Going postal! Answered
We had a parcel delivered today (somebody has been buying shoes again). When I opened the door to the courier, he handed me the gadget to sign for the parcel, glanced up, and said Oh! Instructables!
I was, of course, wearing my robot t-shirt.
He was busy, so our chat was necessarily brief, but he admitted to being a member, but using the site as more of a spectator sport than a resource. In his words; "My god, what have they built now??"
It is quite peculiar to find the places where I find fans of the site, and where I don't.
I have been a supply teacher for the last couple of years, and I reckon I've met a couple of thousand high school kids in that time. I typically wear a Robot pin badge, and occasionally it gets recognised by kids. They've typically been using the site as a resource for their own hobbies, mainly in three areas - making knives, building K'NEX guns or cosplay costumes.
In that same time, I've met dozens of teachers of the kinds I would expect to be big fans of Instructables - DT ("shop") and Science teachers, but only one Science teacher (if he's reading this, hello Cliff!) had heard of the site (he used it to build a set of video game cabinets), and none of the DT teachers had (a situation I quickly fixed).
That's it really, just making a couple of observations, unless you'd like to mention the oddest time you encountered an instructabler or instructables reference?
Oh, and I forgot to ask the courier what his user name is, so, if you delivered a pair of shoes to a chap in a navy Robot t-shirt, please let me know.