The disorganization here is incredible. I'm not a newbie and it took me a while to figure out how to do simple things using wordpress other than just setting it up initially. The problem is that the forums are just not conducive to finding what you need. I'd sooner put up a phpBB forum and bedone with it.
There's nothing that says you can't. It's not like you're the first to think about it.
Second there is no organization of efforts. There is no section that provides a list of completed plugins, themes, etc. It's a bunch of different places trying to compile things for the benefit of others that is a constant effort.
The sooner this place is organized the better.
And yet, you offer no solutions. Maybe you should join the wp-forums list and see what's really going on behind the scenes. And maybe instead of bitching about it, actualy do something constructive.
I hope and pray we don't got to a forum set up. While this may (or may not) take some getting used to, it's much easier than reading a forum format.
As some one constantly on forums, that's debatable, but the current setup isn't really all that different from more traditional ones.
<emThe search may give you several different directions to look, but at least it does it in a user friendly way.
Even more debateable. Because the search is handled by a third party (Yahoo!) there's a lot of extranneous information that comes back in the summary that (IMHO) shouldn't be there. By the time you get past the "User: PAssword: this is not resolved, this is not a support issue" you're lucky to get the first couple of words out of the post. And quite often, it's very hard to tell from that little bit if it's relevant. I'd find it more usefull if it showed me the text surrounding my search words (the way Google does)... it would at least put it into context and I could better tell if my search was truly effective.
I'm even hesitant to post this because I don't consider my problem handicapping but rather a challenge to work through.
But don't be afraid to post when you hit that wall. Part of the trick is to know when you can no longer see the forest for the trees. There isn't a single one of use here (including the long time residents) that hasn't been at some point where we just go "I just don't know how the #@$% how to do that." or "What the.....?" and ask for help. We've all been there. But what gets discouragin is when I see three posts on the front page, each by a different person, with SIMILAR titles, and nearly the exact same problem in their post.
As for doing an FAQ. The problem is the FAQ changes with the moon. Each week it's a different problem. And having it is only as good if people are willing to search it out and see if their problem is in it. But since some of them don't even search, I doubt they're looking for the FAQ any way.
Which brings me to my next .... umm..... point of contention. The only way that the search will work, is if people *know* what to search for.
The following text, has the following results:
"looping through the posts"
44 hits. The first three are about "looping of child pages", "looping inside a plugin", and "looping over categories." The fourth result is *finaly* about looping through posts.... but in the context of multiple loops. "Looping the Loop" finaly comes in at fifth place. And that's because I have an idea of what to search for. I shudder to think of what the layperson would search for.