I think one of the problems we have is a conflict in how end users and developers view the site. For the end user all they want to know about is their NAS device and they will only know the manufacturer and model. For them I think the page ramuk designed is excellent, they can get to their wiki easily and for Buffalo users it is almost as if nas-central doesn't support other manufacturers.
For the developers however things are very different, the LS1 and Linkstation Pro each have a different architecture so the firmware for these devices is very different despite them both being made by the same manufacturer. But the TS-209 and the Linkstation Pro, made by QNAP and Buffalo respectively, support almost identical firmware. How should devices be supported in this case? Do we write two wiki articles that are identical except for the name of the file they download? Or does it go onto the nas-central generic wiki with the same instructions but a choice of files at the beginning?
I think things could be made clearer at the model level too. I see a lot of users in IRC that are trying to follow instructions for the wrong architecture. This is relatively easy to do because the end users have no idea what architecture they have and its all in the same wiki. I think http://wiki.dns323.info/
is a good example of how things could work a per device level, a simple heading "What can you get from here" and a choice of basic, experienced and advanced options.
Overall I think that it is the end user that we should be supporting first, so I agree with ramuk that it could be made simpler but I also completely support mindbender in his decision to create multiple wiki's. At the end of the day it is the end user that will benefit from having more choice and developers have somewhere to work with their chosen device.
I also agree that the forums should be kept Buffalo only until we can provide forums for users of other devices without adding confusion to Buffalo users. Some manufacturers such as QNAP already have very busy forums (http://forum.qnap.com/
) but their wiki (http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/Qnap_Turbostation
) is hosted on a site for "test[ing] wiki ideas before you launch a full wiki". Really we should be encouraging the creator of that wiki to move to qnap.nas-central.org.
@ramuk's front page design: I would think about how users look at the page, I start from the centre and move out so to me HP is the most prominent (but maybe I'm just special). Also I'm assuming a lot of those wiki's don't have much content yet so maybe we should adjust the size of the images accordingly? (i.e. buffalo has the biggest logo because it is the best supported while most (all?) of the Western Digital devices run NetBSD its questionable whether they will ever be supported). Another thing, if a manufacturer.nas-central.org links to an article on nas-central.org, how does the user get back to their manufacturer website without clicking back?