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Instructables without instructions? Answered

I am rather disappointed that I am finding instructables that point to websites.  I think Instructables is getting desparate if peope post something here, without proper instructions(intentionally left out) and then feature it.

Perhaps it is an accepted process here now, in which case such instructables are not to blame but merely a symptom, or perhaps misperception on my part, of what the purpose of this site is for.

Case in point:
https://www.instructables.com/id/A-New-Workbench/

I don't mind if you create an instructable, put up all the directions, and then also point to your site.  But to put up, not even half, of the instructions and then point to your site seems dissapointing, if not misleading to me.  This is a dangerous slope from people who "share what they do and how they do it" to a company simply advertising to get other people to their own site.

I am the only one who feels like this?

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Kiteman

7 years ago

If I see them, I tend to ask nicely for them to post "proper" instructions, rather than links.

If everybody does that, they'll get the idea eventually.

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HMice

7 years ago

I know! Its soooo annoying. I looked at a really cool crotchet project but the instructions were from a crocheting website, not the user itself!

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Attmos

7 years ago

A-men brother... I agree, it's the first step towards a totally commercialized site where everyone speaks in Acronyms.

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DragonDon

7 years ago

Thanks for the replies all. I guess I just never gave it a second thought that this place is slowly slipping away into commercialism. Sigh, how I miss the good 'ol days when you could find an instrucable here. (Thought I'd say that first before it becomes a standard comment in a few years...)

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caitlinsdad

7 years ago

Given the SPAM and other weird non-ibles that get published, I had to read over that workbench one a few times to see that it was what the user referenced for his build. Wording is ambiguous but could have been clearer that he just followed the video to make his own version of the workbench. I do not know if that user has any affiliation with the woodworking website. But yes, more and more "sponsored" ibles are creeping in. MAKE magazine's howtos are mostly their kit builds and instructions. Some do see ibles as an extension of their personal blog sites and will just post up a video to drive traffic back there. There have been discussions before on "quality control" of stuff posted but you just learn to live with it and lower your expectations.

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DragonDoncaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

I suppose this is a sad fact of life here now. can't say that I read as many 'ibles as you I'm sure.

Just wish there was some sort of way to flag as a 'referring ible' as opposed to what it claims to be.

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lemonie

7 years ago

The philosophy as I see it, is essentially that with there being so much junk on the internet anyway, junk isn't worth cleaning-up or avoiding because people get bored and ignore it.

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