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The Clinic // Get help with your instructables! Answered

Hello and welcome to the newest version of The Clinic!

If you have an instructable that's not getting the attention you think it deserves, post it in the comments below for honest feedback and suggestions to improve it from fellow authors and Instructables staff. We want to help you create the best instructables you can!

Curious about the basics of creating an instructable? Check out my FREE How to Write an Instructable Class! You can also read through our Featuring Checklist.

Posting a great instructable has many benefits, including:

  • More views
  • More comments and followers
  • Having your instructable Featured on the site
  • Having your instructable featured on our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Better chance to win contests
  • Driving traffic to your website

P.S. While I know the goal for any instructable is to get Featured, it's not the end goal here! We're sure to hand out features, but please keep in mind not every instructable is feature-worthy. Even the most popular authors have unfeatured instructables! Don't let it get you down - you're still amazing! :D

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tomatoskinsGagan jain

Reply 25 days ago

Your instructables look great! I featured your Holographic HUD. I think if you can take a clearer cover image on your Li-Fi project that would make it more descriptive for potential readers.

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Gagan jaintomatoskins

Reply 25 days ago

Thank you very much and I will surely update my LiFi instructables' cover photo

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mtairymdMr.Sanchez

Reply 4 weeks ago

Is there a reason you posted in two languages?

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CraftAndutaifur

Reply 5 weeks ago

I see you got your ible featured and it even won a second prize! I would that your ible is very well written and deserves the prize! Congratulations!
How did you end up getting it featured?

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CraftAndu

5 weeks ago

Hi guys!
Like many others I too have a problem with my 'ible. I usually put a looot of effort in my articles and so was it this time. I wrote a tutorial on how to craft a roll-top pannier from duct tape.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Roll-top-Pannier-...
My 29 previous articles have all been featured except for one that didn't but eventually won a runner-up prize in a contest.

But with my 30th article I am experiencing something strange. It took Instructables team 5 days to accept it into the Tape contest (okay, there was a weekend inbetween) and it didn't get featured at all. I am not talking about front page or anything- just in the category. It usually takes them less than a day to accept a new ible in a contest.

I know my article was not simple rip-off idea from Pinterest. I truly worked hard on this project and article. I think alot of people would actually benefit from knowing that stuff like this could be made from duct tape.

What do you guys think? Is my article really not that high quality to get a feature or is there some sort of error?
I would really appreciate your feedback!
Thanks!
Andu

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AussieAlf

6 weeks ago

Morning all,
Could you please give some constructive feedback on why my instructable wasn't featured.
I thought i covered all the basics to achieve this. Does the subject matter count in any way?
Insect homes are becoming very popular here and i would have thought in the USA and elsewhere in the worl as well.
Maybe general interest in this isn't what i had thought as i haven't had many hits, so guess that may be the issue.
Thanks,
Maurie
https://www.instructables.com/id/Insect-Hotel/

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StrangelyAmusingAussieAlf

Reply 6 weeks ago

Hi!
I really like this! Great pictures and documentation! It's an interesting idea but I have never heard of this up until today. For reference I live in the US South, Agriculture and gardening are big parts of our culture and I had never seen anything like this. I don't think the lack of attention has anything to do with your steps, it's just not something I've ever heard of and I grew up on a farm.

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AussieAlfAussieAlf

Reply 6 weeks ago

Hey o strange one,
sorry for the short reply this morning...had to go out.
I had a look at your instructable, and i can't see a problem with your communication skills and your power rack is a great idea if you can iron out the bugs. Don't know anything about arduino but would like to learn. I've seen some pretty cool stuff that people have made on this site.
A couple of minor typo's in step 8 at the very beginning (brake) and at the end (belt) but otherwise quite good.
Good luck with your construct.

