Total Views Count -- 13/10/2011

This forum topic is a printout of the results of a Perl script I run weekly. To be included in it, join this group. The Perl script visits the profile page of each member of the group and extracts their Total Views then saves them to a file that can be opened by me in Excel. I then post the last 3 columns so everyone can compare their weekly gain with their friends. While you can easily see this data for you on the You page, this script allows people to compare their success/gain with their friends. I hand out patches as achievements when members of the group reach 50k, 100k, 250k, 500k and 1m views. Member Last Week This Week Gain scoochmaroo 6,116,993 6,286,556 169,563 canida 5,258,110 5,327,186 69,076 fungus amungus 4,642,600 4,703,728 61,128 randofo 3,818,917 3,878,532 59,615 Honus 2,961,177 3,001,175 39,998 jessyratfink 2,438,765 2,497,073 58,308 Kiteman 2,136,903 2,170,007 33,104 Plasmana 2,143,784 2,161,931 18,147 Tool Using Animal 1,840,983 1,853,385 12,402 T3h_Muffinator 1,241,227 1,251,289 10,062 killerjackalope 1,237,928 1,248,205 10,277 drinkmorecoffee 1,222,828 1,239,081 16,253 zieak 1,211,906 1,221,199 9,293 ChrysN 1,165,180 1,204,454 39,274 Creativeman 1,183,574 1,202,117 18,543 gmjhowe 1,149,313 1,157,347 8,034 chr 1,055,211 1,078,799 23,588 lemonie 1,055,951 1,068,673 12,722 Weissensteinburg 1,052,977 1,062,649 9,672 SaskView 1,013,270 1,020,390 7,120 seamster 988,061 1,006,852 18,791 frenzy 961,786 979,401 17,615 mikeasaurus 791,937 817,132 25,195 Brennn10 785,190 791,922 6,732 shesparticular 765,787 776,666 10,879 mikey77 745,783 754,306 8,523 CameronSS 723,487 726,457 2,970 jeff-o 671,876 683,199 11,323 PKM 660,337 665,350 5,013 aeray 618,592 629,747 11,155 scraptopower 616,545 627,714 11,169 laxap 616,261 623,655 7,394 depotdevoid 559,698 569,677 9,979 ModMischief 532,887 557,608 24,721 belsey 535,271 540,698 5,427 starshipminivan 495,370 512,504 17,134 Jayefuu 478,062 496,632 18,570 AngryRedhead 356,841 364,220 7,379 nmcclana 331,546 336,574 5,028 Spl1nt3rC3ll 323,315 325,048 1,733 rimar2000 315,951 322,028 6,077 BrittLiv 314,942 318,089 3,147 Vyger 298,364 300,055 1,691 KentsOkay 288,167 290,671 2,504 scooter76 286,681 289,903 3,222 rickharris 264,282 271,649 7,367 Ninzerbean 247,003 253,908 6,905 Greasetattoo 226,878 231,567 4,689 Lithium Rain 218,539 222,362 3,823 mary candy 181,457 222,054 40,597 Xellers 216,429 221,059 4,630 Technochicken 216,098 219,744 3,646 dark sponge 211,043 212,244 1,201 bongodrummer 196,565 198,348 1,783 bertus52x11 189,558 191,982 2,424 Hiyadudez 187,231 190,258 3,027 comodore 183,840 185,715 1,875 vishalapar 146,768 185,243 38,475 uniqueutopia 179,374 183,609 4,235 Kaelessin 177,265 179,332 2,067 yokozuna 175,607 176,982 1,375 janw 173,727 176,130 2,403 Lynne Bruning 169,447 171,780 2,333 Dr.Paj 166,928 168,531 1,603 iminthebathroom 152,651 159,721 7,070 RavingMadStudios 149,035 153,080 4,045 thermoelectric 149,056 151,377 2,321 Nelson_Yepez 148,262 150,809 2,547 JamesRPatrick 136,879 138,225 1,346 The Jamalam 136,581 137,607 1,026 ynze 129,619 132,502 2,883 I_am_Canadian 130,250 132,117 1,867 jen7714 127,457 130,264 2,807 sunshiine 114,958 124,472 9,514 DJ Radio 117,323 118,633 1,310 Goodhart 116,948 118,064 1,116 annahowardshaw 102,775 108,030 5,255 wizgirl 100,390 101,774 1,384 Mr.Sanchez 89,386 93,083 3,697 Killer%7ESafeCracker 89,999 90,948 949 Jimmy Proton 87,323 90,866 3,543 MichelMoermans 86,981 88,306 1,325 dombeef 75,680 78,383 2,703 mman1506 72,923 74,072 1,149 Biggsy 69,579 72,530 2,951 Shadowman39 69,024 69,949 925 Re-design 66,747 67,472 725 agis68 66,581 67,378 797 ajleece 65,324 65,830 506 The Ideanator 59,296 60,325 1,029 arthurb 58,553 59,020 467 TNEN 56,856 57,393 537 kelseymh 55,487 56,056 569 Sunkicked 55,003 55,465 462 coolpizzadude 52,409 52,951 542 EmmettO 51,714 52,551 837 TitanTechRobotics 50,361 51,178 817 KoffeeKommando 49,500 50,870 1,370 HHarry   49,223 - cammers 46,399 48,072 1,673 Berkin 46,123 46,707 584 knuckel 45,868 46,418 550 beanieostrich 43,159 45,742 2,583 TSC 44,380 45,422 1,042 LargeMouthBass 40,316 45,153 4,837 jwystup 42,823 43,549 726 nickodemus 41,672 42,396 724 lilyfrancis 39,485 39,951 466 Z.Backas 38,794 39,353 559 Win Guy 36,746 38,931 2,185 MotaBoi 37,361 37,793 432 diyoutdoorsman 32,812 37,466 4,654 ahrshin 35,494 37,076 1,582 iceng 31,729 35,407 3,678 lizzyastro 34,529 35,273 744 TabbyDeAnne 32,874 34,678 1,804 cdawisconsin 32,218 34,470 2,252 kcls 33,372 34,189 817 cbm104 33,740 34,048 308 patriots8888 33,270 34,032 762 steveastrouk 32,666 33,133 467 possum888 32,568 33,057 489 Data643 31,938 32,326 388 Rob O 31,124 31,656 532 shadowninja31 31,165 31,451 286 krysteanuh 30,427 31,292 865 peguiono 30,075 30,339 264 Tornado96 28,024 28,696 672 Derin 27,330 27,764 434 plane phanatic 27,470 27,745 275 CrayfishYAY 26,702 27,101 399 Mimikry 25,111 26,959 1,848 m6233555m 26,699 26,825 126 Knex_Gun_Builder 25,782 25,966 184 tqwerty 24,359 25,722 1,363 splazem 23,830 24,535 705 zack247 23,369 24,149 780 qazwsx755 23,287 23,903 616 lil larry 23,285 23,877 592 drknotter 19,905 22,492 2,587 Tom Buckey 22,069 22,212 143 Dr. Pepper 21,553 22,009 456 zurichko 20,246 21,426 1,180 floris2burn 20,591 21,182 591 fdmjh 20,535 20,840 305 aeronut01 20,109 20,605 496 Legofanatic 20,165 20,517 352 zascecs 19,727 19,846 119 nutsandbolts_64 18,551 18,917 366 Nostalgic Guy 16,260 17,283 1,023 mJusticz 16,751 17,216 465 knexsuperbuilderfreak 16,463 16,608 145 acidbass 15,376 15,658 282 Sorunome 15,110 15,449 339 Twinmum 10,470 14,856 4,386 masterochicken 13,452 13,576 124 ilpug   13,298 - knexinventer 12,164 12,762 598 NachoMahma 11,986 12,028 42 A-Nony-Mus 11,463 11,694 231 colorex 9,640 11,378 1,738 username252 10,123 10,619 496 Kryptonite 10,387 10,611 224 FrozenStar 14,846 9,920 - monsterlego 8,103 9,744 1,641 cherishcherub 9,201 9,368 167 LoneWolf 9,032 9,237 205 moocowdog 8,723 8,867 144 NatNoBrains 8,453 8,729 276 slithien 8,406 8,602 196 RollerScrapper 6,488 6,746 258 RNB 6,350 6,516 166 wareneutron 5,771 5,827 56 tbcross 5,499 5,593 94 jamesdude 5,304 5,347 43 MegaMetal8%28Left Ibles%29 5,164 5,248 84 Kaptain Kool 4,653 4,954 301 Super_Nerd 4,479 4,846 367 9400dk 4,635 4,670 35 Randomguy65 4,479 4,651 172 happyjo 3,927 4,458 531 BladeFyre Studios 4,236 4,348 112 solarblade90 4,117 4,242 125 mg0930mg 3,853 3,937 84 Jag56 3,599 3,697 98 35Timmy   3,264 - nfk11 3,493 3,263 - cj81499 2,853 2,865 12 AwesomeSwordGuy 2,599 2,704 105 neuropol 2,552 2,684 132 shadon 2,302 2,377 75 zero.gx 2,304 2,334 30 ElvenChild 2,007 2,126 119 TheAwesomestDude 1,854 2,048 194 Mutantflame 1,795 1,820 25 cyanyears 1,547 1,624 77 LivStoleYourPie 1,526 1,595 69 FastLearner 993 1,017 24 Karma Charger18 394 463 69 Fr-Pa-Co 362 365 3 Alexvolos1 291 316 25 heratio 203 207 4 %28YOUR N 187 190 3

Posted by canida 7 years ago


What's Hot on Instructables Today?

