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Pro Feature Suggestion LIST Answered

There currently seems to be a lot of threads suggesting ideas and discussing how they could or couldn't work. I thought I'd compile a list of all of these with links to their discussions so pro users could see what has already been suggested and yell out their support for ideas they like. Later when we've heard back from the ibles team perhaps the following list could be sorted into categories of how likely it is these changes will be made.

In no particular order:

1) User Online Status by Kiteman - allow pro users to see who's currently online
2) Auto Currency Convertor by Jayefuu - automatically convert currencies after users have set their currency of choice
3) Time Zones by Jayefuu - allow users to set their time zones in their profiles so ibles, forum topics and answers use times that actually mean something to them.
4) PM Subscribers - by Kiteman - allows Pro users to notify their subscribers when they publish a new ible.
5) Favourited by - by mikeasaurus - Pro members can see who's added their instructable to their favourites list.

Please post links to topics I've missed and I'll add them to the list above. I'm sure Eric and the team have their own list of suggestions we've made, but it'd be nice for us to keep track of what's what.


I would like to have a better way to organize my favorite list to keep simular things like 'LED' instructables or 'arduino' instructables, etc grouped together instead of one big long list.

some other features I think would be awesome:
  • See who has featured an instructable (currently only viewable to the author)
  • Visible 'vote count' for instructables entered into contests (Author only)

I think they keep 1 secret on purpose, and two is already implemented. :)

You can see how many votes an ible has by voting for it, then it displays the total votes for it. Then unvote if you were just curious.

And I agree... some FT members don't want to be known as FT, as you might get hassled if people know you are capable of putting their ible on the front page :D

Or view the ible on the member's page, or the contest page.

vote count:
a 'vote count' viewable on your 'member' page is not the same as viewable from your 'you' page, also there was no vote counter last I checked on the contest page either. Again you can sort by vote, but it doesn't show a count.

However upon further thought I'm not so sure it's such a good idea anymore. I had originally thought to mention it because I wanted to see the data/ Now I think that by showing it you'd encourage a nasty habit of people voting for the first instructable they see, instead of reading them first (further reading:here and here)

not sure harassment is a reason not to disclose your role in this community, no more than these people. Shouldn't that come with the territory? FT members should be accountable for what they promote, If someone asks why a project is not featured (a question asked many times here before) you could link to any of these, or answer in person to what makes it worthy in your eyes. Either answer you're enhancing the content on this site, isn't that what it's all about?

lol if its in no particular order why did you number them? but yea all links should lead to my profile..

Here's another suggestion to consider:
When you browse the forums you are presented with the 'category' list, from here you can see who the last post was from, and a hyperlink to follow directly to it (shown on left side of screen cap.).
However, when you select your category and look at the 'topics' it shows who made the last post not no hyperlink to follow (shown on right side of screen cap.)

If anything the option to follow the 'last post' should be given once inside the category selected when choose which thread to follow. The reasons this would be an area of interest to solve is due to the amount of possible topics inside any given category, and the 'last post' on just the category doesn't show what topic it was posted on.

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from another thread, I was asked to repost my comment here:

"it would also be awesome to see a list of who has selected your instructable(s) as a 'favorite'."

Thanks. Updated the first post :) For future reference, how to I get the link to a comment? I had to get it by looking in the email, I cannot see anywhere in the comment the link to it.

if you're talking about following a link to another thread and having it jump directly to your comment, I believe there is an alphanumeric code associated with each comment on each thread.

The only way I know how to 'jump' right to it is by looking on your 'my profile' to all the comments you've made, then follow the link. Once at the desired thread the address bar gives you your typical url followed by the tread name, but the last bit of it will be something like "#CK7JXJRFXR6Y8GT" (that's what my comment came up as).
Copy, then just insert that in the hyperlink field of the 'link' button.

This is what you were referring to, right? :)


8 years ago

Big fan of numbers 1, 3, and 5.

Another good pro feature would be to show them how many referrals their ibles had had from each site.

