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The Laws - a rebranding for newer members. Answered

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Some of the regulars will remember that, nearly two years ago, I accidentally formulated a set of rules (which some people called "Laws") about posting on Instructables.

I have seen a few threads and posts recently that suggest some people need to be reminded about those Laws. I also think they need rebranding, so I present for members who have been around for only a year or so...

The Instructable Laws:



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.

Kelsey's Corollary;

It doesn't have to be hard to be worth making an Instructable.



First Law

On the Instructables website, the use of correct grammar and spelling (no matter what the language) shall be a constant criterion.

Second Law

An unsuitable thread, when 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.

The original "Law"
The original formulation of the full set
Zeroth Law and notes.
First Law and notes.
Second Law and notes.
Third Law and notes.

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Kiteman (author)2016-09-03

In light of several similar questions I've seen posted recently, I'm bumping this ancient topic.

Remember: as long as it's your own work, Thou Shalt Post!

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Most amusing.

I'll touch on these soon enough.

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santy22 (author)2010-02-25

Thou shalt not revive old/troll threads
Thou shalt NOT make a one word comment.
Thou shalt use the Save and Draft functions.

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darman12 (author)santy222013-08-19

I think this counts as reviving an old and troll thread, or at least string of comments :P

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Millawi Legend (author)dombeef2011-03-22

Thanks for 1300th comment.

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SpiroExDeus (author)dombeef2012-01-16
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dombeef (author)SpiroExDeus2012-01-18
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Derin (author)RMConstruction2010-07-10

Dammit one word comments only.

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kelseymh (author)santy222010-03-01

Thou shalt use unintentional irony to support the first point.

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caitlinsdad (author)kelseymh2010-03-01

...and if there is no point, and seemingly pointless or misunderstood by either party, argue the point to pointlessness.

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Lithium Rain (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-01

Um, what Save and Draft functions?

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2010-03-01

How long is it since you wrote an Instructable?

>_<

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2010-03-01

Ah, I thought he meant for comments (but I don't know of a specific Draft feature...).

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2010-03-03

Draft is what happens when you leave Windows open.

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2010-03-03

Oh, I thought that was called a BSoD.

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2010-03-03

Are you suggesting that I was, er, BSoDded when I wrote that?

And is anyone going to get the pun?

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smartish (author)2011-04-13

issac asimov i believe foundation series or perhaps one of the play offs.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2011-04-14

Allow me to translate - I speak fluent word salad:

"Ah! You are imitating Issac Asimov! I believe the inspiration was drawn from his Foundation series, or perhaps a spinoff of the same."

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2011-04-14

Ah, then smartish is not smart enough to recognise a pastiche of the laws of thermodynamics.

It's a looong time since read any of the Foundation books, maybe thirty years...

And I am still having trouble getting used to seeing a face next to your name.

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smartish (author)Kiteman2011-04-14

fact is but fiction in relation to all.

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Matt21497 (author)2009-09-20

And what happens if one breaks such laws?

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Kiteman (author)Matt214972009-09-21

Then you are doomed forever, sir, to a featureless life.

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Matt21497 (author)Kiteman2009-09-21

Then what do I have to loose from where I am at?

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kelseymh (author)Matt214972009-09-21

You could loose the chains that bind you. You could loose your shoelaces. You could loose your buttons. Or you could tighten up your spellchecking.

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2010-03-01

Just don't loose your mind....

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2010-03-01

I think most people have a mind,  it is more about whether they USE it or not  ;-) 

Some brains are gathering dust even as we speak   LOL 

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Matt21497 (author)kelseymh2009-09-21

Oh NO! Not the shoelaces they where nice and checkered

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kelseymh (author)Matt214972009-09-21

I'm glad your shoelaces are in a nice and checkered place :-)

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Kiteman (author)2009-11-17
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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-01

Yeah, and we like Kiteman too  ;-) 

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killerjackalope (author)2008-12-07

I do suggest some other bylaws... One being that no other law shall be passed within the land of 'ibles... Mainly to stop terribly unfunny copycat threads, or simply foolish threads about people's laws.

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