How to change user name

How do you change your user name?

Posted by El_ 10 years ago

"block this user" message function not working

Will someone tell me what in god's name is going on with that?!

Posted by acoleman3 6 years ago

Screen name/user name

Hi, I accidentally create my profile with a wrong user name.  as I didn't yet post any instructable neither comments. Can I change it or should I just create a new one?  Thanks. HS

Posted by HeilandStark 7 years ago

Another spamming account, this one generating comments


Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

I Can't Follow HackerBoxes

I have been trying to follow HackerBoxes for some time now (about six months), but it doesn't work. The button gets stuck on "Loading..." as the image shows. I am using Windows 10 and have tried Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Opera with the same results. Is there a fix for this? Thanks, Gary

Posted by CrittersWeb 1 year ago

Username Still Changeable?

I Changed my name to my current one to reflect on how much i enjoyed playing my ps3 but i went pc and i want my name changed but i used up my name change,anyway that i can have my name changed now? any help on this would be appreciated

Posted by blasbo-babbins 2 years ago

How to flag an inappropriate user?

I know how to flag a comment as 'not nice' or 'inappropriate' and an Instructable as 'inappropriate' or 'spam' ... but how does one flag a user?I've seen a few around that are rude, offensive, racist, sexist, and some times violent. Is there any way to flag a user, and not just his/her individual comments or Instructables?

Posted by anomrabbit 10 years ago

User Name

What do I have to do to change my user name? It is currently "waynecathy33" and my ole lady made me enter it that way. I think it sucks and I want to change it to "Gyrine 77".

Posted by Gyrine 77 10 years ago

Browse by followed categories and users

Hi all, I am following some categories (such as woodworking, home improvements, etc) and users. Is there is a way to browse only through the followed categories/users instead of the homepage featured instructables? Something like a personalised homepage? Sorry if it is already been asked, I searched in the forum but have not found an answer. Thanks in advance!

Posted by LoicBVN 1 year ago

Making safety easier

I have seen many users ask questions like "how do you report a user"  and " is there a button for flagging a user after I flag the instructable?" Well I myself already know but that doesn't help the other few million users(wow) that don't know. After this forum post I plan on emailing but maybe there is another way. I was thinking that maybe an admin could send a private message to every new and old user saying that the way to report a user is to go to the about page  click on an instructables team member then to send them a private message telling them what the user did, where and why it should be removed( user and/or instructable). It would be even better if the instructables team got together and made groups open to the public again. I did some research and groups used to be easy to get to but if you copy and paste this and try to go to it it won't work. I did some more research and it seems that all the current groups are run by businesses or companies. I just want to make things easier for the average user so that we can make this a more enjoyable site. Also I would like to make a group for younger users so that we can post instructables to each other. It would be cool to have our own circle.  -gearup500

Posted by gearup500 3 years ago

IDEA: Report user

When we had an Orangeboard, I used to leave messages on a spammer's Orangbeboard, and then report them so the staff could see. Now I can't do that. On YouTube, under the about page, I can report the user, but now, I can't do that. Example, on the right part of the screen: Something like this: *clicks* Choose between the following options: Spamming/Unwanted advertising Inappropriate profile picture/comments/etc... ... *clicks* Thank you! The Instructables staff will review this ASAP!

Posted by Yonatan24 1 year ago


Every user has a name on a computer. not the user names that show when youre on the login screen, but other names (usually the same names) that show in command prompt and in my computer and as the computer's users name. Mine is currently set to my mother's name (she registered the computer I guess, or something like that) What I would like to know is, how can I change this name? I'd like it to display my name. If you dont know what Im talking about, open command prompt. it will say something like C:\windows:users:(yourname) the (yourname) is what I want to change.

Posted by berky93 10 years ago

Subscribe To Someone?

Is it possible to 'subscribe' to someone and recieve an email whenever they post an instructable, like you can on youtube?

