Thoughts about the forum...
I have spent the better part of 5 days reading hundreds of threads and thousands of posts here at wiihacks, koureio, gbatemp, etc. While this site is a wealth of information, it is one of the most frustrating forums I have ever visited. While I think peoples intentions are good, the information presentation is a disaster.
Those of you "in-the-know" appear to have fogotten the level of complexity that a person new to wii modding is faced with. Most of you either live eat and breath wii modding or have been around from the early days and have been able to absorb your knowledge as the hardware and software has evolved. It would help if most of you took a moment to realize that MOST people don't want to fully partake in the "scene" and become gurus, they instead want help FROM gurus to get their systems up and running. I am an advanced electronics hobbyist, programmer and IT technician, yet after spending days reading, I now have more questions than I did before I started! Most of the questions are simple but I have not seen them directly answered after days of reading. I (like most people) don't want to spend weeks weaving my way through thousands of posts to learn something that is pretty well a a hard science.
It would appear to me that those if you in-the-know need to consider organizing the learning material in such a way that questions don't need to be asked over and over again and where the information can be easily updated. Answers can be linked to instead of the canned "use the search" response. Using the "search" on a site like this is akin to going down Alice's rabbit hole. There are no clear answers and only more questions to be asked. It never ends, not to mention many searches lead to "use the search" posts or long outdated information. You may know what is outdated, but someody searching for help has no way of knowing what is relevant, let alone safe. Honestly, Moderators should spend more time moderating content not sending people to the search button. The irony is that most people seeking help are labled as lazy for not searching, yet sending people to the search instead of helping is the definition of lazy.
Of couse it gets old answering the same question over and over. The site would be much more useful if ALL of the senior helpers and moderators followed the same conventions and put coordinated effort into cleaning up the information overload into something more usable. If they information was distinctly defined and easy to find, then the "teachers" would clearly not need to spend as much time answering the same questions over and over.
You have GUIDES and FAQs that go on for hundreds of posts drifting in and out of relevant subjects. Instead of constantly posting "use the search" why don't you clean up the GUIDES and FAQs and keep them locked? Update them with releveant steps and information as it evolves in the general or topic specific forums. You have numerous GUIDES that overlap, have different steps and softoware and/or contradict each other. This in itself creates a large portion of the "stupid questions" because n00bs can't find a distinct answer.
Even non-technical types and idiots can follow a flow chart. The evolution of SOFTMODS on different hardware and software platforms could easily be mapped directly to a flow chart, as could the selection of HARDMOD devices and operating instructions.
A single flowchart (either graphical or weblink based) could easily answer 99.99% of the "how do i" and "why do I" and "what happens if" questions. Instead of posting "use the search", you could direct people to the flow chart. A flowchart could easily elmininate most of the wandering "sticky" threads and could easily be updated to accomodate new hardware and/or software release from both the community and N.
It amazes me how powerful the web and computers are and how most information gets lost in wikis, forums and blogs. Good grief, use the power of the technology to create an interactive information model, not a flat jumbled information overload blender.