Now before you tell me that it has been done before, let me explain what I am thinking of.
First, I personally I have not yet gone on a tour (I will be going on my first one later this spring) and I still need to get most of my equipment (tent, sleeping bag, etc). I have been looking around this forum and around the net to get an idea of what models are good. But there is a dizzying amount of things out there, and for me personally, it is difficult to know where to get started.
So what I was thinking is make a list of equipment, but instead of just saying "you will need a good multitool" we will have a list of actual models. So instead of "you may want a 2 person tent for extra space even if you are going solo" there would be a list of good sized 2 person tents that aren't too heavy and pack fairly small.
And also have a list of good stores (online and not) to buy this equipment from.
One way I envision this is make a Wiki. For those that don't know, a Wiki is a page that anyone (or perhaps just registered users) can edit and make changes to. The most famous one is wikipedia.org, which has over 1 million user created and edited encyclopedia articles. The advantage of it being a wiki is it would be that as new models come out, it is easy for the list to be updated.
Anyone think that this is a good idea? I think it would really help newbies get started, because right now the only way to find recommendation for specific models is to painstakingly search through forums like these over and over and over. And believe me, it gets a bit tiring and discouraging for it to take so much time to find what you want.
If there is a list like this already, please point me to it.