...[H]elp find ways to make Rules easier for a relatively experienced admin but a newbie to Rules - such as myself - to grap the concepts and the reasons for why things happen the way they do.
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I am so fed up of trying to figure out how to tell rules "When this event happens, tell the scheduler to run that event in x amount of time". I've spent the last hour trying to figure out whether rule sets are needed, how to pass variables back and forth... Argh!
I apologise for the ranty tone of this post: I have found the Rules module to be both amazingly capable and incredibly frustrating in equal measure, as there is little or no clear explanation, outline summary or step-by-step instruction to be found anywhere in the Rules interface.
This is therefore a request to the Rules-using community at large, and to the maintainers of Rules, to help find ways to make Rules easier for a relatively experienced admin but a newbie to Rules - such as myself - to grap the concepts and the reasons for why things happen the way they do.
I appreciate that Rules ties in to other modules, but as Rules seems to do most of the "heavy lifting", and it looks like an administrator's time will be mostly spent in the Rules interface, it looks to me like it's the Rules interface which needs some re-working to remove some of the barriers to participation, such as obscure or missing descriptions).
Why can't the interface either just be outwardly simple or, failing that, for there to at least be enough information that I can find a link saying something like "You can read tutorials on setting up your own rules here" so I can RTFingM without resorting to a Google search or three? =o)
Sorry for the ranty tone, and for any offence I may have caused here - if I didn't hold the Rules module in such high regard as an excellently-conceived piece of code, I wouldn't be so frustrated at the difficulties I seem to have understanding how to make it do simple tasks!