Lawrence Lessig posted about an interesting new feature on the iFixit website. iFixit sells Apple iPod and PowerBook parts and accessories, but they also provide illustrated how-to instructions for how to service these Apple products. Now, they have provided a “teardown platform” to help users post their own procedures. The platform takes advantage of the backend system that iFixit uses to provide their own procedures.
This is a great development in user-contributed documentation. While iFixit’s content may not be as complex as a newtork admin reference, for example, this platform may prove to be a good model for technical communicators going forward.