We were talking about modularity. Several devices share the same installation methods.
Introducing the "Installation method" field was an attempt to create shortcuts to the always same installation instructions, that do not need to be repeated over and over again.
Richb wrote in Toward a good "Flashing LEDE Instructions" page
I am not sure of the value of this "Installation method" field.
First off, I don't know how we would populate it. It wouldn't make
sense for us to review all the Device Pages from OpenWrt: despite the
fact that it would be a lot of work, we'd simply propagate any
(mis)information contained there (because we don't have personal
experience with all devices).
Second, what will the reader do differently based on the setting of this field? Would they choose not to use the device?
- I'm not afraid of a lot of work.
- Why should we review the OpenWrt devicepages, when this is about LEDE devicepages (which have yet to be created)?
- You don't want to propagate (mis)information -> you don't want to copy the OpenWrt devicepages, but instead create new LEDE devicepages. If the devicepages are created new anyways, why not add a new way to include installation instructions?
- Why should the reader do anything differently?
What you might think: The "Installation method" shows up in the ToH, and the $user wants to sort and select by this criteria. That's not necessarily so, but thinking about it, it could be a usecase (I want a device that can be flashed via GUI, since I'm too noob to even think about using CLI. Everything different than GUI will not do.) But that's only thinking aloud...
What I was thinking of: Show this field only on the devicepages and make them more modular by doing so.
Look at the packages download: Packages are now downloadable by instruction set, not by target, because several targets share the same instructionset and therefore also the same packages.
Same same in this case: Several devices / targets share the same installation instructions.
You could show this field on the devicepage in the "Installation" datatable, right next to the firmware download urls https://wiki.openwrt.org/meta/template_device#installation