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Quality control Answered

First, let me just say how much I love Instuctables.com......I really can't remember....not one single time this year, not checking in here for even ONE SINGLE DAY!! It is my go-to place!!

That said, I've kinda been thinking about the amounts of digital "clutter" that exist here. Now, I myself have only put up two instructables......so I wouldn't claim to be a MAJOR contributor, by any definition...........but what I mean is.......
there are some instrutables here that are just junk!  Some kid zipped in here 4 years ago, put up something he (so-called) "made" with a piece of notebook paper and and a stick......no photos or the photos are garbage, and he hasn't been back since. A few bad ratings, and a couple of bad comments....and that's it. 
Has anyone ever discussed any sort of "juried" process after awhile?  I dunno.....maybe it's a bad idea, and god knows my work here isn't Smithsonian quality material, but I did put a'lot of thought into it, and I love the community here!

I just think if something has less than two stars after 3 years and all the comments are wretched.......it should maybe be removed. Such an action can be announced, maybe, or voting or something.

.....just food for thought.




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8 years ago

Yeah, you could dust out the collection and sort it all out (several thousand ibles- somebody has the count) but it would go against the spirit of the site that anyone can make something and share. It is what it is without being judged, except for that Fn SPAM.  The gems that you do find do make up for the "bad" ibles which do get lost in the chatter and not worth the effort to police it up. The featuring process does highlight the more interesting ibles but may miss some good ones.  The ibles ecosystem does seem to sustain itself.


Reply 8 years ago


It's at least 50,000 projects, probably closer to 60k now. The good stuff keeps popping to the surface, the poor-quality stuff gets lost in the aether.

IMO, if we actively deleted projects just because they are not of the very highest standards, then we will put off new or future members who could eventually become our best contributors.

AFAIK, the only time projects get removed on quality grounds is because they are missing images, or are so badly written as to be unintelligible (ie, they come under the flagging option of "incomplete").