In our discussion of whether the Theoretical Computer Science is too narrow for this site, I suggested a compromise idea that would have different forums like this site, all linked together more so than the average SE sites. It has been observed that this idea can even tackle the beginners forum issue (though I am not sure that would be a good idea). One major impediment is that the current software does not support such an idea, so the SE people would have to put in considerable effort to make it happen.
The idea went as follows:
I think it would be great to have a CS stackexchange site that had multiple "forums" (for the different fields of CS) like cstheory. The membership could be shared. The reputation points could transfer across the forums. But each site should have its own homepage which featured only its own questions - tags and filters are not nearly enough. Perhaps the featured bounty questions could be shared across forums, as could questions with very high scores. That way, we could see what exciting things are happening in the other fields and would be tempted to occasionally browse the other forums without their questions clogging the theory ones. This would increase the user base as users from all the forums would occasionally do some browsing and answering each others' questions.
The response seems to have been positive. I am curious:
- Is there support within the community for such a proposal (if done right)?
- Assuming there is community support, is this something the people running StackExchange are willing to consider implementing.
Does anyone see a downside? Is there opposition to this idea?
I guess cstheory users can only answer question 1 and the people running SE can only answer question 2.