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Zeroth Law

If an Instructable exactly like yours has not already been posted, then you shall post your Instructable.

Addendum to the Zeroth Law

If your Instructable has an identical goal to a pre-existing Instructable, but achieves that goal by a different or improved route, or in a different style, then you shall also post your Instructable.

First Law

On the Instructables website, the use of correct English shall be a constant criterion.

Second Law

An unsuitable thread isolated from replies will descend the list into obscurity.

Addendum to the second law

Spam advertisers may be chastised through the Private Message system to prevent their thread's longevity.

Third Law

As the level of civility approaches absolute zero, the uselessness of an exchange of posts approaches infinity.

Knock yourselves out, chaps.


Addenda, following public request:
Notes on the Zeroth Law.
Notes on the First Law.
Notes on the Second Law.
Notes on the Third Law.

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People always get the Zeroth law invoked on them when they ask if such-and-such a project will be popular. So, I propose an Additional Addendum to the Zeroth Law: Invokation of the Zeroth Law does not imply a popular Instructable.
Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
...but it does imply a worthy Instructable.
My interpretation of the Zeroth law has always been that this is *not*, in fact, the case, given that the answer is "ALWAYS" yes.

After all, it says nothing about quality, merely that thou shalt post if an identical project does not exist (and if a similar-but-not-identical project is out there, the Second Law is invoked). I don't see how the Zeroth implies worthiness. :p
Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
Remember the original thread, all those years ago?

"The answer is (almost) always yes"
Ah, I forgot the (almost). :P

Hrmph. I suppose it is a interpretation best left to the Supreme Court of the Internet, or maybe just a matter of faith...
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Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
Zing! (Ouch!)
Goodhart10 years ago
Hmm, if that includes spelling, then is it good as it stands, but if only including grammar, then it is sometimes easier to read if the grammar is slightly off then ifn ta speelg is weigh off. I am not excusing poor grammar though. There are days when my head hurts so bad that I feel like setting off pyrotechnics inside my nose. Still it is good to do the best we can with what situation is presently distracting.
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart10 years ago
Personally, I consider "correct English" to include spelling as well as grammar, though I usually let Americanised spellings ("color" etc) slide by on the web these days.
Goodhart Kiteman10 years ago
Yeah, and most of the time it isn't that they do not know the proper spelling, it is just not "thought out"; a form of laziness.

Can you imagine how some that post online would type in the following?

Typing mistakes, here and there, are understandable, but if their spelling here is the way they spell at school, they're deserving of only poor grades.
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