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 ...

Step 1: What Is Harassment?

Harassment can come in many forms and includes:

  • Threats of physical harm.
  • Demeaning or insulting comments.
  • Any comments after you have informed the sender that you do not want to communicate with them.
  • Cyber-bullying.
  • Other forms of harassment can become a very gray area, sometimes defined by the target more so than by others. If the message makes you uncomfortable, it may be harassment.

What is NOT Harassment?

  • A polite invitation to chat. If you feel comfortable contacting the person, respond with a "Thanks, but I'm not interested.", otherwise, ignore it.
  • A "compliment" is not necessarily harassment. "You're pretty" or "You have nice hair" is not always harassment, but "You're hot! I want you!" is. Continued unwanted compliments is harassment.

We do have to be careful not to be TOO overly sensitive, nor to react too quickly when it is a case of uncertainty. It can be difficult to communicate via text only and some people just have poor social skills, so the sender may not realize that their message is offensive to you.

But if you feel harassed or uncomfortable, by all means, tell someone. They can help you determine the intent of the message(s) and advise you as to what further steps to take.
<p>Thanks, this helped be a lot with a problem I'm having. So glad I saw this.</p>
Thanks this helped with an author, prehm
<p>How do I report an inappropriate account?</p>
<p>Someone followed me today who is following 29000+ other people and has never published anything or posted any comments. I suspect a spambot.</p>
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.
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.
. 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? <br/><br/>If it is not, thanks by the offering and the good will.<br/><br/>How can I to know if the translation is or not correct? <br/><br/>I don't speak English, I speak Spanish. Barely I can realize some inversions of words. I use <a rel="nofollow" href="http://ets.freetranslation.com/">http://ets.freetranslation.com/</a> 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. <br/>
Actually you are doing very well. Also your grammer is very good. Good job.<br /> &nbsp;Sincerely<br /> - your english speaking buddy<br /> <br /> By the way,&nbsp;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,&nbsp;I check my messages every 15 minutes. But,&nbsp;If&nbsp;I have to leave the house, it may take&nbsp;a max of&nbsp;one&nbsp;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,<br> <em>&quot;... i will fix the grammer.&quot;</em>!<br> <br> It should, of course, be<br> <br> <em>&quot;...<strong> I </strong>will fix the gramm<strong>a</strong>r.&quot; &nbsp;</em><strong>;]</strong><br> <br> However, your offer to rimar is certainly what Instructables is all about, so good on ya, mate! This is just a giggle, not harassment... :]
. 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.<br/>. <br/>. Your English can be a little hard to understand, but I always look forward to seeing your comments.<br/><br/><ul class="curly"><li>incoherent or meaningless</li></ul>
Oh, thanks. Now I understand.
When I write <strong>fake </strong>I must write <strong>joke</strong><br/>
&nbsp;Help please. i have been harassed on my slideshow. I dont know who i can report it to. Please help!<br /> <br />
.&nbsp; Please PM myself, one of the other collaborators, or someone on staff&nbsp; with some details.<br />
what does the FLAG mean
. 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.<br /> <br /> -kevin
I also realized it was K'nex....
Does a lot better job than what school teaches you, eh?<br />
&nbsp;i like that this was done&nbsp;
i love the picture on step one!<br />
You should change the main image so it shows the robot using an Altoids laptop or something.
.&nbsp; 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.<br />
lol awesome drawings
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...
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!
. 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?
. &gt;:( to you, too.<br/>. Any self-respecting AR Hillbilly gal knows that nothing smells better on her man than gas/diesel/gunpowder. 'Cept maybe <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqua_Velva">Aqua Velva</a>.<br/>
. Do you understand what the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=www">WWW</a> is about? What the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertext">HT</a> in <a rel="nofollow" href="http://cec-live.2rad.net/webdesign/web_glossary.html">HTTP</a> means?<br/>. Others, especially those outside the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US">US</a>, may not know what <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqua_Velva">Aqua Velva</a> is.<br/>
World Wide Web and I believe the other one stands for Hyper Text
Why do you begin every line with a period?
hes probably formal in an informal way.
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not">NOT</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funny">FUNNY</a>. <br/>
that's not what we wanted to happen from the ible why do things always have to go haywire?
Right, but you take links wayyyy too far, my friend.
>...gals will act right if you take away their shoes and keep 'em pregnant. I really, really, hope that was a really, really, bad joke. But yeah, l like the smell of gas. It smells like it would be yummy. That and rust. Rust smells sooo good. Like it'd be crunchy and delightful. Seriously...
I kind of like the smell of deisel.... strange.
Haha! Sometimes, I smell like ionized gas... <sup>After I had done some high voltage experiments.</sup><br/>

About This Instructable




Bio: Just another poor slob, trying to make it to the grave with as little hassle as possible. . Humor is the only test of gravity, and ... More »
More by NachoMahma:Instructables Text Formatting What To Do If Harassed On Instructables 
Add instructable to: