WHY DID YOU CHANGE?!?

Why did you change what was good? This new site is awful! I see pics with no idea of what I'm looking at because the titles and brief descriptions are gone. I can't even hover and get a mouse over text. BTW - the pages don't format right in my OS / Browser combo - couldn't you have tested this first? This was a great site that needed no tweaking. Sad, so very sad....

Posted by johnclifford77 7 years ago



Full site closes mobile browser

When browsing the site on my iPod (Safari, up to date), whenever I hit the option for "full site" at the bottom of an Instructable, the browser closes completely. No messages, it just closes, including any other pages open as well.

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago


New site layout

I like the new site layout. I'm sure others will have a problem with it but change is typically a good thing. It will just take some getting use too is all.  Keep up the good work!

Posted by mpilchfamily 6 years ago


Nice Changes to the Site!

I really like the new layout, with the different drop down menus, and the tabs. It looks really good. Anyway, just my 2 cents, nice job Instructables team.

Posted by Brennn10 10 years ago


Site suggestion

It would be really helpful if there was an option when you upload a photo to have it as the picture for the form topic and not for the photo under the message, and an option to have the photo for the photo under the message and not the form topic photo.

Posted by The Cartographer 6 years ago


site navigation

Do you think that the site could be easier to navigate? i think that if you could choose how many items were listed per page e.g. instead of 20 per page, you could have 100 or more. it would make it easier because you would'nt have to click next page as many times. another thing to make the site easier to navigate would be if the names of the 'ibles, questions ect were listed in each category in alphebatical order, so that you could easily find an instructable by name.

Posted by RedScoutMonkey17 6 years ago


Instructables doesn't use HTTPS for its logins

I just noticed instructables doesn't use https for its logins, which is terribly insecure.  You should secure at least your login (and preferably the whole site) http://www.chapterthree.com/blog/why-your-site-should-be-using-https

Posted by zkus 3 years ago


Putting my instructable on my site?

I want to be able to put my instructable on my website. It would be nice if I could have all the fancy image notes too. As my instructable really is missing a lot with out them. If have tried a whole bunch of ways. Anyone have any ideas?

Posted by CowGuy 10 years ago


Just about done with this site

This site has jumped the shark.  It used to be a good place to find DIY projects of all kinds for all skill levels.  Over the past few years, it has changed in the following ways. - The majority of new instructables on the site involve elite technology - 3D printers, laser cutters, etc - that are too expensive or require a membership to Techshop or similar to have access to them.  In other words, they are mildly interesting to see what's possible, but of no use to the average person. - Many instructables are just implementations of things that can be commonly found on Pinterest and are being passed off as original ideas. - Drug content has started showing up as instructables.  While I understand that some states have legalized cannabis, not all have, and I don't want my family to be exposed to it. - "Collections" may be useful in some cases to pull together instructables on a common theme, such as photography or boat building, but they are overused so much that they clog up everything else on the site.  Again, it's an example of people posting without creating any new content. - I'm a non-paying member of the site and the ads and other "recommended links" have started taking over everywhere. For years I've been following the site and checking the recent instructables posts almost daily to see what's new.  The site continues to meet other's needs, and that's what's important, but I'm sorry to say that it's no longer worth my time.

Posted by webman3802 3 years ago


layout of the site

why does instructables have to change the layout for the worse every time i get used to the old one? this most rescent one is horrible! it just might make me quit the site. ***edit***  i didnt realize how whiny this sounded until after i posted it. i dont like that there is a drop-down for the different channels in the catergories. and the tape around the pictures in the instructables are annoying. the main screen doesnt fit onto my internet window any more, i have to use a scrollbar at the bottom to see it all

Posted by Dr. Who 5 years ago


site question

Recently my latest "make" I shared here won the honor of being Featured. Thanks by the way.  :) I also won a premium service for 3 months as a result. My question is, after it expires, will my account go back to its original state? or will it be frozen? I like to know these things before I go further since I had this happen to me at another site. Also I kind of like my account and it would be disappointing if my current account would get messed up. Thanks. :)

Posted by Treasure Tabby 6 years ago


Method or option for switching off the Irritating Site Jingle on every tab when signed in

As an instructables user signed thus I know how nice Instrutables used to be with out this child like Jingle on every tab ! Where is the option to turn this auto play jingle off please?