Not necessarily a "pro" feature, but just displaying the nationality of the questioner in the answers column, so that the advice we give can be nation specific if possible.

Self declared. Its only to make sure that if an American asks a question about electronic parts, I don't send him to Maplin, and if a Brit answers I don't send them to Radio Shack kind of thing - and there are some legal things that aren't the same here and there.

But I've declared "Yorkshire UK", I guess they could pick "UK" out of that.. L

I need to buy more patches please

need? That is something I think they were intending upon doing.


Yes :0) because there are so many excellent ibles, and I like to send authors positive recognition. I have sent most of the patches that came with my membership. Let me try again..."May I please purchase more patches?" Sheesh...Please see Definition # 2; Hopes this clarifies my intention.
Use need in a Sentence
–noun 1. a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.
2. a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary: to fulfill the needs of the assignment.
3. urgent want, as of something requisite: He has no need of your charity.
4. necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case: There is no need to worry.
5. a situation or time of difficulty; exigency: to help a friend in need; to be a friend in need.
6. a condition marked by the lack of something requisite: the need for leadership.
7. destitution; extreme poverty: The family's need is acute.

–verb (used with object) 8. to have need of; require: to need money.

–verb (used without object) 9. to be under an obligation (used as an auxiliary, typically in an interrogative or in a negative statement, and fol. by infinitive, in certain cases without to; in the 3d pers. sing. the form is need, not needs): He need not go.
10. to be in need or want.
11. to be necessary: There needs no apology.

—Idiom12. if need be, should the necessity arise: If need be, I can type the letters myself.

Maybe pro members should be awarded +1 patch to give away for every best answer they give. Though the problem with that would be people making questions and answering themselves to get more patches. Perhaps other users could moderate whether it's spam or not by clciking a button by the best answer picture to verify that it's a genuine answer.

Too complicated. One per Featured Instructable? L

Or popular instructable. And as prizes with the instructables tshirt and stickers you get.

And how do I add a link to this little comment conversation to the above thread?

Yippee that would give me one more patch to give away

sorry, I seem not to be able to get anything put together good enough to be featured....the one that was, I didn't have to put anything together :-)


8 years ago

I'd like to see a dynamic 'just submitted' feed. Digg used to have one, as a user posted it floated to the top of the list for people to see and gradually got pushed down. That way you can just sit there and watch the instructables arrive as they post. Then again, that'd be nice to see even if you weren't paying for the privilage.

All very good suggestions, I particularly like the online status bit. I think a counter that tally's all your total instructables views and adds them up, doing it with a calculator takes alot of time :P Another suggestion is have a link to my profile pop-up on the screen whenever the user moves their mouse, everyone benefits !! :D

Ooh, I like the publish notification. A checkbox on the "Share your Instructable" page would be just right.

'course I'm all about self promotion (coughauthorbioscough)

I like Kiteman's unit conversions, though Google pretty much covers all my unit, time, and currency conversion for when I need it.

I think you've overlooked time - having a GMT conversion would be good?


Currency converter? I can't see a need for that.

However, there may be a desire for a "tools & data" page - convert metric to imperial sizes, tables of relative sizes (paper etc), calculation tools for connecting resistors & capacitors in series & parallel, and things like Quertyboy's 555 calculator.

Regarding time-zones, contests & what-not need a single time-zone for reference. Maybe users could simply be labelled "+2" or "-8" etc as part of the username.

I somewhat disagree, while a full blown currency converter might be a bit much there is definitely merit to the suggestion. Though I don't believe it is the responsibility of the admin to provide that service, the onus is on the author to provide an easy conversion into a more 'standard' currency, let's face it..American dollars. I think the same applies to measurements.
A separate tool or page might be useful, however it will be a slippery slope. By that I mean that if you provide the service you will need to provide just about every conversion out there to satisfy the wide diversity of content that is (and will be) on this site. This service is already in place on external sites like onlineconversions.com. Though if this service is provided on this site it may attract people to use the service independently of the site, a possible way to generate more traffic and possibly new members. (just thinking out loud)

An easier time-zone standard gets my nod.