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StrangelyAmusing

6 weeks ago

Hi all!
I'm new to Instructables(Like many people here I'm assuming) and while I wasn't featured it doesn't really bother me. Mainly, I would love to hear feedback on my instructable, I want to see how I can improve. I'm an undergraduate researcher in college, so I understand that proper communication isn't just a checklist, it is a practiced skill. Whether it's an Instructable on making a simple robot with an arduino or an instructable for a smart drone that registers faces, voice commands, and answers to the name Jarvis, it takes skill to properly communicate.
Communication has always been my weakness so i'll usually use humor to compensate(I'm an introvert with a comedic defense mechanism *Awkward silence......quick! Make them laugh!*
Thank you for any and all feedback!
https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controlled-Power-Rack/

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stoppi71

7 weeks ago

Hello! I'm a bit disappointed, that my article concerning a cheap infrared thermal camera https://www.instructables.com/id/Infrared-Thermal-...
hasn't been featured. Could someone of the community management team tell me a reason for that? Thank's for your efforts, cheers stoppi

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jewellerjon

8 weeks ago

I`d like to offer a project, I have some equipment down and need a PCI board to run a laser scanner very much the same principle as users Arduino and Sarduscan. Obviously i`ve messaged them but it could be years before they are back on this site. Are there any other geniuses out there?

laser scanner 1.jpg
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The Puma

2 months ago

Hello World!

I have just recently posted my Instructables for my Haptic Flute Teacher. I followed the list for creating a feature worthy Instructable, but in the end, it was not featured. It would be great if you could tell me how I could make this post and future ones better. https://www.instructables.com/id/Haptic-Flute-Tea...
Thanks!

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tomatoskinssjrocky

Reply 2 months ago

Your finished blanket is so cute! If you could make your list of abbreviations easier to read that would be awesome! Including images during your creation process will help others reproduce your work.

Keep up the great work! I can't wait to see what else you share.

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sjrockytomatoskins

Reply 2 months ago

HI! Thanks for the reply, sorry I didn't notice this till now, but I'm
on vacation. I'll see if I can find a better image of the abbreviations.
Unfortunately, when my wife made this, she didn't think to take
pictures along the way.

She did write down her steps though!

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mtairymdgocivici

Reply 2 months ago

I liked the idea and implementation. However, I had a hard time understanding your instructions. I think it was probably due to the choppy nature of the writeup. I personally like clear and logical steps. A block diagram or exploded assembly near the start would have helped. Also, more information on what you were building would have been useful. The short video cleared it up but I would have liked that as a supplement to the writing.

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mtairymdgocivici

Reply 2 months ago

No problem. BTW, based on your contest wins, I'm sure you know what you're doing :).

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tomatoskinscihato

Reply 2 months ago

Your instructable looks great! I see that it was even featured! Something that might help is a brighter less cluttered cover image.

Keep up the great work!

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TechMartian

3 months ago

Hello,

I posted this a couple of days ago in what I thought was probably one of my best work. It's simple allowing it to be reproducible yet have aspects of creativity and novelty.

I wanted to make a top-notch documentation by offering as much as I could all the lessons learned throughout the build. Since I'm always striving to learn from experts: here it is

Giant-Hulk-MiniFig-101-Scale-With-a-Twist

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jessyratfinkTechMartian

Reply 3 months ago

This is a fantastically documented instructable. I see it's been featured and we put it in the newsletter for today, too!

Your photos are clear, your writing is detailed and formatted nicely, and I love that you've added your files. The videos are a great touch too. :) I love the photo of Hulk before his chest plate has been added in step 13!

One thing you could do to take your final images above and beyond is to take them in natural lighting on a white or neutral colored background. That would make Hulk stand out so much more because his colors would be brighter. :D

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TechMartianjessyratfink

Reply 3 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. It wasn't really picking up in the first few days and I was worried that half the views were just me clicking on it to check if people are liking it. It looks like it got featured in both the newsletter and front page a few days later after posting it.

I guess the next step for me is to invest in some sort of light box for good photos if its at night time or if there's no natural lighting. I took in in with fluorescent lights (in one of the design spaces at school) so it's industrial lighting. Do you mean sunlight by natural lighting? I don't really know how to use my DSLR, so I rely on auto mode very heavily and it keeps turning on the flash for some reason.

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RobBest

3 months ago

Hi,
I think I made a simple but clever product. Easy to build and handy to use. It is my 'Sleep Enough Timer', see: https://www.instructables.com/id/Sleep-Enough-Time...
I followed all steps from the list. What did I miss that my Instructables is not featured?

Next to that I made another one which was featured which follows the same way of describing a project like the sleep enough timer but it did never appeared on the Homepage. Any idea why? It is this one:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Analog-Digital-Cl...

Thanks.