Originally Posted by wideasleep1
I don't disagree, but if we keep the Toolkits and such in general access, that approach is a workable solution. In my experience, Wug, MSkip and others are desirous of helping their users, and would likely welcome it (as I said, to some degree they already attempt to compile and facilitate repetitive solutions).
I also see an opportunity for XDA, to have a deep database of solutions: I go to rockauto.com for truck parts->I select make, my model, my year, drill down to brakes, pads, semi-metallic. We could use a similar dichotomous tree/key approach for the everydayman to seek solutions to his issues. Once the data is acquired, it's a matter of efficient presentation, while currently we reinvent the wheel post by post. The information presented, ideally, should be instructive: issue description, how/why it could happen, solutions, with the user required to follow instructions to complete the solution.
That actually is a very legitimate solution, and I love your idea of monetizing it. I'm all for the spread of information and tools, but like I said, some people need to be saved from themselves. If developers (and xda in general) can benefit financially for providing/hosting their goods and services, I'd be all for it.
I'd also fully support xda or individual devs, if they wanted to create a "learning center" of sorts, with weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly live video feeds (Hangouts?), to instruct users on all aspects of the community... From proper rooting and flashing, to compiling kernels and ROMs, and building themes, or installing a Linux distro - I think many users would gladly pay for a service like that. It would spread information, engage the community in a way that simple tutorial threads and videos don't. It would also allow for non-English speaking users to (possibly) gain information in their native language, this making their experience easier, better, and more enjoyable.
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