Eeek...new Home page :(

Hi Your new Home page for Instructables is dreadful. You've lost the easy overview, fast navigation, pictorial overview and replaced it with a flashy meaningless image that wipes out your valuable home page real estate. I think Autodesk don't understand where makers and builders are coming from. I have to admit I was kinda waiting for something like this post buy-out. You take something that works and turn it into clunk. Sorry, but you've missed the boat on this one. John Graphic artist - Web designer

Posted by diykiwibloke 5 years ago


Clarifying recipes by showing our country

Hello, I've noticed after perusing just a few candy Instructables that some confusion comes from the fact that Instructables is an awesomely international site. It seems like lots of comments come from all over the world with questions when brands and particularly obscure ingredients are mentioned. I wondered if showing what country people who comment live in, that those in the same country can especially help, and that it might make for interesting discussion to learn about our different food cultures and available ingredients. What do y'all think?

Posted by susie 7 years ago


In Windows 7, You Can Send Feedback on Anything - YES, ANYTHING.

I guess MS is pretty serious this time.

Posted by Labot2001 9 years ago


Feedback on glove tutorial?

I made this instructable on how to make gloves the other day and I was hoping for some feedback from some fresh eyes. It's a pretty advanced topic, but I'd like to see if people without sewing experience can glean something from it too. Do the diagrams make sense? Is the pace okay? Any concrit is appreciated. Instructable is here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Gloves/

Posted by Icetigris 7 years ago


Feedback

A heads-up for those members who try and help other folk out;I was just reporting a bug* in the Feedback menu, when I noticed several questions from new members which should have been elsewhere, but were ignored because the noobs got their links mixed up.Please, try and remember to check that section occasionally and redirect misplaced questions to the appropriate forum.* The flag function doesn't seem to be working on some spamibles.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Feedback: thumbs up on the placement of new subscription items

Just wanted to say: me likee. It's like it was when subs were first introduced. Very nice.  Now if only I could get my comments just under that (or even customize it...le gasp! :D ), life would be complete... :D

Posted by Lithium Rain 8 years ago


feedback: my first experience

Great after an hour since my last save of typing, i get some error about not being able to parse ">" and I loose all my work, you might give a nice BIG warning you should author your document locally and copy and paste it into the form when its finished.... even gmail transparently saves drafts every minute or so... Given how crude the editor form is, I'll think twice before wasting my time again...

Posted by DELETED_codifies 5 years ago



Suggestion: Duct Tape Category

Would love to see a section either in say Play or, preferably, Workshop for Duct Tape.

Posted by DELETED_Fuogger 8 years ago


Revised front page

A victory for common sense: the front page stays still, is a sensible size and readable. Well done. Steve

Posted by steveastrouk 7 years ago


This forum confuse me.

What was wrong with the old one? It didn't work well on mobile devices? Why do you make me hate people with mobile devices? Some of them may be a good persons...

Posted by Waldemar Sha 7 months ago


im shocked at how great this site is

I must must must say that your price for the classes is wonderful. i on a very fixed income will be able to gift premium. i love you guys always have but this is beyond anything thank you

Posted by twighahn 1 year ago


The search function

The search function is, IMO, too restrictive now. Limiting it to searching only instructables, forum topics and the answers section hides a large section of the site from folk who did not know it was there. I propose (re-)adding to the list: Groups People Whole site

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago


Replies in Instructables

Today I posted replies to comments to my instructable. My replies show up when I'm logged in but when I just access my instructable without logging in, I only can view the comments but not my replies. Will my replies eventually be visible to an unlogged in reader???

Posted by Dave Kruschke 6 years ago


What happened to the spammers?

I noticed for a few days now that there is basically no spam showing up anymore. Of course I have no clue if that is coincidence but if not I would like to thank the code monkeys for fixing the spam problem. Yes, there will be new spam attacks but right now I really like the clean look after a reload - no spam is always good :)

Posted by Downunder35m 2 years ago


Love the new instructables lay out

Hey, you guys over in the 'ible offices only ever hear negative remarks so I thought I would throw my two cents your way and let you know that I am loving the new layout and all of your hard work, keep it up guys!

