1mikeasaurusBest Answer 12 years ago How to be respected in the community:Like everything, it's moderation. I know there's been people on here complaining "not another k'nex gun" and there's been some very defensive k'nexer's who will proclaim that "this is the best gun ever!, really the problem is the amount of instructables that aren't really any more than just showcasing slight modifications on an already bloated library of guns that are only appealing to a select market. This is no different than if you were to replace the word 'k'nex' with 'LED throwies', which was another fad that caught loads of attention and had many variations, however I was sick of seeing it everywhere. Was it a good idea? Yes. Was it overkill? Yes.To be respected as part of this community you need to look at the broader audience. If you think you can make a modification to an existing k'nex gun, great! But maybe realize that this site has plenty of minor modification already and writing up another instructable isn't something that will be well received, especially if the site gets flooded by 10 other people with the same idea. Instead the place for it might be on the comment section of the gun which you modified. Another idea I read here is that you should make everyday objects out of k'nex instead of guns. I agree, but only partially. Making a refigerator out of k'nex isn't hard or exciting. Again think about what you are doing, really go beyond the norm and push the envelope, you will be respected for trying to create something that no one has thought of. Right now guns, ammo belts, and crazy elastic band contraptions are a dime a dozen. Just exploring the instructables I can see over 1500 instructables on k'nex. With that much already there, what more can you do to add to the already exhaustive body of knowledge? Why not try something different?While we're talking about numbers, something else to realize is that by having such a large sub-culture in any place makes you a target. Just think of any large corporation in the world, they're all targets because they are the largest players in teh game. It doesn't make it right, it's just mob mentality. At the end of the day, there's nothing wrong with K'nex. In fact there's still room for more (yes, more) instructables on the topic, but make sure you understand what you are building, the bar has been set, people come to this site to be amazed at what people can create, the many different things they can create. So if you're one of these guys who has 5 instructables of only k'nex, maybe it's time to put down the coloured connectors and try your hand at something else.