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Published Instructables never appear - spam filter bug

Without fail, every instructable I publish gets stuck in the Instructables spam filter. Now some might consider my Instructables to be spam, but it's a real pain to put a lot of effort into an instructable, and never see it make it through to official published status. I always have to send a PM to @jessyratfink to ask her to release the Instructable from the filtering system. It would be awesome if whatever it is that is causing my Instructables to be tagged as NGFI (Not Good For Instructables), be corrected. That way I would not have to bug @jessyratfink every time I hit the publish button!

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Capsos1 year ago

Yeah my post for "How to make a Hobo Oven" isnt showing up :(

it takes a little bit for the site to update with recently published instructables

mtairymd2 years ago

I'm having the same issue. I published on Friday but I still don't see my instructable. It could be due to the "weekends off" policy - not sure.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Water-Rocket-Proje...

mikeasaurus2 years ago

You don't have to bug anyone. We review every single Instructable that gets stuck in the filters multiple times a day. If you think you've been caught just give it a little time, you'll be out before you know it.

Remember, we take weekends off. If you're stuck over the weekend we're not going to be able to review it until the next working day.

MidnightMaker (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago

Weekends off? What's that?!

Seriously though the spam filter is not working correctly. It would be great if someone could fix it. I know there are probably a zillion other priorities but to cause an impedance barrier to the people who create the content for the site is maybe something to look at.

Just saying!

We do keep an eye on our filters and if something is catching more legitimate Instructables than spam, it is removed. There is A LOT of spam that comes through that we catch before you guys even see it. We'll try to keep an eye on anything that might be catching your projects and evaluate their usefullness in catching spam.

MidnightMaker (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago

Thanks! One thing to consider is that after a certain number of instructables, a user is trusted and the filtering becomes less extreme. Kiteman explained to me via PM that spammers will create multiple low quality instructables to circumvent this, but a Time/Featured/Views/Favorites approach looking at the body of work of the submitter could work for this. For a time based approach, after more than 1 Instructable in a week, the second runs through the full spam filtering process.

I do know that this is a difficult topic and solutions are not straightforward. Globally, the amount of computing power that gets wasted dealing with spam is astronomical. I'm sure there would be a net reduction in CO2 emissions if spam was no longer present!

How do you know it's broken?

Can you give a link to a project or two that was caught?

MidnightMaker (author)  Kiteman2 years ago

Yes, here are some URLs to ones that got caught. If there are words to avoid, styles to change etc. to avoid getting hung up in the filter, it would be great information to have!

https://www.instructables.com/id/8-ft-Room-Organize...

https://www.instructables.com/id/Bluetooth-Speaker-...

https://www.instructables.com/id/Spray-Gun-Stand/

I have no idea why the first got caught. For the others, sed my PM.

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