Anyone who writes a Blender tutorial should be encouraged register it at a specific site here, and submit it for rating by the users. The site should have a clear table of contents and topic index, with links, not a just a search engine.
Current production software allows anyone to make something and call it a tutorial, whether it is any good or not. What I miss here is not only a good index to all the available tutorials, but a rating system like those used by dot-com online merchants like amazon, sears, harborfreight and tigerdirect. One that might rate different educational values, perhaps like:
Did it get to the point efficiently, without hemming and hawing.
Was it easy to understand.
Did it proceed logically from point to point.
Did it explain all the necessary tools to solve a problem.
Did it solve a problem using the tools it explained.
Or was it like cheap porn, all production value and no acting or plot.
Too often, one has to wade into a video tutorial and spend time only to find out that it covers only a few basics, or it doesn't cover the topic claimed, or the hemming and hawing and verbal ticks of the author (though he or she may be a very nice and well meaning person) are deadly frustrating, or the author didn't bother to do the exercise ahead of time and continually had to retrace steps. Anyone claiming to present a video tutorial should, for example, practice the exercise ahead of time, write a script and stick to it.
Written tutorials, by contrast, can be evaluated much more quickly, don't require one to proceed at another's pace, and don't need an exacting knowledge of the video slider positions to go back and double-check one's understanding. It's a lot easier to skim some pages and figure out whether the author is imparting knowledge or ego. A written tutorial with both a good table of contents and linked index, if it is of any length, is even better.
The Community should publish standards for writing tutorials. Technical educators have specific standards for addressing age and education levels which would be useful. Consider these examples of good tutorial writing:
Adobe PhotoShop manual
Dodge D150 truck series shop manual
Chilton vehicle manuals
Tektronix oscilloscope technical repair manual
Part of the high cost of these things goes into a serious effort to make them easy to learn and use so that customers will choose them over things that aren't. Are you not here to prove that these things can be done just as effectively by an open-source community? Not if you don't set some standards, or at least expectations, and rate the results.
Sounds like a great idea, and you have a good grasp on how it should be done. As part of the community, feel free to get started!
I was just trying out the Boolean modifiers, and tried to take a big chunk out of the starting cube with a cylinder. Taking a small chunk worked. But I got an error for the big chunk, "Modifier cannot be applied to Mesh with Shape Keys". What's a shape key and what does it have to do with anything? So I went to the online 2.63 manual and fed "shape key" into the search engine. I kept getting links to various "Void page"s, with "Proposed fixes: none". I can see the point of setting up a structure of things that need to be explained, but linking to them without warning that they are still useless is not helpful.
I like your idea. A centralized site where people can submit links to tutorials and then have them categorized, rated, and commented upon would be very beneficial for the Blender community. I won't make any promises however I will do my best to put something together and post a reply here once it is online.