I have mentioned this in some other threads, but I really wish there was some place(s), where we could find out about the status of things and hopefully some idea of if/when things will be fixed and released. Maybe something like github issues or the like.
That way when someone has an issue, that has been seen before, we can refer them to the problem report, where hopefully they can find additional information, like current workaround...
Examples of this include:
a) SPI - There are several issues, including long delays, timeout issues, ...
b) USB - host mode on mini works on every other boot...
Note: when releases come out they contain information about what issues were fixed or not fixed, but there is no information included, to know what that issue was, or what the disposition of other issues,
Last release there is only one thing mentioned: EDISON 2476 - MRAA wrongly set SPI pinmux
Again no information on what this is, but can guess and in this case as it is MRAA, there is probably an issue in the mraa github.
But if we look at the 2.0 beta release notes, we see an unresolved issue: EDISON 2033 - Delay between packets in SPI
So what is the status of this issue? Which delay are we talking about? Between bytes? between requests? DMA? support for timouts in spidev IOCTL control?
For the months of April and May there was an egregious amount of spam and that required moderation. It's unfortunate that the community has to deal with these things, but the spammers disrupt the community deliberately and right now there is no other way to deal with it. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on what functionality you would like to see, since you think that tags/ratings you feel distract from the message.
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I just signed up. Unfortunately I had a typo when I put my email into the registration form. I contacted support and went round and round and nobody could get me working. Eventually they said to just sign up with a new username!
Anyway I was able to poke around in the "my profile" to get my email address corrected. It seems like there are multiple user databases that aren't quite synced properly.
My suggestion would be at least to have an email confirmation on the registration form so a typo doesn't make one go down the rabbit hole. And maybe better training for support so they can fix these problems; I was able to fix it myself better than they could, which is unfortunate.
The forum is a good source of help for me.
However coming from an ARM engineering background I do find the lack low level hardware information a little frustrating. We have a device in the Edison with all the capabilities of most Microcontrollers so it would be nice to have full hardware datasheet.
I also would like some kind of roadmap just to make it easier to see what is coming in version X , I understand that time scales me be difficult and usually end in missed deadlines but knowing the product will end up would make it easier for me to design it in.
when producing a long forum post like a set of step-by-step instructions, it would be exceptionally useful to be able to use markdown as an editor alternative, rather than just plain text or html.
additionally, <pre><code> elements do not currently render a block of code.
Dealing with spam is easy, after a certain amount of 'points' you just trust the user. Spammers don't start out as useful users, they're always spammers. So after registration if the user gets 5 posts that are 'liked' or replied to then they get upgraded to 'moderation' free. The reduced moderation would probably even pay for the dev of such a feature ;-) Personally I feel sorry for the people moderating my boring comments.
Some time ago I suggested a wiki site devoted to the Edison. It would also be nice to have a subversion or git repository for all of the available source code instead of having to download and sort through a bunch of zip files that will always end up being out of date. And last, but not least, a bugzilla bug reporting site would also be a great addition.
I'll second that the moderation required for nearly all posts does make it quite a lot less useful. I doubt any spammers would reach any significant level, so it should be quite easy to deal with. I was playing around with PhpBB a while back and the default setting in that is to require moderator approval for the first 3 posts from new users - after that they will be allowed to post unmoderated.
While working on porting OpenWrt to Intel Edison, I did put up a MediaWiki site dedicated to my notes regarding Edison. If anybody else want to use that you are welcome. And I would have loved if a Git repository of the kernel patches had been publicly available. That would have speed up the process a lot.