drewshrader wrote:Here is the issue with XDA, it would appear as if none of you have ever taken a writing class. There are 18 different instructions for the same processes and almost none of them tell you explicitly what to do.
This one did tell you explicitly what to do, and I think XDA could take a lesson from it.
When my tablet comes I will personally take a few days to read xda and figure out what in the heck I am supposed to do, because I don't trust his download links. But can you really blame him? If he had dropped those, they would have been buried in the forums. He has better instructions for installing VEGAn (assuming his instructions are correct) than anything I've seen on XDA in the last week of reading it.
I don't know who "he" is (assuming it is a "he") - he's never contacted me on the forum, he's never PM'd me, he never even asked if he could host my 5.1.1 supplement file (that's actually my supplement - I created it). I normally don't get bent out of shape on stuff like this, but once it's off the grid like that I have no idea what's in there.
I cannot condone that site because I have nothing to do with it. As far as I know, those ZIPs are filled with viruses, so it's in my best interest to warn against it. They aren't using the original files. The instructions themselves, imo, seem sound but if something goes wrong the user will most likely be on the XDA asking for help versus contacting the author of those instructions.
And you are right when you wrote "if those instructions are correct" - I have NO IDEA if they are. Should I now take a few hours of my life to verify that 1) the files are virus free and 2) that the instructions work in a variety of situations (Window / Mac users, 2967 3389 3588 stock or TNT Lite or CM 7 baseline etc) just to confirm that they are to make you feel better?
Finally - you are criticizing XDA for its horrid instructions to new users - I completely agree with you and, if you actually took the time to look at some of my posts over in XDA (start with the moderator one that's stickied), I've been asking for someone to clean up the site since the Woot! sale occurred. I don't wish to take this task on because I have enough to deal with, right now - I have multiple mods that I support and I'm trying to be a gateway between Woot! and XDA. And trust me it's taking up a lot of my time right now. And I have a 50 hour a week day job, too. Sometimes people like you seem to forget that we do this in our spare time - we aren't Technical Writers and we don't get paid to do this, save some "beer money" donations.
Now since you are criticizing so much about my writing abilities (and you did as soon as you wrote "none of you have taken a writing class"), might I suggest that YOU take on that arduous task? I, for one, would welcome someone to clean up the site and work on a Wiki or FAQ for new users.
Put your money where your mouth is.