20th June 2009 - 12:51 AM
Without any intended slight to Rpenner, I feel that the forum is undermoderated.
When you put up a site like this, the question is always.. "What kind of discussion do you want?"
1. On one extreme you can have the kind of forum where anyone can say whatever they darn want and discussions tend to end up with swears and people repeating "no u" to everything.
2. At the other extreme you have pure science forums, usually private and you cannot join unless you have the right qualifications.
Somewhere in the middle you can have decent conversations and still allow most people to participate. However, you do need to keep order or it will quickly devolve towards example 1.
To be honest I am somewhat more comfortable with the number 2 extreme. Many of the discussions I have had online only involved historians and very few others would have been invited or for that matter would have appreciated the conversation.
When a group of historians gather to talk... you could likely record it and use it to quell riots by boring everyone to death.