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OK... this is for the more experienced people to reply to (ie. please, no 'this is a good idea' replies.).
I have been thinking for a while that it might not be a bad idea to build something for new BB users that starts out as a quick explaination of the different methods of getting email to their BB's. Maybe a quick explaination and then a chart with the benefits and drawbacks of each method, all while explaining stuff like for this, you need X and Y and Z, and it will cost you $$ amount of money.
From there once the person is understanding of the various methods, they can then choose one, and be walked through step by step, at their own pace setting everything up for their BB, screenshots and all, with explainations of the info they need and where it most commonly can be found (ie. pop3 settings, etc.).
I think something like this would make BBF a little bit more newbie friendly, and most likely reduce the amount of times I have to get cranky, or the amount of times we have to fall back on the MFTP strategy.
I bang my head on my desk everyday wondering what I can do to help people, but not have to answer the same questions over and over again, cause they always pop up in the 'new posts' query.
I know that I could build this fairly well, using html and making it a click by click walk through, but I think it would be better done as a flash app. As well, I am not perfect (but don't tell anyone) and it would be nice to have a few people, maybe a group of 5 or 6 who could contribute and edit the whole thing, to provide input on carrier specifics, technology specifics and handheld specifics.
If there is anyone who is interested in helping out with a project like this, especially if you are good with flash, PM me and we can try and put something together.
Maybe we can make Christmas a little merrier for all these soon to be getting an 8700 for Christmas people, and at the same time make this place a little more friendly. I figure if we can put together some kinda dummie-proof guide, with pictures, and explainations we can all save ourselves a little grief, as well as add to the great community here.
Please let me know.