See which Instructables are getting the most pageviews today:https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/?sort=hits_today

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Ratio of views to comments...

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

Posted by killerjackalope 8 years ago


This is what happens when you're on the frontpage

Here are graphs of the stats of two of my instructables. They clearly shows that being on the frontpage or featured in the weekly newsletter really gives you a boost.The Marble Clock (the graph with 0-5000 as the scale for pageviews) got in the frontpage as Popular in the afternoon the 14'th, you can clearly see the rate increase of pageviews.The Spooky Led Lamp (the graph with 0-10000 as the scale for pagevews) made it to the Weekly Newsletter sent to the subscribers in the eventing the 14'th. As can be seen on the graph the numbers of pageviews increased really fast at the next few hours then went back to the normal pace again. In contrast to what happened with the Marble Clock this instructable also got a real boost in the ratings due to the newsletter.Here's a link to the Instrugraph Instructable.

Posted by matseng 10 years ago


Stats pages still running?

Hey can anyone get the stats page to appear or has it been taken offline again? The only reason I ask is that out of nowhere one of my instructables has been speeding up in pageviews, overtaking one about sex and chasing the jet engine up as well but the referral URLs are all just the usual searches from google etc. Either way, anybody any notions on why people may have a sudden renewed interests in Zippos. 

Posted by killerjackalope 8 years ago


keyword abuse - trying to find things here

So I've noticed quite a few instructables that are completely unrelated to searches I've done coming up alot and I couldn't figure out why for all of three seconds...A lot of instructables have been added with completely irrelevant keywords, such as this, In which the user has typed out every letter of the alphabet in the keywords, not to mention usb and computer, the instructable is about a bleedin K'nex scope. As an example try searching love, you'd expect to be hit with the latest swath of valentines instructables but instead you get a load of rubbish.I know this is a difficult problem to circumvent without a ridiculous amount of work for staff but there should really be some kind of control over this problem.

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago


Bug? Instructable losing views.

One of my instructables, decided to lose 100 views or so on it's own on both the 'ible stat and my published page, for no apparent reason.  I only noticed as gmjhowe and I are in a views race so I've been paying particular attention to them but it's definitely and odd problem.

Posted by killerjackalope 8 years ago


Instructables 2007 Data Dump

I've been analyzing some some year end Instructables data and posting about it in the blog. Check out:Top 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Pageviews - 1. Invisible Book Shelf - 399,647 pageviewsTop 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Number of Comments - 1. Laser Flashlight Hack!! - 1,229 commentsTop 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Rating - 1. Invisible Book Shelf - 481 positive ratingsTop 50 Instructables Authors of 2007 Ranked by Number of Instructables - 1. trebuchet03 - 72 InstructablesTop 50 Instructables Commenters of 2007 Ranked by Number of Comments - 1. Mykhailo - 1373 comments on InstructablesTop 50 Instructables Commenters of 2007 Ranked by Number of Forum Comments - 1. Goodhart - 4168 forum commentsTop 50 Instructables Authors Ranked by Pageview Density - 1. dorxincandeland - 1 Instructable - 399,652 pageview densityTop 50 Forum Topics of 2007 Ranked by Number of Comments - 1. Random fun - 595

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Get the LED Out! speed contest is Finished! Results later today!

The Get the LED Out! speed contest is closed for voting! We need to go over some of the votes and make sure that everything is cool and we'll be announcing the winner later today.As a reminder, the Ratings, Pageviews, and Random winners in the Get the LED Out! contest will win $75 in LEDs from Phenoptix, a TV-B-Gone kit from Adafruit Industries, and a robot t-shirt. Current standings: Pageviews Ratings

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Pocket-Sized Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from Pocket-Sized Speed Contest!This has been a doozy of a speed contest with over 150 entries, many of them amazing. You blew us away with all of the cool things you can make that you can also fit in your pocket. A great job all around. There were a couple of interesting twists and turns here. For one, user PocketSized ran away with the votes. Apparently the name is a fitting one.The other thing that you might find a little odd is that the Instructable with the third highest pageviews is the winner. The #1 entry was disqualified since Brita filters aren't so pocket-sized. I tried it out and it wasn't comfortable and my pants got all soggy. It wasn't pretty. Don't worry, we'll still send IAMSatisfied something cool since it was quite good.The #2 pageviews would've been the winner except that it was also chosen as the random winner. This bumps the sweet engagement ring Instructable to the top spot.Thanks to everyone who entered. It was a lot of fun and this is one that we'll be doing again in the future. Now, on with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these three Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt and a Utili-Key Top Votes Pageviews Pocket Graffiti Pen by PocketSized Steampunk Finger Stylus by robbtoberfest Making a custom Platinum Diamond engagement ring by chrisparry Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Pocket sized collapsible eating utensils Pocket Plant Super Awesome Altoids MINI Flashlight Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of Tetranitrate's pocket, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables robot t-shirt and a Utili-Key.and the random winner is...this entry from someone who also rocked the pageviews.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Last Weekend for Launch It! Challenge!

OK, everyone, this is the last weekend to enter the Launch It! Challenge. Remember that three people will be getting an engraved Leatherman. One for the highest rating, one for the most pageviews, and one will be chosen at random. Considering the number of eligible entries in the contest right now, the odds of winning randomly are 1 in 30. Not too shabby!Also, five runners-up for ratings will be receiving a t-shirt. A t-shirt with a robot on it!So make something fly and make a cool instructable and video about it. Just make sure to post it before 11:59 pm PDT on Sunday.After the entries are in there will be four days to get ratings and pageviews before the contest is truly over.

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


Top 50 Instructables Authors Ranked by Pageview Density

This is the seventh in a series of data-analysis posts. Check out the first here. I love statistics, analysis, and raw data and so thought I'd share some of the really cool stuff with you. Thanks to trebuchet03 for helping with this and actually crafting the queries. Here are the authors who have the greatest pageview density (total number of pageviews divided by number of Instructables).Author - Number of Instructables - Pageview density1. dorxincandeland - 1 - 399,6522. kingant - 1 - 244,7263. spankval - 1 - 240,4204. tm36usa - 1 - 182,0605. Andrew546 - 1 - 158,4366. sspence - 1 - 140,4407. russwmoore - 1 - 134,6388. icecream_n_cake43 - 2 - 120,8749. kenbob - 1 - 117,38510. Stuart.Mcfarlan - 1 - 113,83011. ianhampton - 1 - 106,83812. cjanson - 1 - 102,42713. theRIAA - 2 - 94,48014. odecom5 - 1 - 94,17015. TheNaib - 1 - 90,62616. orthonormal_basis_of_evil - 1 - 87,82517. velacreations - 1 - 85,86018. atomic16 - 1 - 82,44319. Q-Branch - 6 - 81,80020. juliofo - 2 - 78,75421. mandrake - 1 - 74,85022. delgaudm - 3 - 74,75923. beam - 1 - 73,97024. gfixler - 1 - 73,40525. punish3r - 1 - 73,26626. barnes - 1 - 73,00127. irwinner - 2 - 72,13928. friedpope - 1 - 70,87229. sheekgeek - 1 - 70,30930. slyfox117 - 1 - 69,77331. Mr. Thrak - 3 - 68,70632. cre8tor - 2 - 68,67333. graphak - 3 - 66,83134. VzjrZ - 1 - 66,59335. ladyada - 5 - 64,80536. for290 - 3 - 63,43437. dasarp - 2 - 63,19738. Tom McWire - 2 - 63,03439. danfolkes - 2 - 61,10040. fiezi - 1 - 60,89941. tracy_the_astonishing - 3 - 59,42842. mikejedw - 1 - 58,69343. MrMunki - 4 - 57,53444. joedog86 - 3 - 57,47745. x86Daddy - 1 - 54,41646. Panda Face - 1 - 54,24847. Kipkay - 21 - 54,09248. oschene - 2 - 53,95549. darkmotion - 2 - 53,00250. KILLERK - 1 - 52,981

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Vote for the Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge!

The Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge has closed for entries, but it's not over yet! Since this is a speed contest, the winners are determined by the readers' votes and pageviews.Here's how it breaks down:Rating Prizes:The five Instructables with the highest rating will win an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The Instructable with the highest rating will also receive a laser-engraved cutting board.Page Views Prize:The Instructable with the greatest number of pageviews will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board.Random Prize:We'll conduct a random drawing from the remaining pool of entries, and one lucky winner will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board.So go vote by rating the ones you like! Tell us which ones deserve the prizes!You can see the see the current standings here.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


How Much is that website Worth? Ibles - $730,686!!

This site WebSiteLookOut.com estimates a website's value based on factors like pageviews, backlinks, traffic rate....etc.Simply write the URL, and you can see the value, Daily Page views, Daily Ad revenues and many other facts.Its a very cool site. I looked up several popular sites:All values are estimated and Presented in USD. The links direct you to the site's infoInstructables - $730,686.2Wikipedia - $301.13 MillionGoogle - $1.2 BilllionWorth1000 - $553,668.5Plime - $72,642.3Youtube - $803 MillionYahoo! - $2.41 BillionBoingBoing - $794,889.7Digg - $21.32 MillionMsn - $481.8 MillionHere is Instructables' data:Instructables.comNet Worth : $730,686.2Daily Pageview : 332,829Daily Ads Revenue : $1,000.94Traffic Rank : 3305(google) PageRank : 6Backlinks : 473,515Host IP: 72.249.66.26Traffic Graph:

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


How Does Instructables Rate?

. Ran across 15 Tools for Monitoring a Website's Popularity and decided to see how Instructables rates.. . Yahoo Site ExplorerPages: 36,421,151. Inlinks:3,028,851. CompeteNumber of people visiting site: cnn.com 31,825,476; instructables.com 1,161,213. QuantcastThe people who visit instructables.com are also likely to visit these categories and sites: lifehacker.com, Engadget, ars technica, Gizmodo, treehugger.com, physorg.com, New Scientist, physicsforums.com, physorg.com, Popular Science, Wired MagazineMonthly Traffic: Global 3.2M; US 2.0M. AlexaRank: 1971. Linking In: 7,391. SocialmeterSocialmeter score: 42,877. Quarkbase28055 bookmarks at Delicious2259 pages posted on Digg340 pages posted on Reddit947 page references from Yahoo! Answers39746 blog reactions from Technorati. Statbrain530,226 visits per day. CubestatWebsite Worth: $1,310,664.63Daily Pageviews: 598,477Daily Ads Revenue: $1,795.43 . WebsiteOutlookNet Worth : $1.22 MillionDaily Pageview : 557244Daily Ads Revenue : $1674.38

Posted by NachoMahma 10 years ago


Support Kiteman from the Comfort of your home and help him win $100! No Purchase or donation needed!!!!

Our dear Kiteman has entered a recent NASA TechBriefs CompetitionWhile sadly, he can't win the $20,000 grand prize, you can help him win $100!No purchase or donation needed!!!!!!There is currently a prize fr pageviews, and Kiteman is 5th place, with only 207 pageviews!Surely, we can help him climb the ranks.ALL you need to do, to help our friend win some money:Click here---Click here---to view his entry, and that's it! You just helped him!If you have more than one computer, visit from all of those!Tell your friends to go to the page! Just to go there, nothing else!!!!UPDATE- 06/22/08 He's 4th now!UPDATE- 06/23/08- He's 3rd overall and first in his category! If we keep this up, he can win An HP xw4600 Workstation!!! Tell everyone to go to that page!!!

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


Get the LED Out! Contest Update: LEDs added to the prizes!

The Ratings, Pageviews, and Random winners in the Get the LED Out! contest will also receive $75 in LEDs from Phenoptix in addition to the t-shirt and TV-B-Gone kit.Many thanks to Ben (aka Phenoptix) for putting up this awesome extra prize. All right, everyone, you have five more days to make something awesome with LEDs. Get to it!

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


T-Shirt Hacks Speed Contest Winners Announced!

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from the T-Shirt Hacks Speed Contest!The call for some funky t-shirt modifications was answered in a variety of ways. There was cutting, sewing, bleaching, ironing, and much more. stinkymum went above and beyond with five cool Instructables and also grabbed the top spot for votes. A great job was done all around.Now, on with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews Transforming a boring old blackt-shirt using bleach! by stinkymum 15-Minute Halter Top by Smexy Dead Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. How to Make an Instructables T-Shirt Buit-in T-Shirt Belt T-shirt to sexy top Stylish Ways to cut your T-shirt Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a t-shirt, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this totally rad entry.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


What are your picks for the Laser Cutter Finalists?

We're busy doing a round of approval voting to help select the finalists for the Laser Cutter Contest. In this round, judges give a "yes" or "no/no opinion" vote to each entry. We rank the entries by total number of "yes" votes and the top 10 become finalists. While I haven't gone through everything yet, I've been adding Instructables I plan to vote "yes" for to my favorites (by clicking the "favorite link" right above the comments). Again, I'm not done yet, but you can check out my current picks here in my favorites.What are your picks for finalists? Post you top picks as comments, or if you have a lot, post a link to your favorites.Remember that an additional four finalists will be selected based on pageviews and positive ratings as recorded around Monday January 7th ( Laser Cutter Contest rules). So, there's still time to vote for and tell your friends about your Instructable or your favorites. Also, we just added some sorting options for groups to make seeing who is in the lead that much easier:Laser Cutter Contest entries sorted by pageviewsLaser Cutter Contest entries sorted by rating

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


April Fools Speed Contest Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from the April Fools Speed Contest!The entries for this contest made us laugh and giggle and hopefully some prankster will be inspired to try one of them out on a friend. Keep on being creative and surprising people where they least expect it to keep the world an interesting place, everybody.Now, on with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these Instructables will each receive Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 28 Build-It Yourself Projects from ThinkGeek and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews !!GREAT COMPUTER PRANKS !! computer commands using notepad and command prompt by dean-101 How to conduct a social experiment on webcam (or simply play a joke on your friends) by sam noyoun Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Ye Olde Aprile Fools Prankes! Jelly Doughnut Surprise How To Change Your Fortune A Blast From The Past Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a box, the author of this Instructable will receive Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 28 Build-It Yourself Projects from ThinkGeek and an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this aging Instructable.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Launch It! Challenge is closed for entries. Just a few hours left to vote!

At 11:59 pm PDT on Sunday the Launch It! Challenge officially closed for entries, but it's not over yet! Six prizes will be awarded for the top-rated instructables and one will be awarded for the top pageviews and those numbers close on Thursday at noon PDT.Voting is done by giving an instructable a positive rating. And the rating buttons can be found to the right of the instructable's title.So if there's a Launch It! instructable that you like and haven't voted for, do it now! Go to the list of instructables and start clicking!

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


Launch it and stats

As you may have noticed, the stats are not working right now. This part of our system has been a near constant thorn in our side, and has led to a variety of problems and time-sinks for us. Since the current Launch It contest will rely on a pageviews measurement to award prizes, I wanted to let you know that we have a backup, external system (Google Analytics). So, the stats will not be correct for a day or two while we work double-time to fix them, but we've got an impartial third party to help us determine the results. Sorry for any frustration.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Toss It! Winners Announced

All right, the winners of the Toss It! speed contest have been decided! We saw a lot of great entries and several good videos of successful, and not successful, flights. We love paper airplanes and were excited to see all of you get into them as well.In determining the winners, some duplicate votes were thrown out and for the random winner we picked a short list of Instructables, taped them to planes, and the one that went the farthest won.On with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these two Instructables will each receive the Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals and a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews The Instructables Robot Paper Airplane; Classic. by GorillazMiko Twin jet paper airplane by neelandan Runners-Up The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Ease the Pain of a Child who has Cancer with Paper Airplanes Paper Fighter (yes it flies) Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane Design Super Slow Paper Glider Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have his plane fly the farthest, the author of this Instructable will receive the Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals and a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this entry from someone who was originally a runner-up for his other plane.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Win Instructables stickers and a patch by voting in the Wallet Challenge!

