I don't know why it hasn't been done before...

Just had to make a group for the terrible instructables. If you've ever felt the urge to point out a lame instructable, here's the place to do it. Feel free to post nominations in here. Of course, it's hard to follow the "be nice" policy with something like this. Really, though, if the instructable was that bad, the instructor usually didn't actually care to do it well. If they did try, and it just turned out bad, then they can still be added. Including a few tips on their page to encourage improvement wouldn't be a bad thing to do. Mostly, though, this is for those really terrible instructables that really should be deleted. Something like "Make light from matches. Instructions: Go to a dark room and light some matches." Have at it.

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I think this forum is a bad idea.
DJ Radio8 years ago
you better take out the one by coolz because he never added it there!
I think that's the point. Anyways, coolz can take it out himself, if he so pleases.
no, no

'I'm' coolz
Exactly my point.
well, I can't remove it because the ible was published on a deleted account that I can't get into, and I don't own the group
So don't worry about it.
well, that is an insult, you know. nobody insults me and gets away with it
It is?
Care to explain further?
well, this group says that basically every ible there is terrible. that is not constructive criticism, but negative criticism
"If they did try, and it just turned out bad, then they can still be added. Including a few tips on their page to encourage improvement wouldn't be a bad thing to do."
well i still think the group is offensive and should be deleted
You had no opinion about the group until your project turned up in it. The group (and this thread) was fading away until you revived it, dragging the whole Coolz business back into the light of day.

Two choices - just put up with it, or PM Boris, explain what you want and ask nicely, this time without waving around threats you have no power to follow up.

See, I told you I'd be watching.
BorisTheSpider (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
I'm not particularly sorry to say I removed myself from this group. Not positive if I can eliminate it totally, but I would if I could. Regardless, it's a silent reminder of some things that may be better left silent. Still obnoxious that I keep getting messages when someone posts though. :/
If you go to the group itself, and you are the author of the group, there should be a admin button "manage this group". Click that, and then there are a set of option to the left of the page, one of which is to delete the group. As for the messages, then doesn't that serve you right for starting it in the first place?
BorisTheSpider (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
Indeed. In my defense, I was hoping the community could take a little tongue-in-cheek humor. Regardless, should have realized it would eventually devolve. Ah well, I'll see about deleting the group now...
i'll pass.........that ible did get the admin message
Kiteman: He's the hero that Instructables deserves, but not the one it needs right now. And so we'll hunt him, because he can take it, because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a dark knight.
That gives me an idea for an Instructable.

I just happen to have a sheet of birch-faced plywood as well...
I'm curious...
So I've heard ;-)
Tell me! Tell me!
how's this for horrible?
It takes away from the effect when you talk about your own instructables as horrible...especially when you meant them to be that way.
hey! i didn't mean for it to be bad, just incredibly simple, i think the pictures were good... i was bored, and i wanted to get a feel for making instructables.
You included in the ible that you wasted two minutes if their time. You also referred to it as useless.
"i wanted to get a feel for making instructables" (above comment)
That doesn't make it good. You referred to it as useless and a waste of time. By default, that makes it bad.
were just saying the same things over and over again, how about i pretend you told me i was right, and you pretend that i told you thast you were right. everybody wins! deal?
oops, bad spelling, i rushed.
Can we nominate out own, if so who decides if it's worthy, I'd like to nominate my first instructable...


It's really absolute tripe, have a look before you agree, then agree...
i agree, then i looked, is that bad? P.S. how do i find you on chatroom?
i've just not been in the chatroom lately that's all...
no, no, no, i ment i don't know your username, or what chatrooms you're in, i need some info
Don't give him anything. I'll tell you when its time.
Bumpy it'll have to change, radio found it and I already know how... The referrers bit in 'ibles, out recent ones all have referrals from there because we linked to them.
OMG! Your right! hush hush!
I'll set up that password protected page?
please, and get in the old one, b/c cam and I are in
i need some info, please...

But seriously my first ibles blew like the wind...
at least I managed to have good photos from the get go...
you should post an 'ible on how to do that, cuz it's amazing what you can do with a cell phone camera...
that camera was a fuji S5600... not a bad camera, till it got stolen, the beer bottle lamp was done with a cell cam...
i was talking about the beer bottle lamp... YOU COULD MAKE AN 'IBLE!!!
I'm actually writing it now, liked that idea working away at it now, prolly publish by tonight....
GREAT!!! send me a link
Thats true.
Kiteman bumpus7 years ago
LOL, my first ible had no photos at all!
bumpus Kiteman7 years ago
BorisTheSpider (author) 8 years ago
I would just like to say - I do know now why it hasn't been done before. In some basic cleanup, I found some real gems of instructables (I mean that in a non-sarcastic way). I suppose everyone just has a different idea as to what a bad ible is. Ultimately, the reason it's not a genius idea to have this group isn't the blanket reasoning of "hurt feelings" so much as gross mislabeling and potential, strong arguments. It was supposed to be in good fun, but I guess that's too much to expect. As such, I don't want this dark spot on my own profile. But don't worry - we'll always have "Broken Jar"
Yeah, this is exactly why The Powers That Be have removed negative ratings from the system. Sometimes the projects that are a little controversial get hammered with negative ratings, even though many people feel they are excellent instructables.

I would be in favor of deleting this group, if that is an option. It doesn't really contribute to our little community, or even to the overall quality of the instructibles - positive criticism is a far better tool for that.

