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.
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.