Down to One Modest Proposal for the Instructables Site
Proposal 1: ***Addition***I seem to be the only one who feels this way, so it's probably a problem with my perceptions and not a real problem. So, unless someone else decides this is a problem too, I withdraw the suggestion. Originally it was that we not discuss politics or religion on the site, enforced by squid labs.
Proposal 2: Assigned Group Contest. I'll explain: I've tried posting forum topics that somewhat unite the community following divisive posts (Heal the World, what's your favorite book, Maxims to live by, etc.) Allowing everybody to share things that they enjoy helps a little with unity. However, something that works even better(!) is collaboration. Heal the World failed at that. So this proposal would require people to sign up and be assigned to a group by Squid Labs, given strict limits on goals and resources, etc and let loose. Also, I think a leader ought to be assigned by squid labs, just like if you want to get anything done in the real world. The main point of the contest would be to build trust in the community and have fun, so the prizes might need to be well-thought out and mailable.
Nothing builds trust like working together towards a common goal.