LoL.. It surprised me to see this post resurface!
Sadly nothing has really changed. Except it seems people have more and more difficulty getting any straight answers in this forum.
Oh, but I did buy the Users Guide hoping there might be a little acutal in-depth material for someone like me, considering what’s been promised for so long. Not worth buying, people. Unless you are having a hard time operating the Admin panel.. LoL!
Mark Kimsal’s Unofficial Guide was more worth the price but out-dated now and you can see his frustration with Magento’s design building through the pages of his guide and some of us are aware of where that has led him. hah.. Go Mark! Yay! You’re going to be making a lot of people happy, my good man.
I bought some other guides people have come up with. None of them really offer anything helpful beyond what is already published in the user guide. But kudos for trying, lads, skin a little profit off all that Magento hype while it lasts! Yay for riding coat-tails!
But all that aside, I posted this originally in the hopes that something might be done to improve the availability of actual answers to Magento problems.
Because all I have seen for the past 8 months or so on these forums have been questions and frustrations and more unanswered questions and greater frustrations.
I come here three or four times a week just to check the madness. Still the blind leading the blind as far as I can tell.
Like me, I try to help out a little when I can, but the sheer volume of problems that go with no answers is really sad. Then there’s the total lack of information support by either the Magento Team or this new fangled alleged Community Advisory Board (yeah, that’s you people who have only managed to do one thing all this time - continually blowing sunshine up our ... and I know this because I have been watching for anything productive you might have to offer us, which to date equals NOTHING more than a few weak posts. Why don’t you quit the tweets and clean up the wiki a little, or help someone in the forums.. anything but another blog post, kk?)
Who else can we turn to for some sort of explanation of the inner workings than the people who designed this over-engineered cart? And when was the last time anyone from the Magento team added a quality explanation of anything in magento to the wiki, knowledge base or forums? Anyone? Link please..
In fact, once I gave up searching for answers by reading the wiki, the forums and the Magento “knowledge base”, ignored all the Issues, especially the one’s they say are “resolved” (here at magentocommerce.com, resolved issues usually mean ignored or put into the enterprise edition only, like the newsletter issue I posted that was “resolved” for version 18.104.22.168 and disappeared immediately before 22.214.171.124 was released.. and the issue? still an issue in 126.96.36.199, of course.), and pretty much decided to brutally hack Magento as I saw fit, my problems and frustrations started to disappear.
I realized that 80% of the frustration and stress I was feeling was coming from the expectation that I could come here for answers and explanations about Magento from Magento’s Website.
Varien and the Magento Team don’t want this community to have answers and the ability to make Magento a great community project. They just want your money.