Posted by munchman 10 years ago

Contests and user voting

As someone who focuses on contests here on Instructables I find that it helps to try and enter other contests on other sites as well to get a feel for how it is to be on the other side. It's fun to have a new challenge and it's even paid off in unexpected ways. So far I've won a gift certificate to Home Depot, a laptop, and a Kodak video camera. Well, I entered another contest on YouTube recently that Olympus was sponsoring. I didn't think I'd win this one, but I hadn't entered a contest in a while so I made a video. I had more fun playing with some motion graphics than coming up with some compelling story to win it and the results showed it. But, it's always worth trying, right? So then I submitted my video into the site only to find out that the only way that I could become a semi-finalist was to be in the top 20 in terms of "likes" my video received. I was urged to promote via twitter and facebook and any other method possible. I thought about the merits of spamming everyone I know and promptly forgot about the contest. Screw it, it wasn't worth it. Now, I understand why this would be a filter for semi-finalists. YouTube contests can get a ton of entries and this helps narrow the field without judges doing any work. It's also a way to promote the contest, and therefore Olympus, to all of the entrant's friends. As an entrant, though, it just stinks. It's a popularity contest only. So that's why our process for choosing finalists combines user votes and staff selections. Half of the finalists are the top user votes and the other half we pick out. Many cool Instructables are submitted that are looked over. We really appreciate the time and effort it takes to make an entry and make every step we can for the contests to be fair for people who enter.

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

How does a user create a contest? I want to have 2 contests using drupal and 1 using kicad?

How does a user create a contest? I want to have 2 contests using drupal and 1 using kicad? How would I sponsor thowse? 200$ or 300$ valued prizes. drupal step by step to a ecommerse shop. drupal step by step to a multi user contribution community. kicad electronic design streamlined and documented step by step. A flow for how a user could insert paypal ammount for prize and post contest and win date would be awsome.

Posted by josheeg 6 years ago

Email address changed to that of a different user

 I've just tried to turn my email alerts off, so I unticked all boxes and clicked "Update settings". When the page refreshed, all the boxes were still ticked but my email address had changed to that of another user, towelinmonk ( ). I'm not sure if this user is actually now receiving my email alerts, but I thought I'd best report it anyway. I've changed it back now, by the way. As a side note, i've also had to switch to firefox from chrome to post this, chrome wouldn't let me post the topic (Win XP).

Posted by whatsisface 8 years ago

username change? it possible?

Posted by MurdoomTheMad 5 years ago

The "/tag:user" URL fragment is not working

It would appear that the "/tag:user" filter in I'bles URLs is broken.  You can't search for usernames, you can't pull up a list of recently joined users, and so on.  Is this intentional?  Is it a known but low priority bug?

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

Losing user information? "You haven't joined any groups."

So I went to my profile to get the link to a group, and discovered that all of my group memberships have been lost :-(  It says, Manage Your Groups You haven't joined any groups. Explore groups to find one you like! I hope this can be fixed, both for me and for anyone else who has lost data from their profile.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago

What is the signifigance of your profile pic?

Well, this was inspired as I was reading around in Splazem's post about what your username means. Profile pics are the faces of the users of this site. Does your profile pic have any significance? Is it just you? Something you made? Art? Favorite thing? What? Share the significance of your profile picture. My picture is a random figure I made using Bionicle toys a few years ago. It was a cool picture, looked good on the profile, and is pretty unique, so I keep it around.

Posted by ilpug 6 years ago

Is it possible to find the IP address of a Skype user?

Hi everyone, I was wondering if there is a way to find the IP address of a Skype user. Me and a lot of my friends have been getting heaps of people just saying "Hello! Please add me to your contact list" and then if you reply they say "How can you forget me, I want to meet with you, You can view my picture here..". (and that link redirects to a p0*n site, and it is the same link every time) I want to find their IP address to see if the same individual is doing it or if it is multiple people, because this is getting out of hand and just blocking them and reporting them won't help. I'm using a program called "SocketSniff" to find the IP addresses that Skype is using, but I can't seem to find any that are a home computer... They all seem to be servers. Any help finding who is doing this and helping me to find the IP will be greatly appreciated

Posted by thermoelectric 9 years ago

Changing Your Username

Tired of your username? Do you want to change it? There are two ways of doing this!  But be aware you can only do this ONE TIME! To change it on your own, follow these directions. 1) Go to your "You" page, and scroll all the way to the bottom. 2) The last thing you'll see on the page (before the footer) is a large button saying "Check Availability" 3) Enter your desired username into the text block. 4) Click "Check Availability" only if you want to change your name. 5) This can only be done once by each person, so choose carefully!

