Grammar nazi time

I wasn't sure if this would be considered a bug or feedback. "This author has not updated their profile." "Author" is singular, "their" is plural. It should be something like "This author has not updated his/her profile." The devs could probably make that match the account's gender.

Posted by FuyuKitsune 7 years ago


A Grammar Cop to end all Grammar Cops

The Language of Bad Physics is a blog devoted to complaining about poor language use by physicists, in particular in published papers.  And you guys thought Kiteman and I criticized too much! By the way, check out her 13 October entry, where she rips apart a recent crackpot without even needing to point out the physics absurdities. Minor update:  Gender references corrected.  Thanks, Lithium Rain!

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago


Grammar and spelling.

I hate when people don't spell properly. Or when they have poor grammar. I just hate it when they spell bad. Well I use to be one that spelled badly. What's your take on the bad spelling? Also, I hate it when they say "dude u spell worse than my sister". That just really tics me off.

Posted by Easy Button 11 years ago


Question about Grammar

I've noticed a lot lately, people using their internet grammar (not just here), and then defending it when they get criticized for it by saying something along the lines of, "wat r u a teacher?" or, "idc im not n scool rite now." So I have two questions about it, one for our adult members who grew up before the internet, and one for our current youth members.For the adults:Did kids tend to use proper grammar outside of school as you were growing up, or did they use the same sort of excuses for poor spelling and grammar? I guess this applies mostly to letters and notes to each other.For the youth:Do your peers use the same abbreviations in written communication outside of school as they do online or in text messages? Also, how predominately to you see internet speak used around you, compared to those who use proper grammar and spelling?Thanks! I look forward to any input you have on the topic.

Posted by Weissensteinburg 9 years ago


Why da peeple on Instructabels have sucdh bad spelleng and grammer!!?

Hi,I was just wondering why people on instructables have such bad spelling and grammar, as the title probably would have informed you of.I'm from England and besides from the obvious difference in languages between Standard English and ,erhm, the so called "American English", people just seem to have appalling spelling.By the way I was just spelling badly in the title to try and be ironic, but i guess my efforts were futile.(If you don't know what any of the words mean, LOOK THEM UP).Take a look at these pics i nicked off the InternetP.S. Colour looks so much better spelt with a "u"Spelt, yum yum.If you don't get the above joke look the word"spelt" up on the InternetP.P.S. Try and count, and point out the spelling and grammar mistakes I made on this topic.

Posted by tahirhh 9 years ago


How is this is going to work?

Well, I guess once we have enough members, we will go to every instructable once, and go through all comments to check for the right spelling. Any other things, we should know about?

Posted by mg0930mg 10 years ago


Please check your presentation before publishing it

Whilst it is unlikely that anyone can achieve perfect spelling and grammar, you are showing off your ingenuity for all the world to see, so you surely want to show how good you are? Also make sure your images are clear enough to illustrate whatever the point is.  I've just read two articles this morning, the first about "Metal-dipping" seed pods has crystal-clear images, but the other from American Pistol Crossbow Association offered under-exposed pictures in black-and-brown, captioned like this  "... thwe safty catch is behind the rear sight."  Their spelling, not mine. Come on Folks, let's all aim for a standard of presentation to be proud to show the grandchildren. Geoff

Posted by geoff_p 9 years ago


The word 'Instructable' is a typo

So if you've ever typed the word 'Instructable' into a field of text on this site, you know it has that dotted red line under it that indicates it's a typo. It's a small thing, yes, but it would add a modicum of dignity to the word if it was included into the spellcheck's dictionary. Just my two pixels - feel free to call me out for being nit-picky :)

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago


New British Superhero

Wrong-doers beware! There's a new hero patrolling the streets of the Medway area - Grammar Man! I wonder if he's part of the militant wing of the Apostrophe Protection Society? Story and image taken from Daily Mail.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Grammatically incorrect!

Hello Instructable community/team-I recently recieved a email message saying that a user has subscribed to me..."Congratulations!Member (xxxx) has subscribed to you! Visit their member page here: (link)"With the key word being their. It should be his/her.

Posted by Padlock 9 years ago


Is the word "neat" old fashioned?

I'm about to write an English press release for my product CameraClip. English is not my first language. I would like to use the word "neat' to emphasize that the product is small, smart and cheap. Is "neat" an old fashioned word in this context? If so, what alternatives could I use? Hope to hear from you all.

