scratch?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Posted by sunshiine 6 years ago


Featured Author:Partybot

Check out the latest featured author interview with Partybot!  Got a question you wish I had asked?  Crazy costume ideas?  Share it here!

Posted by Danger is my middle name 4 years ago


View Raters feature?

Am I the only one that can do this?  Have any of you guys noticed this?

Posted by MotaBoi 8 years ago


First Instructable Featured

I'm not sure it is intentional, but I feel that the Instructables crew does a great job of featuring members' first instructables (given they meet a certain standard). My first Ible was featured and it's a great boost knowing that they really do pay attention. Keep up the great community and hard work, guys!!! -BG

Posted by BeanGolem 8 years ago