I’m beginning to enter data into the repairs (previously done by others) and trying to be as informative as possible (some will read this as being verbose). The aim being to be as descriptive and as helpful to a potential reader who might work on the same device again as possible.
Two things have come up that would be useful to attach to the repair as files, over and above using photos and/or weblink to externally stored info.
The first is PDF files of difficult to source user guides, service manuals, schematics etc. I know this might be an issue with regards to copyrights as well so will require some consideration.
The second is storing CAD files for 3D printing solutions e.g. knobs that have been reconstructed for a specific item. less of a copyright issue as can be open sourced by the Fixer who is posting them. (btw I recommend use of creative commons for such content)
Whilst the above could be linked to external storage platforms, this usually requires the fixer to sign up to YAP (yet another platform) which they may be reluctant to do and I’ve had resistance to such suggestions. And to some extent the argument might be why should they when they have signed up to this one and this is where the info might be most secure from deletion, or web rot and is most needed.
One solution might be to signup to such platforms with a generic account e.g. Leicester Fixers and use that in such cases, but then that either becomes an extra administrative burden on potentially many platforms for Hosts or a security issue when many people have the login credentials.
If such an area for storing files already exists on restarters.net then where is it please.
If it doesn’t not then this post is now a feature request to be commented and voted on please.
What do people think?