The forum topic to post stuck forum topics

Lately there have been a ton of topics that just get stuck for no reason at all. Here's where to post them when you make a perfectly legitimate, and not possibly controversial or offensive topic but it just won't show up after a period of several hours.If you spam or post controversial things, I'll delete and repost the topic. This is only for stuff that gets stuck for no apparent reason, as poor Kiteman keeps having happen to him.

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago

Forum topics not appearing.

Over the last month, I have noticed that my forum topics do not show until a few days after posting. By this time they have sunken three pages in.One of my previous topics, did not show until Kiteman commented in it. I'm not sure how he found it.I have just posted another topic, which still hasn't shown up after a day.This has only occured of late as previous topics showed within 5 min.Thermo electric generatorand my recent topicSia preforms still MIAAny ideas?

Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago

Clicking a forum topic takes me to a blank page.

I went to look at one of my topics I posted.  It took me to a blank page with nothing on it.  I tried with a different topic.  Same thing.  I tried with all the topics in the first page of the "life" category.  Same thing.  I tried clicking a reply I got on the topics.  Same thing. I'm using the newest version of Firefox, and Windows Vista if this helps anything. *Edit* the problem seems to have disappeared for now, but it's still odd that it happened in the first place.

Posted by DJ Radio 8 years ago

Creating a Forum Topic within a group should be fixed

According to a recent comment from Rachel, it should be possible to go to a Group, select the [+ New Topic] link, and have the comment appear both in a forum category and in the Group's own list of topics.This is a test to confirm that the fix is deployed :-) I am creating it within the Instructables Help Group, and categorizing it to the "help : feedback" Forum.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

Feature Request: Sort Group Topics RECENT by default

As announced this morning by Rachel (and confirmed by me), it is now possible to create discussion topics within a Group.However, when we view a Group, those topics are presented in the order in which they were created, from OLDEST to newest. That means, for many Groups, the new topics are completely invisible to anyone visiting. There is no way to change that sort order from the Web interface.I would like to request that the "sort=RECENT" CGI argument be used by default for the presentation of Group topics, both on the Group page and also with the view all link. I have confirmed that adding this argument by hand to the URL has the expected effect.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

Slideshows in forum topics

Zachninme put together this sweet way to embed slideshows in forum topics. I'm posting it because it requires HTML in the body of the text, and only admins can do that.What do you think? Is this something you would use? The images in the Slideshow below are from this forum post. They are not from an existing Slideshow.Show/Hide Slideshow

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

"Last post" bug in "Your Forum Topics" listing

I just ran into an interesting bug in the generation of my "Your Forum Topics" list. See the annotated image capture below from my Web browser (Firefox running on MacOSX 10.4.11). I had posted a reply in the first topic shown, but the "last post by" indicator was duplicated to all three topics. Clearly there were no actual replies generated, since the second and third both show zero.

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago

Inexplicable Popularity

This is an issue that has always puzzled me, and more recently affected me. And it is entirely based on the phenomenon of an old forum topic being suddenly and randomly restored to the front of the board after an extended vacation to the back of the list. My topic, "Facebook for Nerds" has been one of the recent reincarnations to be affected and no matter how much it pleases me that someone new felt a need to comment on my original post, It begs the question of "why now" and "why this one"?  

Posted by Bigev 8 years ago

List of Forums doesn't mention new topics, just comments?

I consider this a bug; y'all might call it a feature request. Whatever... :-)The two images below were captures within less than a minute of one another. The list of forums (first image) shows that "RachelisBored" was the most recent person to post to the Art Forum, three days ago.However, the Art Forum itself (second image) claims that "softrevolution" posted more recently, earlier today! The difference is that "softrevolution" created a new forum topic, while "RachelisBored" added a comment to an existing topic thread.To me, this is a bug. A posting is a posting is a posting. Is this something that is easy to fix, or are top-level Forum Topics classified differently in the database than comments?

