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Flag request: "other" Answered

I'm sure this has been suggested elsewhere, but nothing came of it, either way, and it has come up again in a conversation with another member by PM. Currently, Instructables can be flagged for three reasons - "inappropriate", "incomplete" or "spam". Whilst they cover most eventualities, I would like to propose a fourth flag option: "other". Of course, "other" is rather vague, so its use would require details - clicking it would open a comment or message box to allow a brief description of the reason for the flag, whether it is the original source of a project that has been ripped off from elsewhere, or a concern regarding the safety or legality of a posting. I don't know coding, so I don't know if such a system is possible with this site. If it isn't, then can I suggest that a fourth flag option be added called "Legal issues", or some other catch-all phrase that covers issues of intellectual ownership and site liability.

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CameronSS

9 years ago

I would like to see a "Duplicate" category...A couple of times, I've seen one Instructable or forum topic published twice, apparently by someone who thought it wasn't showing up.

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lemonie

9 years ago

I don't see much point in categorising flags. If you or I can see what's wrong with something, I think those with the power to action a flag can. The flag says "please look at this and remove it", the reasons why should be obvious. L

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Kitemanlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Not always, especially if there's a copyright issue.

A project might be well-written, well-illustrated, and seem to be a bonus to the site, yet actually be a rip-off from somewhere else (another site, or a book, say). That is not immediately obvious from a look after a vague flag-click, especially if you have not seen the source material.

I happen to know that one of the less-known members, who does not have the benefit of reputation, is in dispute with one of the better-known members who one would expect to know better, regarding the latter's (alleged) theft of intellectual property i.e. they ripped off a project and presented it as their own.

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BeanGolemKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Discussions of IP cover an interesting set of questions:

  • Are ideas truly our own?
  • Do you credit everyone that influenced your idea?
  • Do you credit the teachers that inspired you to pursue your interests?
  • What incentives do we give people to rip off someone's idea?
  • Is the dissemination of collaborative knowledge inhibited by the idea of patents and knowledge ownership?
  • Is it in everyone's best interest for individuals to be allowed to profit and gain fame from ideas?
  • Would the average level of knowledge and intelligence of the human race progress more quickly if ideas weren't mired in ownership, but rather open to completely transparent collaboration?

Granted, our societies have set up rules regarding these things, but that doesn't mean we can't challenge the purpose of these rules and why we should even need them in the first place.
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lemonie

9 years ago

And flagging doesn't always work, lots of flagged items still haven't been pulled:

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11010010110

9 years ago

this may be advantage in the more complex cases however it may be quite complex to implement cause there is probably no data field for text in the flagging system