I have a featured article that will not show up on the front page? Can anyone help? Did Anyone Else Get This Problem?
Posted by AZNdude 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Not a big problem really but couldn't there be a "back to top" link at the bottom of the instructables pages. I love reading all the comments and suggestion peopole have, and a single click to return to the top of the page would be nice. Just a thought.
Posted by RedneckEngineer 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Hi all, I am checking my first instructable somewhat regularly and I noticed that the page views dropped from 200-300 to 5 or 6 a day. Is that normal as the instructable gets older? I think it was the day of the site update as I noticed it first. Anyone else? Regards, Alex
Posted by alex_weber 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
For some reason today the shortcuts menu, and all image thumbs are not working.. I hover over the Shortcuts menu and nothing drops down, clicking it takes me to my shortcuts customization page as normal, and the drop menu works there so i can click Recent. but on the Recent page, its dead again.. Right now while typing this the Shortcuts menu is working, but when i click on it to go to Recent its dead again after i get there. Secondly in all ibles, clicking on any image thumb to make it the displayed image in the step fails to do anything, it just sits at the 1st image. I'm not sure what has happened or if its something in my browser all of a sudden (Firefox, worked fine before, nothings changed, not even closed it before this happening). even browser restart didn't help, nor clearing cache or cookies for the site. something happen to instructables during the night?
Posted by Bongmaster 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hey Everyone! We just had a release that was over a month in the making! We totally redesigned the member page (take a look http://instructables.com/member/frenzy). We also did a much needed update to the groups page which will make them more focused, more on that in the coming weeks. We fixed carriage returns on PMs so those work again, improved image processing so your images should be a bit more clear. This is only the beginning, expect some great things coming from HQ this summer! If you see any bugs, let us know! Thanks! Gregg Horton QA Engineer Instructables.com
Posted by frenzy 6 years ago
Asked by cyberpageman 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
Well, the last home page change wasn't quite as successful as we'd hoped. We heard people saying that they didn't like the moving pictures, and wanted the titles visible, without having to hover. So I've just pushed out some modifications that change those things. We hope the current version is better!
Posted by rachel 7 years ago
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! ;-)
Posted by bajablue 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
A couple of bugs on the settings pages - first off, clicking on change email>manage alerts just throws you back to "update your profile"...unless I'm missing something, I don't see any place to manage alerts from that. (Clicking on the link up top to manage email alerts does work, however) I could be way off-base, but it seems like the WATCHLIST object (as opposed to, say, EMAIL) is maybe invalid or something like that?Also, I have several collaborations, but my collaborations tab shows 1 collabs (and it only shows that 1 after joining another - it displayed 0 for a while). Oh, and on the way here I noticed that when you go to Submit>Bug, instead of taking you there directly you go to Community>Help. Dunno if that's intentional or not. =]
Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
The front page is broken. First, words typed into the large search box come up backwards (can't upload screenshot due to "server maintenance"). Second, hitting the space bar whilst typing in the large search box takes you to the end of the front page. So, trying to type in "cable reel" shows "elbac" in the search box, then you jump to the bottom of the page. Third, the drop-down menus (Explore, Create etc) do not work on the front page. (But, the small search box at the top of the front page is working) This is not just on my home computer - Kitewife just phoned me to tell me that they were having this problem at her place of work (she was trying to show some colleagues some knitting techniques, I think.)
Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
The new format for contests is growing on me, especially the separate voting function - it is now possible to show your appreciation for a competitor without damaging your own scores.However - I think it would be better if we could see the scores when we use the "sort by" options. OK, such-and-such is in the lead, but by how much? One vote? Or one hundred? One view? Or one thousand?I miss the edge-of-the-seat tension you get when you're just outside the winning range - how many views do I need to scrounge? Can I badger a vote out of somebody?Anyway, just my thoughts.Please click on this less-than-subtle advert
Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Every time i go on instructables since Tuesday the home page acts up. (most likely for attention) The part that is normally orange is now white. (This only happens on the home page) This didn't bother me at all until i tried to look at the Epilog contest. I realized that the contest section is missing. I can still navigate my way there but it is kinda tedious and frustrating. Not to much of a problem but time consuming. Any suggestions?
Posted by fearme36 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Not sure if I am alone with the problem or if noone else noticed: On my YOU page I relaod and change the tabs as much as I like - It keeps stating my inbox is empty. Only if I actually go to my inbox I can see my Email was right and there is another PM for me. Would be nice if the Inbox links on the YOU page could reflect that instead of constantly showing zero.
Posted by Downunder35m 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
What is going on with the new format for the different pages? All I can find is featured "ibles" with large pictures, wheres the zeitgist, recent, popular etc that used to be on the main page of each section (ride,outdoors,offbeat,green,life,etc etc?) Am I overlooking something? Is it just MY computer?