Posted by admin 9 years ago

Birds! a little challenge/contest

Can I do it?      Thank you! I will give away some of my backlog of pro memberships as prizes Here is the contest:  birds Some bird music to get you motivated

Posted by foobear 5 years ago

Not a bug, but a feature request

In the forum sections we can see who made the last comment and I find this info very helpful. In the Answers sections however we only see the number of replies given so far. A lot of us like to help out by providing more or less usefull answers and it would be great to see who provided the last. This way it is easy to see if the person asking for help actually came back and replied him/herself. As an alternative it would be almost as good to see a tick, point or "replied" info once the person asking replied again. Would of course also help during springclean to remove tons of questions that never got solved.... Not to mention user from the database ;)

Posted by Downunder35m 1 year ago

while loged in, when i click to view an instructable it says it cant find me as a user

Hello, I recently discovered that I could change what I thought was my display name on instructables. (the one that you only have one chance to do) But instead discovered that it is not only the display name that has being changed but my login username as well. Although a bit disappointed i figured "no harm done" but lately after some time with the new username i keep bumping into weird situations. While logged in and active when I click on an instructable to view i get a popup on the bottom of the page saying "Sorry, we can't find that account, or your password didn't match. Please try again!" if I navigate back and choose a different instructable I can view it will all steps on one page as I have it configured. Then if I try to again view the intructable that gives me the error I once again cant. This seems to remedy itself if usually when I'm logged out due to inactivity and then log back in. On other occasions I find myself unable to log in getting the same error as above. Deleting the cookies does not help with this. I am able to log in from the same access point through my mobile but not my computer. User/pass saved on both devices as to eliminate getting the login credentials wrong. I'm thinking this might be because of the unusual characters in my display/username? I was surprised that such characters are allowed for usernames, this also was a point that got be thinking that its the display name that I'm changing not the username (as for example in flickr). Please advice! p.s. after writing this I pressed "Preview Topic" and if I hadn't copied the text when after I noticed that the page was acting up I would have lost all of it. This happened several times while writing an instructable. I went to save or navigate to a different step and the page doesent load and if I press back I loose everything if I haven't got it in the clipboard. Again do you thing that this is related to the weird characters in the usename? p.p.s. I had to change browsers from firefox to chrome in order to be able to post this

Posted by bad pixel 7 years ago

User Name Problem, Please Help ASAP

Hi.. I joined today using username while joining I got user anem as it was written in Gmail, ie, "mChakraborty" In Profile section I see I can change my user name to something else, and its one time changeable only. I change my user name 'mchakraborty' to "SunShine®" YES! I exactly wriiten that. But after updating the name looks like "SunShine®" Now that's not what I want as a user name, I m a active elite member in H33T.COM and in several other site, if the username didn't back to its original shape i.e "SunShine®" then I cant guide my followers, friends and others to this site nor I can tag, even bad, they will not recognize me even they are here! Please change / edit the user name as soon as possible! I can't upload any of my case mod pictures using this user name. NB: "SunShine®" ---> I want this as my user name! it was available at the time when I searched.. thanks & regards : Me :)

Posted by SunShine® 5 years ago

embed link to user in my instructable

I want to give props to another user, and their instructable, in my instructable. I can embed the link to their instructable page no problem, but is there a way to just have their username highlighted so that when someone clicks on it, it would take them to their member page? I'm trying to avoid putting the full link... Can this be done?

Posted by pjkumpon 5 years ago

Image library pulling up differnent users images.

Hello,  I am writing an ible currently on my windows 7 laptop.  I am using Firefox browser, i do not know what version, but i do believe it is the current one. I have loaded all the images i plan to use for the ible into my image library.  There are a lot loaded for just this ible, over 150.  While working it usually will pull the correct image library, mine.  But after a while it will load someone else's library.  Every time it does this it comes up with a different user's library.  Sorry i do not have a photo of it happening.  This is URL the last time it occurred

Posted by tjdux 2 years ago

Facebook Usernames

So who is actually staying up until 12:01 to try to get a facebook username? I'm pretty confident my actual name won't be taken (it's not a very common name), but I am debating going for something funny. My top choices: 1. index.php 2. 3. my best friend's name

Posted by Gjdj3 9 years ago

Hi all! I'm new!

