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Policy on guides with only 1 step, a company’s repair video?

So the published guide on iFixit for a particular repair I was looking for has only one “step”: an embedded video of a company’s repair tutorial.

Technically, I guess it’s better than no guide. But I can’t parse how community standards regards such a practice.

The contributor’s profile page doesn’t overtly state that his business created the video, only that he runs his own small business. That said, he has also done the same for two other guides.

Looking for a clear response here, because a search of pages on community standards as well as a search through Meta answers (keywords “guide” and “video”) didn’t turn up any overt answers about the particular issue. And while I’ll admit that perhaps it’s just my own personal glitch, I came to iFixit because I prefer the written guide style to videos. So this experience was definitely unlike all the other experiences I’ve had using other in-depth contributed guides here. It’s left me wondering if I should expect more of the same in the future.

Thanks much.

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Hi zethyrius,

Thanks for your great question! Your research is correct—we don’t have any specific guidelines surrounding “one-step” video guides in lieu of a photo/text manual. We tend to monitor video guides on more of a case-by-case basis. As @nick mentioned, if the videos are blatantly self-promotional, that violates our Community Guidelines and will be pulled down. However, we’re more than happy to have high-quality video tutorials for repairs that don’t have a traditional photo/text guide written. And, since iFixit is a wiki, users can always supplement their own text and photos to existing video guides.

I hope that helps!

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I've seen it where someone has made a video equivalent to my guides before. Part of why I don't really do it (other then what I mentioned before) is my video skills aren't as good as I'd like to go there anytime soon. In addition for some devices, you only get one shot and I can do better with those with text/photos.

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Personally I've never seen anyone banned for it that doesn't promote their own tools after multiple warnings (which is what got Witrings banned). I think it's a bit lazy myself for repair guides (but doesn't bother me as supplement content for visuals who need a video guide) but I personally don't do it.

I don't think it's a problem with them as long as you don't use it in the way Witrings did.

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