How to Contribute

April 25, 2010 Site News — Kyle Wiens

There’s a big task ahead of us: writing a repair manual for every device in the world. We’ve divided the task into lots of smaller parts to simplify contributing to the site, even if you have only a couple of minutes to spare. Here is some helpful information to get you started!

The easiest thing you can do is start adding device photos to new repair manuals. It only takes a few minutes, and encourages other people to add more content.

Getting Started

Photography

Writing

Examples

I learn best by watching other people do great work, and then immediately jumping in feet-first and trying it out myself. The community has posted some great repair guides in the last few days that are worth learning from. The photos on this LG VX9200 LCD repair guide could use some improvement, but the writing is superb. Some of our simpler repair guides are also worth learning from.

If you’re working on instructions for a device that already has some step-by-step guides, it’s important not to duplicate content. We allow you to build on top of existing instructions by using prerequisites. I’ll talk more about how prerequisites work in another post, but there is a brief description here and you can see examples in our repair manuals.

4 Comments

  1. Mr Kyle Wien,

    Hello. I just listened to the Macworld podcast about the iPad. The second half was Mr Chris Breen’s interview with you and it was most interesting, especially towards the end when you talked about old Macs and how you would like to preserve their legacy.

    I have an Outbound Notebook. This was probably the very first ‘cloned’ Mac ever made – before Power Computing, Umax, etc. started cloning desktops. Outbound made these by taking out the chips from Mac 512’s and putting them into those notebooks.

    The one I have is from 15+ years ago and no longer boots up into the OS. That OS was supported up to 7.01, (which is about where your ‘Pizza Box’ was at, OS wise).

    I am loathe to throw this Outbound away and was wondering if I could donate it to you. It would be great if you and your guys could get it up and running. All I could ask in return would be a photo of it running the OS, if you could fix it.

    I also have a second generation 20 GB iPod which needs the headphone socket fixed. Is that fixable?

    Anyway, I would really like to give you the Outbound, even if you can’t rescue it. I have the power supply, the manual, a floppy with the OS and even the original box.

    Regards,

    Peter Pipkin.

    Comment by Peter Pipkin — May 6, 2010 @ 8:14 am

  2. Hi,

    Just wondered if teardowns contributed could be of anything, like mobile phones or calculators? Do they have to be current generation devices?

    Comment by Rebecca — June 3, 2010 @ 3:57 am

  3. Yes, you can create repair manuals for any product. Our goal is to have a service manual for every thing. They absolutely do not need to be current generation devices, and you’ll see we have a lot of manuals up for older cell phones and game consoles.

    Comment by kyle — June 3, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  4. Your lawnmower will not start in the spring. Check the muffler to see if something has built a nest there. Prob around with a stiff wire.

    Comment by Allan Hawley — June 6, 2010 @ 6:53 pm


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