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All excellent comments and suggestions. My suggestion is that we simply cohere and position the various services. It is rather ad hoc and chaotic at the moment. A fluid, diverse ecosystem is an advantage. IMO, the two main functions are collection, e.g., Wikipedia, bibliographies, etc. and connection, e.g. Socnet, StackExchange (proposed). The service offerings could be published or endorsed by INSNA (or not). This seems like a good conversation to have at Sun Belt. It would not preclude any particular service. Rather it would aid the research community. It would help researchers arrive at the optimal/definitive answers more efficiently and make finding stuff easier. Besides, with the sharp growth in network research and analysis  mechanisms are needed separate the wheat from the chaff. My 2-cents.


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I agree that existing wiki pages on Network Science/SNA should be improved and not disregarded as obsolete technology, but I think they have a quite different function and "usability" than a StackExchange site. Nate discussed well some of the differences, which also explain why SE sites have quickly become so popular in spite of the abundance of wikis, forums and listservs on the same subjects (see the case of R). I think that ideally we as a community should take care of all these tools, because all contribute a different piece to the knowledge about this field that exists on the Web, and to its accessibility by outsiders and newcomers. Thank you for the feedback.


On 1/19/14, 12:03 PM, ND wrote:

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> You might be correct that we don't need another outlet. You are

> certainly correct that existing outlets can and should be improved. But

> the former sounds akin to saying "what's the value of Twitter when we

> have {telephones, texting, websites, blogs}?"


> StackExchange (SE) sites have a completely different incentive structure

> for both asking and answering questions. I believe SE is more accessible

> in the sense that it's easier to start a specific discussion and

> contribute to it than in a wiki or listserv context. Wikis are actually

> a sub-feature of SE. Topic specific chat rooms are also a sub-feature.

> SE is peer reviewed. You can quickly get a sense for how knowledgeable a

> contributor is by his or her reputation score which is determined in

> part by peer review. And the new site will already be attached to a very

> popular collection of websites (i.e., SE).


> I recognize wikis offer many of these advantages. But personally -- and

> I could well be a special case -- I find SE forums a bit more natural in

> their use and organization.


> Thanks for your thoughts. And I hope to hear more.


> -Nate




> On Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM, John T. Maloney <[log in to unmask]

> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:



>     Hi - Stack Overflow is excellent as is Stack Exchange. However, IMO,

>     for the

>     moment, we do not need another destination for Socnet stuff. Happy to be

>     vociferously overruled, but it probably makes better sense to improve

>     existing stores...


>     For example, did you know Socnet has a disused wiki?




>     Rather than pouring on more destinations and technologies, it would

>     be far

>     more prudent to correct Wikipedia. For example, according to

>     Wikipedia, did

>     you know Facebook invented the social graph?


>     Hopefully, some clever and passionate Sunbelters will gather in St.

>     Peter to

>     examine and propose an strategy, architecture and roadmap for

>     solving this

>     perennial Socnet problem. If it is a proper agenda item or breakout that

>     would be preferred.


>     For example, I'm eager to port these data into Wikipedia or the

>     recommended

>     destination medium/a...




>     Ready to help in any/every way!


>     -j




>     -----Original Message-----

>     From: Raffaele Vacca [mailto:[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>]

>     Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:07 AM

>     To: John T. Maloney

>     Subject: Fwd: [SOCNET] Network Science on StackExchange


>     Hi John,


>     I don't know if you are familiar with the Stack Exchange family of

>     websites

>     and paid attention to this SOCNET email. Stack Exchange sites are very

>     effective and useful Q&A websites contributed by the community, a

>     sort of

>     more effective version of traditional forums and listservs.

>     The programming Stack Exchange website, Stack Overflow, is the most

>     popular.

>     If you program in R, Python, Java or any other language, Stack

>     Overflow is

>     an amazing resource where you can find answers to almost any

>     question you

>     might have. No programmer that I know does not use Stack Overflow on a

>     regular basis, and I myself use it almost daily for R questions and

>     answers.

>     A more recent and growing case is the Stack Exchange website on

>     statistics

>     ( <>), which I

>     also have found very useful.


>     I'm writing this because a new Stack Exchange website has recently been

>     proposed for Network Science (see forwarded email). This could become a

>     great resource, similar to the wiki pages we were thinking about.

>     However, this website is just in its proposal stage. To be actually

>     implemented by Stack Exchange it needs to reach a critical mass of

>     users and

>     sample questions. Please check it out and spread the word if you

>     like it. I

>     think this effort should be supported and sponsored as much as we can

>     because this could become a very good tool for network researchers.


>     Raffaele



>     -------- Original Message --------

>     Subject:        [SOCNET] Network Science on StackExchange

>     Date:   Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:12:47 -0500

>     From:   ND <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>

>     Reply-To:       ND <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>>

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>     ***** To join INSNA, visit ***** Hi all.


>     I recently noticed that Guilherme Kenji Chihaya**has proposed a new

>     Network

>     Science StackExchange <> site. Briefly,

>     StackExchange is a gamified question and answer site. The Network

>     Science

>     proposal site must go through a number of phases to become a full

>     fledged Q

>     and A site. If you appreciate the value of StackExchange, and the

>     value such

>     a new site might have for network science, please drop by and play a

>     role in

>     getting it through the proposal process.




>     The current requirements to get through the "Definition" phase are

>     40 more

>     followers and 40 total sample questions with at least 10 "upvotes."

>     The idea is to decide as a group what we think this site should be

>     focused

>     on by voting which questions we think are good. So ask and cast some

>     votes.


>     For what it's worth, I have no role in this proposal other than a

>     follower

>     who has supplied one sample question. Thanks for reading, and for great

>     discussion in general over the years.


>     -Nate


>     -----

>     Nathan Doogan

>     Doctoral Candidate--Social Work

>     The Ohio State University


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