Why is Instructables so great? Answered
Hi my name’s Padraig and I’m doing an online ethnography project for one of my modules in college. I’m a member of this site and I’m curious as to whether or not everybody else agrees that the site facilities this kind of D.I.Y. activity far better than traditional person-to-person social groups, oh and also, of course, why you enjoy using instructables and that sort of thing.
Like I said I’m a student, I’m not some sleazy market researcher, I’m really interested in instructables as a community and would hugely appreciate any replies to my questions. Answer whatever you like and feel free to add anything you think is worth mentioning.
1 - What is you age, gender, general location?
2 - How often would you say you visit the site?
3 - Do you use the forum often and participate in discussion?
4 - Do you find that having access to the various instructions submitted to the site has directly affected how often you yourself make things by hand?
5 - Do you feel that the site allows you to express a side of your personality which you may not usually have the opportunity to express offline?
6 - If you answered yes to the previous question, then why?
7 - Do you attend offline events that are promoted through the forum?
8 - Do you talk with any Instructable members outside of the site, either online (MSN Messenger etc.) or offline (Events)?
9 - Have you experienced a sense of competition in producing bigger and better instructables or is the atmosphere more laid back, is this good or bad in you opinion?
10 - Do you feel that the community offers a decent support network of friends and like minded individuals?
11 - Would you consider members like threadbanger and giannyl (etc.) to be instructable’s very own cult of celebrities?