Hiya everyone! I'm new around these parts. I decided to join today (my 27th birthday/ 17 Jan 08), becuase it'll be easier to remember how long I've been a member today. I've been a long time reader and lurker, but now, it's time I started to comment on things! Great to meet everyone!

Posted by Baran Romis 10 years ago

Someone explain the new badge feature?

I'm not sure where else to ask this question but I'm very curious. Lately, I've just noticed that "badges" have been appended to my profile when I comment. Like below: What are these? I have no idea what they are, but for some reason I want more of them. How did we acquire more badges? Thanks

Posted by N.fletch 4 years ago

Multiple accounts

What is the deal with somebody having multiple accounts? In itself this is okay, but what about using one of these accounts to ask unintelligible questions, and then using another persona or two to answer the question/start a discussion, and awarding oneself with "best answer" for an equally unintelligible reply? A waste of everyone's time, or just mine? Can anything be done? Should I just ignore him? Does this happen often and I haven't noticed? I've foolishly entered into a "discussion" with this person.

Posted by caarntedd 7 years ago

User profile pages have been changed, for the worst

Instructables has reworked user profile pages in a radical way. Profile pages are now wholly different from what they used to be. Content is no longer divided by its type (instructable, forum, comment, favorite, etc.), it is divided into two sections: the user's projects...and everything else. The section on everything else encompasses every activity related to the user in question. This cluttered list of activities can include everything from viewers favoriting the user's projects, replies to the user and even (deleted) spam comments left on the user's projects. There is no way to divide things up to look at them by their individual types--you must sift through everything manually. As far as the user's content goes, only five projects are visible to the marauding viewer at a glance. There is no indication to viewers over how many projects have been posted by the member in total. Versus the previous layout: Fewer projects are being shown The total number posted by the user is now unclear The number of subscribers had by the user is now unclear The 5 projects which are shown are displayed with smaller images than before. Absolutely every aspect of presentation was superior under the old layout. The only vaguely positive new development is the ability for an author to control what five projects they desire to spotlight. In light of the massive costs, it is not a major plus. If the viewer does make their way to the page which carriers all of a user's projects, they will again find its contents unfiltered. There are no filters to weed out content by featured status, views or popularity. There is still no indication of how many projects there are either. Patches do not appear to be of any value anymore, as they are nowhere to be seen on profile pages. ------------------------ This change has destroyed profile pages. I have been around Instructables for many years and have seen many layouts--this layout is, without a doubt, the worst yet. The layout of profile pages must be reverted to the previous style. Content is being downplayed like it never has been before. Most of a person's profile page is now dedicated to what other people have done. Users' profile pages--what were once pages dedicated to their stuff--are now dominated by others' stuff. When a user goes to my profile page, I want them to see what I have posted. That is why they went there--to see my content. They are not there to look at others' content. Under this new layout, viewers will have to work harder to find results on these profiles and are more likely to lose interest in the content of the user. The lack of intuitiveness to the layout will only aggravate and put off viewers. Content creators will probably bear the brunt of the fallout of this change if it's not quickly undone. Interest in and viewership of their content will likely decrease in time if things do not change. In turn, content creators may decide not to withdraw and discontinue sharing their works. Whomever made the layout what it is now may have had the best intentions. However, it is time to accept the fact that the new layout is completely inferior to the previous one and that it needs to be scrapped.

Posted by OrigamiAirEnforcer 1 year ago

Instructables - Finalist for Best User-Generated Content Award in the Crunchies

Feeling like your Instructable was the underdog in our Laser Cutter Competition? Check out the blog to see how Instructables is competing with the likes of Digg, Facebook, Geni, and Yelp. Or just head straight over and vote for Instructables: according to the rules, you can vote once every day until Thursday at midnight.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

Hyundai FHSM-702PLU249739 sewing machine (66 stitch) user manual

There are loads of messages on the net from people who've lost or never had the instructions for the Hyundai FHSM-702PLU249739 sewing machine. They are not downloadable anywhere that I've found. So here's a copy (pdf attached). Hope it helps.

