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I wonder why it is still happening...? (EDIT) Answered

Usually, when I start a forum thread, it appears in the lists instantly.

Sometimes, though, it doesn't.

For instance, this thread made a lot more sense on the day I clicked "publish", and three other recent threads have taken time to appear as well:

Does anybody have an explanation or hypothesis for the phenomenon?

EDIT:

This thread is currently hiding - please read it, especially if you are a UK ibler.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

12 years ago

this problem occurring for an instructable is understandable- they need to check to see if the ible is good enough to publish and they have to process the pictures as well. Though when I published my sniper, it took 5 days for it to show up on the recents. idk why it happens for the forums, I find that it shows up faster if the title of the topic I post is very relevant to the category I put it in.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

The ibles are not checked for quality before they are published - the hang-ups are automatically triggered if the title or keywords contain words that match a semi-secret list. Some of the words are obvious, such as "gun" or "sniper".

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Reply 12 years ago

no, this has happened for my non-knex instructables.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

There's a whole list, it's not just centered around knex. It's meant to help filter out spam and other undesirable content. Sometimes, though, the filters catch things that shouldn't be caught. When this is the case, they have to manually approve it.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Reply 12 years ago

can you explain the messages admins leave on instructables that dont pass muster then? Most of the instructables the notes are not left on dont have keywords that the filter would trap.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

In addition to the keyword filtering, there is a "requirement" that I'bles have photos associated with each step. If you publish one with no images, you're pretty well guaranteed to get back one of those nice Robot messages. If you leave an image off of just one step, it'll go through (I know :-). The cutoff is probably somewhat fuzzy.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

I got that one time. I still say it was a special case and people with objects in their eyes do not have the desire or time to look at pictures, rendering them useless and indeed wasteful, which is bad, and with this economy we can't afford any waste, even though Eric does say bandwidth is cheap. When he and Canida are in the line for the soup kitchen because the company has gone belly up because robot wouldn't just review ibles on a case-by-case basis instead of being a lazy lazy robot, I think Eric will be singing a different tune. But whatever...

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

people with objects in their eyes

"I'm afraid I can't see you, I have a banana in my eye..."

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Haha. Take that rafter out of your eye...

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

Oooooh, very nice! I guess I should, before I try to get the mote out of yours :-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Who puts an entire moat in their eye anyways ? What with the crocodiles and such.....

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

Well, it helps to deal with the crocodile tears...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

hmm, yes the moat would help too, if they cried me a river

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

My Dad would tell me, when I claimed I had something in my eye (and I was rubbing it), yeah, it;s your finger :-)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

That explains so much.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Believe me, he wasn't as witty as it sounds.....but he did remember things others said, so he was good at being like his dad ;-)

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 12 years ago

Why would they publish them if they're not of quality? The process of reviewing them happens after they're published. Don't believe me? Try publishing something after people in CA would have gone to bed, you'll see that it will show up before morning.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Have a look at the "boil water" ible - good it is not, yet it was published, and remains published over 2 years later.

The list that triggers filters is probably quite long, and probably contains word combinations as well as single words.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

You are using funky keywords. They get stuck in the filter. Then the robot has to go and haul Eric off the beach long enough to okay it.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

I thought that, but this thread has a potential funk ("conspiracy"), and the most controversial keyword on the vacancy thread was "plumber".

Go figure, eh?

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Plumber...sounds preeeety suspicious to me...I can see why that didn't make it past the filter.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

considering who brought the joe the plumber idea to the public LOL

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

12 years ago

Woohoo!! I am not the only one the Robot takes revenge on for destroying his evil brethren... RECENTLY, 1 out of every 3 times i post a topic, it gets lost....

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

It happens to me all the time. I don't know how to explain it.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

"a little trim" "wine" "drinking" "bangs" "Alcohol" "stalking" "butchering" "hacking" . None of those seems too bad, but the aggregate score might cause it to get caught in the filters. ;)

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

Reply 12 years ago

Hahahaha, you're right. Perhaps I should be a little less manly with my descriptions.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

12 years ago

Sometimes the Robot is just overwhelmed. Or maybe he caught a virus?

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

12 years ago

Haha!! The thread appeared 3 days late!!!