Traffic signal controller - do you recognize this device?

Do you recognize this device? Is it a traffic signal controller? I saw this guy standing at a busy intersection, and it appeared he was controlled the traffic signals. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to talk with him, but I did get a picture to investigate later. Do you recognize the device?

Posted by ewilhelm 5 years ago


Modding a TRAFFIC SIGNAL (or STOP LIGHT)

Please forgive me if I am missing the INSTRUCTABLE on this, but I'm looking to MOD a Traffic Signal (or Stop Light) and I haven't found any within MAKE or INSTRUCTABLES website(s). I was gonna hook it up to a Light Switch (BORING!) but was hoping I could get some ideas ... C'MON INSTRUCTABLER's!!! Help! thanks.

Posted by daveanton 10 years ago


Spotted!

Seen anything interesting in traffic lately?I recently sat along our town's main cruising street and counted how many motorcycles went by. 15 in an hour. That's up from when gas was cheaper! We'll see about when winter gets here, though.One of my professors has a Triumph 900, the classic-looking one. He wants to get rid of it. He wants to trade for a Harley. I don't have a Harley. It's still his.One of the security guards nearly took his own head off on his sportbike of unknown bloodline by coming screaming around a corner and almost clipping the No Parking sign.On my way home, a very nicely done cafe racer that looked like a modern-parts Vincent passed me on the highway.On the way across town, we were at a light next to a long, low, and loud chopper, with an ultradetailed paintjob.A few months ago, we were at a light when a '24 Harley went by on the cross street.I have a bike that can move under it's own power, which you have all seen if you've read about my custom seat at https://www.instructables.com/id/Build_a_motorcycle_seat/Seven Road KingsFive scooters, two of which were of the sewing-machine, park-on-the-sidewalk-and-piss-us-all-off sortTwo Victorys"And a partridge in a pear tree"

Posted by Rishnai 9 years ago


Does Instructables.com track where their traffic is coming from?

One of my instructables has received several hundred hits just today.  It usually gets about 20-30 hits per day.  Is there a way to tell where the traffic is coming from? Thank you, Annabelle

Posted by HandmadeByAnnabelle 5 years ago


Can any one help me please...

Please can anyone help me in this circuit Traffic light what is wrong with it?? http://img04.arabsh.com/uploads/image/2012/05/14/0e35414b65f302.png http://img02.arabsh.com/uploads/image/2012/05/14/0e3541486dfb04.jpg

Posted by Afnan11 6 years ago


Slow down cars with trees.

Traffic calming schemes are frequently unpopular with drivers; speed bumps and oddly-placed bollards make life uncomfortable. In Norfolk, England, a new scheme is being presented that slows traffic without even touching the road or obstructing the driver. Two hundred trees have been planted at the boundaries of villages suffering from speeding drivers, and it is the trees that fool drivers into slowing; they are in rows down each side of the road, and as they approach the village, they get slightly closer together, and slightly closer to the road. Seen only in the driver's peripheral vision, the trees give the same subliminal visual clues as increasing speed would, and drivers respond by unconsciously slowing down.  The illusion has slowed traffic by an average of about 3km per hour. The illusion has been used before (rumble strips on the approaches to roundabouts are spaced more and more closely together to create an audible illusion of acceleration), but the more subtle nature of the tree-planting makes it less obvious, and thus harder to resist.  Provisionally seen as a success, more detailed, longer-term results are to be presented to the Department of Transport in the Autumn, with a view to rolling it out on B-roads nationally. The Independent Autoblog

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


User statistics report -- breakdown by traffic source is buggy

Here's the second bug I've found with the resurrected user statistics report (/you/stats/).  If you choose the option "By Traffic Source", the y-axis scale and detailed numbers get really weird. The first plot below shows the inclusive last-3-months data for my top five I'bles, while the second shows the same data broken down by traffic source. As you can see, the data points are all at 62 and 125 (from which I guess that the first is actually 62.5 :-). I think what's happened is that the data has gotten multiplied by 500/8 before plotting.

Posted by kelseymh 7 years ago


Ever been hit?

