Ordinarily, B-Hebrew has only one or two postings in a week. Imagine my astonishment (and delight!) when on the day I left for holidays, B-Hebrew lit up with activity like a Christmas tree! In the last four days alone there were more than 60 posts.
Which illustrates my first comment on the subject of new subfora: a subforum is useful only when there is a constituency of members who have interest in the subject and post on that subject. Otherwise, the subforum stands forlornly empty. And when someone posts with either a question or a proposal, it is very discouraging when there are no responses.
As moderator, I'm first of all concerned with encouraging interaction among members. Even if I disagree with what's going on, if it is within our charter and folks are being polite, I tend to grant wide latitude on conversations. I remind members that experience has shown that social media rarely changes opinions. I like to think of what we do here with the words "illumination" and "enlightenment". I personally am not interested in creating an intellectual "echo chamber", where I can be comfortable in my "safe space". B-Hebrew is a public forum, and there will be a wide diversity of members and conversations. We can expect our ideas to be challenged, even when they are the "scholarly consensus" or my personal opinions. And that's a good thing. It's healthy to have our ideas and dearly held beliefs challenged. It forces me to go back and think through why
I hold the opinions that I do. And it is instructive for others to see the grounds on which my opinions are based.
I propose that we begin with the suggested subfora that Jason and others have suggested. Each subforum will have a "top post", a "read me first" type of announcement that defines the purpose and content of that forum. We can adjust both the names of the forums and their purpose/content as we go along. After the first of the year, let's revisit this subject and evaluate how the forums have worked out. We can, of course, make mid-course corrections at any time.
Comments, please! I'll give you all a week. "Qui tacet consentit"
, that is, "Silence gives assent!"