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mainstreetmark
Nov 11, 2005, 10:47 AM
There are lots of guides I know need to exist, but I don't personally know enough to write them. Should we make a "Requested Guides" page that lets knowledgeable visitors follow the empty link to create the guide?

* Change Root Password
* Adding and Removing Menu items

stuff like that?

Mechcozmo
Nov 13, 2005, 01:03 PM
Sort of like Wikipedia's page of requested articles and how long they have been requested for? Sure.

arn
Nov 13, 2005, 10:21 PM
probably... not sure if a wiki page is the best way for it to happen.

arn

Mechcozmo
Nov 14, 2005, 12:25 AM
probably... not sure if a wiki page is the best way for it to happen.

arn

Then how will the articles be taken off of the list when the Guide is created and up to spec?

Linkety (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requested_articles) is an example but on a MUCH larger scale. Here's another good Linkety (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requested_articles/Applied_arts_and_sciences#Computer_science.2C_computing.2C_and_Internet) that is an example.

mad jew
Nov 25, 2005, 04:18 PM
Has anything happened for this yet?

After reading threads like this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=163611), I think we should maybe start a guide about equivalent apps, Windows to Mac.

I don't know nearly enough about Wiki to start and don't have quite enough time to learn today. :o

Diatribe
Nov 25, 2005, 04:46 PM
Has anything happened for this yet?

After reading threads like this (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=163611), I think we should maybe start a guide about equivalent apps, Windows to Mac.

I don't know nearly enough about Wiki to start and don't have quite enough time to learn today. :o

Judging by your post count you have more than enough time on your hands... :D :p and besides it's not exactly rocket science.

mad jew
Nov 25, 2005, 04:47 PM
Heh, true. :D

Just not for the next few weeks, that's all.

Diatribe
Nov 25, 2005, 05:01 PM
Heh, true. :D

Just not for the next few weeks, that's all.

But you're right, I think the pace has slowed down a bit with the guides. I see the same 7-8 people editing posts though there are many more registered. I asked for a bit of help with my Beginner's Guide... only one person helped... I think it's more a question of mobilizing the people than to request more guides... there are already way too many stubs and dead links.

mad jew
Nov 25, 2005, 05:08 PM
Well, you've got me after Christmas unless I go to Kenya but I'm pretty busy until then. I doubt I'll be very helpful but I can go through and change all the rumors to rumours. ;)

There seems to be something a bit lacking in the guides though and I can't put my finger on it. I think it might be the integration with the forums but I don't know how this could really be improved. All up they're very impressive so far though. Maybe we just need to start linking to them from threads more or something.

I reckon in time they'll be more than comprehensive enough.

mainstreetmark
Nov 25, 2005, 08:36 PM
It may be a lack of scope or focus. For example, I almost started a "using Gmail with Mail.app" article, but, you know, Google maintains such an article. Why not link to that? There are several other guides out on the net from various sources. Do we re-author them?

What warrants creating a new guide and what does not?

HexMonkey
Nov 27, 2005, 03:05 PM
There hasn't been anyone against a Requested Articles page, so I've created one.

arn, if you're wanting a non-wiki solution, this page can just be used temporarily until we have something better. Otherwise, would it be a good idea to set this page as editable by everyone, not just users?