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Instructables is a family of DIYers with members world wide. Notice the emphasis on family. Sometimes (thankfully not very often) a few bad apples sneak in and disrupt our family. Dealing with this type of situation is the subject of this Instructable.

This is a family-friendly site where members are expected to follow the Be Nice policy that is shown at the bottom of message entry fields. The policy gets stretched quite a bit, but, most of the time, the members on Instructables all get along just fine. They laugh, joke, and talk like family and old friends. But there have been a few incidents where some have sent inappropriate messages and pictures to others.

Harassment will not be tolerated on Instructables! If you are being harassed, you do NOT have to put up with it.

As with any other form of bullying, victims of harassment often suffer in silence.
Perhaps they feel that the treatment they receive is somehow their own fault, as if they invited it somehow.
Perhaps they feel that to report it will invite something worse.
Perhaps they fear ridicule from other site users for not being able to deal with the harasser, or for being too sensitive about it.
Whatever the reason, there is no reason to suffer in silence. Tell somebody, even if you don't want them to take action right away.

If nobody knows about a problem, the problem cannot be solved.

If you are being harassed and don't know what to do, read on ...
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LiveCrafts23 days ago

Thanks, this helped be a lot with a problem I'm having. So glad I saw this.

Sheldy1232 months ago
Thanks this helped with an author, prehm
Harlowexedgar4 months ago

How do I report an inappropriate account?

gtoal1 year ago

Someone followed me today who is following 29000+ other people and has never published anything or posted any comments. I suspect a spambot.

nic nak1 year ago
I'm trying to report abuse I've seen while viewing the app. It's incredibly difficult to do so, clocking on the link for randofo brings up a page blocked by a pop up that it can't close because I can't see the edge of the pop up on my screen. Sadly, I think a instructables needs to address this, not everyone can be trusted to behave like a reasonable human being.
rimar20006 years ago
This article is very interesting and very useful. You should consider also the idiomatic problem. Instructables is a page in English, and therefore I should adapt me her, but not always (perhaps would should to say almost never) the translations express what I mean. Perhaps someone can be felt offended by some my expression, due only to a bad translation.
NachoMahma (author)  rimar20006 years ago
. If you run into anything that doesn't translate well, please let us know and we will try to reword it.
Pardon, is this a fake?

If it is not, thanks by the offering and the good will.

How can I to know if the translation is or not correct?

I don't speak English, I speak Spanish. Barely I can realize some inversions of words. I use http://ets.freetranslation.com/ that is very good, but there are words in Spanish (just like in English) that signify two or more different things, and no automatic translator would be able to guess always which is the meaning that I need.
Actually you are doing very well. Also your grammer is very good. Good job.
- your english speaking buddy

By the way, if you are worried about your grammer, private message me the message that you are about to send someone, and i will fix the grammer. After 3:30 eastern standard time, I check my messages every 15 minutes. But, If I have to leave the house, it may take a max of one hour for me to respond.
Er, I know it is some years after your comment Knex, but I had to giggle at the irony of your phrase,
"... i will fix the grammer."!

It should, of course, be

"... I will fix the grammar."  ;]

However, your offer to rimar is certainly what Instructables is all about, so good on ya, mate! This is just a giggle, not harassment... :]
NachoMahma (author)  rimar20006 years ago
. I meant that if anything in the instructable translates as gibberish* (eg, because of idioms), then we will try to use words that translate better.
. Your English can be a little hard to understand, but I always look forward to seeing your comments.

  • incoherent or meaningless
Oh, thanks. Now I understand.
When I write fake I must write joke
KnexFreek5 years ago
 Help please. i have been harassed on my slideshow. I dont know who i can report it to. Please help!

NachoMahma (author)  KnexFreek5 years ago
.  Please PM myself, one of the other collaborators, or someone on staff  with some details.
what does the FLAG mean
NachoMahma (author)  taowyman4 years ago
. Supposed to put what you flag on a list to be checked by one of Robot's minions. I sometimes get the feeling that the list is not being perused in a timely manner, but that may be just me.
The list is checked, at the minimum, on a daily basis. We don't want inappropriate or harassing comments left up.
ok thank you
an admin has now helped me. Thankyou tho.

Randomguy655 years ago
I also realized it was K'nex....
prodo1235 years ago
Does a lot better job than what school teaches you, eh?
acidbass5 years ago
 i like that this was done 
i love the picture on step one!
eulaliaaaa!5 years ago
You should change the main image so it shows the robot using an Altoids laptop or something.
NachoMahma (author)  eulaliaaaa!5 years ago
.  Very interesting idea, but it's much too late to be changing that graphic. Too bad you weren't around to make the suggestion when we were writing the iBle.
FrozenStar5 years ago
lol awesome drawings
bounty10126 years ago
is that a knex gun that "rambot" has?
Yup. 'Ible Bot POWNZ
Um, thats actually spelled PWNs or in your case PWNZ
yup, so does that pic of instructablesdoggie and kiteman XD
I knew that was kiteman
Not instructables doggie XD its some other guy...
skunkbait6 years ago
Great job! Well written, and great 'toons. As a side note, I need someone to contact Mrs. Skunkbait. She's been harassing me mercilessly lately: "Don't use my scissors to skin that deer! Don't put that big pistol in my purse, carry it yourself! Get that carburator out of my sink! Gimmie my computer back! You smell like gasoline/deisel/gunpowder! No, I won't clean another squirrel today! I don't feel like push-starting your Harley today!" I've got the patience of Job, but I need some help here!
NachoMahma (author)  skunkbait6 years ago
. Where did you find her? Most AR gals will act right if you take away their shoes and keep 'em pregnant. . Or did you just forget to buy her her own Carhartt bibs?
NachoMahma (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
. >:( to you, too.
. Any self-respecting AR Hillbilly gal knows that nothing smells better on her man than gas/diesel/gunpowder. 'Cept maybe Aqua Velva.
NachoMahma (author)  DrWeird1176 years ago
. Do you understand what the WWW is about? What the HT in HTTP means?
. Others, especially those outside the US, may not know what Aqua Velva is.
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