Posted by T3DT 1 year ago


Site release with tiny updates

I just released a set of small changes, most of which are under the hood helping admins do their job a little easier.  The things you may notice are: we removed the gmail address importer as nobody but spammers was using it :( image deletions from your library are fixed search term is retained if you enter one and choose 'Graphical Search' instead of the google search button forum topic preview is now formatted correctly As always, file a bug if you find any problems!

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


2 suggestions I have for the site.

Firstly, I think we should be able to reply directly to the topics posted in the "Site updates" category.  The reason why I think this is because otherwise discussions on recent updates spill everywhere else, such as other forum topics, or ibles, or answers, and that just creates a discussion irrelevant to the original post.  This happens especially on knex instructables. Second, I suspect this might be already done, but I think we should have an option to be notified of when someone we subscribe to posts a forum topic.  Note I said "Option" since some people might not like getting notified on when people they subscribe to post topics, while people like me might want that.  If it's already happening, I really don't see any evidence of it at all. In any case, thanks for taking the time to hear me out.  Peace.

Posted by DJ Radio 8 years ago


Search

I looked around but can seem to find a way to search within a category.  Is there any way to do so? Thanks.

Posted by CaptainJester 7 years ago


Awesome animation

A great idea for animation, doing everything in a room and letting the drawings interact with reality. Enough words... just watch.

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


How do you add favorites?

This may sound REALLY STUPID, but how on earth do you add things to favorites( I'm VERY new).

Posted by theophilus 10 years ago


Category changes under the hood

Just pushed out another release of the site.  The big news here is that we have enough content now that it was time to reorganize it. The new system isn't live yet but before we can do that, we have to get the current Instructables sorted... Christy wrote a post about it here which explains the whole thing in detail. I invite you to read and comment on it.  Additionally there are a couple administrative changes to make things easier for the site admins, and a bugfix or two... and I just noticed we broke the RSS feeds AGAIN!  Will fix that first thing in the morning, boy do I feel silly doing that twice in a row. Please let us know if you see any problems by filing a bug! Update: RSS feeds fixed (all the ones I saw, anyway; let us know if yours is still broken).  Also authors' ability to update their categories & channels.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


Site messages and other changes

I've just pushed the first significant release after a couple engineering vacations.  Rested and refreshed, I offer you these updates: The confirmation/error messages that some processes give are now 'modal', meaning that instead of an easy-to-miss orange bar at the bottom of the page, they are now a box in the middle, with a button to remove them.  We found that many users did not see the bar at the bottom and were confused about whether the site did what they wanted, or why it apparently did not.  We've done some work on removing confirmations that are common enough that it would be annoying to have to close them all the time, but if we've missed any of those please don't hesitate to let us know. We've reluctantly implemented a 3-contest limit when you publish a new Instructable.  We just had too many cases where someone, for example, entered their Arduino Instructable into, say, the cupcake contest.  It became a real load on the contest managers to keep removing ineligible Instructables.  We hope that a 3-contest limit will help authors select the appropriate contest(s) to enter. We made Facebook login a bit more obvious Clarified the Pro payment page to make it clearer that there is a free account always available Couple of bugfixes around PDFs, ebooks, and patch sending That's it for now, as ever if you find problems with these or any features, let us know by adding a forum topic in the Bugs section.

Posted by rachel 7 years ago


Site Update

So maybe I've got the right spot for this comment this time (Thanks, Kiteman, for the wake up), but here goes..the last time the site had an update wasn't too bad. Things were relatively easy to see and find, and the previous style had been a little cumbersome--now it's a big mishmash and confusing as hell. What is it with geeks who can't leave what works well enough alone, but have to try and fix it? (I'm looking at you here, too, Firefox.) Pay attention here folks! The project of the day humongous header at the top of the page--it's frickin' annoying!! It was good to be able to see all the projects in a row, very neat and organized, and then go to the one I'm interested in. Surely I'm not the only one? I can't get here everyday and now the different projects are extremely hard to catch up on. I'm not trying to be mean, nor am I against constructive change or fixing problems, but changing something just to be different doesn't always work. People come here to see the projects, etc., To connect on ways to do things or build things, not to see a website where someone wants to show off their building skills. Please take a poll of your readers or something and see what everyone else thinks. If I'm a minority opinion I'll just learn to lump it, but I still won't have to like it!

