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Deleting instructables... have you done it? Why? Answered

I was considering getting rid of a few of mine. There are some that I'm not happy with - the workmanship is not the best, or they're basically pointless, really. I'd like to re-do one of them.

Have you ever gotten rid of an instructable?

I've scrapped ones that I was editing before, but deleting published ones seems almost... wrong.

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gimmelotsarobots

9 years ago

Umm... I decided the safety disclaimer on a DIY lathe ible I had wasn't going to cut it. It sort of..um...blew up in my face....literally.

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Plasmana

9 years ago

I deleted 2 'ibles that was rated below 3 and had less than 1k views, I did not think they was any point leaving it up, so I deleted to make more space for instructables. :)

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KnexFreek

9 years ago

 Yes. Every slideshow that i have posted. I make slideshows for knex stuff, then i later make an instructable for it. then i delete the slideshow. This is because of comments, i get WAYYYYY too many comments a day.

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DJ Radio

10 years ago

Ive deleted about 5 or 6 instructables and slideshows, and pseudo deleted 1, because it was entered in a contest. Reason- they all sucked. Ive had no remorse for doing so.

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BartboyDJ Radio

Reply 10 years ago

It's the same quality as the rest of your guns...

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DJ RadioBartboy

Reply 10 years ago

What the hell do you have against my guns? Or are you saying that it was just as good as my other guns?

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BartboyDJ Radio

Reply 10 years ago

I'm saying that it is equal quality to your other guns, so saying it's lame is the same as saying your other guns are lame.

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DJ RadioBartboy

Reply 10 years ago

Well its not equal. Its worse if anything. I made it when I was new at knex and didn't have a lot of parts, so it had a wire stock and flimsy barrel. It was probably my second worst posted knex creation. That is why I removed it.

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BartboyDJ Radio

Reply 10 years ago

It's better than a lot of your other stuff.....

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KentsOkay

10 years ago

I've deleted incomplete ones, and I've unpublished one for a brief time due to questionable content.

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D.L.H.

10 years ago

Well i never really made a ible yet but plan to soon anyways.

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lemonie

10 years ago

No that's still there (click me) it was the coconut-bomb and butane-on-a fire. L

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The Jamalam

10 years ago

I can't post this on your orangeboard, and since you had a Nicholas Cage face picture, I thought this was apropriate:

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Lithium Rain

10 years ago

I've deleted a few early ones that were, quite frankly, crap...and also a couple others that on second thought, for various reasons, I decided I didn't want published after all.

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Kiteman

10 years ago

I've only deleted projects that turned out not to work before I hit the publish button (most recently, an attempt to turn a festival wristband into a piece of everyday jewellery).

There are a couple that could benefit from a rewrite, and my first one still has not photos...

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jessyratfinkKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I've done a lot of that. Written it out, started documenting, and then realized it just wasn't going to work or I didn't like it. I tend to get really weird about older "works" of mine - every previous journal I've ever had, online or not, has been deleted simply because I'm not happy with it later. :P

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Kitemanjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

I know other people who do that kind of thing, deleting past works to try and reinvent themselves, or to pretend they've always been as good as they are now.

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jessyratfinkKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Exactly! I'm going through another one of those phases at the moment.

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DJ RadioKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

one thing I hate about most stuff I build is that they seem to work at first, then later on, it doesnt perform like it used to.

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caitlinsdad

10 years ago

Isn't it forbidden to go into the past and change the timeline? You upset the course of events and besides, it's fun to look at how you mature and become a better maker. Let the record show that you cannot change history.

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caitlinsdadTool Using Animal

Reply 10 years ago

I was me for that special pixelated avatar theme day. I remain in the avatar witness protection program.

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Tool Using Animalcaitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

Perhaps I'm not social enough, I'm completely out of the loop on all the avatar antics that have been going on.

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DJ RadioTool Using Animal

Reply 10 years ago

You shouldnt really have to notice the avatar trends- If you dont follow a trend, it means you are independent and can be yourself.

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caitlinsdadTool Using Animal

Reply 10 years ago

Being anti-social is an inbred New Yorker instinct but every once in a while someone foolish will PM me and against my better judgement I will play along.

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lemonie

10 years ago

I removed a couple that you could classify as irresponsible, and one I put up for a 24h joke. L

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jessyratfink

10 years ago

Upon further review, the ones I really hate were entered in contests and can't be deleted. :P

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bumpusjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

I agree with this.. :-/ Please let me know when we can delete entries for contests...

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jessyratfinkbumpus

Reply 10 years ago

I wonder if we should forward this to the ones in charge? I tried to make the ibles private, and that didn't work, either.

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DJ Radiojessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

Just remove all the steps, and say this ible has been removed by the author.

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DJ Radiobumpus

Reply 10 years ago

Just remove all the steps, and say this ible has been removed by the author.

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Kitemanjessyratfink

Reply 10 years ago

My contest entries are often the rushed ones, because I'm working to somebody else's deadline.

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jessyratfinkKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Mine as well, and most times they're not really exciting or inspired. But, you know, it's a contest, and you just have to put something in!