Writing an Instructable based on another Instructable - What's acceptable? Unacceptable?

If I learn to do something from someone else's Instructable, can I then write a more detailed/expanded Instructable about it? Hypothetical (and rather silly) example: Suppose that John Q. Ible is the author of an Instructable on "How To Make the World's Greatest Widget Out of Dryer Lint and Gum Wrappers." I read it, get enthused, and make a couple World's Greatest Widgets for myself. Although John's Instructable is pretty good, I find myself wishing that he'd had a few more steps detailing just how to combine the lint with the wrappers, that he'd said more about how adding toothpicks can make the W's Greatest W even Greater, and that he'd included a warning about walking and chewing gum at the same time (I escaped serious injury, but still... ). Is it okay to write my own Instructable with all the stuff I wish John's Instructable had included? Should I credit John in the Intro? Do I need to PM him with an offer to collaborate on the expanded Instructable? I'd be adding new, original material; but the whole thing would be based on John's idea & method - what's the etiquette on this sort of thing?

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ewilhelm8 years ago
Yes, absolutely. There are multiple right ways to do something. This is totally encouraged. Just link to the inspiring Instructable and show us your take on how to do it.
Gorfram (author)  ewilhelm8 years ago
Thanks :)
NachoMahma8 years ago
. Kiteman's Laws. Pay particular attention to Addendum to the Zeroth Law.
Gorfram (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
(Danger: Rant Ahead. Proceed with Caution (or hit "Page Down" key).)

For the love of Pete when he's sitting in the coal scuttle and crying out loud, how in the stark raving Dickens is a person supposed to find something like that???

I've read Instructables on writing Instructables until I could no longer tell them apart. I've read the links in the Instructables Robot's Greeting to Newbies on other peoples Orangeboards (his (her? its?) Welcome Wagon apparently having cracked an axle on the way to my "You" page (about which I am genuinely not especially bothered)). I've tried the "Search" box (it turns out that searching a site called "Instructables" for the term "instructables" is not very helpful in the way of targeted results). I've scanned any parts of the FAQ's (after I accidently stumbled across them) that seemed like they might be relevant. (I think there's also a Guide on Writing Instructables, and I've read everything it linked to; but at this point I can't remember for sure.)

I've even had a stab at reading the Works Of Kiteman, but was defeated by sheer volume.

Don't get me wrong, I like this site - I love this site. But (spoken through gritted teeth) It Just Can Be A Bit Frustrating Sometimes Trying To Find Stuff On it.
(I'm sure that the Sitemap would make it very easy to find things, but I haven't been able to find the Sitemap yet.)

(End of Rant. We now return you to normal civil discourse.)

Wow, thanks, NachoMahma! :) :) :)
That's a great link and very helpful, and I'd never have been able to find it on my own. :)
Kiteman Gorfram8 years ago
In my own defence, the Laws started as a joke - somebody else got the admins to rename my original topic.

They have proven popular, but are not an official site policy, so they aren't "stickied" anywhere.
Kiteman Kiteman8 years ago
(Volume? I've only written around 80 projects...)
Gorfram (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
(... and a just a few comments on projects other have written, an "Answer" or two, and the odd Forum comment here and there... ) (I'd try to put this into small font to match yours, but I'm really not up for finding stuff on this site just at the moment. :) You see, the thing is that standard actuarial tables indicate that I probably only have 40 or 50 more years of life expectancy; and, while devoting my remaining time on the planet to an attempt to read the Complete & Unabridged Works Of Kiteman would be a worthy and noble endeavor, someone around here has got to feed the cat from time to time....
Kiteman Gorfram8 years ago
Put a pair of commas before and after to make stuff small (see?)
Gorfram (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
Oooh, cool! (As George Carlin said) "Let's get small!" :)
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