Posted by beatyruth 7 years ago


Launch status issue

I've published a new tutorial recently, but it's launch status is not updating.I has around 16k views, but if I check the launch status for the last month it only show zero visitors.

Posted by IgorF2 8 months ago


This forum confuse me.

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

Posted by Waldemar Sha 8 months ago


Small Site Changes

I've just released a small set of changes: new footer featured and popular items are now split out by channel home page shows both featured and popular items in the same list searching on an exact channel name gets you to the main page for that channel various small formatting fixes There is also a new backend process to check for Pro members whose membership is about to expire but is not set to be automatically charged, to email them and see if they want to renew it.  However we screwed this up a little, as the email text wasn't completed and it is pretty much incomprehensible. Some of you will have received a rather confusing email, which you can totally ignore; we'll fix this and try it again in another couple of days.  My apologies to anyone who got that! Also for a short time there was a display problem for all unpublished instructables (and like 20 published ones), but that has been fixed.  If you were editing during this time don't fear, your work was not lost.  Go try again now.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


Stats cards!

I've just pushed out another release which has a pretty cool new feature, stats cards!  We've collated a bunch of what we think are some interesting stats on members, like their view count, comment count, feature percentage, etc.; and those are now shown on the member's page as a quick overview of their activity on Instructables.  This was inspired by the awesome Top Trumps-style card game created by Jayefuu with gmjhowe, Lithium Rain, Kiteman, Yokozuna, KentsOkay and Lemonie. This release also changes how we serve up images.  This is an under-the-hood change so you should not see any difference, but if you do notice missing images anywhere, PM me or one of the other site admins and let us know. Update: oops, this update broke PDF images!  We'll fix that ASAP. Update: fixed.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


The Best Suggestion I can Make

The biggest thing that bugs me about the Instructables site occurs to me every. single. time. I visit.  I can't be the only one. This can't be the first time this has been mentioned --- can it? I know how to "fix" it, too, and I have done that on my end.  But still. It seems I ALWAYS have to hit that "View All Steps" button.  EVERY.  SINGLE. TIME. Yeah, I know I can login and change my settings. I did, and I do.  But the login cookie is set too short so it doesn't stick for long.  So I come, back from an email, and AGAIN- I have to go through the first step(s), HIT THAT G*#$&MN; "View All Steps" button, GO  BACK THROUGH THE FIRST STEPS ALL OVER AGAIN AND TRY AND PICK UP WHERE I LEFT OFF.   Arguh. There's this nifty thing called AJAX where you can have more steps loaded when you hit the bottom.  It's a bandwidth saver, but not a complete PITA for the user. All the good sites are doing it. And one is not.  This would be you. Fix this, please.  Your traffic and conversions will increase.  I've hated this issue for long before I became a web designer. Thank you, Instructables!

Posted by awemaker 2 years ago


Behind the scenes changes

I just released a set of changes which, with luck, you will not notice!  We're doing some work on additional ways to view Instructables, and how we'll handle Guides going forward, but so far it's all underneath as there is some further prep work remaining.  Next release you will see some of these changes live.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


"Here's What I Have - What Can I Make?" - New Functionality

I enjoy small projects, tinkering and making. I will admit though that I am not that creative. I often have to come here to find something someone else has already made and try to replicate it on my own. That means going out and buying or finding all of the parts and then building whatever it is. And that is all fine and good. A foundational idea behind the site to begin with I suppose. But I also have a shop full of stuff, parts, thingies, bits and pieces of this and that, but like I said, I am not that creative and often have a hard time coming up with something to make out of it. The Instructables community is filled with creative people with amazing ideas that are more than willing to share and suggest new ideas. I would like to see a functionality where I could come in and list all of the stuff that I have, or a subset thereof, list the tools that I have to work with and then put it out to the Instructables Community to suggest to me what I can make with the things and tools that I have at hand. Possibly even have them vote on those suggestions and then, I as the user, go and create that thing and post my Instructable once completed. I think it would be one more way in which the community can interact and help each other. What are your thoughts?

Posted by darrinmcl 3 years ago


Editor change

I've just released a new version of Instructables, with a new updated version of the rich text editor. Also, we set the default for comments to not use rich text, because most comments don't need it; but you can click the 'rich text' button if you want to use formatting in a comment. The new editor looks a little different but works basically the same. As always, Pro users do have a greater range of formatting options.  It has a couple nicer features than the previous one (e.g. you can paste directly into it) and runs a bit faster.  We hope you will find it an improvement too; please let us know of any problems you may encounter with it!

