Not Liable name change

When we released categories in April my intention was to help people find more Instructables that fit their interests. We carefully chose eight categories that broadly represented the site, and encouraged cross-over by allowing Instructables to be in two categories. I imagined that the categories would change and grow with time: If we saw an influx of Instructables of a certain type that couldn't be accommodated by the sub-category keywords, we'd create a new category.

Not Liable was intended for all things that required a safety warning, and it was us thumbing our nose at our overly litigious society. I love the Not Liable category; many of the projects are inspiring, ridiculous, hilarious, and completely irreverent.

However, over the past few months it seems that the specific name Not Liable isn't a great fit for the Instructables that show up there. Also, the focus on caution, safety, and "I am not liable for your actions..." attracts two types (at least two, maybe more) of Instructables that aren't a great fit, and just shouldn't be there at all. First, there are the Instructables that require some discussion of safety, but safety isn't a defining characteristic. For example, if a project involves making a book shelf with a table saw, the author should mention that table saws require care, but this doesn't make it a Not Liable Instructable. On the other hand, safety is at the very core of an Instructable on breathing fire. Second, many people misunderstand the meaning of the name, and assume it's a category only for things that might be illegal or immoral. I firmly believe that information should never be illegal, but there are projects that will never make good Instructables, and some people interpret Not Liable as a call for those projects.

Also, Not Liable has always rubbed my aesthetic sense the wrong way: It's our only two-word category!

So, I propose to change the name of the category to better reflect the Instructables already there, and as a way to encourage more Instructables of the type we want. When we transition, we'll add a "Not Liable" keyword to various Instructables to seed a proper Not Liable sub-category.

So, give us a hand coming up with a new name, and tell us your thoughts.

Brainstorm of potential ideas:

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ewilhelm (author) 10 years ago
Thank you so much for your feedback. We debated here at Instructables for a long time, and have decided to go with "Offbeat." I think it's a great category name, encourages people to submit even the wackiest Instructables, and is easily understood. Look for the change in the very near future.
Brennn10 ewilhelm10 years ago
I love offbeat. Nice pick!
Kiteman10 years ago



NRA (standing for Not Really Advisable)?

If you had sound effects on buttons, it could make that backward-sucking whistle that mechanics make just before they tell you that the annoying little squeak is going to cost you three months' wages.
Goodhart Kiteman10 years ago
Oh I like Eclectic, or maybe Caveat ?
canida Goodhart10 years ago
I like caveat. Of course, I'm also a big fan of outre, which was voted down for similar reasons of insufficient understanding of vocabulary.
Goodhart canida10 years ago
I suppose you might say it was just "beyond them? ;-)
Kiteman Goodhart10 years ago
According to an online translator: "Maker Beware" is "Plasmator Caveo" "Beware of the Make" is "Caveo Planto" "Beware of the Task" is "Caveo Negotium" Just plain "Beware" is "Caveo" "Be Careful" is "Exsisto Curiosus"
VIRON Kiteman10 years ago
In Latin, they'll think it's all Magick. "to be" should be smaller than exsisto: Cogito ergo SUM.
Kiteman VIRON10 years ago
Maybe it really means "let carefulness exist"?
Goodhart Kiteman10 years ago
caveo, also sounds like it could be something that may send civilization as we know it, back to the caves *lol*
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