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I wonder why it is still happening...? (EDIT) Answered

Usually, when I start a forum thread, it appears in the lists instantly.

Sometimes, though, it doesn't.

For instance, this thread made a lot more sense on the day I clicked "publish", and three other recent threads have taken time to appear as well:

Does anybody have an explanation or hypothesis for the phenomenon?


This thread is currently hiding - please read it, especially if you are a UK ibler.


this problem occurring for an instructable is understandable- they need to check to see if the ible is good enough to publish and they have to process the pictures as well. Though when I published my sniper, it took 5 days for it to show up on the recents. idk why it happens for the forums, I find that it shows up faster if the title of the topic I post is very relevant to the category I put it in.

The ibles are not checked for quality before they are published - the hang-ups are automatically triggered if the title or keywords contain words that match a semi-secret list. Some of the words are obvious, such as "gun" or "sniper".

no, this has happened for my non-knex instructables.

There's a whole list, it's not just centered around knex. It's meant to help filter out spam and other undesirable content. Sometimes, though, the filters catch things that shouldn't be caught. When this is the case, they have to manually approve it.

can you explain the messages admins leave on instructables that dont pass muster then? Most of the instructables the notes are not left on dont have keywords that the filter would trap.

In addition to the keyword filtering, there is a "requirement" that I'bles have photos associated with each step. If you publish one with no images, you're pretty well guaranteed to get back one of those nice Robot messages. If you leave an image off of just one step, it'll go through (I know :-). The cutoff is probably somewhat fuzzy.

I got that one time. I still say it was a special case and people with objects in their eyes do not have the desire or time to look at pictures, rendering them useless and indeed wasteful, which is bad, and with this economy we can't afford any waste, even though Eric does say bandwidth is cheap. When he and Canida are in the line for the soup kitchen because the company has gone belly up because robot wouldn't just review ibles on a case-by-case basis instead of being a lazy lazy robot, I think Eric will be singing a different tune. But whatever...

people with objects in their eyes

"I'm afraid I can't see you, I have a banana in my eye..."

Oooooh, very nice! I guess I should, before I try to get the mote out of yours :-)

Who puts an entire moat in their eye anyways ? What with the crocodiles and such.....

Well, it helps to deal with the crocodile tears...

hmm, yes the moat would help too, if they cried me a river

My Dad would tell me, when I claimed I had something in my eye (and I was rubbing it), yeah, it;s your finger :-)

Believe me, he wasn't as witty as it sounds.....but he did remember things others said, so he was good at being like his dad ;-)

Why would they publish them if they're not of quality? The process of reviewing them happens after they're published. Don't believe me? Try publishing something after people in CA would have gone to bed, you'll see that it will show up before morning.

Have a look at the "boil water" ible - good it is not, yet it was published, and remains published over 2 years later.

The list that triggers filters is probably quite long, and probably contains word combinations as well as single words.

You are using funky keywords. They get stuck in the filter. Then the robot has to go and haul Eric off the beach long enough to okay it.

I thought that, but this thread has a potential funk ("conspiracy"), and the most controversial keyword on the vacancy thread was "plumber".

Go figure, eh?

Plumber...sounds preeeety suspicious to me...I can see why that didn't make it past the filter.

considering who brought the joe the plumber idea to the public LOL

Woohoo!! I am not the only one the Robot takes revenge on for destroying his evil brethren... RECENTLY, 1 out of every 3 times i post a topic, it gets lost....

It happens to me all the time. I don't know how to explain it.

It's happening to me, too! >:(

"a little trim" "wine" "drinking" "bangs" "Alcohol" "stalking" "butchering" "hacking" . None of those seems too bad, but the aggregate score might cause it to get caught in the filters. ;)

Hahahaha, you're right. Perhaps I should be a little less manly with my descriptions.

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Reply 9 years ago

(So you'll be swamped by GW about a week before me...)

I was thinking that "sea level" and "street level" are almost synonymous for you...


Reply 9 years ago

I don't know if it's either - I wrote two of those threads today, and this thread appeared instantly. I doubt it's a traffic issue, since I'm usually well out of synch with the rest of the membership (it just turned 5:30pm as I typed this).

Sometimes the Robot is just overwhelmed. Or maybe he caught a virus?

Haha!! The thread appeared 3 days late!!!