Don't have a wallet to share in the DIY Wallet Challenge? That's OK, you can help us judge! Head over to the Wallet Challenge Group, check out the Instructables, and click the "+" sign in the upper right to vote for your favorites. From all the people that vote, we'll randomly choose 5 users to win Instructables stickers and a patch! See how the Instructables currently stack up:Most pageviewsHighest ratingYou can vote for multiple Instructables, but for the sticker and patch drawing, multiple votes won't give you a higher chance of winning.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Last Day at Instructables

It's my last day here at the Instructables office. It's been a wonderful summer, and I'm glad to have worked with everyone here: at the office, and the people I've interacted with on the site. Curious about my impact this summer, I did a bit of statistical analysis on the last three months, and I wanted to share it with you. It's not completely precise, but it gives a good ballpark. Ironically, though I have done laser cutting, 3D printing on both the UP printer and the Objet, CNC embroidery, and even CNC papercutting, I never bothered to install the office printer. So I had to show my graphs from a laptop screen. Here are my stats, as of August 17th: I published 69 Instructables total this summer in about 89 days, (65 official work days). (I have a lifetime total of 88 from some previous Instructables.) Here's a graph of the Instructables building up over time. (Blue is data; the thin black line is a fitted trend.) It's pretty linear (with a slight dip at the end of July, when I went camping and couldn't post). The averaged rate is about 75% of an Instructable every day this summer, or just over one per day if you only count work days. 63% of my summer’s Instructables were featured. I had a quick learning curve; after the end of May, 75% were featured. It was a little more difficult to extract further data, so the remainder of my statistics refer only to Instructables I published while working here this summer which received over 1,000 total pageviews. Overall, these Instructables generated 294,224 pageviews (almost three hundred thousand!), 89% of which were from unique viewers. People spent a total of 14 hours, 11 minutes, and 28 seconds viewing these Instructables. To the left, you can see my summer pageviews accumulate, and to the right, the day-by-day graph of my pageviews. The peaks on the right graph represent, in order, my Infinity Dress, the Clockwork Beetle, and the Plaster Face Cast. (Since I made these charts last Friday, it doesn't take into account my Temari, which whould have created a spike as big as that of the Infinity Dress over the weekend.) Although those are my top-viewed Instructables from the summer, my favorites are actually these ones: (and working on Psycho Scooter Scramble, of course) I'm glad to have such a measurable effect on the site and the Instructables community. The people of the site and in the office have made a strong impact on me as well. This is the first place where I feel a true sense of community among a group of people I know exclusively through the internet, and I want to thank all of you who I've never met in person for being my friends. In the office, I'll thank you personally. It's been a great summer, thanks to you. I'll still be around the site from time to time, but I can't devote every day to it. I'm finishing up my Neuroengineering degree at Olin and working on a few other things besides. But I'll be around, and I hope to talk to all of you from time to time. See you around, and happy making! -SelkeyMoonbeam

Posted by SelkeyMoonbeam 6 years ago


Thanksgiving Reuse Challenge Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the Thanksgiving Reuse Contest. As this was a speed contest, all of the voting was done by YOU and (for the random prize) a cardboard box.Since this was also an international contest and Thanksgiving is pretty American, we kept the definitions of "Thanksgiving" and "reuse" pretty loose. If it had to do with food, celebration, or the detritus thereof, we were happy to include it.To see the full list of entries simply check out the group. More Thanksgiving instructables can be seen in last year's contest group as well.But enough about that... on with the winners!Pageviews and Ratings Prizes - For receiving the most pageviews and the highest ratings, the authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board. How to Make Delicious, Healthy Homemade Potato Chips With a Microwave! by thatkidwithayoyo A Thai style Chicken BBQ cooked outside in 10-15 minutes. Using an old can, empty beer bottle and some hay. by dandym Ratings Prize Runners-up - For receiving the next highest ratings, the authors of these four Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The World's Loudest Party Popper Easy Tasty Milk Pudding Microwaved Grand Marnier chestnuts, flambe' Turkey Time Tesla CD Turbine Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a cardboard box, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a laser-engraved cutting board.and the random winner is...Turkey Chili

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Pets Month Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the prizewinners from Pets Month!We asked you to show your love for your pets and you did with Instructables dedicated to chickens, cats, dogs, fish, reptiles, and more! Some fantastic information was shared and we hope that you all continue to make more Instructables to help other pet owners.So thanks again to everyone who entered. Now, on with the winners! Top Votes and PageviewsThe authors of these three Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot t-shirt. Top Votes Pageviews The Easy Way to Cut Your Ferret's Toenails by lbaran Tips For Chickens by zako How to pill a cat, the easy way by sunitgir Judges Selections Cat-Powered Automatic Cat Feeder by labelreader Vibrating Deaf Dog Caller Collar by arcticpenguin Patch Winners The authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables robot patch. Keeping Cavies Healthy Doggie Doorbell Keeping Chickens in a Harsh Northern Climate How to Make Your Cat Purr DIY Doggie Diner How to reportion frozen fish food How to make Salad For Bearded Dragons A Better Cat Litter Sifter CO2 Reactor for a Planted Aquarium Hamster to Mongolia How to Ski Jour with your Dog The Doggy Retreat Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name selected by Linus, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables robot t-shirt.and the random winner is...this entry from someone who likes to control the dust.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Author stats and some other fixes

The author stats are back and are updated daily. See how many people have read your Instructable today, this month, and in total. Look for the stats in the upper left of your Instructables. With the author stats working again, you can sort the Instructables by pageviews. This can give you a sense of the popularity of various projects. Among other small fixes, we've found and removed the main culprit in the SQL deadlock issue. I haven't seen one in a few days, so we're cautiously declaring success. If you try to post a comment or save a step of an Instructable and get an SQL deadlock, send me an email. More fun stuff and fixes are on the way. Thanks for sharing your awesome projects and being patient while we grow.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Top 50 Instructables of 2007 Ranked by Pageviews

This is the first in a series of data-analysis posts I'm going to make over the next few days (or hours if I can't stop myself). I love statistics, analysis, and raw data and so thought I'd share some of the really cool stuff with you. Thanks to trebuchet03 for helping with this and actually crafting the queries. Here are the top Instructables published in 2007 ranked by pageviews (I know the year isn't over yet, but we're close enough):Instructable - Number of Pageviews1. Invisible Book Shelf - 399,6472. Laser Flashlight Hack!! - 374,0233. Mouse Mouse! - 348,8804. Opening up a coke machine - 199,5255. Wallet made from a computer keyboard - 177,1766. Creating a 3D effect with image editing software (GIMP or Photoshop) - 158,4367. [https://www.instructables.com/id/12-Volt-Battery-Hack!-You_ll-be-Surprised... 12 Volt Battery Hack! You'll be Surprised...] - 142,6318. How to Kiss - 132,0659. Zippo Trick: The Twilight Zone - 128,89410. Cracking/Hacking Windows Passwords - 126,39211. Lock Someone To A Tree Without Ropes, Chains, Or Any Other Ties (updated 25/07/07) - 124,42012. Wifi Signal Strainer (WokFi) Long Distance - 122,18913. Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bar! - 119,67014. Hidden Door Bookshelf - 117,38015. Homemade Infrared Goggles! For Under $10 - 117,34816. How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily) - 113,82217. Trigger GREEN Traffic Lights - 111,99218. 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle - 104,88019. Take Infrared Pictures With Your Digital Camera - 104,37620. Shutdown Your School! - 101,28821. Build a Nintendo NES PC - 98,75622. Interactive Multitouch Display - 96,52623. How to date a girl who is way out of your league. - 95,86124. make crystal clear ice! - 94,76425. Build a Tetris DVD (or book) shelf - 94,16226. Easy to Build Desk Top 3 Axis CNC Milling Machine - 93,14227. Solar Thermal Water Heater For Less Than Five Dollars - 90,62228. How to perform your own Tongue Bifurcation - 88,90929. EMP shopping cart locker - 87,82330. How to "Fly" a Human Powered Hydrofoil - the "Aquaskipper" - 85,77931. Barbie Doll Electric Chair Science Fair Project! - 85,48932. Use an LCD Monitor as a TV without a Computer - 82,44133. How To Make A "Secret Container" Out Of A LIGHTER - 81,40334. $60 Laser Engraver / Cutter - 79,76035. Turn Your Old CRT Computer Monitor Into A Fish Tank ! ! ! - 78,59636. Make a cool hologram illusion! - 75,99137. $100 Super Bright Flashlight for under $10! - 75,78638. The Ice Bulb - 74,84839. Solar Heater - 73,96140. Laptop Converted to 2nd Monitor - 73,26641. Tetris Ice Cubes - 72,22042. Get Money from Jammed Vending Machines, Pay Phones, etc. - 71,46143. How to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former - 70,30944. Laser Cutter Contest Update: Fewer Rules, More Time! - 70,09245. Portable 12V Air Conditioner --Cheap and easy! - 69,88546. Homemade Laundry Detergent - 68,42647. The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case - 68,42048. String Tripod - 68,20749. [https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-softmod-your-xbox...for-FREE How to softmod your xbox...for FREE] - 66,58850. How to make a Green Lantern ring- including a glowing version! - 65,802

