This not be the ideal solution, but it has possibilities. This is to address the issue of wanting to share information in a collaborative effort, but not having to set up a venue at another site. Rather than trying to describe the concept, let me just give an example:
CraigL has suggested a few starting ideas of services that new businesses want. Ones that could be performed by our soon-to-be-established Tiger Teams. Instead of leaving it buried in the main thread of this project, CraigL would take this list and create a new forum topic (something like "Tiger Team - List of Potential Services"). Other people could read the list, suggest their own additions, have discussions -- all the usual things that occur in the forum settings. But then CraigL would edit his initial posting (the list) to incorporate additional suggestions, weed out items that we deem to be undesirable, and possibly rearrange things on the list. The rearranging part would allow for putting the highest priorities on top, but keeping other viable ideas on the back burner to possibly revisit later.
By having the list posted first, you could easily see the most current revision on the first page of the forum topic. By putting one person in charge of the updates and the moderation of the subsequent discussions, that person will have ownership of that particular process, and we can have a division of labor. That way, a person can oversee a task in which they have interest and/or expertise, we will get a mix of development styles, there will be more equity in the participation, and the same people who tend to jump in and take the lead when they see something that needs to be done won`t be doing it all.
A couple other issues about this method of sharing. We will need to title our subtask forums with a consistent naming system, so they can easily be identified. We might use the phrase Tiger Team first, followed by the subject (e.g., "Tiger Team - Participating Members", "Tiger Team - Roles Available to Be Filled", "Tiger Team - Upcoming Conference Call Schedule"). We should also get a general consensus before starting each of these subtask forums to keep a connecting reference within this thread, and to avoid a barrage of subtask forums for every whim.
One drawback to this "make do" system is that our discussions are all on public display; but based on the minimal participation that I`ve observed once we moved beyond the "let`s talk about it" stage, it makes me think that this won`t be a real problem. Inertia seems to be a stronger force than someone taking our work and ideas and turning them into a business of their own.
Another drawback is that this format has limitations. For example, my checklist for each person to use to assess their level of expertise in the roles they`d like to serve won`t easily work in this format. But we may be able to come up with some other creative alternatives for that process as well. Just mentioning it while I`m thinking about it.
Ok, now tell me what other drawbacks I`ve overlooked or suggest an alternative that we might use. Remember, I`m thinking "low-tech" and "go-with-what-we`ve-got". But other creative ideas are welcome.