I don’t have dimmers so I can’t really help with a specific issue like that. I’ve pretty much only exposed plain old switches to Google.
I wouldn’t say that. But it is an explanation. Few like to work on docs. Those who do work on the docs tend to be experts already. We don’t have the insights of a new user coming forward.
But we do have one hard and fast rule that makes it a little harder for new users. We simply do not have the man power to repeat documentation. So the little bit about where to apply metadata to Items isn’t a part of the GA documentation because it would duplicated some docs that are (or should be) covered in other parts of the docs. We don’t have enough contributors to support duplicated docs like that and handle even simple changes that would now ripple across lots of pages.
I’m not against it but I’m not sure it’s needed. I don’t think there is an expectation in any of the categories that the poster is at a given level in OH. And each user has a different level of expertise depending on the OH feature. For example, I’m pretty good in rules but I know nothing of KNX or modbus. I’d be a beginner if I posted about either of those.
The only thing we ask of any poster, be they beginners or experts is to provide lots of details, answer all questions asked, and show that you’ve done at least a minimal amount of work searching and reading the docs to find the solution.
When I asked above if you had read the docs, it wasn’t rhetorical. If you had read those docs it’s helpful to find out what was confusing or misunderstood in those docs so they can be made better.
The Tutorials and Solutions section is the place where posts like these would be placed. Or you can contribute to the existing docs. There’s the Getting Started Tutorial which isn’t finished but I’m a little stuck waiting for rules development to settle a bit before spending too much more time on it. Great things are happening but they are not yet ready for prime time.
People have also created YouTube videos, blog posts, reddit posts, and more. Pretty much any avenue is open for you and you don’t really have to ask permission to start, though contributing to the main docs requires review and collaboration.
But I really want to emphasize this. We are fully aware that the docs are not complete and fully understandable. We do the best we can but that only takes us so far. If you’ve read the docs and found it confusing or they didn’t answer your question, we need to know. There might be something we can do to help. At a minimum we can provide further explanation here on the forum to help with your specific problem.