I'd add 'philosophical' to the description: "theoretical and
philosophical aspects of user research," etc.
If we just leave this as a standard mailing list, I'm not sure why it
would be any different from DiscoveryProcess, etc.
What proportion of us are in the bay area? Elsewhere? I can imagine
that email + wiki to post relevant docs might be a good place to start.
One idea is that we discuss a question every 2 weeks. Each person on
the list has to sign up to lead for a week, or we could see how far we
get with just volunteers.
There's the strawman.
Is it a substance, a process? If it's a substance does it have mass?
And even great that i am having an opprtunity to be a part of this.
Before we start souldnt we also be aware of what our back grounds are
so that we have a more efficient discussion which really help all the
irrespective of their present level of understanding.
As i am an intern from India doing my internship in User Experience
I have lots of doubts because as far as what i have gathered from books
theoretically but rarely in practice.
Regarding the content, mode, form and the flow of discussion...
I aggree to Mick about extending it on phylosophical plain....
A mailing list is good for the initial stage.... we can think of other
form as wiki
to post as and when we have enough content to do so.
I may be sounding like an enthu cutlet but it would be interesting to
also have some
parellel excercises (with the same objective) done and then compare
how in different situations and cultural flavours the technique and
I would say that we need a mailinglist and wiki, and some kind of
agenda where we can schedule events where several people will be
anyway, like the upcoming EPIC conference in Portland (end Sep) for
instance. That last thing would allow us to organise 'tea-parties'
(yes, I live in London) or something where we can discuss, exchange and
The wiki will allow us to build up a good collection of material that
will last, and we can reference to on the mailinglist.
As for the mailinglist, we could perhaps just start on Anthro design
with the 'theory' addition at the start of every subject, and switch to
a separate list once the theory traffic gets too high - if that ever
Great to set this up, it really connects to my current research at the
Royal College of Art, so let's get this show on the road!
A structural idea: since it's likely a community like this will diverge
along a wide host of issues and interests, a list of meta links to
content such as Luke's set up on the left side of his blog -
http://www.lukew.com/ff/archive.asp - would be useful.