We really shouldn't neglect to mention other similar efforts around the world, now should we? These are the main sites I visit everyday, for quite a while now:
Editor: Johan De Gelas.
Editor: Paul Clerkin.
Editor: Jeff Mottle.
One thing in common with all of these sites? A single person, who besides doing a day job, has taken the interest to devote time, money and effort into developing online communities dedicated to their specific field of expertise/interest. Furthermore, has not actually 'been ashamed' to stand out and be counted, as an opinion.... perhaps not perfect always in every sense,... but nonetheless someone with the ability to discuss, listen and articulate.
The problem with major institutions for third level education and so on, I think... is they have 'lost' this notion of discussion, debate, argument, listening and points of view.... major educational institutions spend nearly most of their time attending meetings behind very closed doors amongst themselves, and planning what 'they' are going to do, and how 'they' could do things..... sometimes it just takes one
person to finally say, right, let's just try something and do it for a change.....
This aspect of someone actually committing themselves to a project, has gotten mislaid in most third level educational institutions nowadays.... unfortunately. And it is very difficult to find any 'point of contact' with them at all anymore..... whereas any of the four sites, I have listed work perfectly from the point of view of further education.....
Brian O' Hanlon.