[notice]First, let me offer my thanks to all of the developers, testers, and other active users on the XDA Developer’s Forum. Especially those working on the T-Mobile G2, the ViewSonic G-Tablet, the Kindle Fire (by Amazon), and the B&N Nook Color & Nook Tablet (all devices that I own and use). I do not have a clue how they create all the XDA goodness for our smart phones & devices but I do appreciate their work.[/notice]
I joined the XDA Forum in July ’07 after I purchased my first smart phone (Cingular 8125, “Wizard” on the Windows CE platform). I have provided a considerable amount of funds to both the forum and individual developers. Although I support their work, I also have some problems with the forum (hence the reason I post MORE on this site than on XDA).
The XDA Developer’s Forum is just that – a DEVELOPER’S forum. It started (and continues) as a place for those super smart people who CREATE the ROMs & other applications that we USERS lust after! Consequently, there are some inherent problems for non-developers:
- Forum Format. I find this format overwhelming. Although the moderators have done a great job of organizing the forums, there are just far too many posts to read before getting to the heart of any issue. Most of the other “problems” that I mention are actually based in this problem.
- Posters are often rude to new users (“noobies”). There are multiple reasons for this: developers want to spend time doing rather than explaining; knowledgeable users are frustrated that the same questions are asked over and over (“already answered” is a common response but it can take days to find the answers in the multitude of posts); and some “experts” simply “look down” on those who have not kept up with the forum.
- Posts often assume a level of expertise. Another common response is that if you don’t already know xyz, then you don’t need to be here or you will “brick” your device (lock it up so that it serves little more than as a brick doorstop.)
So, rather than attempt to CHANGE the XDA community, I started publishing SIMPLE instructions on this site. The first were for applying custom ROMS to my ATT Tilt (aka “kaiser”).
And, now that I am an Android fan (vs. the old “Windows Mobile Phone”), I want to continue publishing SIMPLE instructions for those devices here on the Bishop. The value is that I have tried each how-to and worked out (most of) the bugs. Also, I am one person to whom you may direct your questions. Finally, when the instructions are found to need more detail (or change), it is easier for me to correct – and for you to see the LATEST guide in a single post.
[important]Again, I want to thank the developers at XDA for all the excellent work! My intention (in posting these “how-to’s”) is not to take away from their work – but to supplement it by making it more accessible and usable by the common person. Also, let me strongly suggest that you visit the XDA site — and donate to those developers who have been of assistance to you.[/important]