Posted by DELETED_Fuogger 8 years ago


view all steps now requires a membership?

I'm pretty disappointed that a once free feature is now something I have to pay to use. The view all steps feature was very nice and made reading instructables easy. I'm pretty much a lot less likely to use the site now because it is such a pain to click through each step and I can't just skim through an instructable anymore.

Posted by CowGuy 7 years ago


Sleazy ads are disappointing.

I'm disappointed by your sleazy American Apparel ads featuring half-naked women. It is gratuitous and uncalled for. As a father I am doubly disappointed because I know that my children have frequented your site as well. The thing is, I really like your site and have told people about it. Now I find myself considering blocking your site at my home and at my children's schools. Look, I'm not a prude--far from it. But your site seems to be migrating from classy to trashy, and that really disappoints me. I would expect this behavior from mens magazine sites, but I thought you folks had a little more class than that.

Posted by stephmur 7 years ago


"Show All 8 Images" -- not liking it

The page formatting has recently been updated so that not all photos in a group are displayed. Instead, there's an item to click, "Show all 8 images". I don't like this feature... I'm reading the article, why wouldn't I be interested in seeing the images? Alternately, is there a way to specify a "see all images" preference? I also don't like how now the images in the image sets fade in rather than just being images on the page.  In general, the older style of images were much more functional. Sorry if I'm sounding like the grumpy old man complaining about the kids and their new-fangled Web 2.0 coding!

Posted by marhar 5 years ago


30 July Site Update Feedback

There was a down-time yesterday and then a few minutes later a lot of things changed. It's good to know that the staff has been working hard to make our experience better. I checked the Site Update forum thread to check for what all has been changed and there has been no recent post. So here's what all I think changed and my 2 cents: Homepage top menu is different. The menu looks clean and minimalistic but it took me a while to find out what is where(as explore meant only the categories earlier). What I feel is that it seems a bit like everything has been swept under the rug. The moment you click on Explore, your senses are bomabarded with all the options: featured, all the categories(play, tech, outdoor...), contest, forum, groups, answers and even 2 contests on the right side. I think the previous menu setup provided a good balance as I didn't have to look too hard for an option(but that might be because I was used to it). If I wanted to check out the contests, it was right there. Answers, Groups and Forums were clubbed together. Explore had the various categories. To a new person the previous also advertises all the features of instructables except for just the projects. He might not click on explore now(I didn't at first). Also the menu under explore now takes a while to load and I get a loader for a few seconds. The site navigation menu should be pre-loaded and not loaded when clicked as it turns user away from exploring the site further. All the steps show together. Earlier it was optional and I kept the view to one step at a time, but that button is no longer there. Single step saves internet bandwidth and instructables load up faster. Now I have to scroll all the way down to view the comments. I honestly hope this is temporary and single step view will be brought back. Heavy instructables(such as with lots of images and GIFs) or with over 20 steps will take forever to load and finish off my mobile plan if I'm using internet tethering. Also it will put a pressure on authors to keep instructables small and light, hence losing quality. If there is some way to view a single step and the way to set it up has changed, please let us know. The Featured top bar looks good. Thin and clean yet attractive. The featured channel footer on the home page also looks really good. But there is some extra whitespace above it. Sorry for the bashing but changes will take time getting used to. Thanks for trying to always better the site. Are there other changes I missed? What do other members feel?

Posted by Antzy Carmasaic 3 years ago


The Instructables editor appears to have a number of serious bugs

I encountered the following unfortunate bugs when using Google Chrome to publish my latest instructable.The floating panels and sidebarsThe right-hand sidebar masks what you have written when previewing your text.Even when the sidebar is minimized it still masks the bottom line of text. The side-bar should be anchored to the top of the screen ...Try saving your work then click "You" to exit your draft. The list of options appears beneath the horizontal top-panel making it impossible exit your draft. I got here by closing then reopening the browser :(HighlightingThe editor for creating this topic allows you to highlight your text and see the highlighting immediately.When writing an Instructable the instructable editor doesn't immediately show the highlighting. You only see the highlighting in the Preview mode.

Posted by lingib 7 months ago


Project Idea feedback!