By a car? Besides when I've managed to run over myself, all of the times that I've been hit have been at intersections, obeying the lights. I got hit by a 50cc scooter once, too. That was less painful than hilarious. I think I got hurt less than the gal on the scooter. I had to help her pick it up and get it started again...I cross busy 4-lane streets in the middle of the block, rather than the light, for precisely that reason. Every time I've tried crossing Federal at the light, I've been hit or nearly hit by some cholo in a junker of a lowrider. Crossing the same street in the middle of the block, I've only had once close call, and that was my English teacher trying to be funny and just buzzing me.One of my friends got laid out in the crosswalk by someone who jumped the light a few miles from our school. She was in a bad way for a while, with multiple compound fractures.How about you? Ever been hit? How do you handle traffic and crossing?

Posted by Rishnai 9 years ago


Intersection Problem (Riding a Bike)

So here's my problem: I ride my bike to school everyday, but there is one intersection that I can not figure out how to ride through safely. I drew a picture of the intersection down below. The blue and green lines are cars, and the red line is the route that I usually take. If anyone could tell my where to ride , it would be greatly appreciated. (Click the little "i" in the corner of the image to view it at a higher resolution)

Posted by ItsTheHobbs 6 years ago


Help on Simple Flashing LED Circuit

Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me with a (hopefully) simple electronics project. I wanted to recreate the flashing properties of flashing construction signs (see video below) with LEDs. I bought a 555 timer and created a circuit similar to the diagram below. I ran into a few problems though: The period of the LED's on/off cycle was normally 90% on and 10% off. With some tinkering of the resistances I achieved about a 1:1 ratio of on to off but to replicate the traffic signs I would like about 80% off and 20% on or less. This circuit is somewhat bulky to make only 1 LED blink. Ideally, I would like to have 20 or 30 either all running on the same circuit or all self contained (with less complicated circuitry). At this point I almost want to get my hands on an old flashing construction sign if only to copy the circuit but I know of no way to do so legally. If anyone has any knowledge of these lights or suggestions of any sort, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Daniel P.S. I have a very limited knowledge of electronics, so feel free to dumb things down a bit. Flashing Lights from Peter on Vimeo.

Posted by Strombergundy 7 years ago


Instructables Views

How do people on Instructables reach 50k views in 10 days here? What tricks & tips do y'all have for promoting 'ibles? Thanks

Posted by flyingpuppy 5 years ago


September was our best month yet

We've been growing pretty consistently since the site launched in 2005, but September was notable in that we smashed a number of our records.  We had the greatest number of people come to the site (5.6 M), the greatest number of people return (2.9 M), the greatest number of new pro memberships, and our first and second highest traffic days where over a quarter of a million people visited Instructables in a single day.  We didn't break any records for new Instructables (the last month of the Craftsman contest from last year still holds that one), but September wasn't too far behind.  And all this in a month with only 30 days!October is my favorite month.  Here's to it bringing in some amazing costumes and smashing even more records.

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago


Difficulty leaving comments and responses to comments

Lately it has become increasingly more difficult to respond to someone's comment on one of my Instructables. It has also become more difficult to leave a comment on someone else's Instructable. I click on the appropriate button ("Comment," "Reply"), but there is no response. Sometimes I can comment or respond during some very strange hour of the night when Internet traffic is very low. I have checked this on different computers, but the same problem persists.  Today I also noticed the yellow text boxes have disappeared from one of my earlier Instructables. If I go to "Edit" I can see ghost images of the yellow text boxes, but cannot read or edit them. For some time I have not been able to edit or add text boxes in the Edit mode, only when I am viewing steps of the Instructable.  Are transitions underway on the Instructables page that make these temporary problems? Also, the words "Instructable" and "Instructables" always show up as misspelled. It seems strange the site name is identified by the spell checker as a misspelling.

