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Instructables etiquette Answered

Forum topic for questions of politeness...



11 years ago

If I edit an Instructables project, that is already published, may I/Should I unpublish and re-publish it to bump it to the top of the "recent" list ? At what point does this become obnoxious or unacceptable? (I'm thinking in particular of Choose a Microcontroller which has been getting about one new page a week.) Or is posting a comment in the instructable mentioning the added content the correct solution?

You might not realize this, but much of the traffic to the site comes in from search. So even if your project isn't on the front page, there are still a bunch of people finding it. Dump "How to choose a microcontroller" into Google -- you might be surprised.

It does seem like there ought to be a choice for sorting any list by current popularity (based on criteria selected arbitrarily) at least. That would bring the meat of the act to the forefront. Recent doesn't do it, neither does New or Comments necessarily. It's definitely something I would look at.

Maybe I'm a little too new here to know if there's a reason why instructables and forums cannot be automatically sorted by current popularity. I imagine it would be easy enough to do, and it's usually the first thing other sites do (in one way or another). If I am missing something about the culture here, then it would be nice if someone could tell me what it was.

Either way, take a look at my last instructable. It's got about 10 votes and more than 70 comments, already. But if you wanted to find it, you'd have to go back a few pages on either Recent or Comments.

Instructable: Keyboard System

Now take a look at my first instructable. It quickly reached the top 60, in terms of all-time ratings, out of more than 3000. And, you might have never known about it, had I not said anything.

T-Shirt Rack

Sorry, I am not simply trying to toot my own horn. But, it's almost like you have to, if want the site to be better.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Right now, sorting by pageviews is what you want. It isn't perfect, but it shows you a list of Instructables ordered by the most pageviews in the last week. We've been brainstorming on a popularity sorting that would take into account recent comments, ratings, pageviews, and some other data, but we're not there yet.

If you just unpublish and republish your Instructable maintains its original publish date. To do this, you'd have to create a new Instructable with the same content plus the new content. We've reached the point where it's becoming difficult to keep track of all the new Instructables. So, we'll be releasing categories and a bunch of other fixes by the end of the month. All the new stuff is geared at making it easier to find the things you're interested in.

right now i would leave it alone and let it have just as much front page time as any other project just to be nice some feature suggestion maybe "sticky" instructables will help? or how about a special "republished" section? subscribe to changes option?

I think if you are making tiny version changes (i.e. V1.35 to V1.36) then don't republish. But if you are adding some significant content(V1.0 to V1.3), republish. Additionally, if it's been at least 1 month since you've first published it, and the tiny changes you've made cumulatively have improved it significantly, republish. (i.e. adding to V1.0 slowly to V1.35) Repeatedly republishing an existing instructable every day or week for a small change does start to get a bit annoying. But if you save up all the changes and republish every month or so with significant new content, that might be worth republishing.


11 years ago

If you are just fixing some typo's and such.. I wouldn't re publish. An update the doubles the instructable in size, then maybe.