Posted by bertus52x11 7 years ago


A logo (mascot?) for all the grammar police out there!

I ran across this on the "I Can Haz Cheezburger" Web site.   It looks sort of like something Caitlinsdad might draw, but surely we'd have seen it here first!  I especially like the notations on the ordnance :-)

Posted by kelseymh 7 years ago


Join Us (You know you want to)

Feel free to join a society with the aim of collectively correcting Instructables users' spelling mistakes.But, please, correct spellings constructively.Be nice about it.:DGrammar Police

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago


Non-questions with question marks

Is anyone else annoyed by the prevalence of non-questions with question marks after them in the Answers section? Is this a manifestation of the proliferation of "upspeak"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_rising_terminal Perhaps a new rule should be instituted requiring all questions TO BE IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION, not a statement with a question mark after it. Here are some aggravating examples: "My LED matrix isn't working?" "I though I saw a instructable on making a silverware divider out of plastic?" "DIY step up switching regulator?" "Reflective Silk Screening?" "Atx Power Supply?"

Posted by aeray 8 years ago


Alright, you iBle-obians are a smart and experienced bunch...

The other day, in English class, something occurred to me:raze (v) : to demolish; to level to the ground; to scrape as if with a razorRaze. Always loved that word.Okay, Instructalobians, what is the term for a word that sounds like the opposite of its meaning? As far as I know, such a category of words does not exist.If no one knows, then I shall name it after Instructables. :DAlso, first person to post another word like "raze" gets a prize. An actual, material prize that I will mail to you. Seriously. It's pretty cool. Go for it. Stop reading this. Now. I mean it, cut it out now. Okay, you know what, if you read this sentence, you are disqualified. Aww, that's too bad, it was a really cool prize................Are you still here? Geeze.PS- this is what the alphabet would look like if Q and R were eliminated.Pic is not related, just awesome.

Posted by Takeshi_Kovacs 10 years ago


Is it really that hard?

I meen serusly ppl is it tht hrd 2 use good grmmr i see ppl on this site evry day an evry day i c ppl saeing "ZOMFG CANZ i HAVE SUM PLZ!?!?!11ELEVEN?" i dnt c wuts so hrd bout grmmr if u jus go 2 skool not skip clas and lern somthin u may lern grmmr thats wen u make sens wen u tipe an tlk so let review go 2 skool lern sumthin an use good grmr and luk smrt lol u gies r gud at makin urslf luk liek a ttal noob

Posted by Rock Soldier 8 years ago


"member's" should be "members'" in Grammar Police description

Please edit the Grammar Police profile accordingly. Thank you for your attention to this matter.Ah, irony.

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago


Authors?

This is posted in Help: AuthorsWhat exactly is this category for? Help with spelling and grammar? Writing styles?Or is it for people looking for other authors to collaborate with?

Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago


Copyer!

The is a copyer on youtube and he makes guns and doesent give him credit here is the link to his channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/dipswad . He has copyed bakenbitz and thedunkis. Im tired so my grammar is crap so sorry about that.

Posted by Millawi Legend 9 years ago


Would you pay 1800GBP to pass the test?

Back in the day - more than thirty years ago - all British children had to sit and pass the "eleven plus" examination.A set of multiple-choice questions, it determined your entire future, because only by passing could you get to a grammar school, and hence to university.Although the 11+ has passed away, there are still 164 grammar schools that can only be entered by passing an exam, and it has recently been revealed that some parents spend as much as 1800GBP to train their children to pass the test.Could you pass?Follow this link to take a short version of the test - the timer is running, you have ten minutes to answer 15 questions.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Spelling!!!

Guys learn english and proper grammar for example ok are you RETARDED the thing on the end less time makin sure its not out of the barrel Disgraceful ;( hey here's a tip for instructables make yours on microsoft word and spell check or something and copy and paste on to the place where you fifst make your instructable.

Posted by assasin 11 years ago


Skills every instructabler should know

These are the skills I think every instructabler should know. Proper English grammar and spelling Survival skills Using common tools (drill, dermal, soldering,etc.) Basic rope and knot skills Being resourceful Programing in a programing language Basic Camera skills Have a social life

Posted by starwing123 9 years ago


Is anyone else disturbed from Replay?

I always get so upset when I listen to Replay by Iyaz. I mean he has bad grammar, " Hoping you would give me a chance, who would of ever KNEW that we would ever be more than friends."   Blargh.