Posted by Phil B 6 years ago


Intercept traffic camera signals

I know a guy who knows a guy (I know, cliche) who was able to combine a cantenna, a lunchbox, and a small monitor, (and some other stuff) and when they stopped at a red light, MacGyver was able to display the image from the camera on the screen. Basically, they were looking at themselves from the point of view of the traffic camera. So, my question is, how easy would this be to do? I'm guessing the right software on a *laptop with a wifi card would suffice. What does everyone else think? *Edited

Posted by NozeDive 9 years ago


Total Views vs Referrers

I will refer to this post that received no apparent answer, so I will ask again since this post is so old. https://www.instructables.com/community/Referrers-data/ I have found that I have an iblle that has 20k+ Total Views.  Hurray for me!  First time I have received so many views in such a short time.  So, I went to view the stats to try to see where the traffic is coming from.  After looking at the Referrers I see that the numbers for Referrers only ads to 3000+ Shouldn't Total Views = Referrers? If not, hopefully someone could explain to give value to these stats. Thanks The Water Dog

Posted by DiyWaterDog 1 year ago


Photo Blocker Circuit

Alright everyone I have been shopping around looking at devices like the photo blocker db-1. One thing I have found is they are expensive. So i was wondering if anyone knows how to build a circuit that can sense a camera flash and then trigger a flash bulb to activate.

Posted by travis.percy.7 3 years ago


Garmin TMC (Traffic Message Channel) Module

Ok I'm looking into this and I am looking to see if anyone has ever built one before? if so can they provide detailed instructions for building one. and if not if anyone would be willing ot suggest ideas on how one might build one. from the parts required I am almost certain that one can build on from cheap parts and even salvaged from other electronics. from what I can tell to build one for much less than most to all the current companies that are trying to sell them for one would probably only need these parts. Fm decoder module obviously usb mini b male plug Antenna Cigarette lighter power adapter solder

Posted by Tom_Neverwinter 6 years ago


Traffic signal input voltage help

I have recently bought this traffic arrow from a surplus store and i cannot find the input voltage anywhere on the net. it has a built in switch mode power supply from what i can tell and i think it is 120V AC but am not sure. the arrow is a GE Gelcore LED Traffic Signal. ANY help would be appreciated.  thanks

Posted by devicemodder 5 years ago


microcontroller based automatic four way traffic control

I am given a project of "microcontroller based automatic four way traffic control" I have no idea where to start it. Can you please guide me about it's diagram and program code? What are the reqirements for it's hard ware completion ? I shall be very thank ful to you. regards Jawwad

Posted by kitharass 8 years ago


Traffic light plates and other waste glass reuse

What does a municipality do with old traffic lights? Why, they can make them into dinner plates! Recycled Glassworks makes plates from old traffic light covers from retired lights, often the ones replaced with the newfangled LED kind. Oddly, the green lights end up as blue plates... dunno if this is an artifact of the plate-making process or if the light behind is very yellow, necessitating a blue "green" light.But while that's probably their most dramatic product, there's another. Most glass recycling is limited to bottles and jars. The only thing to do with broken windows, or broken glass tabletops, or other glass of this kind, has been to throw it away. Recycled Glassworks accepts this kind of glass in addition to the traffic light kind. They cut it to size and kiln-bake it in a mold (a process called slumping) to produce extremely attractive bowls and plates.Way to go, Recycled Glassworks!

Posted by rachel 10 years ago


Air Traffic Control on PC

Air Traffic control broadcasts from 108 - 138 MHz. (https://www.instructables.com/id/Transistor-Radio-Hack/)A couple of months ago I bought a Realistic Jetstream radio. It was used. I saw it there before. I finally bought it. I thought it was just an FM/AM radio. It said AM/VHF. I thought that was odd. After I bought it I realized that it wasn't an FM radio, it was an Air Traffic Control scanner! That was even better. It comes apart just like the radio Kipkay used in the hack. It was already an ATC radio though. My question is there any way to get Air Traffic Control on your computer? I tried an old tv tuner card. I set the frequency to 122.8MHz. That is the frequency for the local airport in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Centruy of Flight. It is also what my radio picks up. The antenna won't pick it up on the tuner. FM radio works though. I hope all this makes sense.

Posted by popit 9 years ago


Secret traffic analysis hanging up I'bles Web pages?

