iFixit announces "Repair 2.0"

iFixit announces "Repair 2.0"

Summary: OK, this is just so awesome! A Wikipedia, but for repairing stuff!

TOPICS: Collaboration

OK, this is just so awesome! A Wikipedia, but for repairing stuff!

iFixit is launching a global repair community today. Our goal: create a repair manual for everything, and empower anyone to fix anything.

Here are the highlights:

* We're opening up our guides to the world. Think Wikipedia, but for repair. * Our platform is built from the ground up to make writing and using repair documentation easy. * Both text and images are easily editable, and come with revision history. * Reputation and badges reward participation, quality, and experience. * You can get involved right now! http://www.ifixit.com

iFixit is well known as a valuable resource in the Apple community, and over the last seven years our free service manuals have enabled the repair of over a million devices. While that's a great start, we realize that we've just scratched the surface. There are millions, probably billions, of manufactured things that do not have accessible repair manuals.

We've developed a collaborative repair manual platform that makes it simple for anyone to share their expertise with the world. No one knows how to fix everything, but everyone knows how to fix something. We aim to collect all of that individual repair knowledge into one place and to make it freely available to everyone on the planet.

Our platform is built from the ground up to make writing repair documentation easy, and to make using it even easier.

Quality is critical in repair manuals, and we recognize that most polished service manuals will require the efforts of a group of people. That's why we've tried to make it easy for the community to transition guides from a rough first draft to high quality documentation over time. It's a snap to add notes and fix errors, and our reputation system rewards experience and quality, encouraging contribution.

Our manuals are highly regarded in large part because of their high-quality, informative step-by-step photographs. In a wiki repair manual, photos need to improve over time. We developed a vector image editor to overlay image markup on uploaded images, making it easy to call out screws, connectors, and other important features, connecting the images to the text. In a huge improvement over text-centric wikis, all images and markup have full revision history, making it easy to view and roll back changes.

There are a lot of advantages to moving repair manuals into a digital format. One of them is automated prerequisites. Anyone who has used a traditional service manual will be familiar with the challenge of prerequisites. Before removing one thing, there are three other things that are in the way and need to come out, which invariably requires searching through the manual to locate the necessary prerequisite instructions. To address this annoyance, we've added inline prerequisites. Guide authors can specify prerequisites for a guide, and they'll automatically be shown to the user before the new guide. If any of those guides have prerequisites, they'll be inserted in the right order as well.

Our society is manufacturing new products at an unsustainable rate, completely ignoring the waste stream it's generating. We must reduce our rapid consumption of devices and move past our throw-away culture. Repairing devices and extending their lifespans can go a long way toward fixing the problem.

We showed our vision to officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, and they were ecstatic. Andrew Fanara, Product Development Team Leader for the ENERGY STAR Program, commented that "the EPA would like to see more done about the growing e-waste problem, and iFixit has a novel, community-driven approach to make electronics work longer. We are encouraged by their solution, and are looking forward to observing the environmental impact of iFixit's platform."

Join us, and together we'll fix the world!


Topic: Collaboration

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  • Will never be used.....

    I mean what Mac ever had a problem? I read day in and day out these Mac users that claim not a one problem so I assume Mac's just don't have problems so not sure where this tool has any place in this world?

    Its very possible that many lie, but I don't want to accuse anyone of that.
    • My sarcasm detector just exploded.

      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • When was the last time you saw a fashion victim turn against the show?

      I bet you never saw that happen because the show is all that counts to a fashionista.

      They'd rather lie than admit their god has weaknesses because that would amount to losing their identities.

      All is perfect in the church of Jobs.
      Great Kahuna
  • Thier guides kinda suck

    In thereory it would be awesome but thier guides leav a ton of steps and issue out. They can get a not so skilled repair person in trouble by leaving important steps or orders out in thier guides but if they actually make guides correctly it would be awesome...
    • Thier guides kinda suck - NOT SO!

      I've been repairing many types of Mac laptops for years and find the ifixit
      manuals complete and easy to follow. Some of the early laptops have
      about fifty tiny screws of many sizes. The ifixit manuals include a screw
      chart so that it's easy to keep track of the little critters.
  • This sounds like a good thing.

    This site would have saved me a lot of time if it had
    existed a couple of years ago when I blew the power switch
    on my Power Mac G4. I was upgrading the video card (Yes,
    the computer was shut down, but the power cord was still
    plugged in - my fault.) when I accidentally shorted a
    terminal on the mother board to ground and took out the
    circuit board in the power switch module. The local repair
    shop wanted 1/2 hour's time plus the cost of the part to
    trouble shoot and repair things, approximately $50, which
    did not seem to be unreasonable.

    I used my wife's Mac to find a used replacement part on
    eBay that cost about $10, including shipping, but it took
    me over three hours to install the thing because I had to
    figure out how much to take apart and how to put things
    back together. I could have done it in 20 minutes if I had
    known how to start with.

    The computer has worked perfectly since then, although I
    have relegated it to backup status in case I screw up again.
  • RE: iFixit announces

    Well done Adrian. That's the kind of news we want from you and that's why you are on my RSS feed...
  • RE: iFixit announces Repair 2.0

    Will it tell me how to fix the dripping faucet in the shower?
    Loverock Davidson
    • Dripping faucet

      We don't have any faucet manuals yet, but you're welcome to start one!
      We're very interested in expanding our repair content outside of
  • Support and trust????? BAHAHAHAHAHA!

    You spam sucking nitwits expect us to TRUST and SUPPORT you? Get a life and a REAL ad deal and maybe we might talk.