Hello! I am currently doing a project for school in the realm of digital design and tech where we have to create and develop an idea to solve a problem. I have chosen to create a laser cutter and need feedback about the considerations of what it should be like, price range, features, functionality and etc. Any input would be greatly appreciated! So here is my survey https://goo.gl/forms/jSFCAYq4QEjStf522 Anything other input other from the survey is welcome as well! Thanks!

Posted by slackj 1 year ago


Site Feedback

Hello, I have some feedback regarding the site. First, the page width is a little too big. On 1024x600 resolution there is a horizontal scrollbar, which seems kind of useless to me and takes up vertical space. Secondly, the link named Feedback on https://www.instructables.com/about/contact.jsp directs to https://www.instructables.com/community?categoryGroup=help&category;=faq, as does the link named FAQs on the Contact Instructables page. Third, a button to hide the search header would be a nice feature, it's unnecessarily big and takes about 1/6th of vertical space on resolution of 1024x600. I hope I explained understandably and that you can make some tweaks. Firefox 21.0 Windows 7 Home Premium

Posted by rein365 5 years ago


Is Instructable not copyright in 2018?

It is not changed in copyright area © 2017 Autodesk, Inc it 2018.

Posted by FahadI7 6 months ago


Help us decide upcoming contests!

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

Posted by audreyobscura 8 months ago


A comments button next to the collection button

I thought as there seems to be a need for recognition (don't we all need that?) perhaps we could have a comments button next to the collections button to make it easily accessible so that we can leave a comment on an instructable that we like.  It would have a tiny comment box and you wouldn't lose your place in the instructions.

Posted by bricabracwizard 5 years ago


15W laser

Help help help! Ive just fitted a 15w laser to my cnc 3018 and I cant get the laser to switch to low power mode. It just wants to burn everything! How do I fix it? Ive attached two pictures, one of the laser and one of the board. The board is a woodpecker GRBLO 9. Please if anyone can help me I would be eternally great full.

Posted by MattK171 2 months ago


Larger Photos in PDFs

I am a long-time free Instructables member and a brand new Pro member. Now that you have subscription memberships, would it be possible to offer in the PDF downloads a third image size choice (currently standard and small) of LARGE for those of us who would benefit from larger photos? That would be a fantasticly awesome feature that could be a Pro-only benefit. What do you think?

Posted by susyn 8 years ago


Instructables Website Redesigned!

Have you noticed any changes here? Well, I am experiencing the biggest changes on this website. Everything is lot cooler now! I really enjoy the community now. Everything here is new and even the project pages are super cool. They add "Add Tip", "Ask A Question" buttons... all I can say it is super cool now. I like the changes.... what can you say about the biggest change here?

Posted by WarenGonzaga 7 months ago


I'm glad to see the referrers back

Today I noticed the 'graph' button in the sidebar of my I'bles, next to the words 'About this Instructable'. It shows some (maybe all?) of the old statistics that went missing with the latest site changeover. I'm happy to see that these have been added back and I like the current incarnation. So, thanks! It's entirely possible that I'm the last person to notice this. In that case, sorry and feel free to point and laugh.

Posted by Moem 5 years ago


Instructables Editor

The instructables editor has two annoying bugs:(1) Text high-lighting does not show when writing an Instructable ... it only shows in the preview screen. It should be WYSIWYG.(2)If you decide to take a break, before publishing your instructable, and click the "You" button, your only option is to "Logout" ... all of the other options such as "Instructables" are masked by a floating window. It's a real pain to have to log back in ... is there a (hidden) screen option that I can't see?

Posted by lingib 6 months ago


On the subject of the forums...