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Get the LED Out! Speed Contest Winners Announced

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the Get the LED Out! contest. As this was a speed contest, all of the voting was done by YOU and (for the random prize) a plastic bin.To see the full list of entries simply check out the group. For a speed contest, the quality and quantity of the entries was pretty amazing and there are several that deserve to be looked at and appreciated. A big "thank you" to everyone who entered and showed us all the cool things that can be done with a tiny light.But enough about that... on with the winners!Pageviews and Ratings Prizes - For receiving the most pageviews and the highest ratings, the authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt, an Adafruit Industries TV-B-Gone kit, and $75 worth of LEDs from Phenoptix. Ratings Awesome led cube by AlexTheGreat Page Views LED Mood Jar! by joejoerowley Notes about the winners: While it is a great Instructable, Make your own Roll Up Keyboard was disqualified from winning a prize in this contest since the Instructable didn't involve putting any LEDs into the roll-up keyboard. Also, the Awesome led cube was the top of both lists, but was selected as the Ratings winner since it had the bigger lead in Ratings, by ratio, over the second than it did for Page Views.Ratings Prize Runners-up - For receiving the next highest ratings, the authors of these four Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt. Cat Burglar Joule Thief Desk-top Soldering Press! (with L.E.D) LED Light Drawing Pens: Make an LED Blaster Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a plastic bin, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt, an Adafruit Industries TV-B-Gone kit, and $75 worth of LEDs from Phenoptix.and the random winner is...this heartfelt Instructable.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Share the Love Speed Contest Winners Announced!

Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the Share the Love Speed Contest.We asked you to show us some romantic Instructables and you certainly did with over 100 Instructables entered into the contest. Lots of creativity and emotion went into these and we can't thank you enough for all of them.Since this was a speed contest the voting was done by the the audience for six of the winners and one was chosen in a random draw. These are all great entries, but we urge you to check out the contest group to see many more great Instructables. So if you get stuck on what to do for Valentine's Day next year, be sure to come back here and look for some ideas.For now, on with the winners!Pageviews and Ratings Prizes - For receiving the most pageviews and the highest ratings, the authors of these Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt, a chocolate robot heart, and the acrylic positive of the heart. Ratings A Dozen Red Origami Roses by thydzik Page Views LED Burlesque Pasties! by jessyratfink Notes about the winners: Duplicate votes were thrown out. While it is a great Instructable, LED Mood Jar was disqualified from winning a prize in this contest since we couldn't find much that was inherently romantic about it unless you're talking about getting your mood on and that's a bit of a stretch.Ratings Prize Runners-up - For receiving the next highest ratings, the authors of these four Instructables will each receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt and a chocolate robot heart. Entwined Hearts Chocolate Covered Strawberries Bloody Valentine's Heart LED Stained GlassFirefly Pendant Random Prize - For being lucky enough to have its name pulled out of a plastic net, the author of this Instructable will receive an Instructables Robot t-shirt, a chocolate robot heart, and the acrylic positive of the heart.and the random winner is...Hearts from ring pulls

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Vote for the Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest

The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest closed for entries last night and the entries are amazing! Each and every entry is eligible to win the grand prize of a $20,000 gift card and we need your help to choose which one deserves to win. Voting is open until Jan. 11 and the top entries with the top 30 votes will move on to Round 2.To vote for the entries in the contest you simply need to be a registered user at Instructables. Once you're logged in, just click on the "vote now!" button at the top of each Instructable. You can also vote from within the contest page itself. Here are a few links to help you to start digging through the entries: Entries sorted by rating Entries sorted by most recent Entries sorted by pageviews Entries sorted by votesYou can vote for as many entries as you want.

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


I just got a tablet! (Updated w/ my first drawing!)

Hooray! Happiness and Joy!Because of an....eventful.....(some awkward situations happened) achievement of mine, my parents bought me a tablet! It's a Genius G-Pen 450. So far, its been`awesome. I can't wait to use it in GIMP. I am currently making a drawing (Which I rarely, rarely do at home, I only draw at school) to try and color it.Just thought I'd share my happiness.And I won't talk about the achievement, because it's a bit too personal, and basically dangerous on teh internets, its academic related and its important.(UPDATE!:)My first drawing can be found here Please visit it! I would very much like the pageviews!!!! (Besides, it looks much better there). Feel free to add me on DeviantART if you'd like....

Posted by Keith-Kid 10 years ago


2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists

The winner has been announced here!Instructables and [www.ulsinc.com Universal Laser] are happy to announce the 14 finalists in the Laser Cutter Contest. Ten of the finalists were selected by judges at Instructables.com. The other four finalists were the Instructables that had the two highest pageviews or ratings as of Monday morning, Jan. 7.The authors of these Instructables are all in the running to win a VersaLaser worth over $15,000. Now we turn the voting over to you. Click on the "Vote!" buttons below the Instructables to submit your vote and help decide who wins the grand prize. You can vote for more than one Instructable and voting closes Jan. 31. Judge-selected Finalists(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector Ratings and Pageviews Finalists How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Second Place The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear ClockThank you to all the judges: ewilhelm, jesse.hensel, PT, randofo, intoon, canida, noahw, stasterisk, fungus amungus, lebowski, T3h_Muffinator, and bofthem.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Instructables Halloween Postcards

Some people send Christmas greeting cards.  Since Halloween is our favorite holiday, we decided to send Halloween greeting cards.  About 1100 of them.  Check out the pictures of signing, stuffing, applying postage, and mailing them. We sent them to top authors by number of Instructables, by pageviews, top commentors, people who have previously won contests, and others.  Since we did all this by hand (and had a couple of snafus along the way!), if you didn't get one, that doesn't mean you're not awesome; it means we screwed up and forgot to ask for your address.  But, we'd still like to send you one!  So, if you'd like a Halloween card, and you haven't already entered your address, leave a comment here by Friday October 23 and I'll send you the link to submit your information.  If you have entered your address but haven't received your card, it's probably still on its way. Happy Halloween! This is the forum topic for Halloween 2009.  If you'd like a card for 2010, please see here: 2010 Halloween Postcards.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Launch It! Challenge Results!

Instructables is happy to announce the winners for the Launch It! Challenge. We saw some amazing entries that showed creativity and power. Once again, you showed us that there are people making cool things all around the world. These Instructables should serve as inspiration for others for a long time.Stay safe, everyone.Ratings Prize: FirstThe Instructable with the highest rating will receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman. Launch It: Patriot Model Rocket by kruser495Ratings Prize: Runners-UpThe 5 Instructables with the next-highest rating will each receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store. Golf Ball Gun!!! How To Make One That Can Shoot 400+ yards! by MrCrowley 25MM Pneumatic Sniper Rifle by irwinner Piano-wire Slingshot by chluaid Colossal Cannon: Building a behemoth piston-valved pneumatic by DeusXMachina The EasySling by -insertnamehere-Page Views Prize:The Instructable with the greatest number of pageviews will receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman. How to Make Fireworks by pudi.dkRandom Prize:We randomly picked one Instructable to receive a gift certificate for a Instructables Robot t-shirt from the Instructables store, and a custom-engraved Leatherman.Watch the video to see the winner: OK, here it is: Pencil Crossbow by marc92

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge Winners Announced!

