Somehow I missed our birthday on April 20th!
I started this site at the beginning of the pandemic, quite frankly, because the isolation was getting to me. There have been dips and waves in activity (we seem to be cresting a bit of late!), but overall I feel like our little corner of the internet has proven to be pretty neat. I for one have certainly met some great people here, and I’ve also had the privilege to get to know some people whom I previously had only known from their bibliographies!
What is this, the Oscars?
Do you have opinions, suggestions, or ideas about what we could do to improve the site or make it more useful?
We’re still pretty small (101 users total, fewer active members). There are a couple steps to join, and that has probably resulted in some people not bothering. On the other hand, maybe that filters out people who are really interested? Should we make the site less invite-only? Personally I’m more interested in making the site better and more helpful than having many more users, but is that exclusionary?
My wishes for the site in the coming year… what are yours?
Support for glossing. I think if the site could support some sort of glossing syntax that would render interlinears in a nice way, we could actually discuss grammatical topics as well as the stuff we already talk about. That would be fun. If anyone is interested in hacking on this with me, that would be awesome. (It would probably involve doing some posting and reading on https://meta.discourse.org/, the user group for this forum software, for starters.)
An increase in posts. I’ve never run a site like this, so I don’t really know what it takes to encourage activity. I have found that even if I myself just post three or four times in a week, the rate of other people posting speeds up. Activity breeds activity, I guess.
Utility for language community outside of academia. What could we do here to help communities beyond academia? This forum has support for groups and things like that, perhaps we could offer help in hosting group discussions (say, if people are getting tired of Facebook).
Moderators? I think moderators can make a huge difference on these sites. I use some other instances of this software (discourse) that have great moderation, and I think that’s a huge part of why those site remain so active. Of course, there’s not much need for moderation if the rate of posting is slow. Or maybe it’s the other way around.
Anyway, thanks for reading and being a part of this little community. It’s been a hard year for everyone. Our work still matters.