A few days ago, Iain Cheyne showed what I thought to be a good amount of initiative by taking the content of the faq on the uk.games.board message board and posting it as a wiki on Boardgamegeek . The intention was to have a place to which people could be directed if they wanted info about boardgames in the UK. The use of a wiki meant that it could be easily amended and updated, overcoming a disadvantage of the old message board, which was several months out-of-date.
The response from those that saw it was very positive, me included, but what Iain hadnâ€™t done was check with Chris Dearlove, who maintained the faq on uk.games.board, that it was ok to make use of Chrisâ€™s information. Unfortunately, Chris was a bit peeved when he found out and I donâ€™t know whether this is going to be resolved or whether Iain will have to remove the information from BGG. I do sympathise with Chris, who may well have agreed if asked by Iain for permission to proceed, but I do feel that uk.games.board does not get enough visitors these days for such a valuable tool to be sited there.
That said, BGG isnâ€™t ideal as it is very much international and, with the wealth of information on that site, you wouldnâ€™t easily find the uk faq wiki unless you knew where to look. Now, the point of this post is to try and gauge whether we ought to try and have a dedicated site for this and, if we did, what should be included. Now, Iâ€™m not saying that I would want to take on such a venture, although my original aim for this site had been to develop it into such a resource, and I wouldnâ€™t want to mess Iain or Chris about if they want to develop something. I guess my questions are:
Do we need a resource to collect the kind of information about the UK boardgames scene that has previously held on uk.games.board?
Is a BGG wiki the best way to host it or is there a better alternative?
What information should it contain? We donâ€™t want a UK version of BGG â€“ that site does a tremendous job â€“ but what sort of stuff should a UK focussed resource include?
How should it be maintained and what degree of moderation / management would be needed?
I’d really be interested in hearing people’s thoughts.