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Here's a list of common mistakes that student groups often make at each point in the project.

Getting Started

  • Not reading Student Roadmap
    • All the information you need is in the detailed instructions on Student Roadmap. Really!
  • Trying to fix or repair the device
    • Do not fix, and do not worry about breaking your device! Most devices provided for this project do not turn on in the first place. Your guides should show someone with a broken device how to remove the faulty component for replacement. The device doesn't need to be in working order during (or after) the project.
  • Trying to find replacement parts
    • You're not responsible for sourcing replacement parts for your device.
  • Forgetting to include all info in emails
    • We work with a lot of students, so whenever you send us an email, please include your full team tag, links to any work you'd like reviewed, and a brief message.

Troubleshooting Page

  • Understanding the Troubleshooting page
    • The goal of the troubleshooting page can be confusing. Each header should be a specific problem that users might observe with their device. Under that are possible causes of this problem, followed by a solution to each problem.
  • Not providing enough information on the Troubleshooting page
    • The troubleshooting page is a user's first line of defense. It is very important that your troubleshooting page be robust and descriptive. Each topic doesn't have to be long, but be sure to include enough information to help the user identify and fix their problem. If you're not sure if your troubleshooting page is descriptive enough, ask a friend to read it over to see if they would know what to do if they had a problem.
  • Not linking to guides in the Troubleshooting page
    • Link to your guides in any relevant place in the troubleshooting page. Don't forget to work your links into sentences and format them as clickable words/phrases; you don't want to leave a long URL floating in the text.
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Device Page

  • Adding to the device URL
    • The URL should be in the format[Device_Name] and should not contain any extra information or generic terms, such as /Samsung_Galaxy_Cell_Phone.
  • Not taking a 4:3 device picture
    • Device pictures must be cropped to a 4:3 aspect ratio, just like guide images.
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  • Forgetting to add introductions in guides
    • Every guide needs an introduction. When you first create a guide, you can add an introduction by clicking the "Show More" button. You can add an introduction at any time by editing your guide and clicking the "Introduction" tab.
  • Referring to a spudger and plastic opening tools as anything other than such
    • The black one is a spudger. The blue one is a plastic opening tool. Period.
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  • Not adding screw information to every screw
    • All screws should be measured with a caliper. Label the length (in mm), head type (such as Phillips) and head size (such as #0) for all screws.
  • Making wacky custom guide titles that aren't "Replacement" guides
    • Nearly all guides should have the auto-generated title of "[Device] [Part] Replacement". For example, an appropriate guide title would be, "iPhone 5 Logic Board Replacement."
  • Disconnecting ZIF connectors incorrectly
    • Cables—particularly small, flat ones—are often held in place by ZIF connectors. This type of connector has a small tab that needs to be pried up or out with a spudger before the cable can be safely removed.
  • Using a flat-head screwdriver as a pry tool
    • Don't tell people to do stuff that can damage their device! All prying should be done with a plastic opening tool or spudger. These tools are safe to use on casing plastics, and the spudger is ESD-safe, preventing risk of shock to you and the device.
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  • Bullet colors not matching markups
    • When using markup, be sure to make the corresponding text bullet the same color as the markup.
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  • Unnecessarily adding the words “Note” and “Caution” at the beginning of Note and Caution bullets
    • The special bullets already imply that it is a note or cautionary statement.
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  • Not using articles
    • "A", "an", and "the" are words too! Don't forget to write complete sentences using articles and proper grammar in your guides.
  • Adding reassembly steps
    • All guides automatically have the conclusion "To reassemble your device follow these steps in reverse order," therefore you don't need to provide reassembly steps. For special reassembly instructions, use a reminder bullet on the applicable step.
  • Referring to the motherboard in a non-Apple device as a logic board
    • "Logic board" is an Apple term; unless you are working on an Apple device, the correct term is "motherboard".
  • Battery guide is not used as a prerequisite when it should be
    • Don't forget to add all guides as prerequisites that must be done before performing a replacement.
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Finishing Up

  • Forgetting to link repair guides back to troubleshooting page
    • All guides that are mentioned in the troubleshooting page should also be included on that page as a link.
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