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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.

First Law

On the Instructables website, the use of correct English shall be a constant criterion.

Second Law

An unsuitable thread 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.

Knock yourselves out, chaps.

Please.


Addenda, following public request:
Notes on the Zeroth Law.
Notes on the First Law.
Notes on the Second Law.
Notes on the Third Law.

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Lithium Rain (author)2011-03-17

People always get the Zeroth law invoked on them when they ask if such-and-such a project will be popular. So, I propose an Additional Addendum to the Zeroth Law: Invokation of the Zeroth Law does not imply a popular Instructable.

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2011-03-18

...but it does imply a worthy Instructable.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2011-03-18

My interpretation of the Zeroth law has always been that this is *not*, in fact, the case, given that the answer is "ALWAYS" yes.

After all, it says nothing about quality, merely that thou shalt post if an identical project does not exist (and if a similar-but-not-identical project is out there, the Second Law is invoked). I don't see how the Zeroth implies worthiness. :p

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2011-03-18

Remember the original thread, all those years ago?

"The answer is (almost) always yes"

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2011-03-18

Ah, I forgot the (almost). :P

Hrmph. I suppose it is a interpretation best left to the Supreme Court of the Internet, or maybe just a matter of faith...

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2011-03-18

In Steve Jobs we trust, all others pay cash.

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Goodhart (author)2007-10-28

Hmm, if that includes spelling, then is it good as it stands, but if only including grammar, then it is sometimes easier to read if the grammar is slightly off then ifn ta speelg is weigh off. I am not excusing poor grammar though. There are days when my head hurts so bad that I feel like setting off pyrotechnics inside my nose. Still it is good to do the best we can with what situation is presently distracting.

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2007-10-28

Personally, I consider "correct English" to include spelling as well as grammar, though I usually let Americanised spellings ("color" etc) slide by on the web these days.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2007-10-28

Yeah, and most of the time it isn't that they do not know the proper spelling, it is just not "thought out"; a form of laziness.

Can you imagine how some that post online would type in the following?

Typing mistakes, here and there, are understandable, but if their spelling here is the way they spell at school, they're deserving of only poor grades.

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2007-10-28

Oh, those three words sometimes take up half my day...

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2007-10-28

*sigh* and what's with pronouncing often as off ten ? I was drilled half to death that the t was silent, and now I sound strange because I seem to be the only dinosaur left that pronounces it that way *sigh* I am not sure how it is pronounced across the pound, but I still cringe every time I hear off-Ten

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2007-10-28

Careful - Nacho might recruit you as Enforcer of the First Law LOL

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zachninme (author)Kiteman2007-10-28

Or me! Goodhart -- you are enforcer of the ZKM. Primarily the 3rd Law.

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Goodhart (author)zachninme2007-10-28

Quiet shy me, makes a very poor "enforcer"

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zachninme (author)Goodhart2007-10-28
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Goodhart (author)zachninme2007-10-29

Really, in real life, face to face I am a bit mousey, at least until I get to know what the other person likes and dislikes. I went on my first date when I was 22.

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zachninme (author)Goodhart2007-10-29

So am I!
( just ask Christy & Eric... )

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Goodhart (author)zachninme2007-10-29

The name Eric I know, but Christy I am not familiar with. :-)

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zachninme (author)Goodhart2007-10-30

Not meaning to poke fun, but I love talking like this!

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Goodhart (author)zachninme2007-10-30

No, I wasn't really poking fun (maybe a little "imitation there :-) ), but I really am not familiar with most people's names yet. I am still working on the monikers :-)

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Goodhart (author)Derin2009-01-19

Hey, this isn't Facebook or something LOL

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kelseymh (author)Goodhart2011-03-17

Two years and two months later, perhaps it's time to eat your words :-/

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2011-03-18

Hmmm, seems I might have to ;-)

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Goodhart (author)Derin2009-01-17

Wow, 15 months ago...... ;-)

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i must ask- why do people on the other side of the pond spell it "centre" instead of how it is pronounced "sen-ter"

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Because we are closer (historically) to Greece.

κέντρον

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They spell it that way in New York, too.  Blame the Norman invaders, if you must.

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Hawaii00000 (author)Kiteman2007-12-08

Color Airplane Aluminum Mustache Mom Flavor Honor Armor Liter (this one bothers me since America doesn't even use the metric system. they don't have the right to change words like that.) Caliber You get the point.

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kelseymh (author)2009-01-19

Hi, Kiteman, I'd like to propose an addendum to the First Law, to encourage more international participation.

On the Instructables Website, the use of correct spelling and grammar in the language of the member shall be a constant criterion.

Ungrammatical, misspelled Spanish is just as indicative of carelessness or ignorance as bad English.

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may i suggest that you add that link to the accual thread?

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whatsisface (author)2007-10-28

You know, there was a good instructable on how to build a guitar amp. I forgot the link. Anyone else have any ideas?

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zachninme (author)whatsisface2007-10-28

Hmm... I'm not quite sure...

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whatsisface (author)zachninme2007-10-28

Apparently : Make had a nice LM386 cracker-box amp recently (I can't find the link.) Here's a similar one, the Ruby amp. If you're thinking tube amp, there are several instructables for those, also. But I wouldn't recommend tube projects for the inexperienced...

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zachninme (author)whatsisface2007-10-28

Nice use of internal documentation (I recently learned all about it for my awesome research paper in my AP English class)

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whatsisface (author)zachninme2007-10-28

As in references? Thanks--they're just a google away...

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zachninme (author)whatsisface2007-10-28

Yeah, putting it in parenthesis instead of using a footnote.

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whatsisface (author)Kiteman2007-10-28
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its a lion (author)zachninme2007-10-29

how do you figure? looks the same to me... just without the "Mines bigger!" part.

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zachninme (author)its a lion2007-10-29

It is. Don't question me. >:D (My LOL took growth hormones!)

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