Really? “Worse than useless”? So we’re actually harming you by putting these documents online?
There are exactly three pages you need to read to understand precisely how to send a signed request. If that’s too much of a bother, then you should use a library like the documentation says. We don’t maintain official libraries, so the documentation on those vary greatly. There are some great ones like tmhOAuth, but others are like Twitterizer.
We don’t offer copy & paste solutions, because there are just too many combinations of programming language, execution environment, and use case to be able to satisfy enough developers. We’re a small team and have to work on things which offer the most return on investment. For example, there are just not enough developers writing UI-less .NET clients to make it worth it to do a step-by-step guide. However, this is basic enough that any good client library should have an example which replicates most of what you would need. I know tmhOAuth does this for PHP.
And if you find a useful piece of documentation somewhere and actually go to the process of posting about it here, please include a link so that others in your situation might be able to save themselves the trouble of trying to find it.