N.B. I'm a nobody. These are just my thoughts. Don't listen to me. Listen to someone smarter.
Interest in Contributing
I have (a little) experience hosting Wordpress blogs on WPEngine. I also have a bit more experience setting up domain names for blogs, wikis, email, etc. I would definitely be willing to advise on how to set it up, but I have to warn that I should not be relied on to set it up; my life is less than predictable.
I am not knowledgeable enough to contribute posts about engines, but if someone wanted it, I can write extremely detailed instructions on how to use a tool. (
The Idiot's Guide to This Tool)
I would be interested in seeing posts analyzing different types of tools (not brands) including details such as: which is easier to use in which situation, which produces a better result. Brake flaring tools would be a good one.
I would also be interested in seeing posts analyzing different techniques.
Would It Help
It might not help a specific user, but we're in the business of sharing information.
I think it would encourage authors to really hone the post because they won't be worried about getting their answer in first or moving on to their next answer.
It could give authors a more formal platform to share in-depth knowledge that may just be languishing as an answer to a poorly translated question about a '92 Corolla. Some people really do put a lot of work into their answers and then only get a few upvotes due to a bad question. We could harness that energy into a fantastic blog post.
- Who would be in charge of managing the contributors and setting deadlines?
- How would they enforce deadlines?
- Would we want to keep it to mostly-professional methods or would we allow techniques from "Backwoods John" using a 4x4 block of wood, a winch, and some vegetable oil?
Are we willing to spend any money on it right now?
Are we willing to spend any money on it in the future?
Where would that money come from?
If we stop contributing to it, will whoever is paying for the hosting stop paying so then all of the hard work is lost?
Who would administer it?
Who would maintain security?
Who would be the owner of the domain?
Who would be the leasee of the server?
Who would have administrator access to the server?
Who will have the backups in case of a rogue administrator?
In the worst case, who would decide that the blog failed?
- How would we decide the website theme?
- Would comments be allowed?
- Who can comment?
- How do we register commenters?
- What will the license on the posts be?