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Feature Request: Repeat Ible Alert Answered

Sometimes I see a new Instructable (usually by a first-time poster) that is very nearly a repeat of an existing Instructable. I think that if people knew that their idea had already been I'bled before they published it, many of them would stop at that point (which would be unfortunate) but SOME of them would make the extra effort to differentiate their work with some new or novel approach, or better directions/photos/results, etc. If you do a "view Instructable>>" while you're building one, the "Related" sidebar of similar Ibles shows up, but it doesn't appear to be intelligent at that point. That might be a simple fix. Or maybe as soon as you fill in the "Name This Instructable" box, the "Related" sidebar would appear. Just a thought. James

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

The "related" ibles are related via keywords - different keywords, different "related". Whether you link it by title or by keywords, though, the alert would only work properly if the new project had exactly the same title and/or keywords. But what's wrong with different people doing the same projects? There will inevitably be differences, either major or subtle, which could make the different projects more accessible to different people.

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Scubabubba
Scubabubba

Reply 12 years ago

First, the philosophy:
Duct-tape wallets aside, I agree with you. I like to see a bunch of different ways to do or present similar projects. The worst thing would be for people not to post at all. Ideally you'd want to get people to browse through similar projects before they even started their own, and I'm sure many people do. This is a more about how to give the other people a little nudge to think about differentiating their own projects from the previous ones so we all can see that fresh approach. Lemonie's duct-tape wallet Ible would be very different from Giannyl's, even if the wallets turned out just the same. But my Ible might be just like Lemonie's if I didn't think to look around first, and that's boring, makes me look bad, and might even offend L.

Now the technicalities:
If the Related Instructables sidebars are produced by a complex algorithm, like how Amazon suggests books, then it might be pretty smart with just a title and keywords. ("Duct-tape wallet" would probably work very well!) If it uses the text in the steps as well, it could update the Related sidebar every time it does an autosave or everytime you do a view Instructable. It all depends on how smart that matching scheme is.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Actually, if people read the instructions, your feature wouldn't even be needed - there is a suggestion in the system (I can't remember where) to search the published ibles before writing your own.

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Scubabubba
Scubabubba

Reply 12 years ago

Expecting people to read the instructions nowadays a pretty big stretch. Most folks just look at the buttons and push the one that seems like it's going to work. It's quite depressing really, that designers have to work it out where people get herded in the right direction all the time. I suppose that in the end no good will come of that.
Maybe a "Check out Related Instructables" button would help. Right next to the check spelling button.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 12 years ago

We can't have enough duct-tape wallets! L