From: Mosquito Bite, Texas
Considering that manual is probably one of the best in computer gaming industry in recent years, I really don't know what they could do better with resources Matrix Games/HFD has... Obviously, in game like this scale, manual would be rather huge if it was ment for more than answering basic questions. It is searchable, which makes it easier to find things, even when not entirely logical.
To me, the issue is that posters are frequently told to read the manual, but when they do, things aren't where they seem like they should be. The manual is one of the best I've ever seen, but it is clearly a committee effort that has a few problems here and there. I've written quite a few manuals in my day, though, and would not have wanted to write this one. It's a very complicated game, so I'm not surprised that a few manual issues are found from time to time. Yes, it's searchable, but we're left to the vagaries of Adobe's engine to do that ... and we have to know what the devs chose to call the thing that we're looking for.
That said, this forum is excellent at providing answers and the devs should be commended for responding so well and so quickly. I don't see the reason for anybody to get defensive about the game, or the manual, or anything else when someone says that they think that there's some "flaw." You just have to expect that. I know that we're damn lucky to have the game and the manual, and we're damn lucky that so many gave of their time and effort to provide us all the pleasure we get from this game. And that's a lot of pleasure, I assure you.
Just my two cents.