Yeah, Fedora is different alright. Wikis are Wikis: don't expect much and you'll never be disappointed As a case close to point, the Fedora Project Wiki has a Really Neat sidebar:
Originally Posted by blackiwid
Download Fedora now! (with link)
Do you want to install Fedora? Read our Quick Install Guide. (with link)
Join the Fedora Project.
Read documentation and our FAQ for using and contributing to Fedora. (with link)
Now, linking the "Quick Install Guide" directly beneath "Download" is pretty good design, except when you Go There, you find "Quick Install Guide" is "still under construction" and -- as you may have noticed -- totally unfit for your intended purpose. Which would be Okay if whoever had written / was writing the "Quick Install Guide" had bothered to follow the "Read documentation" link and noticed it indexes both an "Installation Guide" and an "Installation Quick Start Guide", the latter of which undoubtedly provides all the missing information the "Quick Install Guide" author intended, for which all he need do is provide a direct link. But that would require his reading the documentation...
I personally don't trust Anaconda much further than I can toss it. Like yourself I do all my disk partitioning and labeling in Gparted from a separate LiveCD or install, recording my labels 'cuz they'll be deleted if Anaconda re-formats the partition and doesn't remember their names. Then I do a bog standard Desktop or Workstation installation -- no extras -- and am certain not to have an internet upgrade repository selected during the install. Everything from DVD or pen drive. Less to go wrong, unless I'm installing on brand-new hardware and think I might need the latest kernel to run network, wifi, or graphics. Then open a terminal and do "yum update rpm yum", "yum update NetworkManager", "yum update kernel", "yum update glibc" and "yum update" (in that order) before rebooting and opening Package Mangler and installing any additional stuff I want from the network. Takes a bit longer, but can save a lot of time.
Anyway, glad to hear you're sorted, and thanks for the apologies.