Posted by happyjo 8 years ago


Gigantic Halloween Spider Web

Is it strange to ask for feedback about an Instructable before it's published? It's my first one and I'd like to know what people think. Here's the link:https://www.instructables.com/id/EN95RCDG068LMN1Feel free to get nitpicky about details like grammar, spelling, content, style... anything really. Thanks!

Posted by nolte919 9 years ago


cnc: how to built it

Hi, dude! i found this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-Build-Desk-Top-3-Axis-CNC-Milling-Machine/?ALLSTEPS do someone build it? if yes, it works?,  same questions for the driver do someone build it?, if yes it works? does that driver works with a 4 wire motor like this? thanks a lot P.S. sorry for the grammar i'm not English.

Posted by addi125 5 years ago


Story of a spelling mistake

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Or just laugh at the annoyed faces of grammar pendants as you watch Steven fry shame them.  Now recently I made an instructable, it was named and "Breathe new life into an old computer" and being the grammar illiterate person I am, combined with the fact the article was written out of pure boredom, I misspelled the article title in two different places. Instead of "Breathe new life into an old computer" I wrote "Breath of new life into a old computer". The reason is, after writing the article, I felt the original title of "A breath of new life into a old computer" didn't really sound good. So I axed the A and called it a day (Rhyme not intended). It was late and without another thought I hit publish and eagerly awaited its appearance on the new ibles page. Nothing happened for 20 minutes, so I went to bed without a second thought. Maybe the database server just crashed or something :P The next day, after a long day of school, I eagerly sit down at my computer and watch youtube... After enjoying at least a few hours of Pwediepie screaming at disfigured goats and Linus (attempting) to colour a $500 motherboard I decide to check my Instructables page. A few clicks to my current Instructables page and WOAH. I see the featured banner draped proudly across the front of my project. My eyes dart down, desperately looking for a view counter and then they find it, "10 thousand views!" I cry. My mouse cursor automatically clicks, my world in slow motion, I scroll down... 3 comments greet me. I just sit there, mouth wide open. A crazy thought slams right into my face, my mouse cursor waddles over to the corner of the screen and suddenly the homepage sits there, my project stands in its little box, like an expensive toy, on display for all to see. My mind is racing, In disbelief. I look around, a hidden camera maybe, I shout upstairs to my brother "good prank". But all I hear is a surprised moan, "what?!" he shouts.  It took me a few hours for anything, whether it be ME being featured, or the chicken I had for dinner, to sink in. But eventually it did and I took a some rotting fleshes advice, Keep Calm and Carrion. The last thing on my mind at this point was spell checking, no one in the comments had pointed anything out, and well... I couldn't see anything wrong. It's like that thing when you're looking for something in that horrific mess you call a fridge, after spending what seems like hours looking at every little detail you still can't find the butter. Then your girl friend, Wife or Mum comes along and after giving you a lecture on tidiness they find that one thing you're looking for instantly... Anyway, I decide in the spirit of things I will go and enjoy some facebook, I take a trip to the Instructables facebook page and see my article, AWESOME! I open up the comments section and... Correcting my grammar Correcting more of my grammar I'm not an English professor Correcting my grammar Correcting my grammar Someone who doesn't understand that: 1. I am not American, 2. Americans are smart and awesome people Correcting my grammar Someone who uses such bad grammar that I can't even figure out what they are saying   Now at the sight of this I quickly ran back to my article and changed the picture and title, on facebook... It doesn't update. I have learned my lesson, proofread and double check your article, before you post!  What can you take away from this? What I have learnt:  Theres no 'Be Nice' policy on the internet Proofread your work! Admins are humans and might not pick up on a spelling mistake Write every ible like its the best one you have ever made, because you never know, your ible might be featured down the road and you will just wish that you double checked that title and fixed that little spelling mistake. Also dont ever use facebook because :( it dosnt update live :P lol The Facebook Post My Instructables

Posted by EvolvedAwesome 3 years ago


Stop bad grammar!

I've been noticing around our community, there are people typing liek ths. WTF is up with that? Nobody understands it, and nobody talks like that in the real world! I mean, really! Nobody would walk up to a friend and say "Dat vid on youtube wus lol rigt?". See how idiotic that sounds?! Now i hope you learn from this, and go type normally.

Posted by NYPA 8 years ago


How did some groups get URLs different from their titles?