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago

User unable to create forum topics (including bug reports)

User RC-1207SEV asked me to post a bug report on his behalf.  He has not been able to create forum topics for the past couple of days:  "When I try to publish one, it just takes me to a plain white screen and never loads. I haven't tried to make an ible yet, but I fear the same problem will arise." RC-1207SEV is using Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7. I PM'ed him to get browser and OS information, but haven't gotten a reply yet.  I recall seen a similar bug report from someone else, so this may not be an isolated incident.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

Could you indicate which Forum Topics listings are "Pro-Members-Only", please?

Whenever I look at "Community: all: posts & topics," I keep clicking on stuff that seems interesting, only to find that - oh, rats! - it's from the Pro Members Only Forums Categories. ...But there's nothing on the "Posts & Topics" listing to indicate that it's thus restricted.Once the category really gets going, I fear I'll find myself fruitlessly clicking on listings like "Wild Party at ewilhelm's - Naked Robot Pictures!!!", and that I'll ultimately wind up in a great big ball of Naked-Robot-Picture-deprived frustration.Ironically, the only reason I haven't become a member yet is that I don't want the "Pro" badge all over my screen name, avatar, and Instructables. Since "Pro" badge can and does appear in any number of places where, In My Extremely Humble Opinion, it is not particularly useful; could you please also put it in a place where I, and perhaps others, would find it quite helpful - to wit, on the pro-members-only Forum Topics listings?Thank you.(Note 1: something about this business of the "Pro" badges seems to have put me very solidly in touch with my Inner Petulant Whiner. I've tried to keep the whiney petulance to minimum, but do also offer my apologies for those bits that seem inevitably to leak through.)(Note B: Any and all references to festivites hosted by ewilhelm, and/or to photographic evidence of Robot in a state of deshabille, are purely hypothetical. Any resemblance to actual robots, people, or events, is entirely coincidental.)

Posted by Gorfram 9 years ago

Bumped Topics

I (along with other members of the Instructables Community) have noticed a problem with bumped topics. Topics that were originally posted over 2 years ago are being bumped to the top of the forums. In most cases this is due to comments that don't even contribute to the conversation. What solutions are there to this problem? I don't like the idea of locking topics. This puts a stop to contributions that might actually be useful. What solutions do you guys have?

Posted by Gjdj3 9 years ago

Feature Suggestion, Topic closing

After getting a comment on a very old topic and noticing some come up it occurred to me that giving users the capacity to close their old topics or possibly leave it at the discretion of a time limit or a team of, well not quite executioners but something or other may be rather useful, mainly to stop old topics coming back up without reason, some stay active for a very long time, others just occasionally pop up. If the topics were merely closed but still existent then they'd still be available for reference and any specific comments about something could be sent to the user in question's orangeboard, it's just a thought, I'm not saying all old topics need taken out back and, eh sent to the farm but it might keep the forums a bit fresher, without causing confusion...

Posted by killerjackalope 9 years ago

Feature request: "Sorting" choice in topics lists under Groups

It isn't obvious to me how the page-generator chooses the order in which forum topics are listed on a Group's main page. It would be Really Nice if the section bar include choices for the order in which topics are presented (by date posted, by date of last reply, by number of replies, by author, etc.).

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago

SciFi Essay Topics - Any Ideas?

For school, I have to write a 6-8 page essay, double spaced, about a chose topic. My teacher said we could pick our own, but she (a) has to approve of it, and (b) it has to be mysterious/unsolved/SciFi/urban legend/consipracy theory. Also, any suspicious crimes, like that concerning Lizzie Borden, are also accepted. My friend is writing of the Chupacabra. Does anyone have any ideas on some good topics, that I won't be straining to find info to write about, i.e., a topic with a ton of info, so much so that I have to condense it? I love the genre that my teacher gave, conspiracy theories, SciFi, and urban legends are my thing. I just can't think of any that would be worth writing so much about. Thanks, I appreciate it!

