It seems an interesting idea. Lots of questions come to mind.
- Is "Thoughts?" the right question to ask? Depends, I suppose, on what one hopes to get in response.
- I don't know whether it would be a good or a bad idea, but, if implemented, then wouldn't it potentially be somewhat of a change to the ethos of DC.com?
- And if it is/would be changing it, then what might be the implications of that?
- Does there need to be such a change, and if so, then why/why not?
- If such a change were made, then what could be the potential effect on the existing structure and/or "business model" of DC.com?
- What might be the perception of the external community, and would it matter?
- What might be the specific objectives and outcomes of this? What costs, risks, dependencies and constraints might be involved?
I'm sure we could think of more questions.
I personally wouldn't attempt to offer any suggestions or answers to such questions at this point, but I would suggest that maybe this would be an opportune time to conduct a PMI
(one of De Bono's thinking tools) - a systematic analysis of the Plus, Minus, and Interesting points about the idea, from several different perspectives.
Collectively, we could surely contribute constructively towards such an analysis if we were organised to do so in the role of a kind of distributed "Brains Trust" for that exercise. There is such a diverse collection of minds in the DC forum that we could well run the risk of a synergistic outcome if we were organised by The Project Manager
to do that.
I would recommend the use of a computer tool to collect the PMIs from the audience.
An affinity diagramming tool may be the ideal. The MS Labs Sticky Sorter
comes to mind. That can interchange data between the SS tool and a spreadsheet - which could be handy.
But this is getting ahead of ourselves and is just some of my thoughts.
Falling back on my professional training, I'd usually recommend a structured approach. In that case, the first thing required would be to draft up a TOR
- Terms of Reference - for a small project to research and implement such an idea, or one similar. The TOR would need to be approved by a Sponsor and/or a Steering Committee before any work started. If one did not do that, then the thing might skitter all over the place like a blob of mercury.