I am apparently unable to upload images to my library, and I'bles Web pages also show an indefinite "loading" condition. This has been going on for several days now. It seems like there are some stupid "hidden embedded images" from traffic analysis firms that are hanging things up. I currently see "Waiting for pixel.quantserve.com..." on one tab (this one!), "Transferring data from beacon.scorecardresearch.com..." on another tab (my image upload attempt), and the nefarious "Waiting for ad.doubleclick.net..." on two others.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


be able to see the exact page where the reffering article is

Sometimes i press the button that shows where the traffic comes from and then press one of the sites but it only comes up with the main page of the site not the exact article where the traffic is coming from. i would like to know if some one has written an article about my instructable

Posted by bravoechonovember1 3 years ago


Flight Patterns

This is a video of all of the flight traffic in sky. It is very beautiful. VideoHome Page of the site.Thanks

Posted by joejoerowley 10 years ago


the evil of you tube

Gah look how much cpu and net traffic uploadig a vid on the tube makes! help

Posted by maker12 10 years ago


CAR WAVE-CONGESTION AVOIDED BY WATCHING YOUR "SIX"

Historians traditionally tell us that to ignore history is to repeat its pitfalls. So how can history help us improve the flow of car traffic? Did you know that many aspects of the world’s legal systems come from biblical origins using tried and true fundamental laws originating from the Ten Commandments? The concept of “watching your six” borrows from these universally accepted laws, whose credo stipulates guidelines for human interaction as well as interaction with god. Your "six" refers to the driver behind you whom you should treat as you would yourself. With this in mind, we have a new credo for today’s need to interact with each other by driving your car responsibly through high density traffic to avoid “wave congestion". This term is used to describe isolated packs of cars suddenly causing a local slow-down in traffic flow, while both upstream and downstream traffic continues to still move well, and so our rule states:   “Drivers are responsible for the immediate driver behind them, keeping him safe and avoiding unnecessary braking”    How This Rule Works In traffic: 1)            The Rule is Expansive, All Inclusive and Saves Us Money If we followed this general rule, we would become responsible for leaving the proper space/time ahead of the car in front of us. Space clearly gives us reasonable reaction time to perhaps "brake by simply coasting" and not force the driver behind us to suddenly brake hard. It will help us to recognize that the proper spacing between cars is not an open invitation to dart between lanes just to get ahead by one car length. This causes “wave congestion” and the possibility of accidents during heavy traffic situations. It assures that braking is something one does as a "last resort" and only when no other circumstance for safety and/or avoiding a collision is available. It holds the “rubber-necker” responsible for maintaining good traffic flow or get ticketed. The rule encourages a driver to adapt the techniques of defensive driving so as to avoid accidents, and to embrace the proper social skills of driver etiquette to mitigate road rage and its associated erratic driving behavior. Ultimately, the rule will financially help us to reduce our car insurance costs by promoting fewer negligence accidents. 2)            Eliminate Reactive Braking … Trust the Driver In Front of You Keep in mind what normally happens in heavy traffic when the first driver uses their brakes either in idle thoughtlessness or in protective response to traffic congestion ahead. Under these circumstances, we reactively use our brakes for two reasons:  a)   Reduced Reaction Time  - The first car’s brake lights go on, giving us less time to react so we over compensate by braking harder than him. This affect gets compounded, causing each subsequent upstream driver to brake still harder, until the reactive braking time becomes impossible to respond to and a collision or multiple collisions occur.  b)   We Don’t Trust Other Drivers  -  We are conditioned not to trust our fellow drivers because they haven’t yet been educated to abide by our Rule. This lack of trust causes us to drive "overly" cautious and results in the over use of our brakes to defend ourselves. Our driving habits have created a psychological situation just waiting for an accident. 3)            Implies Driving Etiquette that Must Become Required Driver’s Education The rule and its derivatives must be taught as part of our driver’s education program, and their concepts definitely reviewed during the licensing exam. The Rule also includes adherence to a driver’s code of etiquette which goes beyond just obeying our basic traffic laws of vehicle safety as is currently done. Highways are becoming too congested to allow rouge drivers to ignore their “social” driving responsibilities and the etiquette of the road.  Traffic tickets for abusing social driving etiquette should be as prolific and costly as our traffic laws for speeding and/or not stopping at a stop sign, etc. 4)            Compliments Our Near Term Use of Self-Controlled Vehicles Our Rule intrinsically implies the responsibility for social driving etiquette and takes us forward with steps that avoid future traffic congestion.  Improvements will come from technological automation which will eventually take the erratic human factor out of our equation to produce the smooth flow of traffic even during congested periods. Something as simple as today’s cruise control helps us to avoid “wave congestion” by maintaining a constant highway speed plus reducing inadvertent “brake riding” which sends the wrong message to the driver behind us.  Our ultimate step towards smooth traffic flow involves using near-term technology that completely eliminates drivers and relies on self-controlled vehicles taking over within regions of high density traffic. Ideally this will eliminate traffic accidents due to the unpredictability of driver shortcomings, making technological glitches our only possible area of concern in the near future. Google, in cooperation with the state of California, is currently in the process of introducing such vehicles onto the state’s roadways.