The forums are a very important part of Instructables, but I have noticed that a number of people do not find them as useful or workable as they might want, myself included.  Things like vanishing comments and lack of notifications are the most common complaints (that I am aware of). LINK LINK Here's a thought for the consideration of the development team and the members: Why not "outsource" the forums, and possibly even the comment sections of projects? I am thinking of a tool such as, for instance, Disqus, which a number of popular news and blog sites use for their comment sections, and also allows for general discussion within the Disqus site itself (a feature I have not used).  It allows you to log into several sites with the same account, and alerts you to all the replies you get.  It also allows comments to be voted up or down (although that is a very secondary feature in my opinion). That is, of course, just one example of the various tools available, but I think there are other potential advantages to using something like this. Anyhoo, the thought is out there. >K<

Posted by Kiteman 2 years ago


New site design

I am very displeased with the site design, I don't know when it was implemented, but I am familiar with and happy with the old site design from summer of 2012. I do not like the layout with the steps, the sliding bar at the top of the page that is parented to the top of the browser is annoying me and with whatever new layout you have used to render pages, my browser now lags terribly with simply just scrolling on the page. The part that really pushed me over the edge though and made me post is the picture layout inside the instructables now, the old system worked with the pictures being clickable thumbnails side by side, this new crap of what appears to be a frame in the instructables with the pictures isn't working for me and I am not able to read instructables because the images do not stay in the frame and over lap over paragraphs and cover so much information. If this new design works for people great, but for people like me, I ask that I be given the option to use the old design.

Posted by Allenwr 5 years ago


Small improvements to think about

Hi there, Having just published my longest 'ible so far I generated enough thoughts to write some feedback which may or may not be reasonable. Embedding content: I see that .stl files appear nicely with ability to preview and interact with them in 3D, that's great. It's also fully possible to embed Youtube videos and they work just fine. What I'm missing however is ability to embed a circuit from 123D circuits - one of the reasons I used the tool for my last 'ible was because I thought it would sure be possible to embed something made with an Autodesk service. Nope. Adding the iframe makes the view appear while I'm writing the step, yet disappears in preview/publish. Another service I tried to embed was gfycat - they pretty much solve the issue of huge gifs and therefore long load times by some html5 sorcery (I'm not familiar with that). This could save space/traffic of your servers and decrease page load times. It would also be awesome if uploading an .ino, .txt or any other raw text file would automatically generate a scroll box with the code there maybe even already having the formatting and all. Similarly like .stl generates 3D preview. This would save instructables from another possible wall of text, especially on mobile, because now, when I manually add a scroll box with code in it it still appears like regular text on mobile. As an extra - it would make the work of authors easier as well. Instructable layout: First of all - I understand and support the idea of having a standardized format of instructables, if this undermines that - forget and forgive me. What I propose is a way to add pictures mid-step to avoid walls of text, since somehow making a new step doesn't always feel appropriate or maybe it's just a personal issue I need to get over? Just say if it is so. At least having a way to remove the "Step #:" when making a new step allowing to have pictures mid-step would help. Before you mention it - I know that it is possible to add pictures mid-step using html, but that compromises visibility on mobile, so I try to avoid that. Statistics: After hitting over 50k views in just a few days with my bottle upcycling 'ible I wanted to at least try and replicate that with my other ones. However, when I click the statistics button I have these empty lines next to the visitor count, often the lines with the biggest numbers. While I can guess where most of the views came from it's still massive guesswork and I'm probably wrong in the end anyway. i.e. in that particular case I got over 30k views on my imgur album, my blog post got featured under DIY tag in tumblr and then got some upvotes on reddit as well. I know that your SEO is pretty good from the amount of 'ibles I get as first google results, but fixing statistics has a potential to drive even more traffic for you. I probably forgot something else along the way, but that's it for now. I hope someone bothers to read this and says what she or he thinks. Cheers, Raitis Disclaimer: This is meant as feedback and some ideas for improvement as seen from my point of view, not complaints, not even real critique. Read, think and move forward.