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


Backend changes

I've just released a new minor version of Instructables.  There are no significant front-end changes but we have done some things under the hood to allow for upcoming features.  There are a few minor bugfixes, and for Pro members, you now have a note with your renewal date listed and if applicable, a link to renew your membership. Going forward, I will write a forum in this area for each release, even if all I have to say is, "stuff under the hood".  For bugfix releases, I'll edit the topic for the appropriate release.  If you find a bug, I'd appreciate it very much if you would take a minute to file it in the bugs section. Update: Whoops, broke some RSS feeds with that last release.  Should be OK now.  Let us know in the bugs section if you are seeing any RSS problems still.

Posted by rachel 8 years ago


Any way to always go to full site on mobile site?

I have been on the mobile site a lot recently and every time I go to the site it is the mobile version (I like the nonmobile site better) Is there a way to permanently  go to only the computer site?

Posted by bravoechonovember1 3 years ago


How popular is this site now - is it as popular as it was?

I know this site used to be quite a hive of activity, however, would I be right in saying it is declining in popularity, ie instructables posted and volume of people viewing them? If so, where are people going instead? Any stats to prove or disprove? 

Posted by MODDEDbyBACTERIA 8 years ago


instuctables site quesions

Instuctibles is a grate site but its not perfect and i have been getting a publishing error "We hit an unexpected Problem. If this problem persists, please contact us about what happened." could you please help me fix this i would appreciate it 

Posted by PRO DR MR BOB 3 years ago


Hey, where did the latest Site Update posting disappear to?

Last night, Rachel rolled out some updates and bug fixes, and very nicely posted a summary to Site Updates (thank you, again!). That posting seems to have disappeared from the forum, but not from the top-level count for the forum. Update:  It seems to have been moved from the Site Updates forum to FAQs.  It is still read-only, so I don't quite understand why that was done.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago


Get Instructables statistics programatically

I want to have a small application / gadget that displays statistics of the instructables I submitted, kind of popularity meter. Is there an API, Webservice or something to get the data from the site?

Posted by zmashiah 6 years ago


Site Updates: 1/22/2018

Greetings! I'd like to give everybody heads up about some big changes happening on Tuesday (1/23) at 9AM (PST). First off, the Instructables pages are getting a major update. Aside from a sparkly new look, they will now have a section for Questions and Tips. This will provide a place to ask questions when you get stuck, or provide a tip for doing a project better. Secondly, the Community pages (i.e. these forums) are getting a very long-needed makeover. Finally, we are updating our search software, which should improve search results on our site in general. These changes will require a period of downtime on the site of about half an hour. Please check @Instructables on Twitter for updates. Stay tuned for more great changes to come in 2018!

Posted by randofo 9 months ago


Site Feedback

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

Posted by rein365 5 years ago


Archives

Where are the thousands of Instructables I have seen in the past? Is there an archive page? Thanks

Posted by nedwired 17 days ago


Is Instructable not copyright in 2018?

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

Posted by FahadI7 7 months ago


E-mail Newsletter

I am unable to access interesting topics from the newsletter directly.  I get this message when I click on a link: "Due to the presence of characters known to be used in Cross Site Scripting attacks, access is forbidden. This web site does not allow Urls which might include embedded HTML tags." I am using a web mail (cox) and chrome.  Your e-mail doesn't have a link on top for "if you can't see this in your browser", which would be nice as going to the home page doesn't show the current e-mail information.  ie Sonic Screwdriver by MrTinkerer   I've never seen the above warning before and it doesn't sound like one I want to see.  ;-}

Posted by Metamorph 5 years ago


My Total Views counter stopped updating a few days ago

Counters of individual posts are still increasing but the Total has been stuck for a few days. Thanks!