I have run across a few groups so far ( Kids in Science and Engineering, Grammar Police, and some others) where the Instructables directory name in their URL (i.e., www.../groups/XYZ) is not simply a slightly-mangled version of the title (space -> _, etc.).I'm curious how this was done. Did an earlier version of the Instructables interface allow creators to specify both a title and a "shortname"? Or did the Staff intervene manually in special cases?

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago


New K'nex Idea

So i was on KI chat and ooda and mepain and stuff were talking about making a gun called the fustercluck and with a drill on it and he was talking about rotatiing turrrets and then i had an idea to making 2 turrets on a swivel so when the first turret is empty the second one will tweist wround and start working. The gun is a tr by the way. here is a shitty pic: i has bad grammar at half 11.

Posted by Millawi Legend 8 years ago


REAL Semi-Automatic True-Trigger Guns.

If we Really Want to Create a Semi-Automatic True Trigger Knex Gun, We Need To Share Our Ideas. I Propose That We Create A Collaboration Or Forum In Which We Can Discuss The Creation Of Semi-Automatic Guns. Let Me Give You An Example: If Someone Creates A good Firing Mech, But is Having Trouble With the Handle, He Could Ask, and Recieve Help From A fellow Member. P.S (Srry For The Bad Grammar and Punctuation.) P.P.S (I Would Post Pics But The Instructables Uploading System is Unfriendly to me.)

Posted by killa696 10 years ago


What sail is best for this raft?

I'm been thinking about building myself a raft. the tricky part is that the raft shuld have a sail. I have made a drawing of the raft using Google SketchUp. what is not shown in the drawing are some barrels and ballast. the raft shall be 23 feet long and 16 feet wide and have a small house on it 8.2 feet long and 13 feet wide. its this big becouse we are four who are going to use it. Now, the question. how should I build the sail? i added the drawing so you can take a look if you like. sorry about the grammar and/or spelling

Posted by Ungerbla 8 years ago


Specific error in trying to post image notes

When I try to post notes on pictures in Chrome on Mac, I just get the perpetual spinning wheel. Notes were working for me in Firefox, but today when I tried to add a note, I got this error over and over: error 400 -- invalid json: { top: 0.22568093385214008, left: 0.692, width: 0.24, height: 0.14591439688715954, text:Mmm. Note the focus, the concentration... the enjoyment. } I tried putting the note in different areas of the picture, but nothing helped. Maybe it's comma related. Aaargh, this grammar thing is killing me. I'll report back shortly.

Posted by susanrm 7 years ago


survival weapons

I would love to see a good spear for fishing and a sheild I have not seen many sheilds. If my message body is bad don't judge me i don't really know what to say this is my first time posting something like this and excuse my bad grammar please. Also I'm new here thats why I have not posted any instructables yet.  

Posted by crypticweasle 4 years ago


fake nixie tube clock

I was wondering is I could use the same system of using a 7 segment display to wire up a digital clock using el wire since nixie tubes are so much more expensive and limited to small size, or if i should wire it so that it is like a singular l.e.d.  and where could i get smaller metal chicken wire fencing to further increase the nixie tube effect. Sorry for the bad grammar when I get an idea I tend to lack the proper way to describe it even though I can see it plain as day in my head

Posted by general-Insano 8 years ago


Spelling 101

Okay, I'm going to cut straight to the chase here, people NEED to use spell check on their Instructables I've seen a butt load of crappy ones that I can't even understand, let alone read (not mentioning any names *cough* Knex *cough*). Okay so here's some helpful hints.1.MICROSOFT WORDI mean holy crap is this elementary copy and paste it from Instructable into word then hit spell check, I know it doesn't really work for grammar but its better than nothing.2. Dictionary Tooltip If you have Firefox which you should, this is just a spell checker that works in Firefox.

Posted by TheCheese9921 11 years ago


Notes on Specific Laws - the First Law

First Law On the Instructables website, the use of correct spelling and grammar shall be a constant criterion. Note: Edited Law There are several reasons for using correct English in all of our work on this site, but the most important ones are: It shows that you have taken time over your project, put some effort in and are proud of it. Like a smooth finish is the sign of a careful craftsman, a well-formed sentence is a sign of an Instructable that is worth trying. Clarity - the use of poor grammar or spelling can completely mangle or disguise the meaning of a piece of work, causing problems and wasting time as readers seek clarification. Inclusiveness - Whilst it may be cool to use the most current street slang or message-board abbreviations, there are those (myself included) who do not move in the internet circles where these terms originate. Excluding part of the membership by making the slang impenetrable also cuts you off from a deep well of information and advice. Time - slang dates, and changes rapidly. For instance, the word "gay" originally meant "carefree", then "happy", then "homosexual". Now, to the pupils at my school, it means "annoying" or "sad". Imagine what your latest slang could mean to future generations of readers. The web is a multi-lingual place. It would be conceited of us to assume that all readers speak English as their first, or even their second languages. There are a growing number of members and casual readers that rely on translation software to read this site. Translation software cannot deal with poor spelling or new abbreviations, and will render our words as gibberish.

