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In another discussion, Tim van Beek wrote:
A meta point: I have a daily time budget of ca. 30 minutes for Azimuth topics. This can only work if I restrict myself to one specific topic, simply put: There isn't enough time to discuss all topics that may be of interest to Azimuth.
and John Baez added:
Even though I can spend more time on Azimuth, I already have more things to do than fit into that time.
The problem of where to spend one's time will only continue to grow as the Azimuth Project grows and becomes more active. So we ought to think about ways to make sure that those who are active can stay active, producing content, and helping rather than just reading to keep up with what is being done here on the forum. The project won't move forward if it ends up being a bunch of discussion on the forum, but no action on the Wiki because we've all used up our free time for the forum.
I know I've added considerably to the reading required in the last couple of weeks. This ought to slow down as we're covering many of the macro level issues that will make their way onto the Wiki so new people in the future won't have to learn them. So I apologize for making it harder in the short term, hopefully this will be a one-time cost.
How can we make this easier in the future for everyone?
It looks like the nForum has some protocols for making it easier for people to focus on specific types of conversations based on the use of forum categories that seems to work for them. This could work here. Nevertheless, our problem in the Azimuth Project will be larger because the problems we are tackling are necessarily going to involve many more disciplines and areas of potential interest.
Keeping up with discussions outside of one's interests will be pretty hard if we don't have finer granularity in the discussion categories. For example, I could see many people who are interested in climate issues but don't want to follow transportation issues, some will be more interesting in the math side, while others in the science, and others in the applied science/engineering end of things.
So I suggest that we ought to start thinking about how to do this now, so we don't cause those who have been working hard to lose interest because the forum becomes too noisy because of new people (like me) coming in, asking questions, discussing new domains, making suggestions, etc.
What do you think? Should we create some more sub-catetories?