Continuing the discussion from DS9 SFX Isolinear Chips - acrylic display stand:
This is something I’ve been thinking about for months, even before having the idea for this forum. A forum is a great place to discuss things, hash out details, work out best practices in conversation, and post timely content. However, consensus often emerges from these conversations and it might be useful to find a canonical place to store these conclusions. For example, let’s say that there is a long thread discussing the best way to machine a moire ring for a communicator (dimensions, steps, etc.) After lots of discussion, certain best practices and materials sources are arrived at. It might be nice to have a single place to distill that information without requiring people to dig up the right thread (or, possibly, multiple threads) and read through the whole long thread history.
There are various ways to accomplish this. We could make a sister site to the TPW forum that serves as our wiki, just like Memory Alpha for Star Trek canon information but scoped to props and from a real-world (rather than in-universe perspective). That would be where we kept the conclusions and answers to discussions as they happen here. Finalized step-by-step how-to guides, 3D model files, and blueprints could live here too.
Another (more technically elegant, but less feature-rich) option would be simply to create “how-to manual” threads right here in the forum that capture similar information. These could live in their respective categories (TOS, TNG, etc.) depending on what prop it is, but we would maintain a pinned thread somewhere that kept a list of these in one place so they would be easy to find. I could also set the opening posts to be “wiki” posts, which means that anyone can edit them later down the road, not just the original poster. (For some reason, this forum software only lets “Admins” change a forum post to a wiki post, but I’m always happy to do that. In the parlance of this software “Admins” aren’t just moderators, which many of you as trusted friends already are, but individuals with access to the underlying server itself, which for everyone’s security and privacy I feel like I should keep limited, at least for now. I have no idea why this category is the only one that can change a post to a Wiki and am looking at how to change this, if possible.)
At any rate, I would love to hear more thoughts on where we can put the collective wisdom of the community in a digestible form. I really enjoy figuring out how to organize information so that is accessible to other people (and to ourselves easily in future), so this is something I’m very keen on. I think it is one of the main advantages of a builder-centric forum, and should be one of our priorities in our mission to help teach other people who are just getting into this stuff.
Thanks for raising this issue, @trekme!