Posted by Kiteman 11 years ago


Coming Soon- Sandwich Contest!

In around 2 weeks, I will be holding a sandwich contest! Much like Mikeasaurus's Dinosaur Contest, my sandwich contest will have real prizes, as well as digital patches. Only new Instructables may be entered in the contest, so wait until it is announced to post your Instructable. Enter your entries into the Sandwich Contest group when the contest opens. Everyone who joins the sandwich group that doesn't have an entry will be in a drawing to become a judge.  5 judges will be chosen. The judging criteria is: Appearance Originality Creative use of Ingredients Quality of Instructable Spelling Grammar Picture quality Good Luck! Let the sandwich making begin!

Posted by kcls 8 years ago


How to get your Instructable on the front page

I've seen the same Instructables on the front page way too many times. So in this topic we discuss what properties an Instructable should have in order to get on the front page. It probably should have: - Good spelling/Grammar - Accurate instructions - Plenty of photos - Good photo quality - A subject people will want to look at (I.E. dont expect "How to skin a pig" to be on the front page) - You must provide the graphic (Instructables will not make it for you; Make sure it has the right dimensions, choose a good photo, the right font, etc.) Can we get a site authority in here? :P

Posted by 1up 10 years ago


Collection of books taken to preserve human knowlege

What books file would you take to preserve most of the knowledge of the human race? You have a 64 GB flash drive and durable, waterproof laptop capable of getting power from an hand crank used to view files. What would you put on it? My list: Wikipedia and wikimedia stuff. 10 GB Bible and Collections of various philosophers   Korean, Eastern philosophy and major literature Native American culture and method information Database of major languages, dictionary, and grammar rules Instructables, selected ones Some major works of literature from project Gutenberg Songs from Beatles, Micheal Jackson, Elvis, Queen, ABBA Selected Movies Scientific Data, and other information vital to rebuilding society, such as designs for factories and computer chips.  Pictures of major works of art That's my list, what's yours?

Posted by starwing123 8 years ago


K'NEX Riot Shield

I've had this idea for a while, and I am kinda assuming that it is a pretty bad one, but do any of you think that a K'NEX riot shield would be of any use? At least, in an out door K'NEX war? If it could withstand a 5 rubber banded oodammo from a TR8, would it even have a chance of being used? And, keep in mind, I'm not talking about making a cheaply done K'NEX shield like the ones we've all seen here on instructables, I'm talking about a good quality, sturdily built, K'NEX riot shield. What do you guys think? (this forum topic was written in haste, grammar and punctuation are not of the best) -The Red Book of Westmarch (which, when shortened, comes to TRBoW, which probably means that I should build a turreted bow)

Posted by The Red Book of Westmarch 4 years ago


Stop with the useless topics!

Ok, so I have noticed some forum topics that seem to serve no purpose, and thought I would bring this to the community's attention. An example of one of these posts would be Knexfreak's topic about how he is going on holiday. These posts are getting the K'nex community laughed at, quite frankly, and while sarcasm may be hard to pick up on on the internet, some others must have noticed at least something. And at least if you want to post some tat, use correct grammar and spelling. This is what mainly contributes to the stereotypical view of the 'K'nexer'. Or you could continue, as I did chuckle at the whole 'fourever' dialolgue in kookoo for knex's post. Thank you for that, caitlinsdad and others. 'Non-K'nexers' may want to use this topic to give advice to the K'nex community. Also, my name seems silly and has stopped me posting on other 'non-K'nex' instructables more than once , in fear of ridicule. Any ideas for a shiny new name are welcome.