Posted by RT-101 5 years ago


speakers v.s. traffic cone (cone design philosiphy)

Iv had this funky traffic cone layn around and recently desided to put an old pair of mp3/pc, speakers in em (two small speakers, think pc fokes). everything was going fine and dandy untill i hit an artistic snag that i refused to look over. -SHOULD I LEAVE THE CONE ITS BRIGHT ORANGY CONE COLOR OR PAINT IT SOMTHING DIFFRENT. im leaning tword and idie urban lookn artsy fartsy sort of look, somthin you might see in ready made magazine, or urban outfiters -BUT WHAT DESIGN, COLOR, OR EVEN LOOK SHOULD I GO WITH OR SHOULD I LEAVE IT

Posted by Jumpin Jehosaphat 8 years ago


Is there somewhere to get attiny85 codes?

I'm wondering if there are any sites for attiny85 codes?  Like I know there are fireflies and traffic light codes and such by people here on instructables.  Is there a list of all these somewhere? 

Posted by aliasjanedoe 3 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


Shaving Blog

Hey everyone! I've been making instructables in an attempt to bring more traffic to my blog. It's all about safety razor shaving and why its better than the traditional cartridge razor shaving.  Could anyone offer any tips or tricks to increasing traffic to my site? Also, please feel free to comment on my most recent instructable. http://secretguidetoshaving.blogspot.com/ and my instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/So-you-want-an-old-fashioned-double-edged-safety-r/

Posted by SecretGuideToShaving 7 years ago


Autonomous Robot Cars drive in real traffic!

The latest DARPA challenge has just happened - 11 robotic cars driving round 60 miles of simulated urban highway with real humans driving in amongst them.Amazingly impressive - if you check the videos, the robots' road manners are better than most humans'!BBC News article & videos: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7078245.stmDARPA Challenge page: http://www.darpa.mil/grandchallenge/index.aspWinners: http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/practical/2007/fall/victory.shtml and http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~tartanrace/

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Optimus Prime gets a parking ticket in New York

Traffic Wardens are getting braver... Perhaps we should fear for the poor sap who tries to give megatron a parking ticket!

Posted by Biggsy 7 years ago


Why Don't big citys

Why dont big citiys like Californya use copper undertread in thair roads to let traffic induction charge a current back into there electrical grid? Dum guy in Alaska. 

Posted by NoxCor 7 years ago


Video hosting

There is a new website for video sharing. It has a DIY / How-to catagory and has contests for videos uploaded.It is at http://www.ClamShare.com It is just starting and it looks like it might be easy to win the contests, since the traffic is kind of low right now.just a suggestion,abram

Posted by arutkow 10 years ago


Did you see Instructables in the Australian press on March 24?

On March 24th, we had a huge increase in direct traffic to the homepage from Australia and New Zealand. Was Instructables mentioned on Australian television or a print publication? I haven't been able to figure it out.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


The Blood-Mobile - a random YouTube video.

I found this site: randomyoutubevideo.com And I only got to 4 reloads before finding this. No, it's not a refrigerated van, it's not a mechanical-vampire either; it's human-biology. An all in-one-vague "this how things work kids, but the most important part of your body is all the "traffic". (No mention of traffic-congestion, but that's probably a different film) I don't know what deranged person thought of the idea, but I guess they laughed like I did. (Ten more and I was finding a 1 tonne bulk-bag of grass that had previously passed through the digestive-system of a male bovine) Man, surely people would press the button? L

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


New referrers data

In the latest release of Instructables, we added information about who is linking to an Instructable. You can see it in the info box under the stats tab. What do you think? Is this useful? As a potential author, would seeing that an Instructable gets traffic from many search engines encourage you to post your project?

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


The effects of randomness

I was looking for a picture of SF Cody, followed a couple of random links and discovered that I share my birthday with the man that invented 3D glasses and the shiny hologram on credit cards.Anyhoo...I wonder, has anybody else noticed higher traffic on their old Instructables? My guess is that the random search function is doing its job.

