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Repeat Thread about Repeat Instructables Answered

First point - I am not against different versions of the same item. There are often several equally-good answers to the same question.

However...

I just looked at the "recent" explore option, and about half the instructables on the first page were repeats of past Instructables. Two almost-adjacent posts were for the same thing.

Now, remember, I'm not against different versions of the same thing, but these were very similar to the past versions. Not copied, but re-inventing the wheel, if you will.

This has been a bug-bear in the past, with some members getting quite heated about it.

I would like, therefore, to propose a set of possible solutions, using the Instructable on writing Instructables:

> This could be linked by a permanent, prominent button from everybody's "home" page.

> It could be automatically sent to new members as part of the registration process.

> It could be highlighted as part of the Contribution process.

Alternatively, when one clicks on the "new instructable" link, it could direct the user first to a page with instructions on searching the existing archive for any previous versions of the project before getting as far as writing "step one".

I commend the motion to the house.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

13 years ago

I have to reluctantly disagree. While I strongly object to plagiarism of past Instructables (has happened a couple of times), a different approach at the same goal has to be allowed. This doesn't mean that one should be able to read another's Instructable and repost it in their own words; But if they have a truly original approach and original photographs, it should be allowed. Lack of a digital camera is no excuse! One can purchase digital cameras with Web acceptable resolution (640x480) for under $30US. Another thing that I strongly object to is plagiarism of other sites. If one did not create the instructions on their own, they should be deleted. There's nothing worse than reading an Instructable and realizing that all the photographs and concept came from another site. That is, except when it's actually posted by the original author.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

I repeat - I am not against different versions, it's people (presumably accidentally) posting basically the same instructable, not through plagiarism, but because they didn't think to check to see if it had been done before.

If you want specifics, there was a "make a charger into a power supply by cutting off the jack" instructable (I did it basically the same way some time ago, which is why I noticed it), two CD cases folded from paper, and a device for stopping shopping trolleys that had already been done twice.

That is why I think there needs to be a clearer, more explicit reminder to search through the archives before writing an Instructable. Not to stop people making the same thing as somebody else, but to stop them making it the same way.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 13 years ago

My first Instructable's topic was previously published, but I did do a search and didn't find it. While the design was the same, after discovering and reviewing the previous Instructable, I left mine up. IMO, mine was clearer and easier to follow. I agree that some, like the aforementioned "make a charger into a power supply by cutting off the jack" and CD cases from paper were so poorly written and repeats of other, better written Instructables, that they could merit removal. This would, should be and is only at the digression of the author or the site's administrators.

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

I agree with you (though I find it difficult to come up with suitable pictures for something like "How to get good grades). As far as recreating something already on another site--if he/she/they followed those steps and posted their own results with pictures they took, I'm ok with that. You?

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 13 years ago

To a degree. If they got the idea and instructions from the other site and post their own process, instructions and pictures then they should, at the very least give credit to the original inspiration and links.

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Yes, absolutely. I forgot that part. Give credit where credit's due. . .

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

13 years ago

I second the motion, All in favor vote yay, all oposed nay.......................................................................................................................... Well ummm, gee, guess no ne wishes to vote?

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 13 years ago

You forgot the discussion part, according to Roger's... Besides, only ewilhelm could technically call for a vote... :)