Posted by knexguy 9 years ago


Edmund Scientific: Question

Has Edmund Scientifics (originally Edmund Science) bee taken over by a company outside the USA? The only reason I ask is that, I was reading down through the Geek Tech stuff, and when I went to descriptions, I found stuff like this: The Privacy Safe can detect the strength of radio frequency generated by different types of LED signal indicator such as wireless video camera. When a suspicious object is approached or located, the "Red" light will be on and the alarm will beep continuously. The superb bright torch could illuminate allows you to find things or read in the dark.That nearly drove me to distraction reading grammar like this from a supposedly scientific catalog. I remember when I was much younger, you couldn't even find a misspelled word in their catalogs, now I can hardly read them without wincing . Anyone know what happened?

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


we saved a baby rabbit

There were 5 rabbits but 2 died and 2 we haven't found the reason we know there are five is because we saw them the day before ,but didn't save them because we thought that the mother would come back Then the next day we saved them when we noticed only one was living. something sorta lucky happened... when we were on our vacation to Pennsylvania the rabbits cage tipped over and the rabbit got out and hid some where in our house. but my brother that stayed home so some one was there to look for him. He couldn't find him after like 2 hrs of looking he so he told my dog to find him and sure enough she sniffed him out in like 1 - 5 minutes. He ended up right behind the computer I am sitting at.... as I fix my grammar and spelling errors. he is also as big as a soft ball now :P that thing grows so dang fast.

Posted by the_burrito_master 10 years ago


Be conservative

I don't mean take a right-wing political viewpoint as much as i mean be careful what you put in this group. Remember, if the book is published, we want it to have the best, the most interesting, the most rewarding instructables in it, not something that looks good but lacks any real understanding or depth, Quality of pictures, grammar and spelling should also be important. Furthermore, i don't think we should post our own instructables over anyone elses instructables. All the instructables here should be subjected to scrutiny and examined thoroughly before being posted. Don't just add your own instructables just because YOU think they're cool. Kiteman started this group so ultimately it's he who decides what can stay and what can go, but if we're careful in choosing a selection of good instructables over a wide variety of categories (K'nex contraptions, fun with LEDs, iPod hacks, etc.) then we won't need to leave anything behind. An example of a bad instructable is my own scalpel. Limited instructions for a very simple project. Bad piccers and spelling. That's the sort of thing we need to keep out. V

Posted by Vendigroth 11 years ago


How NOT to be a NOOB!

After looking around, I have decided to make a Mini-Instructable (Therefore Forum Topic) about how to not be a noob. This will be targeted for Instructables, but most goes on any site. It is also partly targeted on knexers. Step one, The name.Well, a lot goes by what your name is, don't say something like I_Love_Knex_Guns, choose something like Dsman, TheDunkis, Kiteman,Adrian Monk, Goodhart, Dj Radio, Jollex or The Jamalam. Also, try to use one that you use on other Websites, like Mepain, Kiteman or DutchJStep Two, the profile pic, Well, most people hate people who don't even change their display pic, so try to AT LEAST change it a bit. Some people actually use photoshop, like Dsman, or go even further and get one specially crafted by a true master ( IE Oblivitus) Try to get something that reflects either your name, or your interests.Step Three, ActivityWell, posting some Comments is Vital, and the whole point of Intructables is Instructables is just that, Post some Ibles! Don't be all nutty saying "This is my first Instructable, So be nice!'Forum topics are also quite important.Step four, Grammar Grammar is not a NOOB issue, but a lot more people will like you, and try to help improve it that way. Also, there is a Spell check button RIGHT beside the buttons near the Post sign, so USE IT!Step five, Activity Part two ( Bonus Points)Some things that are help you get more popular is greeting new people with nice warm welcomes. Jollex has done this quite often, with a personally Knex-related greeting, as have many other people. Another thing people do is search "knex" and the go to recent, and post something nice on all the new ibles (Block triggers and Et Cetrea Exempt)Example of a great welcome.Welcome!I noticed you'd joined the site, and also that you seem to be a K'NEX fan.That's brilliant!We have a lot of keen K'NEXers here, and we're quite a busy community on the site. Can I ask you to remember a few things, though? We are keen to show off K'NEX in its best light here, so please read these points carefully:(if you don't you run the risk of being labeled as a "noob")Pictures.One of the keys to a good Instructable is good photography. Please, don't use photos where the important bits are too small to see, or out of focus. Use good lighting and the macro mode of your camera. If you do not have macro, make sure things are in focus, then use an image editor to crop off the bits you don't need. Even Paint will do this.Text.This site is used by people all over the world. Lots of them don't speak English as their first language, and use translation websites to read your work. Please, do your best to use proper spelling and grammar, and avoid things like "u", and "r".GunsNow, as K'NEX gunners, we are dedicated to innovation. Innovative guns are what the K'NEXers what to see. But don't limit your self to guns, as some K'NEXers are annoyed by all the guns. And, please, no more little 12 piece guns.More!You know K'NEX is about more than guns, and so do I, so let's see your other projects - have you designed a clever robot arm? A new vehicle? A ball-sorter? Show us!Again, welcome to the site, and to the K'NEX community, and thank you for taking the time to read these hints. For more info click here.>Your name here<Well thanks, and I don't really think this needs a Whole ible, but If anyone wants to collaborate one, PM Me.

