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As a means to stimulate accessibility to scientific community.
Scientific dialogue is generally carried out in form of
papers and conferences, but people like Christopher
"without academic credentials, despair of ever getting
published in a scholarly journal."
The idea of applying halfbakery-like informal yet very
quickly-responding crowd of intelligent people to
criticize your intellectual work, would likely stimulate
scientific communication among such intelligent people.
The categories would include a hierarchy of sciences.
Participants would send-in their statements/conclusions
to criticize), with references to their elaboration (i.e.,
proofs, experiments, etc.) in
the [link] section.
||I'm not sure that's a good idea. Halfbakers aren't
renowned for their civility and decorum, you might
||umm... wasn't this the idea for the original internet?: connect up all the uni's, free flowing ideas, yadda yadda.
||NNTP (newsgroups) are well suited to this sort of thing (as they are to many things, being a generic bbs/forum protocol)... could even do that here: at first glance the only obvious content loss would be buns'n'bones tallying (and about 99% of the visitors, who don't use ng's, and account/post control, and a bunch of other stuff that makes us happily smug).
||I foresee all submissions ranging from X-Ray crystallography to protein-folding enzymes all devolving (evolving?) to discussions about custard. This could be seen as a drawback by the overall scientific community.
||I just did a quick Google search. Looks like CosmoCoffee is close to what you're after.
||um...<raises hand> I think I like this idea, but I need to look up ng's and account/post protocol first.
||I meant that the HB could run on NNTP (as can any forum type thing), but we'd lose fine control of posts and annos.