Instrucables that don't actually give instructions...

So I assumed that the purpose of this site was to provide guides and instructions for people to be able to do/make the things that the Instructables are about.  Am I wrong in this assumption?  If I go to an Instructable for "make your own SLR camera from scraps around your home", I expect to find instructions on how to make what the post is about, not a video of some guy saying "I'm not going to give you any instructions, tips, or hints, but I've posted a video of me making one myself without any explanation, and you can watch that."

A video of someone making something with absolutely no explanation, tips, hints, help, or instructions isn't really an Instructable, is it?

I'm asking because of this post: https://www.instructables.com/id/7FT-Gundam-Ultimate-Papercraft-1/

The author of the post has posted a few pictures and a few videos that don't show anything besides him talking about why he made the project, and time-lapse videos of him putting it together.  In the videos, it actually shows him using the computer generated, printable files necessary to put the project together, which he didn't bother posting in the Instructable.  The entire post seems more like a brag posting of "Look what I can do" instead of being an actual Instructable, because there were no files provided to make your own, no instructions provided on how to do it yourself, no tips or anything.

I'm asking here because, when asked about it, the author of the post said (and I quote):
          visualspicer (author) says:
          Please forward your complaints to the staff of Instructables.com who personally invited me to post this project here in its current format.

So my question is: Is the staff of this website inviting people to come post Instructables without actually giving instructions for how to make the things they're posting about?  If this is the case, is this site going to degrade into just a bunch of bragging photos and video of people saying "look at the cool stuff that I made, but don't bother trying to make it yourself, because I'm not giving you the instructions."?

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There are different categories for sharing an instructable: Step-by-Step, Photo and Video. Each of these three has a specific purpose. A Step-by-Step is designed to allow people to share a detailed process of what went into creating something.

The Photo instructable on the other hand is more often used, and meant for, sharing something someone has made. Not everyone wants to take the time to create step by step instructions of every project they work on. In some cases, even though they don't want to tell how they built something, they're very proud of it and want to share it. This is a useful way of doing that.

If you click the "Submit" button in the upper right hand corner of the screen, you'll see descriptions of each type of instructable someone can post and what it's for.
I like to just look at things that people have made and just enjoy the fact that they are willing to share it with us, its great when there are tutorials, But just looking can give inspiration or just make you go WOW,
I thought my self that to publish something it had to be showing someone how to make it but this forum just helped me to realise this is not the case, I have just published something that I made, purely to share the idea with everyone, :)
7FT Gundam causing an Instructables uproar. Nice! :)

I'm amazed at how much time some people are willing to invest into these pointless discussions rather than actually making stuff to inspire the community...
Seems like there's a lot of that.
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I don't see any problem. It's pretty cool, he's probably too exhausted from making the thing to write any instructions ;)

Any one who's bothered to write an instructable, will know that although rewarding, the process can be very time consuming (and tedious when you keep getting asked the same questions over and over years after you published the guide)

The author doesn't have to post instructions.
Libahunt5 years ago
I wanted to add that in my opinion the creations uniqness should be respected even here, where the main goal is to teach.

Not every project is meant to be copied. That doesn't mean one shouldn't show them off on this site. Insisting PDF-s of this one is too obtrusive.

The author of the Gundam has not provided list of tools in the instructable, but he is politely answering all questions about them in comments. I think that is OK for first 'ible, if he writes next one, he will already know to include them in advance, I hope.


I have seen at least another one person in past few weeks compaining in comments of an photo instructable about lack of instructions. If this problem is wider, maybe the team should consider making distinctive formats or categories (and rules for using them) for 'ibles with and without precise instructions. So that one could select an rss feed or browse them separately if he wishes.

I myself appreciate the "just for inspirations" 'ibles very much.
When you hit the "Subscribe" tab, you get simple guidelines on the uses of the various kinds of Instructable, plus we have more detailed instructions for anybody who wants them.

The author of this topic is ignorant of the purposes of the various types of instructable, having yet to get as far as clicking the "Submit" tab in four years of membership.
lemonie5 years ago
It's all page-hits, they've never been overly bothered...

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Kiteman5 years ago
The site has always had the prime motivation of instruction, but it has also always had a place for people showing what they have done as well.

Sometimes the author has just discovered the site, and wants to show off what they made before the discovery.

Sometimes the process cannot be repeated, thanks to unique conditions or resources.

In these cases, slideshow instructables are absolutely fine.

As for the Gundam suit, why can't staff invite people to post their projects?

Think about it: they see the suit in its finished form - do they invite the Maker to show off what he has already spent many, many hours constructing, or do they demand that he build a whole new suit and take photos as he goes?

Think further: the suit receives a positive response, and the Maker publishes his next construction with more details.

Or, maybe, the suit is welcomed with sniping and sarcasm, and the Maker goes elsewhere with his creations, telling all his friends how ungrateful they are over on that instructables site?

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