Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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As a means to stimulate accessibility to scientific community.
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Scientific dialogue is generally carried out in form of scholarly papers and conferences, but people like Christopher Langan, "without academic credentials, despair of ever getting published in a scholarly journal."

The idea of applying halfbakery-like informal yet very critical, and quickly-responding crowd of intelligent people to read and criticize your intellectual work, would likely stimulate informal scientific communication among such intelligent people.

The categories would include a hierarchy of sciences. Participants would send-in their statements/conclusions (for others to criticize), with references to their elaboration (i.e., proofs, experiments, etc.) in the [link] section.

Inyuki, Apr 19 2012


       I'm not sure that's a good idea. Halfbakers aren't renowned for their civility and decorum, you might observe.
UnaBubba, Apr 19 2012

       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).
FlyingToaster, Apr 19 2012

       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.
AusCan531, Apr 19 2012

       I just did a quick Google search. Looks like CosmoCoffee is close to what you're after.
xaviergisz, Apr 19 2012

       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.
FlyingToaster, Apr 22 2012


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