Originally Posted by pepar
At this point it seems to come down to which is easier - finding out from new posters which system/software/version they have and helping them here, or finding out from new posters which system/software/version they have, sending them to one of three threads and then going there and helping them.
I totally agree. I wasn't advocating 3 threads. I happen to believe there is simply too much overlap, but we have to agree that Dave is right, we do tend to have to keep mentioning the differences pretty often.
I personally think all that could have been overcome if there were a "first post" here that outlined the major points. And I'm sure I could get it done if someone would put it together. DMILANI is still around and he will pretty much put whatever we want in the first post. I don't use SATA and I don't have the expertise to do it or I would have already done it. All it really needs is a 3-part summary of things specific to each software package, beginning with the install instructions. xnappo's databases already take care of the hardware end of things.
We could even get it done with a series of posts detailing what everyone would like to see in the first post for a given software package. I, or anyone else that wants to, could then take those and merge them for DMILANI to edit into the first post. He's moved on and no longer monitors this thread, so he can't maintain the first post like I do for the SARA Tips thread, but he'll replace what's there as needed with whatever we give him.