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Fewer/no comments on Instructables? Answered

Have other Instructable authors noticed a decline in comments for their Instructables with the most recent version of the site? I realize this sounds arrogant, but the past two of my Instuctables currently have more than 3,000 views and 50+ likes, but zero comments. One of the things I really like about Instructables is the opportunity for feedback and discussion. I'm wondering if anyone else is having this experience. If so, I wonder if it is a product of our society or the design of the site. At least when I view my own Instructables, there is a considerable amount of scrolling involved before you arrive at the comments section, which could be just enough to prevent comment inspiration.

Or perhaps my recent Instructables are just not inspiring comments. 




It's not just you. There is anecdotal evidence that pageviews have gone up without a corresponding increase in commentary. I imagine it's largely due to the mobile app and the increase in total number of projects. More viewers who are less engaged (non-members who find projects via search or the app, mostly) checking out a larger collection of projects seems to have thinned the comment numbers while increasing pageviews.

No project should go uncommented. That's often the first positive feedback people get on a project, as not everything makes it to the homepage or accumulates tens of thousands of views. HQ is kicking around ideas to deepen engagement and encourage more comments, so this forum topic is almost certainly being read by a receptive audience.

I guess when I think about it more, it seems obvious that creating a more engaging and interactive community would be of concern/interest from HQ. It's nice to know that it is, and I look forward to being part of whatever developments emerge.

I have also noticed not as much comments on my Ibles, as compared to older Ibles, and I've noticed this with other Ibles as well, even the ones with a lot of views. So don't worry, it's not just your Ibles, it's happening to many others.

"At least when I view my own Instructables, there is a considerable amount of scrolling involved before you arrive at the comments section, which could be just enough to prevent comment inspiration."

About that point, recently I've seen Ibles load all or almost all their steps on the page, by default. This happens if there isn't a wall of text on the intro, so it fills up with steps until there's enough text on the page. I'm not sure if this is why people don't comment, but it annoys me when I have to scroll through all the steps just to see the comments. I'm not sure if this is a bug or an intended feature.

If you're seeing all the steps at once, you have selected that to be your default view.

To unselect it, go to your You page and change your Settings.

Oh, sorry I forgot to mention that I've checked that, and it is off. Also, I got someone who isn't pro to test it, and it happens to them as well. The all-steps button is "pressed in" and can't be turned off.

That seems to happen when steps are really short, when there is an instructable with longer steps and more pictures, it doesn't happen.

Yeah, I think it all depends on the text. Now I'm wondering what the amount of characters is that makes it load one step vs. a bunch.

That is the stupid thing, if you have like 50 images it'll display all the images (ok, by now they limited a bit) and because you have few words as it is more an image-instruction it'll display all the steps.

I noticed that thing where you can expand the number of images, that's a good feature for those steps with lots of pictures.

Agreed with all of your thoughts. Comments are in important part of what makes this site so great. Maybe if the comments section was adjacent or at least there was a comments link at the top it would prevent the annoyance of having to scroll through long Instructables and encourage more dialogue.

Yeah, that would be a good solution, and maybe also an "only view intro" button. I also thinks commenting is one of the most important parts of the site, and am especially glad they're moderated.

Yay, like magic, I got my first comment on one of these, just prior to posting this :)

You got it, dude. I also referred a DJ friend to the Tank DJ Booth as he's been working on a (less ambitious, non-tank) portable DJ booth of his own. Thanks for advancing the state of the art. Fingers crossed that your next commission comes with a bigger project budget.

Yeah, it is probably society doing it.
I am experiencing the same behaviour on my rubiks cubes 'ibles.

I think its a product of society, I remember about 2-3 years ago if you published something, good or bad you would at least get 8 comments.
Maybe with all the new tablets/phones and "Justin the Beavers" attitude, people don't care to say, wow thats a great idea anymore.

Maybe it depends how they are viewing them - they could be using the app without being logged in.