(Its good to see a familiar face from the Savage Minds peanut gallery here!). I guess you are right in suggesting there are diminishing return from threads dilating on "what it's all about." What might be useful, by contrast, is talking in a more intimate register as individuals about what we hope to achieve with our time here. I am 100% in agreement with Nikos that the most exciting potentiality I can see in this forum arises from the opportunity it provides to talk with anthropologists from other countries (this conversation being case in point! MESOTIS in emergence, I hope, and long live the OAC e-journal!). The practical trouble I am facing is time. I have about 30 minutes per day to spend foraging on the internet, and I cant seem to figure out 'where the action is' on this site, being as it is a field of "openness." Nor am I entirely sure what that 'action' is intended/will turn out to be. Hence this thread. So, rather than any "it," might I ask what "you" are about here, in the friendly sense of inquiring about what you are hoping for from this conversation?
I'd like to see more self-archiving going on, passing around of essay drafts etc...
Going back to an old Savage Minds discussion - I'd like to see a mix of "fast" and "slow" writing, with loads of commentary from as many people as possible..
And I like anything less wordy than your average anthro journal.