Posted by Bartboy 10 years ago


Calling All Good/Smart Knexers

Note: When I address 'ibles, I'm talking about the K'nex community here.Hey, knexers of 'ibles. Ignore my title, but it was irresistible , was it not?I'm here before you all today to give you all something to ponder, or act on. Yes, this is about the K'nex 'ibles and KI dilemma. I'm going to tell you now, I'm not going to flame 'ibles, or put offense upon it. Instructables is a DIY website, not specific to K'nex. It wasn't made to hold this community. In my opinion, people here care too much about things they shouldn't , such as ratings. People can rate them anything they want. "5 star because it looks cool!" "1 star, I don't like you." I haven't seen a lot of constructive criticism, which is, I think, what everyone should want. Most of the comments I see aren't very pleasant to read; do you really need to say "u" for "you"? Or "thx" for "thanks"? There aren't many rules here to enforce this. Or if there are, it's too laid back.First off, as you can tell by the name, K'nex Innovation was started for the productivity of K'nex. The decently small community there uses good grammar, to a point. It is moderated better post wise, as it is focused on one topic and things can be easier checked, for its size, once again. Another reason for this is that it's focused on one thing, and one thing only, so that there's less people than Instuctables obviously has. I'm not saying the people on KI have perfect grammar, I don't have it, but I'm saying that they try to the best of their abilities. No rating system. We give constructive criticism, and look down on "OMG COOL GUN!!!!1!!!!11!!" type posts. If you want to say that kind of stuff, PM the dude/man/guy. There's a mixed variety of people; gunners, and then some that make other nifty contraptions.There's a chat room, for K'nex talk. Of course, we have fun there too, throwing off jokes and playing around. Usually a good 8 or so people are in there. A handful of the more matured users who once roamed this site have settle there, such as Mepain and Oodalumps, to name a few. Recently, people there have started a podcast, currently with only two episodes. Also a step up in the community (coming from K'nex Innovation), soon there will be the first internet organized K'nex war.Even if you completely disagree what all that I said, please go check the site out: http://knexinnovation.net/And for those of you who want to talk it up with us first, here's the KI Chatroom: http://embed.mibbit.com/?settings=d4a2e2317b84e8897df0b736464a8ee4&server;=mibbit.darkmyst.org&channel;=%23KIchat&

Posted by Knarez 9 years ago


Weird email!

I want to express my discontempt for a message I just recieved: it says that a good instructable must follow the following criteria: NOTE: I have only published 1 instructable, titled Chrono-SOCCER! - details a finished project with instruction (not just links to instructions) - has clear images that you took of your project (web-found clip-art is not acceptable) - uses proper spelling and grammar - contains appropriate cautions or safety considerations - does not violate someone else's copyright - does not violate the Instructables terms of service - is typically written about something you are very passionate about and want to share. This is what I think: 1.- I put in put in the whole instructions (I don't even know how to put a link) 2.- I DO NOT own a digital camera; I put a table instead 3.- I apologized beforehand of being Mexican and perhaps making some spelling mistakes. 4.- This instructable shows how to play with a watch, not dangerous by the way 5.- This game is of public domain here in Mexico; like paper-rock-scissors in USA 6.- Believe it or not, I DO like reading the "small letters" and it does NOT violate the TOS or otherwise invite people to do so 7.- Obviously I like the theme or I wouldn't have published it thanks for reading this and I hope someone can do something about this because they are just sending pre done e mails!

Posted by Nuki 11 years ago


The Laws - a rebranding for newer members.