Posted by ChipsWoodShop 7 months ago


Suspected SPAM, Phishing, Fraudulent Instructables Site

I received this Instructables newsletters and it landed in my SPAM filter. All other Instructables newsletters came directly to my site. Here is the body of the newletter. Let me know at oboist1 @gmail.com if this is a legit Instructables Newsletter or not: from Instructables to oboist1@gmail.com date Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 8:20 AM subject Carbonated Fruit, Water Bottle Launcher, Homemade Sunscreen mailed-by me-ss2-6zuaan.mailengine1.com   hide details 8:20 AM (54 minutes ago)   Contests USB Contest Carbonated Fruit Water Bottle Launcher Homemade Sunscreen Garage Climbing Wall Bicycle Smoothie Maker Sign Chair Fix a Broken Surfboard Floating Dock Kombucha Recipes Easy Summer Salad Catch Fruit Flies Freehand Glass Etching Pinhole Cameras $40 USB Telescope Jar of Fireflies Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Update Profile / Unsubscribe

Posted by oboist1 8 years ago


Commentary on "Small Site Changes"

In the Site Updates forum, the goddess of code Rachel reported on last night's minor roll-out: I've just released a small set of changes: new footer featured and popular items are now split out by channel home page shows both featured and popular items in the same list searching on an exact channel name gets you to the main page for that channel various small formatting fixes I wanted to make some comments on two of these changes, both pro and con. The new footer is different, to be sure, but I don't think it's too bad. All the information is there, and relatively straightforward. Having the search box at the top and the bottom is a great idea! The extremely dark background is not very accessible, though. I think a pale grey (the same grey used in the header) with normal black text would be a better choice for our low-vision users. I'm not particularly happy with having the Featured and Popular stuff jumbled up together, and indistinguishable. Those two states are really different, and the have different implications for the Instructables involved. If you're going to jumble them up, could you at least put the nice Featured banner onto the thumbnails?  UPDATE 23 Apr 2010:  They've added the banner to the home-page giant thumbnails, and have created a new Popular banner as well. Also, many thanks to Rachel for fixing my very own bug! Now the masthead (and new footer) are properly rendered even when I use the horizontal scroll bar.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago


Down to One Modest Proposal for the Instructables Site

Proposal 1: ***Addition***I seem to be the only one who feels this way, so it's probably a problem with my perceptions and not a real problem. So, unless someone else decides this is a problem too, I withdraw the suggestion. Originally it was that we not discuss politics or religion on the site, enforced by squid labs. Proposal 2: Assigned Group Contest. I'll explain: I've tried posting forum topics that somewhat unite the community following divisive posts (Heal the World, what's your favorite book, Maxims to live by, etc.) Allowing everybody to share things that they enjoy helps a little with unity. However, something that works even better(!) is collaboration. Heal the World failed at that. So this proposal would require people to sign up and be assigned to a group by Squid Labs, given strict limits on goals and resources, etc and let loose. Also, I think a leader ought to be assigned by squid labs, just like if you want to get anything done in the real world. The main point of the contest would be to build trust in the community and have fun, so the prizes might need to be well-thought out and mailable. Nothing builds trust like working together towards a common goal. Thoughts? Suggestions?

Posted by royalestel 11 years ago


Instructable Editor repositions

I was editing an Instructable and accidentally hit a key near the home key on my keyboard. I had selected text, I think my shift key was still down and this happened to the editor: I had to save the Instructable, close the editor, and re-open the draft of the Instructable to fix the problem.

Posted by CommunityWorkshops 2 years ago


The course for 3D printing pen and arduino

Hi,everyone:I am a teacher in primaly school in china,work as teaching 3D and arduino . Do you knowing of the course for 3D printing pen and arduino for primaly school student, where can I to get it? I would like to make friends with someone who works as a maker education. if you do so,please pencil your contact method to me.Thank you!

Posted by 378621421 6 months ago


Instructables Website Redesigned!

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

Posted by WarenGonzaga 8 months ago


Extend logged in time to at least a week

If at all feasible, could you please extend the logged in timeout to be at least a week? I get the newsletter once a week and I click on links to the articles I'd like to read more. I then go back and read them only to find I have to log in and then refresh every article I want to read. I'm sure the refreshing takes up more bandwidth and memory than keeping my session in place for seven days or so. I have checked the 'keep me logged in' option but it only works for a couple of days. Thanks!

Posted by tchansen 10 years ago


New Member Page, New Groups Page

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


Site really slow, keeps timing out

Has anybody else been finding this site really slow lately ? It's taking minutes for pages to load and I keep getting "page timed out" . I doubt it's my connection since all other sites work.

Posted by scraptopower 8 years ago