Posted by Bran 11 years ago

The madness!

I just realized all the topics i just CreatedXD1 Why Do People have(had) Birds in there avatar?2 Why does Kiteman Have an ocean in his avatar?3 Why does Kiteman Have a Leaf in his avatar?4 Why does Everyone have the same thing in their avatar?5 Why does kiteman Have old Pictures in his Avatar?6 Why does kiteman Have his old avatar back?Too bad it ended, I could have broke a world record on posting so many related topics in the same week XD =P

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago

Anyone think I should make an instructable for this?

I wanna know if you want to know how to use my own technique to creating tribal symbols/designs using the ellipse tool on paint. Examples of stuff I did using the technique:the last 2 requir Gimp. Download it for free athttp://www.gimp.orgEDIT: I finished the instructable. Go to my profile to find it

Posted by Flumpkins 10 years ago

Everyone Can Join In!

I have been collecting funny comments from the forums for the past little while now, and this is what I came up with, If you would like to contribute, feel free to leave a comment either on the slideshow page, or here.Always look out for good comments!

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago

At The Moment: 'What Are You Listening To?'

Whenever I am on the computer, I usually have iTunes blasting my ear drums to death. So, what are you listening to at the moment? At the moment: The Vines - Ride

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago

Thank you instructables!

I recently was gifted a prize from instructables workers.... I just want to say that the packaging was great and I really think you guys are amazing at what you do! I am so thankful that this website is a thing and that we get to share our projects and ideas. Have a wonderful day!cheers, mrwonton

Posted by mrwonton 9 months ago

Posts, Topics, and Replies

Its not huge, but its a bit confusing. In some places, you call them "posts" and "replies", whereas others you refer to them as "topics" and "posts". The overlapping "posts", where it takes on two different meanings, is slightly annoying. I personally prefer the latter method, just from prior experience.

Posted by zachninme 10 years ago

You really CAN rate your own ibles and forum topics!

Hey everybody! You heard right, it's true. Don't believe me?Go to one of your ibles or forum topics. Hover over the stars. I know, it says "sorry, you can't rate your own." Ignore that and click 5 stars. It shows up! Yay!

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago

Topics from the future

Why do I find topics from the future?

Posted by lemonie 11 years ago

There Is No Topic.

Look at this bustling little website! 

Posted by bumpus 6 years ago

Delete forum topic

How do you delete a forum topic ?

Posted by Brandi286 8 years ago

Forum topic not turning up...

My new form topic, isn't showing up on forums...

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago

How to find topics of discussion I've responded to?

There was a topic I responded to perhaps years ago that I'd like to find again. How?

Posted by Toga_Dan 10 months ago

how do you rate a forum topic?

How do you rate a forum topic?

Posted by bravoechonovember1 3 years ago

2500 Replies for the Green topic section!

This is kinda pointless, but the Green topic section under Community recently hit 2500 replies!

Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago

first topic

SOoo, um... I guess I should start a topic or something. what systems do all of you use? I use Xbox 360 and nintendo

Posted by atomicpenguin12 12 years ago

New Group Members Welcome Topic

Here in this topic, please introduce yourself, tell us your hobbies, and anything Atloids that you have done or plan to do!

Posted by Brennn10 11 years ago

Pro topic suggestion

Hi, I noticed that a lot of forum topics, when clicked, link you to the pro page. I know this is because they are pro-only forums. However, there is no way to identify a pro topic from a free topic. My suggestion is that we add a pro symbol before or after the topic name so that we know what is what, and don't waste our time clicking on it. Any other ideas? -J

Posted by The Jamalam 8 years ago

Group a topic posted in not showing up in All topic list

. In the topic list for the All forum (and maybe for others, as well) the group that a topic was posted in doesn't always show up. Eg, sometimes a topic that should list like this: 5 Special Effectsreplies posted 11 days ago by impossiblecorey in Film Makers on Instructableswill be listed as: 5 Special Effectsreplies posted 11 days ago by impossiblecoreyinstead.

