Edit: The changes have been implemented. Individual device rooting questions are encouraged, though we want answers to be complete -- covering all Android versions. The big rooting question now indexes the individual questions.
Recently in chat it was mentioned that our Community Wiki question, How do I root my Android device?, doesn't quite work. I had been thinking this myself recently and I think it's time we brought it up here on Meta.
The crux of the matter seems to be two points:
- Forum posts are incomplete, badly written, and sometimes just plain wrong. We can do better than just link to them.
- Rooting methods often vary from version to version. At minimum, we need more than one entry for many of the devices and a way to classify them.
Solving these problems via the current post would require adding a lot more information to the post. Even if we didn't include our own rooting guide, we'd still need to add versions numbers, explanations, and so on. The post would become massive.
Given this, I think it's best that we create one post per device. These questions should each have one answer with a complete rooting guide that addresses all software versions, referencing forum posts if applicable but not relying on their existence or quality. We can create posts for highly-anticipated devices on release (to grab the traffic) and wait for questions to actually be asked about others, to avoid cluttering the site with every guide on the planet.
The current question could continue in its current form, changing the index to link to our questions instead of externally. The general tips and list of rooting tools that work on many devices is certainly useful.
Side benefits include searchability (the question "How do I root my device?" is less likely to match the search "How can I root my Kindle Fire?" than a question titled the same as the search) and hopefully drawing some (constructive) users here from XDA and the other forums.
Should we do this?