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I'd love the ability to organize my favorites into categories that I choose.  I'm a science teacher and use instructables for various lesson ideas.  Some are for physics classes, biology classes, chemistry classes, just for fun, etc.
This would make finding my favorited instructables easier to find and also convenient for sharing groups of instructables with my students.



7 years ago

Per the original post and subsequent discussion on Favorites. Rather than simply organize my favorites on-site / via personal bookmarks, I'd like a 3-way split of  favorites:
  1. Favorites: where I could gather truly favorites, thus the page would be my picks for "best of".
  2. 2Do: collection of Instructables I want to do.
  3. References: Instructables I am saving as references.
Realize that the staff may not have time for this, these are simply suggestions for future site redesign. 

Seeing what members are dreaming about and referencing is different than fav's.  Could be cool to see all of these accurately represented. 

Plus, the site could mine these individual picks, essentially crowd-sourcing the work.  Would this enhance the work flow of creating a Guide?

Just was looking at the Answers section and these Forum sections- Noticed I can not "favorite" Answer or Forum posts.

Based on the 3 splits above- I'd love the option of marking Answer and Forum posts {fav/2Do/Ref}.

Some Answers get really high-quality responses, becoming great references for particular problems. Some Forum posts seem to collect many useful links, again nice references.

Realizing this is all a wish-list for future site development, take all this as a suggestion. Fav'ing Answers and Forums could really enhance the usefulness of those sections.

I think that's a great idea CrLz. The To Do and References categories make up a large chunk of my favorites. The To Do favorites could even have check boxes for when you've completed it and then ask if you want to write a comment on that instructable.

Check boxes would be really cool.

Seems like the community has flirted with such recognition before with the "I Made It Challenges" ( I and II ).  Your check boxes could be another way to showcase this theme.

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. Your web browser should have a command similar to "Organize Bookmarks", or "Edit Bookmarks". From there you should be able to create folders. Give the folders meaningful names (eg, Biology, Chemistry, &c) and move your bookmarks to the appropriate folder. Firefox will allow you to save bookmarks to any folder.

I often link to instructables on my class website and it would be nice to have a grouping of instructables to link to as well. So part of the benefit would be for me (your right on the bookmarking idea though, I do that with diigo). I can do the same thing on diigo or delicious and then link to that tag group.

It would also be helpful for people to organize separate but related instructables for a project. I'm thinking of how users can great albums, groups, and channels with vimeo.

I tend to side with Kiteman and Nacho on this issue. I have a problem with each site "forcing" users to organize things internally within that site's servers. By using bookmarks (or as I do, actual HTML Web pages), I can organize related material from many different Web sites.

By doing this with HTML files that are on a Web server, I have that organization available to me no matter what computer or browser I happen to be using, and I can make it available to other people as desired.

Basic HTML is astonishingly simple to learn and to write. All you need is a trivial editor (like Notepad on PCs or TextEdit on Macs), and the ability to follow rules :-)

I definitely don't think users should have to organize their favorites. Here's another scenario:
I teach a kitchen chemistry class and often use instructables for ideas and recipes. Creating and organizing a class can be frustrating. Another teacher has found instructables.com and is looking to do something similar (because it's tricky finding a complete kitchen chemistry class online that's free). They find a few good instructables, but not everything they want. Then they see that someone has created an "album" of instructables that includes the one their looking at and has organized all of the relevant instructables for them!

. kelseymh has a great idea about writing your own web pages of links (your web browser should allow you to export your bookmarks as HTML, so most of the hard work is done for you), but I have to disagree about using a trivial text editor to write/edit your pages. It can be done with a simple editor, but the auto-formatting, keyword highlighting, paren/brace/bracket-matching, and syntax checking of something like PSPad (many other good ones available) can't be beat - especially for new coders. Nothing more frustrating than spending an hour looking for a misplaced semi-colon or other simple typo. YMMV.

When I want to give a class or cohort a list of projects, I tend to copy the links into a word document for them to read on the school's network or website.

Reading it on the screen, all they need to do is "Ctrl-click" to go straight to the project.

Have you considered the Instructables Guides in this context? At the moment, actually creating a Guide is limited to the staff and to members of the community Feature Team; however, they're all quite approachable.

If you have a list of related I'bles that you think would be of interest to others (such as your students, other teachers, etc.), contact Sarah James at I'bles for some guidance on how you can get that list turned into a Guide.

A teacher?  Have you seen this topic?

You could get yourself a free pro account.

I have not heard about that, thanks Kiteman!