Posted by NachoMahma 10 years ago

Forum Topic

I created a new forum topic under "crafts", but when I got to Community > forums > crafts, I can't seem to find my thread anywhere. Why isn't it there?

Posted by (s)Aint 10 years ago

Are positive comments votes ?

*same as topic*

Posted by bryceronie 11 years ago

Why isn't my topic showing up?

I posted this forum topic a few hours ago. It's not showing up in the topic list. The only way to get to it is with a link. Why is this happening?

Posted by Aeshir 10 years ago

Fungus Amungus's many forum topics!

I noticed that instructables member fungus amungus has posted 710 forum topics and counting.That is alot of forum topics.I added all forum topics posted by all instructables users ever. all users-17,210 fungus-710 I did the math and,unless i did it wrong,about 2.4% of all forum topics are posted by fungus amungus. wow

Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox 8 years ago

I spend to much time in the topics.

Apparenty, so do you. I really need to get back to looking at the actual Instructables, instead of constenty looking at topics. Time to spin the bottle.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 11 years ago

Instructables = crack

Click here for an interesting forum topic

Posted by Mepain 11 years ago


As of 19:51 GMT, there are 19004 forum topics. I'm just thinking, who will post the 20,000th one, and will they be rewarded?

Posted by The Jamalam 8 years ago

Vanishing forum topic -- created by "add topic" in Group, but not appearing

About 20 minutes ago, I created a forum topic I went to the Physics Group and used the + new topic link to create the posting, classifying it in Forums : Science.The topic is not showing up in the Community "recent" listing, even after I added a bump-comment myself. Could Ed, Rachel, or somebody give the database a kick? Thanks!

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

Featue Request: "posted in XYZ" in user's "Forum Topics" list?

In the normal lists of Forum topics under Community (e.g., Science) some of the entries have "posted ... in XYZ" showing from which Group the topic originated.It would be very helpful to have that information in my own list of topics.

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago

Should minecraft be a Topic under the menu play

Post to see if there should be a place for minecraft on instructables XD

Posted by iamboredalot 6 years ago

Do Not Comment On Spam Instructables/Forum Topics

If anyone remembers the cell phone selling spam topics, then you probably know to not leave comments on those pages as that sends the topic to the top of the forum list.Example

Posted by Aeshir 11 years ago

How are forum topics sorted?

When I pull up a specific Community Forum, the default behaviour is to show topics sorted by "recent" -- which one has had a comment added now? However, there are some topics which seem to "stick" at the top of the list, for example "Instructables Store" and "World's Largest Piñata" in Community Blog. These "always recent" topics appear to come either from Robot or from I'bles Staff.

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago

shooter topic

Great for anyone who likes to make guns.

Posted by killingrapist87 10 years ago

Repeating RSS Feed Topics

I'm subscribed to the RSS feeds for Instructables, News, Forum Topics, Comments (to me), and my Personal Messages Inbox. And they all repeatedly send me the forum topics. Most of the "new" items I get in all of my Instructables RSS feeds have already been sent to me before. It's incredibly annoying.

Posted by Aeshir 11 years ago

Translating topics from intructables for my site.

Hi there! is it allowed to copy some topics and translate them into my language and post them in my blog? do i have to provide some reference link or i can translate anything without problems? can i use same pictures as used in the topic?

Posted by dilll1990 5 years ago

BUGS again

I posted a topic re bugs I see.I am told it has been published and can be seen "here" but It is NOT in the topic list.

Posted by rickharris 9 months ago

List of what topic the instructables go under.

The list of topics and the instructables that go under them for the book. > Instructables: Food Hacks: > Instructables: iPod Mods: > Instructables: Fun with Plumbing Supplies: > Instructables: Electronics: > Instructables: Magnetism: > Instructables: Lovable Hacks: > The PopSci Instructables:

Posted by dogsrcool2me 11 years ago