Terrible Instuctables

Hi all -- I know one of the cultural things about Instructables is that we are supposed to keep it positive, and I love that about this site.

Also: I am not talking here about Inctructables written by non-English speakers or those not yet adults -- everyone has a huge safe zone as far as I'm concerned when it comes to learning how to write and create an instructable.

What I am very concerned about is the recent rash of posts which are, if we are honest, promotional videos for other sites or spammy one-step posts which are of no help at all when it comes to building an actual project.

Is there any thought about policing the site for these sort of non-value-added submissions?

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Mindmapper12 years ago

I agree there are lots of completely pointless ibles which dont actually give any instructions. Equally there are quite a lot of nasty comments when someone posts supportive corrections or suggestions. There needs to be an effective way of blocking these or having the comments removed. Ultimatley the poster needs to be warned and if necessary banned from the site as it is spoiling it for others.

Nasty comments can be flagged as "not nice" in the bottom right corner of each comment. Staff will take a look at the flagged comments and delete them if they are indeed in violation of the "be nice" policy.

knife1412 years ago

I feel the same way about the "how to drink a glass of water" type of instructables.

TheFrankTurk (author)  knife1412 years ago
As the author of a "how to draw a 5-point star" tutorial, I am either part of the problem or part of the solution.

Kiteman2 years ago

Apart from an efficient set of spam filters, the site is reactively moderated by its very interactive membership (of which you, clearly, are a part).

If you see an instructable that is spam, then hit the flag button at the top-right of the page. The project will not disappear instantly, but it will be reviewed by a member of staff. If you think you need to explain your reason for flagging, make a polite note of your concerns in the project's comment section, then flag your own post as inappropriate - the staff will read your post, and act as required.

TheFrankTurk (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
That's actually a very helpful piece of feedback. Thanks much for your help!