Instructables and Lion Brand Yarn are happy to announce the winners of the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge!We were incredibly impressed by the variety and creativity of your entries! There were over 450 slideshows with thousands of pictures, making it incredibly hard to choose winners. Check the Lion Brand group to see more great project ideas you might have missed the first time around.We appreciate your enthusiasm for sharing your projects, ideas, and patterns, and will definitely be hosting more great yarncraft contests in the months to come!This contest may be over, but the Lion Brand group will live on! Keep on submitting your yarn creations to the group and share the wonderful things you make with the rest of the world! Lion Brand Yarn SelectionsEach winner will receive a $25 Lion Brand Yarn coupon, an Instructables patch and stickers. (in alphabetical order) Crochet Goldfish Dread Crocheted Cthulhu Frowny Marshmallows My First Lighthouse Afghan Purple Fans - Childs Afghan Instructables Selections Each winner will receive a $25 Lion Brand Yarn coupon, an Instructables patch and stickers. Ratings Winners* Pageviews Winners Random Winner Log CabinRainbow Afghan Kilt Hose Happiness is awarm gun Knitted Kebaya Monster Socks Random winner selected by robot. *Negative and duplicate votes were eliminated.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Top 5 new Instructables 6/5 -6/12

Another week has gone by and another new batch of great new Instructables have popped up. Below is a list of the five, in order, that have received the most pageviews and thus grabbed the most attention lately.So if you haven't check them out yet be sure to give them a read. And if you want more fresh and cool DIY stuff, check out the featured list for many more ideas.Have a great weekend, everyone! Cardboard LumberHow would you like an incredibly strong, cool, and cheap building material for making lightweight tables, chairs, shelves, or anything else you can think of. Reusing cardboard... posted by theRIAA on Jun 8, 2009 Recycled T-shirt NecklaceThis is a really simple soft necklace / scarf that can be made in about five minutes. I keep seeing similar ones being sold for twenty, forty, even sixty dollars while it can ... posted by cucumbersome on Jun 6, 2009 Hand LightsIf you work with your hands and want to have more light where you're working, these hand lights (okay.. forearm lights) work great and are pretty simple to make. Use them for... posted by Ookseer on Jun 6, 2009 Cupcake ConesDelicious, clever, and surprising, these cupcakes impersonating ice cream cones are sure to delight! My mother used to make these for my brother and me when we were kids an... posted by scoochmaroo on Jun 8, 2009 Pool Solar water heaterHow to build a solar pool water heater. posted by Lynxspring on Jun 6, 2009

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Good news for International Authors!

If you don't live in the US, Canada-minus-Quebec, US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, or Switzerland, (keep an eye on THIS PAGE for updates) and have been bummed that we can't yet open contests for your country, I've got some great news for you! We're going to give you gifts!  Here's how it works. Editors' Pick gifts Our editors will scan the site for particularly excellent Instructables from international authors.  This way we can tell you we think your project is awesome, even if you don't get a ton of pageviews within the first month.  The number of editors' picks gifts will vary every month, depending on the number of amazing international projects we see. The legal reasoning: while there are all sorts of stringent and varied laws governing contests around the world, the lawyers say we can send you non-contest-related gifts without fear of fines and imprisonment.  Thus, while we're waiting for the lawyers to figure out the wacky legal details for each country, we're identifying the most popular projects each month and sending along a thank-you gift.  Which is a gift, NOT a prize.  Ahem. We desperately want to be able open contests up to the entire world, and are working as fast as we can to make it happen.  (See Eric's post here.)  I realize this isn't the same as being able to enter contests, but this is our attempt to make the wait a bit more pleasant, and let you guys know you're top on our minds.

Posted by canida 7 years ago


Top 5 new Instructables 5/22 - 5/29

Here's the latest batch of great new Instructables. These have all been published in the last week and are presented here in order of how many pageviews they've received up to now. Be sure to check these out as well as dig through the Featured list for more cool Instructables you may have missed!If you're going to Maker Faire, be sure to drop by our booth! We'd love to meet you. Small NFT Hydroponics SystemHydroponics is a type of agriculture that uses no dirt, and usually results in larger, fuller plants. I recently became interested in the topic, and decided to start my own ve... posted by Weissensteinburg on May 24, 2009 How to climb a tree (using only rope!) the fun/simple wayIn this instructable, I will be showing how to climb a tree using only rope, a carabiner, muscle strenght, and time.I am not an experienced or trained climber. Don't tell me... posted by louieaw on May 25, 2009 Aluminum Can, Saltwater and Charcoal BatteryThis instructable shows how to create a simple aluminum air battery from a soda can and a piece of charcoal from the backyard BBQ. This instructable is being published early b... posted by egbertfitzwilly on May 24, 2009 A Swing Set that Generates Electricity'Id just like to say first off that my electrical knowledge is very limited, and I'm sort of feeling my way around in the dark. If you have a better way of doing this, I'd lov... posted by Cleveland Motley on May 26, 2009 5-minute Chocolate BallsQuick and delicious Rum Balls recipe (with or without rum!). These tasty treats whip up in no time, and are completely addictive. Whether you need a chocolate fix or a quick... posted by scoochmaroo on May 26, 2009

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Top 5 new Instructables for this week

Want to see what the most popular new Instructables are? Here's a list of the Instructables published in the last week (since April 24) that had the most pageviews.Creative reuse clearly stands out as well as some old-fashioned crafts. There's also our old friend, the Arduino. A lot of good stuff and be sure to check these out as well as many other solid Instructables that have been recently published. Hand made COG TagsEver wanted your own COG tags? I hadn't ever thought about it. But then i decided to make some. I was inspired by a coglike thing i found in my garadge xP Inspiration comes fr... posted by RavenShadow519 on Apr 24, 2009 VHS Tape Storage DriveThis project turns a old VHS Tape into a USB storage drive. It looks like a normal VHS cassette tape except for the USB cable that sticks out of the shell. All of the project ... posted by abbtech on Apr 26, 2009 Viking wire inlayWherein Ben endeavors to explain one of his methods for inlaying non-ferrous metals into steel for knives and swords. posted by ben potter on Apr 28, 2009 Control your motors with L293D and ArduinoAfter long research and trial and error, I have came up to a new walkthrough regarding this nice chip, the L293D.Each project is one project and each one has its own unique ... posted by guibot on Apr 26, 2009 Contactless dynamo powering bike safety lightsHello everyone!! On this instructable you will see how to build a simple contacless dynamo for powering a bike safety light from a relay coil and some hard drive magnets.As ... posted by vbnicolau on Apr 29, 2009

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Top 5 new Instructables

Another week has ended and we tallied up the numbers to see what were the most popular new Instructables. This top 5 list covers the Instructables that were published within the last week that had the most pageviews.Leading the list is our intern, drinkmorecoffee, who finished his time here with his 6-cent throwie Instructable. The rest of the Instructables show that laptops, LEDs, and tasty treats get a lot of attention as they should.So check out this top 5 list and come back next week for our next round-up! 6 Cent LED ThrowieMake an LED Throwie for 6 (six) cents - it's the cheapest Throwie ever!LED Throwies are popular contraptions made of a battery, an LED, and a magnet all taped together. This... posted by drinkmorecoffee on May 8, 2009 Laptop Bubble StandEveryone is always making laptop stands that, albeit functional, are rather hideous to look at. This becomes less than ideal when you consider that typically, when the laptop ... posted by randofo on May 12, 2009 {THE LED LIGHTBULB}With energy at shortage, we strive to conserve. Although we attempt to buy the greenest electronics and turn them off as much as we can, we still find ourselves with those en... posted by aandre on May 10, 2009 Pie in a JarTiny pies.Made in jars.Frozen to create individual freshly baked pies when you want them.What could be more adorable? posted by scoochmaroo on May 11, 2009 Building a real woodworker's workbenchThere are a number of instructables on building "workbenches" of various degrees of cost and sophistication, but most of them are really just tables. They'd work fi... posted by jdege on May 11, 2009

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Top 5 new Instructables for this week

Check out the new Instructables that have gotten the most pageviews in the last week. All of these Instructables have been published on May 1 or later.Last week we saw a lot of metal and circuits, but this time around it's all about food and solar and make-up. Oh, and three of these Instructables were made by Instructables staff, two by scoochmaroo and one from me. Glad to see that so many other people are as excited about tearing apart Gummi Bears as I am. 5-minute Ice CreamWARNING: The Following Instructable Is Extremely Addictive. Not for the Faint of Heart.You are now always only 5 minutes away from Ice Cream. Are you prepared? also works... posted by scoochmaroo on May 5, 2009 Gummi Bear SurgeryGummi Bears live short lives, but that doesn't mean that they don't have health problems and will occasionally need some care. There are times when these delicate bears will e... posted by fungus amungus on May 4, 2009 How to make a solar iPod/iPhone charger -aka MightyMintyBoostI wanted a charger for my iPodTouch and the MintyBoost was definitely my first choice. I wanted to take it a bit further and make it not only rechargeable but also solar power... posted by Honus on May 2, 2009 My home made solar cell step by stepHere is a low power low efficiency photovoltaic cell that you can make you own in the kitchen with materials from the hardware store.This cell is made from cuprous oxide ins... posted by alessiof76 on May 3, 2009 DIY Mineral MakeupMineral makeup is more than just a new beauty trend - it offers health benefits for skin as well. And now you can make it at home!It's made of all natural, finely ground min... posted by scoochmaroo on May 4, 2009