Posted by Raitis 3 years ago


Autodesk: Art Residency of Generosity

I’ve had the good fortune to participate in many art scenes over the last 15 years. These range from making large-scale fire installations at Burning Man, in proto-hacker spaces (2001-2003), a rigorous MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2004-2006), and a professional and international new media art career (2007-2012). What fuels my creativity is an ongoing quest for communities that support new modes of engagement: repurposing new technologies for art, encouraging others to make and asking why it is important for us not to simply be cultural consumers. I strongly believe we need ongoing DIY culture coupled with critical thinking to keep our society vibrant. In 2012, I took a break from my usual new media art practice of showing in museums and galleries. I felt like the art world — for a variety of reasons — was sequestered and wasn’t reaching as wide an audience as it could. A friend of mine forwarded me a job posting for a New Media Exhibit Developer at the Exploratorium. I applied for the job and got it. At this world-famous science museum, I learned about interfacing my art ideas to the public sphere. I worked with scientists around ideas of data visualization in Life Sciences. I designed exhibits that would last for the long-term rather than a 1 month exhibition. This changed my art practice so that I begin thinking about work that had a broad appeal: from school kids to the elderly, and above all else to value curiosity. After my fixed-term position at the Exploratorium was over, I began a residency at Autodesk, which intrigued me because it was my first artist residency in a corporate environment and they also had unbelievable resources. I expected to be in an amazing shop environment but also to be interacting with suit-and-tie corporate types. I certainly got the former but the Pier 9 environment surprised me. Everyone from the engineers to other artists to the marketing folks were curious about creative uses for 3D technologies could be used. Pier 9 was more a laboratory than a shop. With the Instructables-writing directive, it was also one where people shared their ideas rather than hoarded. Within my first week, I adjusted my expectations. The secret about Pier 9: It’s not about the tools but about the people. Yes, the water jet is amazing and I’ve fallen in love with 3D-printing, but more than anything there is a cross-section of smart and kind people, ranging from traditional artists, new media artists, various flavors of makers as well as engineers. Everyone has some sort of skill, ranging from drawing to fashion design to 3D modeling. No one knows everything. We all check our egos at the door. “What are you working on?” is the question we all ask one another. Each day, I’m surprised by someone’s ideas. The enthusiasm in the space is infectious. In those rare moments when I’m alone at Pier 9, I can gaze out the window at the Bay Bridge, where I feel connected to the rest of the world. I’ve been amazed by my co-resident’s projects ranging from the Playa-inspired costumes by Mikaela Holmes and futuristic fashion by Anouk Wipprecht to the playful work by Paolo Salvagione to the material experiments by Andreas Bastian. There are many more...too many to call out everyone. We work very, very hard. Yet, the environment is casual. When you have an problem there are people to help, and conversely, when someone is stuck on a project, I’ll drop whatever I’m doing to help them out. I never wear my headphones. Generosity fuels this community. There is no single type of artist that comes to this residency, which makes for intersecting circles. I’ve listened to many others. I’ve had to explain my conceptual practice. I’ve been (happily) forced to re-conceptualize my own artwork. I still don’t have the answers to my concerns about art-sequestering, but this is the right place for me to be. With this residency, I’ve found the path that I’ve been long searching for. Thank you. Scott Kildall

Posted by scottkildall 4 years ago


My Feedback on the Instructables Layout

The new layout of the website totally rocks!! The homepage is nifty and easy to use. I just love the huge search bar in the middle. The background suits the website perfectly, and I love the automatic typing when you first arrive at the webpage! The bar at the top now has you click on it instead of rolling over. This solves my original problem I mentioned in the forums before of the roll over function not working on an iPad. I love every bit of the new layout, great job Instructables team! :)

Posted by Jessie Marie 5 years ago


How about a random button?

What if the developers were able to incorporate a random button that would send you to any user created page on the site? I feel like it's rather boring to keep looking through pages of these amazing creations and alterations but it seems endless with 6,000+ pages to look through. I feel like this would be a pretty neat idea. What's your feedback on this?

Posted by BwapNubs 5 years ago


Launch statistics

My launch statics appear to have disappeared, or are they in a new location?I find the graphs helpful ...

Posted by lingib 6 months ago


Shoe rack

Hi there guys, so i really got this kind of insecurity in me on writing an instructables about a shoe rack made of pvc pipes and glass. Tell me what you think and should i write it at all.

Posted by JohnSmith-Workshop 6 months ago


What kinds of contests do YOU want to see on Instructables?

Hi everyone! As we're planning contests for the next year, we wanted to get suggestions and feedback on the types of contests we're running. :D Is there a contest we ran years ago you'd like to see again? Any contests you're sick of? A weekly challenge you'd like us to expand on? Do you want the contests to be more specific or more open ended? We're trying to shake things up in contest-land - so any and all suggestions are welcome! I'm especially interested in what types of tech contests you guys would like to see, as well as ideas for food contests.  P.S. For anyone wondering about weekly challenges - we're still trying to figure out a way to do it that makes it easy for you guys to enter and easy for the editors here to run. But I promise we are discussing it! :) Have prize suggestions? Check this topic. Want to get a preview of some of our upcoming contests?

