How Instructables Builds Community

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About: Eric J. Wilhelm is the founder of Instructables. He has a Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Eric believes in making technology accessible through understanding, and strives to inspire others to lear...

As part of the 2007 Crunchies, where Instructables was a finalist in the category of best user-generated content, we were asked to submit a short video explaining how we build a great community of users on Instructables.

We had a blast making it -- noahw did all the hard work! -- and hope you enjoy it too.

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    55 Discussions

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    Kitemanwenpherd

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Listen to the video - they pronounce it sodder-ing, instead of the correct form, soul-der-ing.

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    Yonatan24Kiteman

    Reply 3 years ago

    I pronounce it either "Saw-der" or "Sole-dur"

    It honestly doesn't matter, Same with aluminum... Who cares?

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    Yonatan24Kiteman

    Reply 3 years ago

    Which kind of English? British English, Or American English?

    I'm just saying that it doesn't really matter...

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    zachninmeBran

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I just realized I can...
    I thought I had a problem, but I *was* saying it right!

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    SteamdntKiteman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Apparently the English roots in Australia have Brought that pronunciation, The Australian roots In Me From my father have now brought that pronunciation to CANADA YAY!

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    zoxxKiteman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    for the same reason we don't say the "h" in "herb"...we're just...sigh...just take pity on us. please. However, I must note that the way Brits pronounce "aluminum" is flat-out ridiculous.

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    Kitemanzoxx

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    We don't say aluminum.

    We don't have that word in our dictionary.

    It even upsets the Firefox spell-checker.

    The word we use isaluminium.

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    theburn7Kiteman

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    weird, i never say anything incorrect, but whenever i do say something correct, somebody in the US corrects me. Wateva. Aluminum doesnt upset the firefox dictionary here, weird

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    Heliosphanzoxx

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm from the UK, and heres my two PENNIES about aluminum-aluminium Well see here's the thing. Aluminium, broken down into its constituent parts is an -ium word, you Americans too have lots of -ium chemistry words- polonium, uranium etc. pronounced correctly. As far as I'm concerned Aluminum is spoken plain wrong for this reason. Its incorrect but has entered your language as a norm, and is accepted by you. This is fair enough though, theres tonnes of examples in history of word shortening becoming the norm on both sides of the pond, in fact throughout the world. But zoxx thinking that OUR pronunication is wrong is in itself flat-out ridiculous, a complete reversal of the truth that its originally an -ium word!!