1) If you want this to eventually be definitive (as you put it), then you need to cover more systems than listed. There were a stream of other consoles brought out that deserve modding, and can be modded.
I have mentioned this before and now there is an opportunity for suitable sections; however the request looks like it is still being ignored - so this can hardly be "definitive" - it's like saying a definitive movie collection of very movie ever made; um, except for anything pre 2000 and only from the USA ... and has to feature Tom Hanks (it's either definitive or it ain't)!
That's what the "Miscellaneous" area is for. There isn't a reason to make individual forums for consoles with little mainstream following, because the modding community is an even smaller subset of the niche group that still remember (and care about) them, so naturally there's less information out there.
While i'm at it, there should also be a section on batteries, types, good brands; good protection circuits to use with Li-po's etc; which ones work to their claimed values and which ones don't, etc.
2) Not right that only mods and admins can make new threads or run them unless they have done the work entirely by themselves originally (eg their portable, etc). Obviously, if a member has gone then that is different, but their sigs should still be shown and credit given.
That's not the intention. You guys would make the guides in the appropriate console forum (or in a "submissions" forum here, we'll have to try both and see what works better)
, then if enough people think it's a well-written, useful guide, it would be moved in here. Disabling new thread creation for registered users at large is meant to keep new people from filling the reference forum up with "how do i sodder screen to nin10doh" question threads like they do with the stickies.
This isn't a dictatorship, where only mods and admins are allowed to post and they're allowed to steal your guides. We just don't want to be constantly moving "how am xbox lappy formed?" threads to the main forum, that's all.
You just proved my point, thanks. Only mods to make the topics and decide how they look and the contents (so people who actually did the work can't add their credits to it or input); and "after it's all started up, there should be no need to create many threads, anyway" - this is Big Brother not a discussion forum - "I decide what goes in and I post what I want, and when it is complete; because I say so" seems the flavour of this; bitter taste in the mouth guys, isn't it? Doomed to fail, or to lose members; congratulations, nice move.
Before you run your mouth off again, please re-read the original post, specifically this line:
Instead, you can make threads in the appropriate "outside" forum, and then they can be voted upon and moved into the corresponding Reference forum.
That is, YOU write an article, YOUR PEERS give feedback about it, and if YOUR PEERS think it's a great article, then we MOVE YOUR
THREAD in here. Please explain to me how, exactly, this is the mods "stealing your work"? Please don't assume the worst and run around screaming "Big Brother's taking control of everything I write!!". You've been here long enough to know we wouldn't do that.
Besides, I KNOW you are able to create new threads in the root of the Reference forum (this one) and now you can in the new Reference forum. (Phpbb 3 lets admins test users' permissions. You can't tell me it doesn't work, because it does.)
Any posts submitted will need to be restricted to diagrams, pinouts or similar; and brief, to the point; no worklogs, etc.
This is the REFERENCE forum. Not the "ask questions and post build pics" forum. What do you want, a completely redundant mini-forum inside the forum? (Yo dawg I heard you like forums so I put a forum in your forum so you can post while you post.)
This is here to consolidate all the guides, pinouts, diagrams, how-tos, and datasheets we regularly use.
I suggest you allow all Portablizer Extraordinaires and above to create topics and posts, not everyone. Questions can be asked elsewhere, this is more of a collection of knowledge without the need to filter through hundreds of questions.
We'll see how things play out, but if we go with a "Submissions" section in here, making Portablizers mods in the Reference forum to help sort submissions.