Posted by randofo 4 years ago


Report popups, annoying/inappropriate adverts here

I just had a persistent popup (the sort that follow the screen as you scroll up and down) from sustain lane, asking me to take a survey for safecount.net/questionmarket.com. The advert also appeared in the sidebar (the text "Take a survey" on a magenta background).If there's a duplicate of this thread somewhere else, I couldn't find it (apart from gmjhowe's thread about the nudity ones). If not, might I suggest a sticky with a title like the above to provide one place for people to report adverts?

Posted by PKM 9 years ago


Instructables that arent worthy being featured

Whats with all those badly written instructables with JLCPCB ad that are getting featured?I saw at least 3 of them getting featured without being detailed or well written.It used to be hard to get your instructable featured without really good idea, good pictures and well written text (i used to spend few hours writing since my main language isnt english).Its not really big problem but i feel like creators/members are being lazy and just posting instructables without trying to explain what they are doing.

Posted by Cekpi7 7 months ago


How not to write complaints

As I see comments complaining over certain aspects of projects often enough, here is why some of these quips are utterly futile in their nature and go unacknowledged by many. Here's one posted a few days ago: "It's confusing for people without a technical understanding." This comment was posted to an instructable with 17 steps and several dozens of photographs. Because there is no indication of what the problem is, this statement is all but meaningless. There is nothing on which to base a response with help tailored to the commenter because he has not explained his plight's origins. If you are going to make a complaint or ask a question, identify the relevant subject. That will grease the skids for any correspondence that follows. Without it, your bid for a chat is more complex needlessly.

Posted by OrigamiAirEnforcer 2 years ago


What would help move you from Reader to Maker?

Instructable authors love getting feedback from members.  We especially love it when someone builds the project we've made an Instructable for.  If you post a picture or a slideshow or a video... wow!  It makes us very very happy! So, as a sister question to the "I Made It" Challenge Month contest I'm asking: What would it take for you to make something and share a photo/video of it with the author?* As an author I've tried to offer what meager rewards I can, offering special patches and a place on the 'Ible's own wall of fame for people who build them.  Building on that, here are some of my ideas to kick off the discussion. Per Instructable Hall-Of-Fame.  Sort of a rogues gallery for each Instructable that would let writers reward awesome people who comment on their 'Ible. To be eligible you'd have to comment on the 'ible, and you'd have the option to decline being listed.  Special 'I Made This' patches for authors to give. Each time a author publishes an 'ible they would get the ability to send a custom patch made from the 'ible thumbnail.  The "I Made This" patch would show up in their own category on  your profile page. More Visible Rewards.  Connected to one or both of the above, if you do enough "I MAde It" tasks you could get a special medal/icon on your avatar to show you've made lots of stuff. (I know you didn't like the "pro" indicators, but maybe this will be different.  Not sure if this idea has come up before.) What else is stopping you?  Is the process of posting an image or video too hard or confusing?  Are you intimidated to try to make something and share it?  Or do you have other reasons? Do you have other ideas?  Do you like or hate these?  Comment here and hopefully the development team will see something they like. *In addition to a contest.

Posted by Grathio 8 years ago


Can you cheat the voting system? If so, here's my solution to fix it.

