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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

11 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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jessyratfinkwestfw

Reply 11 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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Kitemanchooseausername

Reply 11 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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Kitemanchooseausername

Reply 11 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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chooseausernameKiteman

Reply 11 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

11 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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Branzachninme

Reply 11 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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GoodhartSpl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 11 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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Spl1nt3rC3llGoodhart

Reply 11 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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Spl1nt3rC3llSpl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 11 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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jessyratfinkzachninme

Reply 11 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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royalesteljessyratfink

Reply 11 years ago

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

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jessyratfinkroyalestel

Reply 11 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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Branjessyratfink

Reply 11 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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GoodhartBran

Reply 11 years ago

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

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 11 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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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 11 years ago

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

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 11 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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chooseausernameKiteman

Reply 11 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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Goodhart

11 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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GoodhartGoodhart

Reply 11 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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Goodhartwhatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Goodhartwhatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Goodhartwhatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

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

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canida

11 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

11 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)....