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Please Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself Answered

Greetings Folks!

My name is Randy and I am a "new" member of the Community Management staff. For those of you who have been around a while, you may remember me from my time as serving as the first Community Manager of this website starting in 2007, or from my role as the Technology Editor in 2010, or even as the founder of the Instructables Design Studio back in 2013. 

Albeit a lot has changed in my life since I last spent some time hanging out here in the forums - I completed grad school... moved to NYC... decided to get married... - my enthusiasm for this website has not.  I'm super-excited to be back in the role of community manager and more actively participating on the site. 

I look forward to getting know everybody new, and catching up with those of you who have also been around forever (lookin' at you Kiteman and Caitlinsdad!) Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback for me. 


Nice to see one of the founders back in actions and talking here :)
I don't want to sound rude here or hijack but since you asked about feedback...

might be alone with my opinion here but I think it would be great if
the developers behind all this great stuff would listen more to the
requests of the people keeping all this alive and kicking.
Feature requests go unnoticed for years with little to know explanation why.
a lot of users say the would love to be able to embed images in the
text of their Instructable or would love to have proper editing tools
for the forum sections than I think it should be considered.
And no, I
don't mean the occasional request for a feature only this particular
user "needs", I mean stuff that has been continously requested for
I noticed most people here seem to be used to doing everything
in a particular and never changing way to get consistent looking
Instructables no matter the topic.
But flexibility these days is what makes forums come alive through the user.
Check any good forum with a decent userbse that uses VB or or other dedicated forum software and you know what I mean ;)
I feel I am still in the early times of computers when it comes to this
website: You find a workaround to a problem you should not have just to
keep going LOL
No offence meant in any way here!

Woahhh boy... You are throwing me right in the deep end! :)

I hear what you are saying about the lack of communication regarding site changes and updates. Part of the reason I am here is to work on having a more proactive dialogue with community members such as yourself.

I do know a new Community landing page is somewhere on the horizon. This should make it easier for us to better communicate changes, and highlight interesting posts. That said, I am not sure the timeline for that off the top of my head.

To be honest, I believe that a lot of the things you are requesting are in the works. But... it is Sunday night here, and none of my coworkers are going to respond to me about any of this until at least tomorrow. Let me investigate and see what I can report back.

Sorry! Really! But you asked ;)
But it is nice to at least get some feedback back and know things are actually happening!

welcome back Randy

Hi Randy!

I am a Newby, but I know you! Thank you for your classes!

No worries. Glad you enjoyed them. :)

Yay, he's back!

Are you still in NYC, working remotely?

Yeah. Working from NYC. It's much more civilized over here.

You're the first person I've heard refer to New York as "civilised"...

Our crime rate was at an all-time low last year... And as a culture we have refined the art of pizza, bagels, and pizza bagels...

Autodesk controls him via the cat next door.

So what DOES a "Community Manager" do ?

That's the million dollar question!

In the very immediate sense, audreyobscura and I are taking over the planning and management of contests. We also will be doing social media. Beyond that, it is still being ironed out, but you will be seeing us participating more around the site.

However, this site has always had Community Managers since January 2007! Largely the community management staff moderates the website. If you don't see what they are doing, then you are doing a good job! :)

Seamster has been in charge of the moderation team for the last few years.

That's the million dollar question!

Wow ! great pay rates too :-)

I was like "wow, this guy has 30 million views...how have I not seen him before". Now, I know :)

Been keeping a low profile for a while and not been posting too many projects. However, I have posted a bunch of classes over the last few years.

Those classes don't count towards my view count... No one seems to care when I cry foul ;)

I did not know Instructables had managers. I thought we were an anarcho-collective, and I am almost certain I did not vote for you.

Nonetheless, I welcome you back Randy! I wish you success with your managerial endeavors, and am hopeful the yoke of your leadership will rest lightly on all our shoulders.

Also I wish you luck with your other projects too. You've got an impressive collection of published instructables, so it's obvious that other projects, like making things, and explaining how to do it, is something you enjoy doing.


7 months ago

Hi always thought you were a west coast man... Welcome back married person :-)

I used to regularly park my car blocks away on a major Chicago street in Blizzards that locked whole neighborhoods in deep white for days at a time...

Now in Reno high and dry .. .. so far..

Originally from the east coast. Ended up on the west coast by accident (sorta).

Well hello there, good sir!

Well, welcome back to where everybody knows your name...wait, who are you? again?

Congrats on the nuptials, my invite must have been lost in the mail like the Halloween card... And if you are back on the East Coast, you were probably buried by the blizzard and shoveling out the snow like me.


Thanks :)

I considered going to dig my car out a few hours ago, then thought really hard about going outside, and decided against it. I'm hoping the arctic gusts over the next few days will just clean my car off for me.

Make sure you get a spot on the left hand side of the street so you don't get plowed in by the trucks. And apologies if that was your car I buried by throwing all the snow I shoveled, it may have looked like my neighbor's car.

I learned my lesson about that last year, but really the guy from NY1 reminded me to do that yesterday.

I tried putting emojis in my post, but it would seem like our forums might not support them? Believe you me, I will be investigating this!

OMG if the editor started allowing emojis I would melt. Maybe if we get enough people stating their importance to providing excellent feedback on projects.....