Can authors even delete their own Groups? I know you can delete your own Instructables and forum topics...
DJ Radio Patrik8 years ago
yes, they can
. There's a Delete option under Group Management of a group I started. I'm too chicken to click it. :)
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hows this for horrible?

i was bored... i was also going to make a group called pointless instructables until i saw this...
xACIDITYx8 years ago
Add the Christian Instructable.
Aar000n3y8 years ago
Here's another one to add to the collection...

Doctor What8 years ago
BorisTheSpider (author)  Doctor What8 years ago
I don't know why, but it seems I'm not able to add instructables to groups anymore. Is there a limit o how many you can add or something. Also, being a member, can't you add it?
yes, i probly can, but it's your group, so i figured i'd nominate, not add.
uhh, gots meself a problem... i can't figure out how to add anything.
BorisTheSpider (author)  Doctor What8 years ago
Yeah, same here. Not sure why, though. Oh well, feel free to add one if you see one (and if it allows you). I only ask that you stray from adding K'nex instructables. Reason being, everyone already knows they're bad.
kinda figgured that, i saw one yesterday that was knex, but that wasnt the problem. it had a picture with "make this" and "do what it says", referring to an instruction booklet.
BorisTheSpider (author)  Doctor What8 years ago
Oh, that sounds terrific.If you find that one again, try to keep track.Maybe we can add after we figure out what's going on with the add feature.
ok thats one..hey these things are made in britain..I lived in "the land of the mad" for years and i never saw them...
no one seems to have a definitive answer to the other question ;-)
two questions... off topic of course.. who or what is aqueel monohan? and what is an altoid? in a tin or out....
Altoids (link) are advertised as "curiously strong mints".
Doctor What8 years ago
i sent a bug about being able to add instructables to groups, but i don't know if it will do any good.
Goodhart8 years ago
Mostly, though, this is for those really terrible instructables that really should be deleted. Something like "Make light from matches. Instructions: Go to a dark room and light some matches."
Have at it.

Maybe the worst one would be how to make a topic about the worst one ? LOL
yay, goodhart, you made it here too!!!
ur not following are you?...
correction, ur not following me are you?...
I don't follow people, they just tend to walk out in front of me LOL
BorisTheSpider (author)  Goodhart8 years ago
Fair enough. lol
guyfrom7up8 years ago
my opinion (remember, just my opinion!) is that all knex instructables stinks
BorisTheSpider (author)  guyfrom7up8 years ago
Yeah, but they've already got a group that collects all of those. If I could, I'd just incorporate that entire group as one entry. Nah, I don't think they're that bad, they just take themselves a little bit too seriously. Like they refuse to acknowledge that they're just building some kids' toys. But, whatever, to each his own, I suppose.
still, the fact that there is a group of people dedicated to lego guns is pretty lame. i know that people have strange tastes, but it still seems bland to me.
BorisTheSpider (author)  Doctor What8 years ago
Well, now, Lego guns - that's another story. Heh, actually, making an instructable on building a completely pointless toy from building toys is...well..pointless. At least the Lego people have mindstorms and build more than just silly guns. Maybe if they used the whole thing for some mechanical project, or electrical experiment...I dunno. Building toys are great tools and should be used for innovation - not silly little trinkets.
yay legos pwn knex
knex are just legos on acid.
maybe if a knex device actually did something, like the wii bowling thing, that was pretty cool.
halle freaking luja. i hate those.
Doctor What8 years ago
This is way off topic, but i'm going to say it anyway. i was wondering if anyone here wanted to join aqueel monohan group. there are only three people now, and i want it to get huge. go to the group for details.
trebuchet038 years ago
Funny that you put one of Tim's projects in there... I mean, he is the inventor of the 3D printer :p I guess that's just not enough to earn any respect points :p It's better to look at the positives -- it's kinda like stopping to smell the roses, but instead you went lower and smelled the manure compost around them...
BorisTheSpider (author)  trebuchet038 years ago
Oh, come on. He put his mouse on his laptop. I mean, kudos for whatever else he's done. But come on, an instructable for setting your mouse on your laptop?
it might have been a good instructable if he modified the space especially for the mouse, like put some cloth down for traction. it's just an idea, not a project.
So, your argument against it...

come on

There's no argument to counter :p In any case, I stand by what I said - if you stop to smell the roses, but smell the manure instead - all you're going to see is crap... In any case, it's obvious the majority of the community doesn't support this garbage - you're still the only group member.
BorisTheSpider (author)  trebuchet038 years ago
Well, I'm more than prepared to be flamed. Not gonna hurt my feelings any. Besides, take a look at his ibles. I haven't read each one yet, but judging by the ones I have looked at, I'd guess he has a sense of humor. Sounds like something others around here could use :p
You guys should look to Kiteman's Zeroth law:
You will exchange information with instructables until the knowledge of both is equal

At the time Tim posted that -- we didn't have forums. If someone did that today -- it'd make a great forum topic, rather than an ible.
I'm surprised "Broken Jar" isn't in there yet :-P
BorisTheSpider (author)  whatsisface8 years ago
Ask and you shall receive. Thanks for the nomination. I actually sent Tim a message asking if we could use one of his photos for the group. One of the broken jar phoos would be smashing, I think. I assume he has a sense of humor and probably wouldn't get offended.
Doctor What8 years ago
you got a great group here. it's like instructable hell. Please consider mine, led belt. failed idea, turned failed instructable
BorisTheSpider (author)  Doctor What8 years ago
Good enough idea. And it did, in fact, work. Since at least one person (you) came out knowing more than at the onset, I'd say it was a success. Kudos.
Lftndbt8 years ago
I noticed you added your Instructables.... Are you just after extra coverage on them? Or do you actually think your own idea's stink??