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Design Changes on Instructables

As you've noticed, we've been making some design changes to Instructables.  We're trying to accomplish a number of things including making it easier to find content you're interested in, creating more compelling products for advertisers, and supporting and growing what we've already built.  Here, I'll share the details around some specific design changes. One of my big goals for 2010 is to increase our direct visitors.  A direct visitor might type our URL into their browser, click on a link in a newsletter, come to the site from one of their bookmarks, or search for a phrase that includes "Instructables".  Other types of visitors include searchers, who come to the site from phrases such as "sweet potato fries" but aren't specifically trying to reach Instructables.com, and visitors from blogs or news portals.  My thesis is that more and more brand advertisers will want to reach our true community, and not people who are just passing by.  A pretty good proxy for our true community is direct visitors, and we've already seen the savviest advertisers try to reach only that community by advertising exclusively on our homepage (the recent Apple campaigns, for example).  To grow our business and ensure that Instructables thrives, it's important that we have great opportunities for advertisers, and a stronger community means more great Instructables and more intelligent people seeing and commenting on your Instructables. To this end, we've been working to increase the likelihood that someone will go deeper into our content, and remember to come back in the future.  Said another way, we want that sweet potato fries Google search to introduce someone to Instructables, and then have them think, "wow this site is amazing, I'll bookmark it, sign up for the newsletter, come back, etc..."  Some of the most dramatic changes are on the homepage and channel homepages.   On the homepage, we've removed the intro text from the links to Instructables.  By making the homepage less cluttered with words, I was hoping to increase the number of people clicking on an Instructable.  Also, I felt that the beginning of the intro text didn't contribute much to my understanding of the Instructable, and often it was no more than a repetition of the title (and at worse a note about how it was someone's first...).  Removing text to increase engagement might seem counter-intuitive, but with too much going on, visitors sometimes just leave rather than decide what to click on.  So far, clicks from the homepage are flat or slightly up, so this change hasn't had a negative effect on deepening visits, and may over time move us in a positive direction.  On the channel homepages, we've drastically changed the layout to be more blog-like.  My theory here was to give people a format they were more familiar with from elsewhere on the web, and results have been dramatic.  The exit-rates (the percentage of visitors that leave Instructables from a particular page) on our channel homepages have been cut in half.  For example, the exit-rate on the home channel homepage has dropped from 12% to 4.5%.  This is really good!  To me, this indicates that on the channel homepages we're giving visitors more compelling content, and they are more likely to dig into that content. In support of our efforts to deepen visits, we've been doing similar smaller changes all over the site. Most of these are based on our traffic and click analysis, and if my theories are wrong, we change back or try something else.  One particular change that has generated concern is the removal of the Answers link from the header.  This has nothing to do with our support of Answers in general -- it's based on data.  That link was almost completely unused.  Coming again from the perspective of making a slightly cleaner look, we removed it.  As the link wasn't generating any clicks, traffic to Answers has been unaffected.  In fact, as we're highlighting specific answers on the channel homepages, traffic to the Answers section is actually up 7% since we removed the link:  from Feb. 1 - 18 answers did an average of 11.1 K pageviews per day; from Feb. 19 - 28 it's done 11.9 K pageviews per day.  Perhaps that's noise in the data, but removing the link certainly hasn't been the end of answers, and the trend since the change is positive. So, we do rearrange the furniture from time to time, but it's never without reason.  We're always trying to make Instructables better.  We've messed up in the past, and we'll surely mess up in the future; but I think this is good, because if we're not reaching and striving a little bit beyond our comfort zone, we're not learning and improving. 

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago


Contest discussion

Hi everyone,This is a discussion that started on the list of Laser Cutter Contest Finalists that I wanted to make its own forum topic.I am really happy with the entries to the Laser Cutter Contest. The quality, depth, scope, and professionalism of all of the entries is simply amazing. I am also really happy with how the contest brought out the best of the Instructables community, and how it encouraged a bunch of new members to make the jump and post their first project. However, it seems we screwed up, as many of you are unhappy with the list of finalists. Since there's no quantitative way to rank projects in a contest that spans two months (ranking by pageviews and ratings alone give a huge advantage to projects entered early, and in some ways just turns the problem over to the editors and readers of sites that link to us such as Digg, Boingboing, and Make), we ranked them qualitatively. Everyone has their own opinion, and coming to a consensus is very difficult, which is why we increased the number of finalists from 10 to 15. When the contest accepts entries on any subject, judging becomes nearly impossible. In the end, we only have one laser cutter to give away. So, we will choose one winner, and this may be the root of the problem. I thought that a single, high-end prize would make for a better contest than a large number of lower-end prizes, like many of our previous contests. The number of entries, the quality of the entries, and the number of people encouraged to make their first post all support my theory that quality of prizes yields better results then quantity, but if the community is genuinely unhappy, than I am wrong. Perhaps this feeling is simply being expressed by a small but vocal group, and the community as a whole thinks the Laser Cutter Contest was great and will be happy for the finalists and the winner. Getting a community to express itself is tough, but we're here listening and we take what each of you has to say very seriously. To me, the value of posting an Instructable is not in the chance to win a laser cutter, it's when someone makes a comment saying that I taught them something new, changed the way they looked at things, or inspired them to make something themselves (even if it's something totally different than my Instructable). That's why I am so passionate about Instructables, and why I see contests as just a small part of the reason to post. We're always trying new things, and if they don't work, we try to make corrections, learn from our mistakes, and try something else. I think contests, if done properly, can invigorate, excite, and build community. So, I'm listening- what can we learn from this experience? Should we run more focused contests? Would you prefer lots of prizes to a single high-value prize? Do you have any other suggestions? We want to run the best contests we can, and work with our community to ensure their success. Please tell me what you think.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Pro Instructables Accounts

As you know, the recession has has hit many industries hard; it's even changing the way the internet functions. While we hoped to provide an excellent service for free under an ad-supported model, it's becoming obvious we'll have to do something different to help our community survive this economic downturn. So, in the next few weeks, we'll be launching Pro Instructables Accounts.The pro account feature set is still slightly in flux, but it will give you access to some of our existing features and some new ones:Private Instructables - share an Instructable with only a small group of peoplePatches - create and send patches to other usersFewer Advertisements - No contextual (Google) ads, or ads from indirect networksPro Users forumPDF versions of Instructables, including more customizable optionsView all steps on one pageAccess to secondary images sizes on an Instructable's step All images are available for freeNo captcha for Private MessagesPro badge on user iconWe have not finalized the pricing, but it will be reasonable, and you will be able to join for periods of one month, one year, or two years. Initially, we'll only accept payment via PayPal. Every user who has registered prior to the release of pro accounts will receive at least 3 free months of access to the existing features we are turning pro. During this period, we hope to convince you that the features are useful enough to pay for.Why we're doing this:Instructables provides a tremendous amount of value to everyone who uses it. Our authors benefit from having a superior documentation tool and an already established and sizable audience; our members benefit from our active community management; and our audience (those who do not currently have accounts) benefit from inspiring, entertaining, and useful content. In consideration of Instructables' value, you currently look at and occasionally buy products from our advertisers. Supporting content with advertising is a wonderful system, but it isn't covering all of our costs, so we're asking you to subscribe to support us and the DIY community. One of the things I've endeavored to create at Instructables is an egalitarian meritocracy. Anyone can post an Instructable and anyone can comment on an Instructable, not just editors and approved writers; we don't highlight our admin accounts or often use them to moderate comments because it's important that the community as a whole enforces the "be nice" policy. In that spirit, we won't be giving away free pro accounts. I, and everyone else who works here, will buy pro accounts for ourselves. This may seem like just an exercise, but with it I hope to make the important point that we value Instructables and we want to support it. Having been an Instructables member for a long period of time, or having the greatest number of pageviews will not entitle you to a pro account. Just like anyone can post an Instructable, anyone can become a pro member, and the price is the same for everyone. If a pro account isn't for you, we'll always offer a free account. The free account maintains the site's core functionality, and is extremely usable: You can follow an Instructable's directions, post pictures of your results in the comments or another Instructable, and enter all of our contests and challenges. We've tried to carefully balance providing free access to the content -- so we can provide a large audience to our authors -- against making some of the more bandwidth-intensive value-adding features available only to pro members. As an author, you'll always retain full access to your own projects, including PDF versions.I often tell people that Instructables is an online magazine. In reality it's so much more than a magazine, but as an active member of the community you already know that. I hope you'll subscribe.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Top 50 2008: Instructables

