Introduction: How Instructables Builds Community

As part of the 2007 Crunchies, where Instructables was a finalist in the category of best user-generated content, we were asked to submit a short video explaining how we build a great community of users on Instructables.

We had a blast making it -- noahw did all the hard work! -- and hope you enjoy it too.


Kiteman (author)2008-01-22

Nice vid, but can anybody please tell me why Americans don't pronounce the l in soldering?

wenpherd (author)Kiteman2009-07-27

ing, the last three letters, ing, solder_ing

Kiteman (author)wenpherd2009-07-27

Listen to the video - they pronounce it sodder-ing, instead of the correct form, soul-der-ing.

Yonatan24 (author)Kiteman2016-03-12

I pronounce it either "Saw-der" or "Sole-dur"

It honestly doesn't matter, Same with aluminum... Who cares?

Kiteman (author)Yonatan242016-03-12

People who speak English?

Yonatan24 (author)Kiteman2016-03-12

Which kind of English? British English, Or American English?

I'm just saying that it doesn't really matter...

bassclarinet23 (author)Kiteman2009-11-29

I have no idea. Different dialects of English?

wenpherd (author)Kiteman2009-07-27

oh, well then i do it both ways.

zachninme (author)Kiteman2008-01-22

I still can't get over /soddering/ vs /soldering/

Steamdnt (author)zachninme2008-09-22

i head a better one a couple days ago, he pronounced it Saldering

Bran (author)zachninme2008-01-22

Me either - I prefer the latter.

zachninme (author)Bran2008-01-24

I just realized I can...
I thought I had a problem, but I *was* saying it right!

Steamdnt (author)Kiteman2008-09-22

Apparently the English roots in Australia have Brought that pronunciation, The Australian roots In Me From my father have now brought that pronunciation to CANADA YAY!

zoxx (author)Kiteman2008-01-22

for the same reason we don't say the "h" in "herb"...we're just...sigh...just take pity on us. please. However, I must note that the way Brits pronounce "aluminum" is flat-out ridiculous.

Kiteman (author)zoxx2008-01-23

We don't say aluminum.

We don't have that word in our dictionary.

It even upsets the Firefox spell-checker.

The word we use isaluminium.

theburn7 (author)Kiteman2008-06-03

weird, i never say anything incorrect, but whenever i do say something correct, somebody in the US corrects me. Wateva. Aluminum doesnt upset the firefox dictionary here, weird

zoxx (author)Kiteman2008-01-23

fantastic. keep it up. *_*

Heliosphan (author)zoxx2008-03-08

I'm from the UK, and heres my two PENNIES about aluminum-aluminium Well see here's the thing. Aluminium, broken down into its constituent parts is an -ium word, you Americans too have lots of -ium chemistry words- polonium, uranium etc. pronounced correctly. As far as I'm concerned Aluminum is spoken plain wrong for this reason. Its incorrect but has entered your language as a norm, and is accepted by you. This is fair enough though, theres tonnes of examples in history of word shortening becoming the norm on both sides of the pond, in fact throughout the world. But zoxx thinking that OUR pronunication is wrong is in itself flat-out ridiculous, a complete reversal of the truth that its originally an -ium word!!

chalky (author)zoxx2008-01-23

you say tamato we say tomato lol

killerjackalope (author)zoxx2008-01-22

in practice it's sounds better than illuminum but the whole word is ridiculous...

Yerboogieman (author)Kiteman2008-05-14

cause then you'd sound, well, like your from england, no offence

Gjdj3 (author)Kiteman2008-03-03

Wait... do they in other countries?

chalky (author)Kiteman2008-01-23

yep kiteman that has had me wondering for ages it sounds like there saying"sordering" to me?? so come on our good friends across the pond explain it to us? lol:)

Ohm (author)chalky2008-01-23

This reminds me of when my step mom from Australia was applying for her permanent residency here in the US and her and my Dad were at the immigration office filling out forms. They had a question about one of the instructions on the form and went to the desk to ask for clarification. The person on duty started to say "Well I do not see what the problem is, it is written in plain Eng." and caught himself and corrected himself saying it was written in American. We are just a different dialect of the language, for the most part it is very similar but our spelling on many things is different as well as our pronunciation. Also there are many words that are used differently as well, some obvious and some not. Just my $0.02

trebuchet03 (author)Kiteman2008-01-23

Because as soon as you say the "l" - someone is there to correct you :p

GorillazMiko (author)Kiteman2008-01-22

I used to think it was sohlduring. Not spelled that way, but not said as "Solduring", which is the right way.

I do, but my friends look at me funny.

joejoerowley (author)Kiteman2008-01-22

Because we are not as cool as you tea drinkers. ( I actually like tea, but don't let the US Government know. They will have me killed) :)

Husham Samir (author)2012-07-10

This is the best web site ever , many thanks to you and to the team who made this great community.

megaduty (author)2012-05-20

Thanks for making this place Eric!

robbtoberfest (author)2008-01-22

Can I buy stock in instructables yet?

KnexFreek (author)robbtoberfest2010-01-19

 that would be awesome!

porcupinemamma (author)KnexFreek2012-04-21

I totally agree!

 Instructables is not a public company. Yes I have done searches in NYSE and found nothing. Not even MAKE: is large enough to go public.

 I know that, I'm just excited about it anyways :)

 I would buy enough to be a major shareholder!

Hello Boardmember of Instructables!

KnexFreek (author)2010-01-19


joejoerowley (author)2008-01-22

Cool Video! Do you own the tower and do you own the strip? Do you rent it to the mythbusters? Sometime you should make a mythbusters leek video if you do.:)

They just rent the tower from the gov't.

thats a shame I guess. Can you blow stuff up on it out there? Or is that damaging government property? It must be pretty awesome having that much space in the bay area.

 Tetranitrate has a video of the Mythbusters testing the water heater rocket on the runway.

Sunny124613 (author)2008-07-08

GREAT! even though I do not have sound on my computer I love how E will Helm shows the very popular instructables. wonderfully mastered!

drinkmorecoffee (author)2008-06-12

Oh and here I was secretly hoping Eric pronounced his name 'Vilhelm' rather than Wilhelm.
I have a lot more fun saying Vvilhelm.
Ah well.
Interesting, I didn't see this here 'till just now. Good job on the video.

Yerboogieman (author)2008-04-03

i always figured you sounded like tim Anderson, but i guess you don't

summit (author)2008-02-20

Haven't the Mythbusters been there before? I'm pretty sure they have.

stasterisk (author)2008-02-20

Yesss I like this video a lot.

PineapplebobTheGreat (author)2008-02-08

How do you get to work at Instructables community? I doubt I would make the cut, though... But I am still good at metal working, wood working, modeling, cooking, drawing, music, writing including typing, computer graphics or 3D video game graphics, creating, building, and that's just about it.... But still, I am wondering how you can get a job at the community. (+1 for Instructables.)

bowmaster (author)2008-01-24

How do you get to work for Instructables?

CameronSS (author)2008-01-22

You have a much lower voice than I always imagine it...and this isn't the first time I've seen you in a video. It's not an affront to your manliness, just me bizarre ranting. And shorter hair... What exactly are the requirements for interning at Instructables/Squid Labs?

killerjackalope (author)2008-01-22

Damn ewilhelm you've made me jealous again, you honestly have it pretty good, I could build a million things in there that would make me so happy... I don't even have my soldering Iron because it's in the house we're fixing up atm...

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