Diasgree all you want, some How Tos are garbage. Not in the sense of "I already know how to do this, why is there even a How To?"
But in the sense that some are poorly written with misspelled words, lack of punctuation, incomplete list of tools/equipment needed, lack of photos to help with complicated or unfamiliar steps, etc.
So yes, having a required template to follow and being reviewed for completeness/correctness is vital.
Having a template to assist people in creating a wonderful DIY thread is great and I love the idea.
Saying if you don't follow THE
template, you don't get to post your DIY thread because it doesn't meet THE
standards, is a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face.
If you tell me I have to adhere to some highly technical standard of posting a DIY thread, you probably ain't going to get any DIY from me because (1) I am lazy, (2) I don't want or have time to understand the standard, and (3) I am a luddite.
I have no problems with providing some pretty basic concepts, in my most luddite of ways:
1. Tools required. If I could have found a DIY for the repair I did on my popup camper a few weeks ago, I would have known that all I really needed was a drill with a 3/8" nut driver. I could have left my ratchet set on the shelf.
2. Complexity: This is super complex, simple or some where in between. You better know how to use an oscilloscope, multimeter, or a 5 pound sledge. (Yes, the tool list above may give a hint.)
3. How much will pictures enhance the instructions. Sometimes, words are pretty sufficient. Other times, pictures are worth much more than a 1000 words. Had I had a slightly better exploded view of the camper I repaired, I would have gone into the repair much more confident. Actually, once I got the replacement parts and could look at them, I announced to my wife that I couldn't imagine the job taking more than a couple of hours even though the professionals quoted 3 hours. Actual time: 90 minutes.
4. How long it might take: If you tell me a job takes 90 minutes, ok, I can allot 1/2 day to it. If you tell me it takes 15 minutes, I probably allot an hour. If you tell me it will take a full day, I am going to evaluate whether I want to rent a car in case the job spills over into a second day, probably going to allot the entire weekend. My current lifestyle is not going to handle these full weekend or longer DIY projects on my vehicles. Maybe a project around the house, but our two vehicles are both daily drivers.
5. Pictures & videos: I haven't ever done a video, I know enough to know that shooting a video in a manner that is concise, getting the light correctly, etc. can be difficult. I really think you need one person doing the video and adjusting lights while the other person is the one who gets their hands dirty. Once I get my hands dirty, I want to get the job done. Cleaning up enough to shoot some video, then diving back into the repair ain't going to cut it. Once I get going, I want to cross the goal line. Still pictures are less of an issue, but the goal line is still my focus.
I think the real thing to consider, is a poorly written, poorly thought out DIY better than none at all?