I may do a more formal survey later. But for now, I'd like to know one thing:
Do you ever read the manual? Ever?
Do you read some manuals and not others? (Assuming that you're trying to learn how to do something. Only weirdos like me read manuals for fun.)
Have you ever thrown a manual up in the air and torn your hair out in frustration (figuratively speaking)? If so, why?
Are you more likely to read the manual if the information you're looking for is easy to find in the Table of Contents and/or index?
Would you be more likely to read a manual if it had pretty pictures to help you visualize the procedures? (I'm talking software manuals here!)
Are there any (software) manuals that you consult regularly, or have consulted regularly during the learning process of an application? If so, which ones? Were you happy with them? Do you ever think about whether or not you're happy with user manuals, or is that just something that weirdos like me do? (Ideally, I would think about them so you don't have to.)
Thanks for your responses! You can leave them in the comments or e-mail me at my gmail account (infpeace).