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Ratings and the tedium of knex Answered

I know what happens when I rate something up, it goes on my favorites, but what happens when i rate something down? Does it do anything? Normally I don't bother, I just rate the projects I like up , but these Knex ones are getting tedious. What's next? An influx of Lincoln Log houses?

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Danny
Danny

14 years ago

why does this repeat itself halfway down the page?

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billy
billy

14 years ago

I, like many others, agree with what the OP is saying. I am however happy to hear that someone from this site is addressing this issue finally. What I would like to know is, who decides which instructables are worthy to remain a part of the feed? Is there a section on this site that outlines what content is allowed and what is not? I think there needs to be a line drawn at some point. What is stopping a small group of kids from posting 90 ways to build a lego house every other day?

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lebowski
lebowski

Reply 14 years ago

We want to create ways for our users to get a variety of feeds to match their interests. We can't really draw the line as to what someone may or may not be interested in, we can just try and give them the tools to help filter out what they are not interested in. If there are a group of kids who want to share their passion for building lego houses, they should be able to that here. I'm happy to see that kids are actually building stuff and not just watching tv. We've been approaching a one feed doesn't fit all for a while now. We hope that adding categories will alleviate some of the problems, but that may still be too broad. Maybe being able to exclude certain keywords from your feed would help fine tune things. Suggestions?

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vatosupreme
vatosupreme

Reply 14 years ago

www.knexables.com is available according to godaddy. I will give you the 9 bucks, then all knexables can go there. :)

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westfw
westfw

14 years ago

It the k'nex fans are posting 'too many" instructables, I say "more power to them." Ditto for the similar recent complain about too many food instructables. It's easy enough to skip them, and the solution if you don't like the subject ratio is to post more of the sorts of instructable you ARE interested in. Arguably, the k'nex Instructables are closer to how I imagine a site like instructables is supposed to work. People being inspired by and adding on to other similar projects (ok, so I haven't actually LOOKED at any of the k'nex projects; perhaps not...) Can y'all leverage the bayesian technology being developed for spam filtering to suggest which projects I might be interested in based on prior "like/dislike" ratings? I suppose this might require a private ranking in addition to the current public scoring; to me there's a difference between things I'm not interested in and things that aren't "good."

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lebowski
lebowski

14 years ago

Just ignore them for now. We're working on tools and categories that will help get what you really want to see. The main problem right now is that most users are looking at the new feed of all instructables. So if we have a flurry of recipes and you're not into recipes, well your only option is to ignore them. How about this. What kind of feeds are you most interested in getting?

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 14 years ago

That's kinda hard to say, my tastes run all over the place, an option to add particular users (whose work I admire) to a feed so i see when they post new work would be cool. Although users should not be able to see who is picking who since that could get WAY too clickish. But, in actuality, any kind of parsed feed is going to limit my discovery of new 'things', so I guess I'll just ignore those that are dreadful ;-)

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lebowski
lebowski

Reply 14 years ago

We have been talking about making a featured feed, which would probably be a combination of users, including us. This would/should catch 90% of what you're after, but doesn't seem to be perfect for everyone either.

You can already watch for specific users, this will show me all the new instructables that you post:

https://www.instructables.com/member/Tool+Using+Animal/rss.xml?show=instructable