Posted by l8nite 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I have this Russian book I want to use as an art journal but unsure of what kind of primer to use on the pages. They are lightweight but not too thin, and a bit glossy. I'm attaching pictures. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
Posted by rististien 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
When i went to instructables today i noticed the home page has changed, at least it looks like it did, im not sure becuase some of the text was overlapping. if instructables really did change, is there any way i can set it back to the previous homepage? i liked it much more than this one that im seeing. no offense to you guys working here on making the webpage.
Asked by zack247 7 years ago
We need to be able as a community reduce the amount of pages each project uses. This kind of goes against the stub philosophy, but imagine if you could reduce an Instructable to a single page or even multiple projects per page. If not 1, why not 2, or 3? I see some projects that are overwhelming with information at times. This could also add even more features such as un-selecting the steps that you don't need and poof, gone! There is also the potential for yet more ad views (which means everyone wins) with this service | 1. ads on the service page, 2. ads on the finished page. I've been considering this for years in all documentation that I do, how to reduce pages. However, this will be impossible without the staff at Instructables support and willing to adapt and grow. I also know paper is not the issue it used to be, but that isn't exactly the point I'm trying to reach; for instance sometimes more is really too more. Also, I know I'm new but focusing on that goes against my belief in working agile. Hi everyone!
Posted by philandy 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
As you can see we've launched a new home page + new headers and footers! Please poke around, as the dust is still settling, please submit any bugs to the bugs forum. We will be doing bugfixes as we find things to fix. We hope you like the new layout! Gregg Horton Instructables.com
Posted by frenzy 5 years ago
Ok i have a small problem. My kid wants to do this poetic terrorism thing in our town. Putting up signs warning about low flying angels and such. There is a statue of some great leader of the past and he wants to put a ball and chain on him. This is subversive art and he wants to set up a bebo page or similar to display his poetic subversions but he is afraid that the page would lead authorities back to him. Can he hide?
Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Hey everyone! we had a release this afternoon to get out our new contest page which will make it much easier for everyone to see entries, enter contests and win cool prizes! we also got rid of recaptcha on the signup page and are using some fancy scripting to block spammers. We also released some top secret stuff, which you will find out about shortly If you have problems, please post in the forums, thanks!
Posted by frenzy 6 years ago
Every time I click on a link in the email newsletter, it first takes me to the correct page, and then automatically redirects to "www.instructables.com/about/submit.jsp". It's really annoying because I have to copy/paste the link for it to work. The redirect also happens sometimes when I click the "Next" button on any instructable.
Posted by Nitronil 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hi, just wondering why the site keeps placing links where they arent supposed to be? i press page compatability button on IE but it does nothing...Is it a bug that is known to the admins at the moment? things are ALWAYS out of place, and when clicking links the wrong option gets selected. Its getting really annoying honestly. Net specs: IE9 WIN7 64 BIT
Posted by sokamiwohali 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
The new You page does not have the little box that shows what the most recent 10 comments that people have replied to you. When you are on a slow computer, having to click that extra link can take a lot longer than it used to. I proffered the old way, but it is nice to have the little thing that says how many ibles and forum topics you've posted. Who agrees?
Posted by Bartboy 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I noticed on another author's information page (accessed when you double click on stat card) that he had an achievement patch for being in the newsletter. I also noticed that his featured articles were marked with a banner. I had an instructible shown in the 9/30/2010 newsletter and have had one instructible featured (at least at the technology level). How do you get the achievement patch and featured instructibles marked?
Posted by Doug Paradis 8 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hey, I'm wondering if anyone else is having this problem. I use Firefox 3.6.16 at work, and since last Friday have been getting this message on the main index page: The page isn't redirecting properly Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete. * This problem can sometimes be caused by disabling or refusing to accept cookies. I have all cookies enabled. I've disabled them, refreshed, logged out, rebooted, and reeneabled in so many combination's that my head now hurts and my computer is dizzy. I had another tab open to an 'ible, and am able to browse through various forums that way (thus I'm able to post this), but whenever I go to the main index page I get this error. I tried using Internet Explorer (shudder), but it just gives the ever-helpful "can't connect" standard IE error message. I haven't tried using FF4 yet (I have that running at home).
