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"Joke" or "Funny" Instructables Answered

Do you accept "joke" or Instructables based solely on "humor"? Do you think they should be allowed on Instructables? IMHO, if they are actually funny and/or build something cool in the process, I let them pass. Others, not so much. What say you?

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westfw
westfw

13 years ago

I think it should be obvious that it's a joke, even to the relatively ignorant on the subject matter. "jokes": ok, "hoaxes": not ok. For instance, someone recently pointed out How to run a TV on one AAA battery.NOT OK, imo. Tricking the gullible to amuse yourself (and your friends) is right up there with tricking them to make money, which we call "fraud", legally speaking. (not that there isn't plenty of fraud going around. Sigh.)

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

Reply 13 years ago

Well, those that are posting "hoaxes" on here are major frauds as far as I'm concerned. They're using metacafe to do the videos and trying to make money off of gullible people. :|

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

Is metacafe the site who remunerate for the most viewed video ?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

That's the one. I am sometimes reluctant to click on a video step here if it is a Metacafe video.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Maybe it's worth asking members to stick to sites like YouTube, that don't financially-reward movie-makers. That would encourage people to keep the main points in the standard Instructables format, instead of hiding them in videos.

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

Personally, I don't mind if they make money out of their video, as long as it's of good quality, and if they are honest ... Though, I don't really like when they include advertisement in the middle of their video.

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zachninme
zachninme

13 years ago

Yeah, depends how funny they are -- and the point.

If its satire, I'd keep them, but if its a list of jokes, or a video, then no.

The rock breeding instructable is a perfect example -- I *love* that! If it was on a serious matter, it was splendidly done, nice pictures, etc. And the humor was tounge-in-cheek.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

What do you think of the "How to make a child" iBle? Yes, the Rock-Breeding iBle was pretty darn awesome!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

A fellow I occasionally wrote to that wrote articles for EDN and Nuts n Volts (Pease Porridge & Hardware Hacker) Bob Pease wrote a series of "whats all this..(put subject here) stuff? articles that were great.

Here's one: What's all this Hoax stuff, anyhow?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Looks like an interesting start: run that text through a spell checker before you finish to help clean it up a bit and you will be set.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

Yea, Some of the words were not on the spell checker. I have on and off days with spelling :)

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

I added new pics and fixed the spelling (I think). Sure is taking a LONG time to get to most recent.

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

Reply 13 years ago

I love the rock breeding one too! I think they're fine as long as they're done well. You know, in a mature way, not "LOL PENIS LOL!" type humor. I think Homey the Wallet (I think that's what it was called) and the Vampire Hunting for Beginners are good examples. They're funny, and teach you important life lessons... or something. :P

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Hey, you liked Homey the Wallet? Awesome! I sure had fun making that one!

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

Reply 13 years ago

Probably my favorite funny instructable. The part about "ripping" his rear over his head was what got me. :P

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. And who wouldn't love to see Barbie in her electric chair?

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

Wow, nice example of an immature iBle. Awesome class! ;-D

But yes, I do agree, they should at least have a point.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

did you really mean to say they they should have a point ? ;-)

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 13 years ago

I was just about to metion Homey.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

When I was younger, I only ever heard of putting a Tiger in your Tank (gas tank,old Exxon commercial)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

I remember those as well, except in the UK it was Esso.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

In the USA, the name of the pre-1911 Standard Oil Company was ESSO, I have seen pictures. This later became Exxon over here.

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

In France too Exxon is called Esso.
Also, here, the slogan was "Put a tiger in your engine" =o)

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Those are two of my favorite joke ibles.

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 13 years ago

Yeah, this pixellation device is quite funny lol

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Oh cool, I wonder if I still have the instructions on how to make a "one bit memory" using radio tubes (it would actually work, if you could figure out how to use just one BIT LOL).

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I forgot to say this was a real computer memory project, put out by Electronics Now mag, years ago on the (you probably were expecting this) April 1st. issue. despite being a "joke" it was fully functional and with 8 of them, you could have a full byte of memory (and it would have taken up only about 6 feet square of room too !).

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Another one I remember was the infamous WOM computer memory project . . . wom = write only memory. LOL

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

xD That must be entirely pointless :D

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Yeah, another April first joke LOL it functioned but....so what , , Right ?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Ok, but first......I must find it. everything in my life depends on 'finding it". *sigh*

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

i had never seen that. its genius.

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canida
canida

13 years ago

Just like anything else, if it's good it's welcome. ;) We figure the Offbeat catgory should pick up humor as well.

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maninamousesuit
maninamousesuit

13 years ago

I though the forum topic of new dental fillings posted recently was hilarious ..not for its humor but was he expecting us to diy our molars (destroyed by candy as we sweat over a hot soldering iron)....