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


How much do you think instructables.com makes a year?

How about boingboing.net?, make magazine? name your favorite blog here I'm kinda clueless on web statistics, traffic counting, demographics etc but I find it amazing. Anyone know roughly what a few popular websites make? thanks

Posted by FreakCitySF 10 years ago


Make:Project

Has anyone else checked out MAKE:Project?   It looks like a wiki version of Instructables.  Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of the wiki model, but I was wondering what others thoughts were on the site. Personally I'll stick here, but it will be interesting to see where the traffic goes in the future. Hmm, bet the K'nexers' would love the wiki part though.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 8 years ago


Pinterest Share Option

Would it be possible to add a Pinterest share button?  I'm creating a board that aggregates a lot of the costume walkthroughs that I've favorite here in Instructables, and it would be great to easily get it to Pinterest.  Right now I'm having to copy and paste the link and do everything manually.  It would increase traffic to the Instructables site and really help Instructables users.  Thanks!

Posted by DebuffedHero 2 years ago


Instructables Addicts

Well, I was looking at the Quantcast Page for Instructables, and it was pretty interesting. Of course at the bottom, it says "<1% Addicts, 3% Traffic" Obviously they don't know our community... Haha, that aside, Instructables has one heck of a community, and I feel like it could grow forever. People look at one or two instructables, then they're hooked, or at least I was. Anybody else?

Posted by Wasagi 8 years ago


Speed Cameras

Personally, I'm on the fence on whether or not these are a good idea in the first place. Should people be speeding in the first place? If yes, why? Having a large speed differential with the rest of the traffic can be quite a dangerous situation.... Why am I on the fence? Because we, in addition to the UK, are already an endemic surveillance society (allong with Russia and China) CITE - it's sad :(]. I'm also anti rfid ID (including the new US passports :/)http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/27/angry-drivers-torching-traffic-cameras-in-england/Apparently, the Luddite tradition of machine breaking is alive and well in its country of origin. According to a report, a group calling itself MAD -- or Motorists Against Detection -- have taken to setting autonomous traffic cameras ablaze across the United Kingdom, and are detailing their exploits on a website (of course). The group's "PR" claims they have been active since 2000, and have destroyed over 1000 roadside cameras. Says the group's leader, Capt. Gatso, "The vigilante anti-speed camera group have announced a summer of MADness which will see them target for destruction all speed cameras in the UK. It's now going to be a period of zero tolerance against all speed cameras." The gang of disgruntled drivers also plans a day of action called "National Cover-Up Your Number Plates Day." Guy Fawkes would be proud.Here's a website for the torched camerasI'm interested to hear the opinion of those of you in the UK... Of course, in addition to everyone else.. Opinions on speed cameras?

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago


I need help with my website forum and need to boost traffic

Hello, I want to ask about your opinions about my websites forum (not mine per say but my good friends), http://yowee.netai.net My friend, the admin, hydronator, is considering taking the site down because we dont get much traffic, and no-one other than a few of the members of the old forum which crashed, have joined the new forum. I want to know, what could be done to improve the site, and also, what would be a better way to describe the forum, other than "fun weapons designing ", since that doesnt exactly sound right, at yowee i and a few others design things that might be considered weapons, like potato launchers or pen catapults , things that you wouldnt call toy weapons. anyway, we need a positive way to describe what we do, as well as ways to attract more traffic, or else hydronator is going to shut down the site :( because he is depressed, and is being rather negative in turn of recent events. Basically what yowee is, or what it was originally was " a community of friends having fun  conspiring against society and plotting fun ways to have fun ,prank and be a nuisance" somewhat like anarchist community in many ways, except completely different, not being anarchists and all. Its hard to describe, which is one of the reason ide like to ask for help!

