One of the questions I asked @jma the other day was about the audience for the Stack Exchange site. Who would use the site? The answer I got is that there are two audiences:
- research computing facilitators: IT professionals who manage computational infrastructure for researchers
- research computing users: researchers who make use of the computational infrastructure provide by facilitators
I’m somewhat afraid that this won’t work. https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2010/04/19/sites-for-experts/ is a good blog post about why but it comes down to creating a place where experts can find interesting discussions. Expert facilitators and expert users probably have a different idea of what’s interesting. There’s overlap to be sure.
I feel like words are failing my right now but my impulse is to figure out if we can flag the questions in this site as “facilitator” or “user” to see if we’re leaning toward one group or the other. I’ll keep thinking about this but I wanted to raise a flag at least and see if there’s something here to fix or not.