Posted by LDW 5 years ago

Simple site idea.

So I had an interesting site Idea while looking at my own persona (vanity) and though it would be great if we could choose our best instructables to feature on our own persona page. Along with that we could also have a coming soon box sort of thing as an option, that has a thumbnail and a little text so we can leave teasers about our next projects...

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago

Number of "Pro" users?

. How about a running total of the number of "Pro" (I hate that term) users in the "New Pro Users" title block?

Posted by NachoMahma 9 years ago

Mis-spelled User Name

The bug is human - me! I just notice that I misspelled my user name. I would like to correct it so I don't have to learn it the wrong way. Can it be changed? Thank You.

Posted by 1aminstructable 9 years ago

what made you choose your user name?

What made you choose your user name?

Posted by DELETED_Gavabc123 10 years ago

Blocking or Banning users

I would like to have a way to block a user, or ban a user from commenting on my instructables.  Currently you can send a patch, subscribe to, or send a private message to a user.  I would like to see a block tool as well. I have had users that started discussion threads on my instructables that become offtopic, or inappropriate.  Flagging the individual comments when they post takes time.  If we could block them, then it would stop the commenting all at once. Instructables could even use this filter as a guide to see what users consistently are being blocked, and use it to ban users who are abusive.

Posted by KronoNaut 8 years ago

Inappropriate Users or Bots

We have created this topic for users that cheat, steal, spam, drop viruses, etc. The topic is also for those who are reporting users as bots, or users that are computer generated and carry out tasks that they are (often maliciously) programmed to do. We posted this topic on account of a bot user known as N-Factor. This bot has gone around Instructables in Computer software guides and has dropped the same virus over six times.

Posted by TATcreator 9 years ago

Graphical User Interface Library for Physical Computing in Processing

Visit our blog: The subject of physical computing, especially in the field of robotics, is a fascinating area that has already begun its triumphant in universities, schools and hobby applications and is developing with impressive speed. It is highly interesting that Pyhsical Computing and Robotics, more than any other area, can merge many different areas (engineering, design, psychology, biology and many other areas). Our target groups are mainly users with robotic and physical computing affinity: engineering, programmers, mechatronics engineers, product designers, interaction designers, communication designers, robotics, interface designers, developers, electronic engineers and artists. There are people who want to monitor and control the input and output of their system without major effort in which they rely on an interface library. Robot experiment sets are increasingly being used in short-term projects in schools and universities to provide basic knowledge on physical computing. Our analysis of current sets shows us that existing features don’t cover all aspects of robotics. The aspect that has been neglected so far according to our research, is the controlling and monitoring of experimental physical computing projects through a graphical interface. Visit our blog:

Posted by faydemir 4 years ago

Opera bug - viewing user's instructables: next button not working

In Opera, when viewing a user's published instructable list, if the user has more than one page worth of ibles, the next button merely reloads the current page instead of displaying more of his ibles.  

Posted by 8bit 8 years ago

m5industries user

Ask me questions about anything about me..... just post a comment.........................

Posted by m5industriesinc 7 years ago

G9 Users

If you use the fantastic g9 please chat here...

Posted by james.mcglashan 8 years ago

combat arms user names

Post ur combat arms usernames below ps mine is imawinner

Posted by finmonster 8 years ago

Habbo coins

Leave the User Password habbo habbo and quantity of coins example: User: ful54 Password: gash15 Quantity: 1500

Posted by felipe320 9 years ago

Does Pro Account Allow non-users to view small pics?

Does signing up for a pro account allow non-users to view the smaller pictures in each step without signing up? Jeff

Posted by laboratory424 9 years ago

sending links from a specific step from pro user to non-pro user

As a pro user i can 'view all', and then the link to step looks like this: if i send that to a non-pro user it doesn't work they go to the main page. for a non-pro user the link to a step looks like this: but with 'view all' set, as a pro i cant get that link.

Posted by dan 8 years ago

Rename User

Is there a way to change your account username? I don't want to have to remake my one instructable that i made! Thank you, Tyler

Posted by tyisbored 8 years ago