Posted by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago


GPS route optimizer

My type-A personality never lets me stop trying to optimize everything in my life. Recently, I’ve started taking data on my commute to work: time of departure and time of arrival versus a number of different routes. This is endlessly amusing to houseguests, and a point of constant annoyance to Christy (who typically records the data while I drive; I record it myself when I bike to work). The result of all this data would be a 2-D color map that could give me an estimate of the shortest route depending on the time I was leaving. However, on further thought, I realized such a chart would only tell me about routes I already knew and would be very sensitive to my route ordering. For example, if there are three ways to get to work, how do I order them? By length? By number of turns? By my perceived annoyance of that particular route? I then got to thinking of taking time measurements between each possible node in a route. Those segments could then be built into routes I’ve never explored before. You can just imagine the look Christy gave me when I suggested this. Clearly, this is best done by a computer. So the question: has anyone seen anything like this, or a GPS unit hackable enough to permit this without carrying a laptop as well (I’d like to do this on bike, too)? Wouldn’t the final version of this be sweet?! You tell it where you’re going, and based on past experience, the time of day, and real-time traffic data it suggests the optimal route. (I’ve seen GPS + real-time traffic, but my guess is that traffic data isn’t nearly as useful as past experience data.) To everyone that can relax while commuting and not worry about 16 versus 17 minutes: I envy you.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago


Halloween/Autumn/Holiday Decorations

My mom recently put some crafts, that she annually makes, up for sale on etsy. Of course the hard part about selling on Etsy is getting people to your page among the thousands of others. If you are looking for some Halloween/Fall/Christmas decorations or just want some new ideas for handmade crafts check it out  Link----->   Hand Made By Shannon Thanks for looking! Any traffic on her website also helps! Here are a couple screenshot from the website 

Posted by sffitzge 7 years ago


Using Instructables to increase traffic to your Etsy shop

Several people have asked why I'd want to have a tutorial up for an item I'm selling on Etsy - the answer is simple! It's another way to drive traffic to the item you're selling while offering something nice to the community. :) While many people on this site would love to make the item themselves, there are also a large number of folks that don't have the time/materials/resources to make the project and are fine with buying it! I opened my Etsy store, making jiggy, in early September of last year. I've listed golden snitch necklaces, lego necklaces, fold over clutches, and some embroideries - many of which are instructables. I've sold a good amount of stuff on Etsy, especially the golden snitch necklaces - it's been much more successful than I had ever thought! As of writing this, I've got around 5,500 views on Etsy, and a little over 1,000 of them have come from Instructables. (edited update - as of right now I've got over 9,000 views and 1,800 of them are ibles!) That's the majority of views I've gotten from an external site! The rest of the views have come from Etsy search, my tumblr blog, stumbleupon, and random websites that have linked to it. I'd say if you have a successful project on Instructables, why not make a few extras and open an Etsy store? It could be a good way to get a start on Etsy. And if you've got an Etsy store you'd like to promote, why not post an awesome instructable showing us how you make an item from your shop? Just make sure to link to your Etsy store in the instructable's intro! I'm definitely going to keep turning my instructables into listings for my Etsy store and vice versa. It's been a great experience. :D

Posted by jessyratfink 6 years ago


Review websites - pushing Instructables

As "VanillaXtiffy" said on Jake's Testimonial topic;...when I see a testimonial or a review on the website it's praising, I'm tempted not to believe it. It takes multiple ones on a third party site.He has a point.  So, we need to make sure that there are lots of testimonials to Instructables on other websites.He suggested one site (Jabber) as a review site.Do you know any other website review websites?  The higher the traffic, the better.Post a link, and then we can swamp it with positive reviews pop over for a look.;-)

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


New instructables stats don't work

I noticed Instructables updated the stats with a newer version last night, but it does not work properly right now! Now I can't see where my traffic comes from as the tabs are not working! It keeps loading forever and wont ever show up. Windows 7 64-bit Chrome 45.0.2454.101 https://www.instructables.com/id/Drakan-Grey-Dragon/ http://i60.tinypic.com/2ykn8e0.png Steps to reproduce - Click on the stats icon in your instructable - go to the other tabs which are not summary. It will keep loading forever.

Posted by Metalfist 2 years ago


Did you first come here on Sunday Nov. 4? Where did you hear about Instructables?

On Sunday Nov. we had a pretty decent spike in traffic. Most of those new visitors were either coming directly to Instructables or searching for Instructables in a search engine. If you first visited this last Sunday, welcome!, and would you mind tell me how you heard about Instructables? The site must have received some print or TV-based press, but we're having a devil of time figuring out where. Thanks!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago