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"Not liable" - Arrghh! Answered

<grumpy old man mode>

Is it only I that think that the Not Liable" category is somewhat overused? It seems like 30% of all instructables are tagged whith Not Liable...

Ok, Instructables is a US site run by US citizens, and USA has enough slightly retarded individuals out of their 302 million citizens combined with a litigation-friendly juridical system to warrant labels on all goods to tell them that hot coffee can be hot, that you should not dry a cat in the microwave and that you should not iron your clothes whilst wearing them so maybe it's necessary to provide a Not Liable-category to keep our most excellent admins out of legal trouble.

But can't that be printed in the footer of each page and in the TOS instead?

For instance the instructable "make your own super pointer... for handhelds and tablet pc's" is classified as both "tech" and "not liable". Why o why? Is it because perhaps the spring in the pen might end up in someones eye while he's dismantling the pen and then the author and the entire instructables team together with the ISP's ( both the instructables ISP and the guy that got the spring in his eyes ISPfor not protecting and warning him for possibly bodily harm) will get sued for 47.11 millions of dollars in physical damages and mental anguish?

</grumpy old man mode>

Ay caramba! It seems that I've woken up in the wrong side of the bed today.....

Disclaimer: I didn't mean you, you, you and you when I said slightly retarded, you know that, don't you? It's those other guys that I'm referring to... :-)

And of course I deny any liability for the writing above. It is not the views of me nor my employer ;-)

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chooseausername
chooseausername

13 years ago

Maybe, removing "Not Liable" would help people to be more responsibles of their decision to publish or not their "potentialy dangerous" instructable ?

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VIRON
VIRON

Reply 13 years ago

Life is potentially dangerous. It very frequently ends in death. It's nice to be warned of the danger and live longer. If you go outside you might get struck by lightning or vehicles, mauled by animals, or murdered, so stay home. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing and all the instructables are little bits of knowledge. Therefore: WARNING: Don't do ANYTHING. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Always wear safety goggles. I'm not liable. :)

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Garth Knight
Garth Knight

13 years ago

Could we at least get the site to add spell check on the comment boxes? i'm having to relearn how things are spelt.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Or just switch to Firefox and use the add-on spell-checker option. It looks just like the Windows spell-checker in action.

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gyromild
gyromild

13 years ago

I was just about to sue you until I saw

And of course I deny any liability for the writing above

@&$#%

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

13 years ago

For instance the instructable "make your own super pointer... for handhelds and tablet pc's" is classified as both "tech" and "not liable". Why o why? Is it because perhaps the spring in the pen might end up in someones eye while he's dismantling the pen and then....

Not liable is not solely for things that can cause bodily harm ;) Perhaps the thinking for the not liable category was for someone made a super pointer that scratched and put holes on their tablet PC.

I have a project coming soon that clearly violates any warranty you have on a laptop... That, plus bananas. But it's going in the not liable category - and not for bodily harm if you decide to try to tattoo yourself with a laser cutter.

But can't that be printed in the footer of each page and in the TOS instead?

I'm fairly certain it's in the TOS -- which is linked to in the footer of each page :p But that being said -- not all projects fall into the not liable category ;) Such as my Mold Making With Jello ;)


Now, after saying all that... I will agree that there is a fair amount of miscatorization (word?), for almost all categories ;)

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jtobako
jtobako

13 years ago

the instructable "make your own super pointer... for handhelds and tablet pc's" is classified as both "tech" and "not liable". Why o why?

Scratched screens : )

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canida
canida

13 years ago

Lots of Instructables is miscategorized, and many new users don't have a firm grasp of the categories. We're planning to build a tool that will allow you to flag an Instructable as miscategorized to help us correct this.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Maybe people are mis-using the "Not Liable" tag to protect themselves, a mildly paranoid anti-litigation talisman?

I think it's original intent was to allow users to narrow their search to find potentially-hazardous (= "fun and exciting") projects to do.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 13 years ago

Conversely they may choose not liable to increase their views.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Yes, all the puberty-riddled teens thinking "right, what destructive pastime can I use to wind up my parents today?"

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

13 years ago

Send NachoMahma a message, you might like each other. -I've noticed the same thing, unfortunately I'm not old enough to make a deal out of it.