How Instructables Builds Community

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Introduction: How Instructables Builds Community

About: Eric J. Wilhelm is the founder of Instructables. He has a Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Eric believes in making technology accessible through understanding, and strives to inspire others to learn …

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.

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    55 Comments

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    13 years ago on Introduction

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

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    wenpherd
    wenpherd

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    ing, the last three letters, ing, solder_ing

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 5 years ago

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

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

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 5 years ago

    People who speak English?

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 5 years ago

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

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

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    zachninme
    zachninme

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Steamdnt
    Steamdnt

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Bran
    Bran

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Me either - I prefer the latter.

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    zachninme
    zachninme

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Steamdnt
    Steamdnt

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    zoxx
    zoxx

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    theburn7
    theburn7

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    zoxx
    zoxx

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    fantastic. keep it up. *_*

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    Heliosphan
    Heliosphan

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    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!!

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    chalky
    chalky

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    you say tamato we say tomato lol

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    killerjackalope
    killerjackalope

    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

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