Yesterday we looked at the Top 50 commenters for 2008 and today we'll be looking at the numbers for the top 50 Instructables of 2008. Since there's no one way of declaring a list of Instructables, we created three top 50 lists. These cover Instructables in order of rating, pageviews, and comments. Instructables on these lists were all published in 2008.Let's go to the graphs and charts!Top 50 Instructables: Pageviews   Instructable Views 1   Body-Mod: Elf Ears 347738 2   Use your laptop as an Xbox/Xbox 360 "Wireless Adapter" on Windows XP/Vista, and Mac OSX 220780 3   Fix the Red Ring of Death! (without towels!) 177285 4   Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars 159647 5   Run Backups on any Wii Without a Modchip 159408 6   How to build a 72Volt electric motorcycle 159261 7   How to make out 145713 8   Inverted Bookshelf 137198 9   Munny Speakers 124736 10   Awesome led cube 118293 11   Firefox Pranks! 117449 12   How to make an Iron Man Arc Reactor 116481 13   How to French Kiss 115958 14   How To: Make Bath Bombs 108287 15   Gift Ideas 107914 16   DIY USB "Hard Drive" 96588 17   Safely Shaving Your Pubic Hair 96144 18   WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista, run like lightning, and stay productive, fast & smooth 94980 19   Laser Tattoo 94705 20   DIY Vinyl Wall Art 92752 21   How to refill a "disposable" Brita brand water pitcher filter with activated carbon. 89724 22   Make your own Roll-Up Keyboard 89558 23   Hidden USB Storage 86430 24   how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment 84340 25   Build a 60 Watt Solar Panel 82286 26   Grow a square watermelon 82275 27   LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies 81368 28   USB 80875 29   How to remove most of the seeds when cutting up a watermelon 80822 30   How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT 80281 31   LED Cube 4x4x4 78936 32   Covert Spy Sunglasses 78633 33   Build a water mortar 77090 34   Super Nightvision Headset Hack! 76634 35   A better laptop stand for bed 76101 36   Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!! 74842 37   How to get a Free Itunes Account (No Credit Card Needed) 74490 38   Make an iPod Video Projector 74026 39   Homemade Gifts 73478 40   Lasers 73242 41   Remote shutter trigger for Digital Cameras 72911 42   Ergonomic Laptop Stand Made From a Coat Hanger 72321 43   MAKE A HIGH VOLTAGE SUPPLY IN 5 MINUTES 71744 44   Protect Your Home with Laserbeams! 71387 45   Iron Man Helmet 71358 46   Get Big Money for Dead Batteries 70261 47   How to Put on a Condom 69805 48   How to make an Iron Man Mask 69617 49   How to build a 96-Volt Electric Motorcycle 68924 50   Nintendo Lunchbox 68164 Top 50 Instructables: Ratings   Instructable Rating 1   Build A Plasma Speaker 4.64 2   Build A Net Gun 4.62 3   Wall-E Robot 4.60 4   Sew your own Instructables Robot Plushie! 4.60 5   How to Make a Portable Game System 4.54 6   Build Your Own Butler Robot!!! - Tutorial,Photos, and Video 4.54 7   Electromagnetic Floater 4.52 8   LED Cube 4x4x4 4.50 9   LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies 4.49 10   DIY Vinyl Wall Art 4.49 11   5-minute Chocolate Cake 4.48 12   When a Phillips is not a Phillips! 4.48 13   Airgun with eXplosive air-Release Valve 4.47 14   How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot v2 ( Revisited ) 4.45 15   How to Start a Business 4.45 16   Gandhi: 17' Tall Cardboard Avatar 4.44 17   turn signal biking jacket 4.44 18   Hidden USB Storage 4.44 19   Cyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand Gun 4.43 20   LED Chess Set 4.41 21   Build your own Electric Car! 4.41 22   LCS-1M - A Full-Featured, Low-Cost Hobby Oscilloscope 4.40 23   Build a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker! 4.39 24   Lego USB Stick 4.38 25   MAKE A PILLAR WITH A DECORATIVE CAPITOL AND BASE 4.38 26   EGG FLOWER VASE 4.38 27   Aliens Powerloader Halloween Costume 4.38 28   Munny Speakers 4.37 29   Giant 100mm LED 4.37 30   Coilgun Handgun 4.37 31   How to Thank Instructables 4.36 32   Guitar Tube Amp 4.36 33   How to get a Tshirt for GoodHart 4.34 34   Creepy Cobweb Shooter! 4.34 35   Grow Your Own Bioluminescent Algae 4.32 36   How to make a Portal Gun 4.31 37   how to add EL wire to a coat or other garment 4.30 38   Duct Tape Messenger Bag + Hardware 4.30 39   Firearm Safety: The "do's" and "don'ts" of enjoying guns safely. 4.29 40   The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! 4.29 41   Recycle Old Light Bulb 4.28 42   USB Batman Spotlight 4.28 43   Coffee table upgrade! 4.27 44   Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow) 4.27 45   Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller 4.27 46   How to grow flowers on a military base in Iraq 4.26 47   How to make your own LED lightbulbs 4.26 48   Iron Man Helmet 4.25 49   Cardboard/Fiberglass Halo 3 inspired Master Chief Costume 4.25 50   Build Halo Armor 4.25 Top 50 Instructables: Comments   Instructable Comments 1   Build a World's Smallest Electronic Shocker! 812 2   Knex Heavy Cannon 645 3   Awesome led cube 637 4   Simple Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Mod 591 5   Build A Plasma Speaker 494 6   DD-27 V2.75 compact AST rifle 454 7   WinXP Overhaul Guide: How to make it look like Vista, run like lightning, and stay productive, fast & smooth 453 8   The accidental pocket jet engine... 427 9   Scavenge free electronics, food, and help the environment 400 10   How to make your PSP "Better" or how to have more fun on a Sony PSP 379 11   Laser Tattoo 376 12   Amazing plasma globe tricks that you never knew before!!! 376 13   DSman195276's sidearm --updated-- v1.5 is here! 371 14   MAKE A HIGH VOLTAGE SUPPLY IN 5 MINUTES 363 15   Wall-E Robot 352 16   Knex Heavy Cannon v5 - Handheld 342 17   Fix the Red Ring of Death! (without towels!) 341 18   How to Build a Time Machine (Vortex Distortion Space and Time Dilating Device) 340 19   Knex Heavy Cannon v2 - Mini 339 20   How to get a Tshirt for GoodHart 338 21   Run Backups on any Wii Without a Modchip 336 22   Make A Water Leyden Jar 331 23   Park 52 knex sniper 327 24   Build a simple Marx Generator 323 25   Knex Guinea Pig Trap 318 26   TRUELY semi-auto knex gun 315 27   L96 308 28   How to Build a Knife 307 29   Pineapplebob's Sniper Rifle 306 30   True Trigger, 10 Round, Auto-Loading, Knex Concept Rifle 299 31   Fire Shaving 290 32   DJ Radio's knex SPEC-9 sniper rifle 285 33   How to UPGRADE from Vista to Windows XP on an Acer laptop 283 34   How to dodge a draft 279 35   Protect Your Home with Laserbeams! 279 36   Hidden USB Storage 277 37   Knex Compact AST Pistol 276 38   Cyber/Steampunk Futuresque Sci-Fi Hand Gun 276 39   Steampunk Dystopian Sniper Rifle (Mercury Bow) 275 40   Pocket sized survival kit 274 41   Knex Pistol "TDS" With Simple Slide Action *Updated as of 8/26/08* 271 42   Use your laptop as an Xbox/Xbox 360 "Wireless Adapter" on Windows XP/Vista, and Mac OSX 269 43   Body-Mod: Elf Ears 266 44   Knex M4 Carbine (True Trigger) 257 45   How to make a Portal Gun 255 46   DSman195276's sniper rifle 254 47   Reaper Crossbow 254 48   fully automatic knex gun (UPDATED) 252 49   Build your own computer 252 50   LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies 252

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago