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    Let's Talk (why one clicks are not helping)

    I am seeing an alarming number of people looking to root the thunderbolt though one click or some easy way. Think its time we learn adb and how to set the tools up. I think the most intimidating part is setting it up and hopefully we can help with that. The reason it is important to know what is going on is if you do a one click/ one step you are relying on the dev to write the scripts correctly. If a step was missed be either the dev or you then you are even more lost.
    So what part of adb is causing people to be intimidated and maybe we can help get around that you guys can atleast figure out how to use it to root.
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    I haven't rooted my TB yet, but would like to learn adb. When I rooted my og Droid, I just followed instructions on rooting from any version, which involved flashing an sbf I believe to get recovery, and then from recovery installing an update file.
    You should post a link to instructions for adb here.
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    I think you're opening a good can of worms as far as wanting to TEACH people, or do some analysis to find out WHY people won't learn ADB. I've been alarmed at how some of the end users are treated for asking about one-click rooting solutions. Sorry for the lengthy post.

    ADB / command line entry / flashing (the whole rooting process) can be VERY intimidating to people whose computer knowledge is limited to playing Farmville on Facebook. Disclaimers about damaging the phone can also be scary to this type of person. Wiping the phone (for Tbolt) can be a deterrent. Do these people not deserve root if there was a safe one-click alternative that was idiot-proof? Why not? Because other people do it the "right way"?

    My issue is that there are people who argue that if you're not willing to learn ADB, you don't deserve root - I'm not accusing the OP of this, just airing an opinion. It comes across as snobbish, and elitist. I agree that you should know what you're doing with your phone and what root is, etc. But to deny someone help because they used a "shortcut" made available by a member of the development community (something I've seen on other forums) is also not helpful to the community at large (again, not accusing the OP). I don't see how one-clicks are "not helping". Helping what? The android dev community is already huge. Let the end users be end users.

    I don't have a problem with the one-clicks. Of course it is up to the developer to "write the scripts" correctly. It's a piece of software that should be thoroughly tested before it is released. If one-click solutions don't have any value, why would a developer go to the trouble of creating them? I would like to think they understand that not everyone is computer savvy and should be able to have the value of a rooted phone w/o knowing all the details.

    With the older phones you had a plethora of choices (Z4Root, Soup or Root, Unrevoked, etc). No one was bricking phones (at least not that I saw on this board). That spoiled the general community. We became complacent. We became lazy. I used Z4Root on my D2G before I returned it. Why did I do that method? Because I knew it provided a good one-click root, and one-click unroot. Unroot took less than 5 seconds when I took it back to VZW.

    I'm not holding my breath for a true one-click solution for the TBolt. The phone seems too locked down for that. I'm waiting until May to root mine (after free Hotspot expires). I hope the devs find a different exploit that doesn't require wiping, but I don't think that is likely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew View Post
    I think you're opening a good can of worms as far as wanting to TEACH people, or do some analysis to find out WHY people won't learn ADB. I've been alarmed at how some of the end users are treated for asking about one-click rooting solutions. Sorry for the lengthy post.

    ADB / command line entry / flashing (the whole rooting process) can be VERY intimidating to people whose computer knowledge is limited to playing Farmville on Facebook. Disclaimers about damaging the phone can also be scary to this type of person. Wiping the phone (for Tbolt) can be a deterrent. Do these people not deserve root if there was a safe one-click alternative that was idiot-proof? Why not? Because other people do it the "right way"?

    My issue is that there are people who argue that if you're not willing to learn ADB, you don't deserve root - I'm not accusing the OP of this, just airing an opinion. It comes across as snobbish, and elitist. I agree that you should know what you're doing with your phone and what root is, etc. But to deny someone help because they used a "shortcut" made available by a member of the development community (something I've seen on other forums) is also not helpful to the community at large (again, not accusing the OP). I don't see how one-clicks are "not helping". Helping what? The android dev community is already huge. Let the end users be end users.

    I don't have a problem with the one-clicks. Of course it is up to the developer to "write the scripts" correctly. It's a piece of software that should be thoroughly tested before it is released. If one-click solutions don't have any value, why would a developer go to the trouble of creating them? I would like to think they understand that not everyone is computer savvy and should be able to have the value of a rooted phone w/o knowing all the details.

    With the older phones you had a plethora of choices (Z4Root, Soup or Root, Unrevoked, etc). No one was bricking phones (at least not that I saw on this board). That spoiled the general community. We became complacent. We became lazy. I used Z4Root on my D2G before I returned it. Why did I do that method? Because I knew it provided a good one-click root, and one-click unroot. Unroot took less than 5 seconds when I took it back to VZW.

    I'm not holding my breath for a true one-click solution for the TBolt. The phone seems too locked down for that. I'm waiting until May to root mine (after free Hotspot expires). I hope the devs find a different exploit that doesn't require wiping, but I don't think that is likely.
    I agree infact I was that person, I did not start rooting the long way. What got me started into rooting was the sholesmodapp wich was the FIRST one click app for the droid that gave you root and a decent rom. Sholesmod and my fear of rooting helped spawned a lot of my guides. I am not gonna bang some one on the head for using a one click because that is what originally gave me the courage to root. So it will be hypocritical of my to bash, my goal is for those who want to learn we are here to teach.
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    I am going to bang someone on the head. It is not elitist nor snobbish to ask that someone knows what they are doing before rooting. These one-clicks I feel have been the downfall of the community. You now have people who have no clue on what they are doing screwing up their phones and sending them in for warranty exchange. Fail.Go look at my first posts, I was a complete idiot I asked for help and I received it and learned from there. What is the real reason for these people to be rooting? Tether? Get PDAnet. Custom roms? They are not that much better the factory roms. Get rid of bloat? It is not affecting your phone that negatively.

    Being a part of the team here I am willing to help help anyone with anything but with rooting a device should come a certain amount of responsibility from the end user. Know what you are doing, know how you can damage the phone and know the basics for recovering the device, These one-clicks allow just anyone to root wothout having a clue on what to do if something goes wrong.

    When something goes wrong is usually when I have to step in. I can say with a great deal of pride that just about everyone who has contacted me across 5 forums that my success rate at recovering the device is well above 95% but these same users could have saved them the stress if they had any idea on what they are doing.

    Call me old school but I agree that a simple ADB setup is not that bad of a test before rooting a phone. ADB is not that hard to setup and takes all of 5 minutes. IMHO if you cannot copy and paste after setting up ADB to root your phone maybe you shouldn't be. You'd be saving a lot of developers from having to find new exploits in new builds as the carriers hope shut us out due to user negligence.
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    Agreed with all of you who. ADB, while looks scary at first, isn't so hard. Also, it'll help with fixing any problems or doing certain actions along the line. I know a guy who runs around trying to use Z4root to root everyone with an android phone. You shouldn't be doing this if you don't know what you're doing.

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    I love the one clicks. I highly recommend them, specially if you're new and don't understand rooting.

    Then when you brick your phone because you have no idea what you're doing you can send it back to Verizon, get a replacement, and complain about you having a refurb that's not working properly. Probably also because you don't know what you're doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hookbill View Post
    I love the one clicks. I highly recommend them, specially if you're new and don't understand rooting.

    Then when you brick your phone because you have no idea what you're doing you can send it back to Verizon, get a replacement, and complain about you having a refurb that's not working properly. Probably also because you don't know what you're doing.
    Hook and his sarcasm....

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    Here's my take on it. The one-step methods are fine if you are already familiar with the manual rooting methods that use ADB. However, one should not even attempt to gain root access until they are thoroughly familiar with what they are doing, and how to recover from any problems they encounter.

    The thing about rooting is simple: it's basically gaining full administrator access to your device. As an IT professional, I wouldn't even think of giving admin access to a user who didn't know exactly what they were doing. If the extent of your computing experience is posting to Facebook and playing Farmville, then you should be running as a limited privelage user on ANY computing device you happen to use. Otherwise, you are simply LOOKING for trouble.
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