Encyclosphere

Let’s have your feedback on this here site

Folks, please give us general feedback to this site. A lot will be fixed and there are many issues already being tracked, but more general reflections on this site, that aren’t (necessarily, just) “issues” would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!

Of course, if you do have bugs/fix requests to report, won’t you please submit them as a comment on the “Issues” page?

Published by Larry Sanger

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  1. I’m not really a fan of trying to use wordpress as a general purpose forum but perhaps I’m just not familiar enough with it.

    In any event, I think two major categories of discussion are important to be had in long-form somewhere – in a forum or a mailing list: overall discussion leading to a concrete definition of requirements : what exactly is this software supposed to do? So far there are principles and some overall goals and concepts but far from even a general outline. I’ve got some initial thoughts of course but at this stage determining location and process is more relevant than the particulars.

    Second, as requirements begin to be developed, architecture discussions and design should be done. Again, I’m not particularly convinced that wordpress is a great medium for it, but it can probably be started here at least. And as above, I’ve got some initial thoughts and I’m sure others do as well, but I think some meta discussion first about the process itself might be useful.

    1. Welcome, and thanks for the feedback!

      The thinking is this:

      • I personally like mailing lists, but they’re extremely off-putting for most people, especially younger people
      • traditional forums are old-fashioned and off-putting for a lot of people
      • but people are generally comfy with commenting on blogs
      • people like being front-and-center in a way that a blog supports and a forum doesn’t
      • the blog format encourages the idea of long-form, thoughtful discussion which is very important for this project, IMO

      I’m very open to debate though.

      “In any event, I think two major categories of discussion are important to be had in long-form somewhere – in a forum or a mailing list: overall discussion leading to a concrete definition of requirements : what exactly is this software supposed to do?”

      I started a section in the Intro post but still haven’t finished. I’ll work some more on it soon.

      It’s not an app. It’s not software, any more than the Blogosphere is an app. Our goal is to develop standards. But it’s silly to develop standards in the absence of an app, so I’d like to encourage the development of apps and standards concurrently.

      Everipedia has some of the data structures tentatively worked out, but scraping metadata from various encyclopedia sites should help us figure out what the standards should look like.

      More on that soon. Very good question, obviously.

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