Before I go, I thought I'd have the temewrity to offer a wee proposal. Been thinkiong of this for a while, and now I see we have our Akashic Records, there may be a niche.
How about a library? That is a forum for posting articles and essays on subject matters which are of interest to those of us on the board, and indeed, useful as a reference point to those of us in discussion here.
These articles could be those written by ourselves (there are some clever types present, no doubt), academic essays and papers, or pieces of journalism, excerpts and what have you. These could be arranged and stored as a handy, linkable reference point fdor posters, or just an interesting place to browse. The foreseeable benefits are;
-In theory, easier for posters with clunky and slow browsers to access
-Allows material not uploaded to the web, but obviously cut and pastable in some fashion, to be accessed by all, WITHOUT having to print the whole article on a post.
-Posters can read through texts and materials used by opther posters themeselves, allowing themsleves to gain their own, unedited perspective on it.
-A possible resource for inspiring new posts
-useful for those poor sods still at school/college/university
The forum could be ordered according to two possibilities (or maybe more-these are the ones I have seen)
-A thread for each piece (or series of pieces)posted, which is then locked by the friendly neighbourhood moderator, and stored.
-A themed thread -ie, a thread for articles under the title of Philosophy, which posters add to as items come to hand or notice. However, this risks the internet equivalent of scribbling on the covers-that is, posts which are not articles, ie, comments, cluttering up the threads. I think, for the sake of user friendliness, the forum would have to be kept read only, as much as possible.
-Ezboard -does this contravene their regulations in any fashion?
-Copyright -is it an issue?
-Time and maintenance. Probably not a busy forum, but still, poor Kyle is overworked as it is.Still, I, for one, would be glad to help in any way (though I confess, I am hardly the most dynamic net administrator there is...)
Anyway-think about it, and of course, comment as you please. I will be watching, but replying might be more of a task.
Cheerio for now folks...