Ever wondered what's inside that old disk drive, which common consumer product will have the biggest yield of hobbyist-useful electronic components, or whether that almost-neat gadget at the store can be easily modified they way YOU want?
This is a group designed to answer those questions.
The ideal Instructable in this group will: 1) start with a commercial product, preferably either inexpensive or commonly discarded 2) explain how to take it apart (eg location of hidden screws) 3) point out interesting internal features 4) identify reusable components and suggest interesting uses for them. 5) identify possible modifications, or possible fixes for common problems. Note that the instructable need not contain instructions for (4) or (5); that would be appropriate for a full Instructable in a more targeted group. Teardowns is just for how to get it apart, what's inside, and ... suggestions.
Suitable forum topics would include: 1) pointers to interesting teardowns elsewhere on the net. 2) requests for assistance in getting something apart. 3) suggestions for items to analyze. 4) horror tales about safety issues.
Taking things apart is educational and fun. If nothing else. you learn how to use a bunch of different tools. (The original "Dr DestructO" is Hugh D., who's been known to give a panel of the same name at SF conventions and similar, having shown up with a trunk full of ancient computer gear and a wide assortment of tools...)