I have some suggestions for additions to the Discussion Board. I solicit everyone's suggestions for how we might implement (or should we) these suggestions so that my thinking can be extended by everyone elses. Or if you think the general ideas are good, Tom, you can do the initial revisions to the board to create the forums and we can work things out as we go along. My intent is that we, the participants, work out the concepts and do most of the implementation so that you don't have to do this on top of everything you are already involved in. Of course, anything specific you want, just tell us. It will be good for the group to act together on something like this. Can we avoid conflict and confusion in completing a complex task. The whole purpose of these suggestions is to relieve some of the detail and repetitive work that you do on the forums so that as you get more exposure and more participants, especially newcomers who have not yet read MBT, you can more readily handle a hopefully reduced load with these aids we create. I suggest the following in a third major division besides the present two. Perhaps there are even other new forums of this utility kind that others might suggest.
First, I suggest the addition of a FAQ thread in the present divisions to eventually lead to a FAQ forum in the new division. [FAQ - New to the MBT forums? Try here first with your questions.]. People know what FAQs are and will hopefully look there first for simple beginning concepts. I propose that we start a new thread, or use this one, for this and that we post suggestions for the FAQ there. Someone can then combine these
suggestions and repost the consolidated list for further commentary and additions. We can continue this process until we reach a concensus that we have covered the most needed items. You would have to clean up the old threads and post the final FAQ after your review. I suggest as a locked forum with only one thread open for suggestions for additions or other comments. I would hope that the effort on your part would be relatively minimal, if we can do the job properly for you without your intervention. A lesson in responsible membership in a society.
Second, I suggest that we create an Archive. [Archive - Fundamental discussions of frequently arising concepts and memorable discussions] A separate forum where the threads are memorable past threads with high information content or significant interaction. Where real advances in clarity are provided. Again I suggest that we the participants do the work for you of making initial suggestions. All we need to do is to make our posts on a thread and periodically consolidate the posted suggestions. Everyone has threads that they remember and might like to read again, or refer someone to, but where are they? You have even recently mentioned a post but did not remember where it was to refer someone. I think this would save a lot of time once completed. If it doesn't get read by someone new at first that is asking an oft repeated question, they can at least be referred to the right place in the Archive rather than start from the beginning again. This should be a locked forum when complete with changes made only by yourself as administrator. Perhaps an open thread to suggest additions to the archive.
Third, I suggest that you create an Index to MBT. You will have to do the initial work as only you have the original files to scan with an indexing program. Sorry about that Chief. But after the initial pass is made, surely there will be some of us who can take a little time to parse a page or two and flag the page references that are trivial or redundant references that should be removed. Where a word is merely used rather than where it is defined or discussed in detail and it's meaning clarified or expanded. And I guess you will have to do the final version and satisfy your self of the quality of the results. I hope that you have keept the same page numbers in all the printed versions. I can see several ways that this could be implemented but you may have to tell us what you want in this case. Perhaps a PDF file linked from the forum as well as the actual index on line. And doing the initial work, we can either post simple text files as posts in threads in several lists which someone wanting to help can copy off the thread and process that page of indexed items and then re post it as corrected. We need to use a program that everyone has access to. Everyone should have access to Notepad and Wordpad. Wordpad permits RichText formatting, but will this be needed?
If you wish to give this your blessings Tom, just create the needed new division on the index page and whatever main headings you want us to work on.