I definatly agree that it is often difficult for people to find the information they're looking for, not knowing the key terms to search for. A majority of the time I now spend writing replies on these forums is linking to wiki articles that address the question. A lot of people know they want to turn off their site if their bandwidth goes to high, but they don't know that it's called 'bandwidth throttling'. Or they say I want to move my wordpress install to this new host, but how do I copy over the database. They would have a hard time finding the wiki article called 'migrate mysql'
I also agree with scjessey that the wiki provides a lot of the informaiton that this user guide might have. And that someone who's going to manage to administer a website at dreamhost has got to be able understand and use the wiki. But why can't these two ideas co exist happily?
I think a wiki article that functions as a user quide would be a great idea. The getting started article is close to this idea, but could use to be expanded on. Why not make use of the wiki as an official informaiton source to write this article. Once it's coming along well we can link it from the main page, with a breif explination. The user guide can provide explanitory text, a good TOC, and link to the wiki articles for specifics.
I certinly see no need for a 'dead tree' form of this guide though, things change way to frequently in this industry for that to be worthwhile in my opinion. And I'm certin several of us, myself included, would be very happy to contribute to writing this guide. If it's really coming along well, I bet we could even hassel dreamhost into linking directly to it from their welcome E-mails.
And one other thing:
Please, let's not have an other fun little discussion between you and scjessy here. It's thread hijacking, start a new OT thread, PM him, use his user's wiki talk page, whatever, but lets keep it out of unreated threads. 'Can't we all just get along'? Please?
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