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New Weekend or one day Instructables. (aimed at instructables staff.) Answered


Consider this, you're a student with very little spare time and you get a day off, what can you do? Search for an instructable all day? NO!
If there was a folder of instructables in every genre, full of one or two day projects it would be great for people like me who want to do something productive or helpful in a short amount of time. For example you go into the Technology genre, but you don't have time to make a super complicated ipod dock, so you hit the one day folder and POW! Quick, easy and super fast one day instructables. I'm sure many agree with this idea and the concept behind it is fairly simple and undemanding.

Please take into account. All the best. l3owzaaaah.

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killerjackalope

7 years ago

Well the guides feature could be used to serve up lots of quick projects from a certain category very easily...

You could get a few others together in a group and call it one day instructables then add the one day 'ibles in to it.

Either one is easy done.

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Kitemankillerjackalope

Reply 7 years ago

Or maybe a "time required" slider could be added to the "difficulty" and "cost" sliders, and then they are added to the options by which lists can be sorted?

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canidaKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

But nobody uses those sliders! Alas.

I like the idea of guides full of targeted-duration projects. I'll pass it along to the editors.

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Kitemancanida

Reply 7 years ago

IMO, the sliders are unused because they do not feed into search options.

Add the option of ranking by cost, ease, time etc, and the sliders will become better-utilised.

(And it might be wise to add some sort of label to them to that effect as well.)

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killerjackalopeKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

That would be good, maybe even just a drop down box, >1hr, 1-2hr, 2-5hr, 1 day, a week and so on...

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caitlinsdadkillerjackalope

Reply 7 years ago

but time is relative...depending on one's skillset, availability of tools, proficiency with said tools, technical assistance, availability of materials, difficulty of sourcing materials...

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killerjackalopecaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

Ah true, maybe a slider would be a better option - though sorting by difficulty must show more short ones first...

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caitlinsdadkillerjackalope

Reply 7 years ago

I don't see the Cost and Difficulty rating shown for each ible. Is that even used? During publishing how many just leave that setting on default?

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killerjackalopecaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

Fair point - I've always done them, just in case they become relevant but so far...

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Kitemankillerjackalope

Reply 7 years ago

Same here - I always set them, in the hope they will one day become something by which projects can be sorted.

(I think the drop-down box is better for the time, to make it easier to select - even though, as Caitlinsdad says, time is relevant depending upon skills, most folk know their own skill level and apply personal modifiers.)

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killerjackalopeKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Aye, plus for a lot of instructables the time difference wouldn't be that big, it's the bigger projects where it would make a difference so a raising time scale like that might end up pretty good.

The slider poses its own subjective problem - some authors might consider a day top of the scale, whereas others might look at a month the same way...

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Lithium Rainkillerjackalope

Reply 7 years ago

That's easy to solve - make it in objective increments, or just a blank box. Alternatively you could have anyone who made it (admittedly there's not someone like this for the majority of Instructables) rate how long it took them.

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killerjackalopeLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

That's why we thought of the drop down box idea...

I like that rating it thing - the I made it button, if only...

By the way happyjo replied, she's happy...

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Lithium Rainkillerjackalope

Reply 7 years ago

Oh I see, I just skimmed the thread...sorry about that.

>happyjo replied, she's happy...

XD how appropriate. :P I just saw! That was really fun to see.

Of course it's easy for me to enjoy it; I get half-credit and it didn't even come out of my pocket... :D

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killerjackalopeLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

Ah well... I got a few more 3-month pro memberships...

I'ma have to think of another competition...

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

...which brings us back to the old request for an "I made it" button.