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Schematics please. Answered

I wish Instructables would show circuit diagrams (schematics) of their projects electrical circuits. I hate trying to figure it out from the photos. We are big boys and can understand schematics.

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

Also, some people just want to show off their work and don't really think about schematics.

I too noticed over the time that some instructables are not much more than a show and tell of the author's work with little chance to re-build the project with the supplied infos.

One nice way of addressing this general issue would be to have categories for an instructable, something that clearly shows the intention of a project.

For example "build it", "check this out", "just information", "not complete".

It can be quite frustrating if you find something interesting here but can really use it because it is not complete...

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KitemanDownunder35m

Reply 4 years ago

"build it", "check this out",

They are the point of the site (were you aware the site's tagline used to be "The World's Largest Show and Tell"?)

"just information",

This should be a forum topic.

"not complete".

This shouldn't be an instructable, unless you are documenting a specific skill or technique that you were using at that particular time. "Incomplete" can be a reason to flag a posted project.

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Downunder35mKiteman

Reply 4 years ago

So you are saying the users should flag instructables they find incomplete or have problems following through with it?
I think this would require some action from the leaders here too as the way I see it most users are not even aware about the flag function - certainly not those just visiting here through Google or similar links.

IMHO the comment section needs a revamp as well.

It is just a pain to search through a long list of comments to find the latest and even harder to get them into any good context.

A structure like in a normal forum would be much better for suited for the purpose.

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KitemanDownunder35m

Reply 4 years ago

If they are incomplete, yes, flagging is an option (flag clicks get reviewed by humans, so if you get it wrong there's no harm done). The flag button is there at the top of every project, as big as any button. Most people who have used the internet to any extent know that flag buttons exist, and how to find them.

If there are instructions, but you're having trouble following them, then the best first option is to leave a question or request for clarification in the comments.

You don't need to search for the latest comment - the most recently-active comment thread gets bumped to the top of the list.

As far as I can see, the comments are structured like a "normal" forum, and better than those on many very popular sites (such as the BBC or Daily Mail). They used to be indented further with every response, like most of the early-days forum web sites, but the back-and-forth nature of the comments quickly reduced the end comments to columns of single letters.

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Downunder35mDownunder35m

Reply 4 years ago

Not to mention the still ongoing problems with actually making a comment....

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Kiteman

4 years ago

That's down to the individual authors - if there's a particular project you want to see a schematic for, leave a request in the comments of that project.