Some of the regulars will remember that, nearly two years ago, I accidentally formulated a set of rules (which some people called "Laws") about posting on Instructables. I have seen a few threads and posts recently that suggest some people need to be reminded about those Laws. I also think they need rebranding, so I present for members who have been around for only a year or so... The Instructable Laws: Zeroth Law If an Instructable exactly like yours has not already been posted, then you shall post your Instructable. Addendum to the Zeroth Law If your Instructable has an identical goal to a pre-existing Instructable, but achieves that goal by a different or improved route, or in a different style, then you shall also post your Instructable. Kelsey's Corollary; It doesn't have to be hard to be worth making an Instructable. First Law On the Instructables website, the use of correct grammar and spelling (no matter what the language) shall be a constant criterion. Second Law An unsuitable thread, when isolated from replies, will descend the list into obscurity. Addendum to the second law Spam advertisers may be chastised through the Private Message system to prevent their thread's longevity. Third Law As the level of civility approaches absolute zero, the uselessness of an exchange of posts approaches infinity. The original "Law" The original formulation of the full set Zeroth Law and notes. First Law and notes. Second Law and notes. Third Law and notes.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Educators and Where to Find Them

I am in search of educators and students using Instructables as part of a course or class. I would like to present at my state and national art education conference in the next year on how to use Instructables.com as a resource for student learning, sharing, critique, and assessment, but I have not been able to try this yet in my own classroom. It is a hope for the future, as my district has Instructables blocked through our web filter presently. If you are using Instructables for any of these purposes or know of someone who is, please drop me a line through a comment or PM so we might connect and share thoughts and experiences.   I'm posting this in feedback, because I am unaware of any way to find these people otherwise. Could there be some way to search for users that have added a particular city, state, or country to their profile? A profession section in the profile that is also searchable would be helpful as well.  Additionally, I am all for web anonymity and staying safe online, but it seems rare for authors to include their location in their profile. Requiring or encouraging authors to include at least the country of origin would  make it easier to understand and connect with those who come from a country or state/province/county that is not your own. For example, if I see an ible with less than perfect grammar or spelling, it is easier to overlook when I see that the author is not from an english speaking country. I have my state listed on my location, because we Texans have some pretty unique traditions and perspectives that may seem foreign even to those in another state. 

Posted by Brooklyntonia 3 years ago


It's weird, looking back after a few years.

It's not really much of a secret that I haven't been an active member here for years now (I joined Oct of 2007). Honestly I'd be suprised if many of you still remembered me. Now that I'm heading off to college (Actually, I already started) it's a bit of a shock to read over some of the stuff I posted (especially the early stuff). I'm pretty thankful that all of you put up with me. Look back over everything I posted, I'm a bit tempted to go back over my old instructables and fix up all the errors in them and such, and if I find time I might seriously consider doing that. Because ofcourse when i was ~14 I didn't really notice but some of those Instructables are a bit ugly. I'm a bit hesitent to just go and fix them up though. I think they may best be left the way they are, with all their numerious spelling and grammar mistakes, considering how long it's been now. I also went and updated 'The Christians' group (First update in 4 years, woot!). I'm sure those other 87 members will be very glad lol, honestly I don't know if it's gained or lost members since I've been gone. I'd personally guess lost simply because it would probably be somewhat hard for anybody to find the group at this point (You'd have to search for the exact name, find it, and then join) and some of the old members might not even be on here anymore. Not really sure, but it needed an update anyway. Most importantly though, I really wanted to thank everyone here at instructables that was here and talked to me and such back when I was still K'Nexing. I was ~14 at the time, could barely type (Infact, Instructables taught me how to type, When I joined Instructables I had almost no typing skills at all). Everyone here was kind, didn't hold grudges or get mad at me even though I was obvioiusly a little kid, younger them most of the regulars on here, and my typing skills and grammar were definitly not up to par. Reguarless, I really found a nice athmosphere here, and I'm very lucky I did. I was never a very social kid (The fact that I had, something like the 4 most comments out of every member on instructables one of the years I was here should be evidence of that.) and I'm still really not that sociable. I really don't know what I would have done with myself if it wasn't for me being on instructables. Instructables literally shaped my life, and I'd go as far as credit Instructables as the reason why I'm now going into Computer Science and Engineering in college. It's all because one day I went through an Instructable on Windows Batch coding, and that led me to take a BASIC computer programming class at my highschool, and now here I am ~4 years later going into CSE with a full tuition scholarship. Honestly I wish there was more I could say, but really all there is to say is that Instructables really effected me at a key point in my life and really if it wasn't for Instructables chances are I wouldn't be where I am now. On another note... Where'd all the orange go? All this white is hurting my eyes :P DSMan195276

Posted by dsman195276 6 years ago