very interesting to actually read the entire post…Different viewpoints and wonderful suggestions.
But as a relatively new user, I would like to put in a few points as well…
No question about the effectiveness and the politeness of this forum. It is really a wonderful place to learn so many things, but to a new user it is a little overwhelming as well. A tug of war really between wanting to enter the exciting world of manjaro and the fear that system is gonna be an overprized brick. Hence I believe (atleast wish to believe) that while people do search the forum, they post anyways to get that assurance that all is well. Not saying that the approach is correct, but just the possible mindset of a newbie user.
Another important issue is that the internet is filled with lots of knowledge and it takes more of it to actually understand if it still applies. Take my recent query on issues on installing multiple DEs. I did research a lot before posting, but based on the answers I got, most of the ideas I had got online (not in this forum) we very old and obsolete and did not matter at all.
So my point is that newbie user may need a little direction and confidence as I had received in this forum and who knows he may return the same favour to others.
It would be better to have a prominent hyperlink at the top pointing to the Manjaro Wiki (from the forums) and to the Manjaro Forums (from the wiki)
Like the AUR and as many had suggested, it would be nice to have a separate section of Manjaro User Solution Repository. This can have the FAQ in simple readable form by category. (approved by a moderator of course). And as Phil had suggested, can be placed at the top.
A wiki page with some of the common definitions. For example what is gtk3, qt5, latest version. I know it may be a bit of an over kill, but I a merely suggesting a small description with links to appropriate websites for further information.
Another useful feature would be the known issue cheatsheet kind of entry. Like the collapsible section that Phil usually places in the Beta Build announcements (Fixed in this release). Would be nice to have this implemented at application level or a bit higher than the package level information since it may be a bit too much.
As I have already said, this is just a post from a newbie’s view point. I leave it to the wisdom of the experts.