Posted by RabidAlien 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
Hello Everyone! Many of you have noticed and commented on the site updates that went live on Thursday, October 20, which included substantial design changes to the member profile page. The profile page is near to many of your hearts as the front door to your substantial investments in Instructables, and while some have found these changes disturbing, we believe that they're very much in the community's best interests. I wanted to reach out just to let you know that we have given the new design a great deal of thought and attention, and to share with you some of the reasons behind the changes. First, to clear up some ambiguity about the current state of affairs: The public member profile is stage one of two major changes to the site that will work together. Stage two, which is well underway but not released yet, involves the private profile page (currently the "you" page) and will make access to aspects of your presence on the site much more accessible. Full lists of your own content will soon be available on a full-featured (and much more beautiful) private view of the member page; meanwhile, this content is all available in the "you" section. So the sense that your own content has gone missing is temporary. Second, the High-Level Goals: Clearer, more accessible design. Our old member page, say what you will, had a lot of buttons and options. On the whole, we know that most people don't take the trouble to drill down into the various categories. We want to help you all build large audiences of new appreciators, and while an infinitely detailed catalog of an author's content is appropriate for some, the breadth of activity on Instructables can make it difficult for new users encountering the site for the first time to understand what Instructables is about. Fundamentally this is what the new design is for: to help people understand, at a glance, what a given author is up to on Instructables. Highlighting Engagement vs Cataloguing Activity. Different people interact with Instructables in different ways, but our member page has never reflected this subtlety. It has always presented the most recent Instructables and comments, even for authors who contribute exclusively to the forums, or through favoriting and following other users. We felt that your activity on Instructables should be presented front and center, because it more evenly describes the way in which you participate in the community. Many members participating in this very discussion have benefitted from this choice, even as they challenge it. Forum posts used to live buried under a tab on the left; now, the contribution of a forum topic can appear right at the top if that's how the author participates in the community. We wanted to see how authors engage, and we felt it was ultimately more important than being able to drill through every piece of historical content hierarchically. Audience vs Self. The old profile page served "my view of me" and "my audience's view of me" somewhat evenly. With the changes we've made, and the changes in the pipeline, we're taking a stance. The public page is for my audience, the private page is for me. We're confident the new design better serves authors' audiences, even if it has some weaknesses for the author's own view. The author-centric side is coming, please hang in there! Surfacing Older Content. At HQ, we have frequent discussions about the "evergreen-ness" of the Instructables authors post. A great project from 2009 is still a great project, even though the wider internet has a strong preference for "new" over "good". But it's a struggle for us: we can't put every good project on the homepage forever, or new projects wouldn't have a chance. So we have to strike a balance. The new member page helps in this regard: if your old-but-awesome project still gets some attention and activity, it'll show up in your timeline as people favoriting the old project. So your profile becomes a place of discovery, where I can see "whoa, look at that cool thing that this person made 3 years ago!". Previously, the old project would have been buried under several clicks from the landing page, generating almost zero traffic. Add to that the new ability to select "top projects", and you can see that we're trying to help you keep your best projects in the limelight. See new features below. Third, New Features to Help Authors: Top-Five Projects. DIY Projects are at the core of the Instructables experience, and we listened to authors who make different kinds of things, but want to treat their Instructables Profile like a Portfolio. Randofo is one of the community's best-known and prolific Arduino Gurus, but it's a fact that an Arduino Project of his is a much bigger time investment than some of his smaller food projects. In fact, did you know that he's authored 38 food projects? Now, randofo has the opportunity to present his most-relevant work first, rather than leaving it to his audience to figure out. Right now, he seems to be all about Halloween. Activity Feed. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. We felt that having an activity feed on the member page was the most effective way to answer the most important question for a member page to answer: How does this member participate in the community? While that information was certainly available in the old layout, divining it required an audience member to click through all the tabs, reading every piece of content to completion. There was nothing "glanceable" about the information architecture, except perhaps the achievements (which we've kept). We believe that the activity feed, with the "top Instructables" feature in particular, makes it much easier to determine at a glance how a member participates. Fourth, It's a Living Document: We're watching your comments and feedback closely, and I expect that you'll see some pieces that you're missing return. I can't comment on specifics right now, but I know there are some statistics and counters that may have value. We agree, and we'll respond. But there was a whole lot of "extra" information on the page to begin with, and we wanted to start over as cleanly as possible. UX & Bugs. With a big feature like this, there are bound to be growing pains. Hopefully, you've already seen some improvement with regard to the delay in setting your "top Instructables" and having those reflected on your page. There's still a little blip, but it's down to about 10 seconds now, vs the 20 minutes when we first released it. Sorry about that! We'll also be looking carefully at how the page looks, making sure that we aggregate activity events such that no one event type (ahem, favorites!) takes over, etc. That's all for now. Hope having a little context helps put the changes in context. If it can't bring everyone onto the same page, we at least hope that it'll make them a little less out-of-the-blue. Thank you to you all who have written your comments, and who care so deeply for the community of Instructables!
Posted by pseaton 2 years ago | last reply 1 year ago