(I’m 99% sure that you are all guys…)
/e/ will fail unless you can make yourselves reasonably accessible to the general public. That includes (among other things) instructions that are thorough, accessible, easy to read, and that actually work. If someone who is educated and reasonably intelligent is telling you that your instructions don’t make sense, maybe… I don’t know, here’s a wild thought… listen? Instead of dismissing them and continually insisting that they DO make sense? Or telling them to do a web search to find something better? That really makes you seem like a—holes, sorry.
I write instructions for a living. I can tell you, these are bad instructions.
I spent over 6 hours working on this (not exaggerating), and made 0 progress. That is 5 hours and 50 minutes longer than the vast majority of people would be willing to spend on something like this.
I have a fairly high tolerance for frustration. In general, when I want something, I persist until I get what I want. I tried, very hard, to make this work, because I want to achieve the goals of /e/, and I couldn’t do it.
Just to update you, in case anyone cares (which I doubt)… I finally found someone at my work who regularly flashes phones and knows what he’s doing. He tried, and then told me my phone cannot be flashed. Even though I bought a Samsung S7, which was listed on the site as compatible with /e/, it turns out there are US models of the S7 and European models of the S7. The European models can be flashed, the US models cannot. That was a nasty surprise. That would have been nice to know before I bought the phone, eh?
All that work, money, effort, for nothing. Thanks /e/.
Again… your project will fail unless you figure out how to reach regular people who don’t have programming or engineering (etc.) backgrounds.