Good Manners

There has been a shift to much younger children on this great site,  kids who think that we who provide answers to their impossible dreams, are free site service robots  just for them.  ( Not leaving out a great many grateful individuals ! )

A lot of these kids believe we are clairvoyant about their specifics, some behave with poor street manners.

My grand kids are being raised with good manners including respect.

I hope you, with your children, here and other countries can avoid the,  throw_away_attitude mindset.

Speaking for myself, I would happily welcome being recognized a living human resource more often... A Thank you is as pleasing a response as a BA...

I even get along with Violators of thermodynamic laws..

There are individuals cutting your text, Keep your Guard-Up !

Regards and Thank You for reading my rant,


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Yonatan241 year ago

By bad manners, Do you mean "swearing" or not saying "thank you"? I guessing it's more like swearing...

I think Iceng means the same as I do:
Kids and people with really no brain take over the forums with useless questions.
99% can be answered with the first few Google hits, the rest is impossible to answer as no details are provided.
Example: Can I run my LED strip directly from a battery?
Hmm... What strip, what battery, how long??

Don't get me wrong, I do like helping out and providing a solution if possible but lately it feels like we are supervisors in a child care center.
Just check how many questions are marked as answered.
then check how many similar questions you find that never eve see a replay from whoever started the topic.

This is spamming up the forum sections!
For me it is very hard to understand why someone can register here and a minute later start posting useless crap.
Write an Ible or be a member for at least a month - up to that moment every posting in the forum should be moderated and only be allowed to show up in the forum if it makes sense and is of interest to the community.
Instructables is about making things, not to replace Google for little kids.
But it seems the numbers for "members" are more of interest than keeping the website clean ;)

Yep, I agree with you, 99% of the questions can be answered by Google. Sometimes, For example, I don't know how and what words to type my question into Google... (but that's very rare)

Let's not start about "Is the K'nex community dead?" ...

I agree using Google (or any good search engine for that matter) requires that the person asking is able to define search terms.
I have seen it many times when teaching our older generation how to use the internet and Email that they do know what they want to find but they are unable to put it in the right words.
If you want to build a kite but prefer to get some instructions and maybe even detailed plans, the DUP might try this:
"I want to build a kite, need plans"
Of course he will be spammed by endless results where people went a step further (like they love to do here) and asked this in a forum or blog.
Knowing a bit how the web works and he might try this:
"Kite plans build tutorial" - replace tutorial with instructions or similar...
Of course if he already knows what he really wants, has never built a kite before and on top would like to see some videos about it:
"Easy delta kite plans download"
This way he will get a lot of results that should be a near perfect match.
When the "download" is removed and clicks on the "video" tab in the results he also finds instructions to watch and in some cases with a link in the disciption with further info.

I guess it would make sense to show a pop up that needs to be confirmed when a user makes his first posting here.
Something to remind him to first perform a Google search and only to ask a question if he/she can supply all the infos someone with no clue about needs to get a good picture.
We might have stoped the spammers (or the code monkeys did) but I see an endless amount of useless questions as spam as well.
Especially if the person asking never returns - which would indicate we have been too slow and the user used Google...

iceng (author)  Downunder35m10 months ago


Well said !

I don't know if I'm supposed to do this, But this is an example:

Google it: How to start a new Instructable- There are 1,470,000 results

Ok, Someone has answered your question, He might deserve a best answer for taking his time to write a question...

iceng (author)  Yonatan241 year ago

Bad manners are people who Never reply to polite requests for details, to help us answer their posed question and a thank you, is as nice as a BA...

In all my years, I only recall three people who were really Angry RUDE..

I even get along with die hard (never schooled in thermodynamics) perpetual_motion violators..

EdCharette11 months ago


blkhawk1 year ago

“It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.” ― Victor Cousin

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
Stephen Hawking

iceng (author)  blkhawk1 year ago

Albert Einstein

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