I'm still scared to post an instructable that won't be recognized as a good one ever since I posted my first instructable. I then removed it because I didn't get into a contest, and didn't have many friends(as I will explain next).I was scared and still am because the contests so far seem to be rigged. I feel like this because of the way the Instructables' voting system works. So let's say we create an instructable and don't care how crappy it is. Now, let's assume we are extremely popular on social media, and ask all our followers to vote for us on our instructable...See where I am going with this?All we have to do is make our friends hit "Vote", and your friends don't care if your 'ible is good; they love you so they will vote for you. Thus cheating your way through the system.I swear this happens for every contest. There has to be a better way to determine the winner from the moment the author posts his/her instructible. This cheating wouldn't make it fair for many of us, and especially not for me(I don't have that many friends) :(If this cheating method works, then isn't voting similar to a "whoever has the most friends" contest?My suggestion:I understand that voting helps separate the weak from the professional Instructables, but I feel like a better way would be to require those already entered in other contests to vote for a contest they are not entered in. Thus, the biased friends wouldn't affect the polls. For example, say Lily entered the Flower-shop contest. In order for Lily to enter the flower contest, she must vote for at least 2-3 people in another contest (except the flower-shop contest, obviously).Make the Instructables list randomize everytime you refresh the screen on every contest website here on instructables.com This way everyone will have a chance to be seen throughout the months of voting.I feel like these suggestions could be adjusted with your comments. Thank you for reading.

Posted by RamP78 7 months ago


Affirmation without Featured Status

You work hard on a good, clear Instructable with really good photos. The Instructable shows how to do something most thought could not be done at home, but you found a simple way to do the job. Any who follow your Instructable will benefit from it and will save money. It is a better Instructable than others you have done that were featured by the editors. But, this one gets no notice from the editors and is not featured.  It is always nice when an Instructable of yours is featured, but it does not always happen. So, what really counts? I have noticed there is some intangible factor of cool in the minds of editors that may attract viewers to the site and gets an Instructable featured, but has little connection to any real practical value of an Instructable. Ultimately, the site is about drawing viewers and keeping advertising dollars flowing. It means a lot to me when people refer my Instructable to others. It is meaningful when people who can make use of the Instructable view it. When someone marks my Instructable as a favorite that is even better. I really like it when someone makes what I made based on my Instructable. I do not care if that person modified what I did. We do not have the same tools, nor do we have the same skills or needs or materials. What really makes my day is when someone comments or sends a private message to say my Instructable solved a problem. Also very good is when someone searches the Internet for a solution to a problem, and joins Instructables because he or she found my Instructable and it helped with what was needed.  Recently, Instructables published a printed collection of Instructables. Several of mine were chosen to appear in that book. Guess what! Most of those chosen were not featured, yet they were included in the book! That is a very positive affirmation about the real value of those Instructables. I have also had the experience that my Instructable was not featured initially, but months, even years, later an editor took a second look and featured it. In summary, getting featured is nice, but there are other metrics that really are much more meaningful.  

Posted by Phil B 3 years ago


Pressure Sensor Feedback loop

I'm trying to build something that will more or less maintain a constant, but adjustable level of pressure, probably driven by an electric motor. I've seen pressure-sensors on this site that increase conductivity with more pressure applied to the sensor, but mechanically I can't think of any way to get my device to work without a pressure sensor to decrease in conductivity with added pressure. Sadly I don't know enough about electrical components or circuitry to make it work with the former. If anyone here would happen to know how I could create such circuit, or can suggest of a purely mechanical alternative I would appreciate it.

Posted by Charlie_Szasz 7 years ago


Can anyone recommend a good DC Servo Control How-to/turorial? (Not RC servos)

I'm working on a decent size project where I need to control a 200w servo for dynamic speeds and feedback. There are a bunch of how-tos and tutorials on doing this with RC servos using arduino's, but have yet found any clear or simple tutorials for AC or DC servos.

Posted by jsz28 5 years ago


Feedback on Website

Hi there, I work for a startup called Swifto (swifto.com) and I was wondering if some people would be so kind as to answer a few questions about our site.  We are looking for initial impressions, so don't worry about going too deep.  This is all about the front page. Anyway, here are the questions.  Looking forward to hearing from you! 1. What do you think we do? 2. What aspect of the site confused you? 3. Does anything make you reluctant to use us? 4. What do you think of the design? 5. What would improve this site? 6. When was the last time you needed something urgently and what was it? P.S. - The black rectangle in the preview is actually a YouTube video.  If you want to watch it, go to our website: http://swifto.com

Posted by eladswifto 6 years ago


Magnetic Levitation

I need help for a mini-project under a prof. My topic is magnetic levitation and i need the procedure of the experiment. pls help

Posted by shounakghosh18 6 years ago