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I originally joined this group thinking that is was primarily about what I would call local practices. I find that most of it is involved in world practice. Now this is not a bad thing. I may have stumbled into the wrong group.

Examples of world practice:

  • Sulfur dioxide injection into the stratusphere.
  • Carbon tax
  • Iron fertilization of the oceans.
  • Mineral extraction from seawater.
  • Charcoal sequesterization by Terra Preta

Examples of local practice:

  • Artificial ponds on intermittent streams to create year round wildlife water access.
  • Microclimate modification using landscaping
  • Optimum extraction rates for locally abundant, but non-renewable resources.
  • Introduction of suitably selected species to increase biodiversity/help plants keep up with shifting vegetation zones.
  • Marketing ideas to help local eating/working groups.
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There's enough space for both world-scale and local-scale, and a large enough cross-over audience interested in both, as well as specialists in areas of each. As you've identified in your question, we've had good world-scale questions with good answers; and good local-scale questions with good answers.

I've seen no evidence that on is displacing or drowning out the other: the site is still very young, and so site activity is still in the early days of growing, so new questions stay on the front page for a day or more. And that means that anyone passing by the front page, will find both local- and world- scale questions on a wide range of topics. That's our main shop window for now, until we build up a big body of awesome content on the search engines.

The launch process for this site is that we are trying to build up a body of content, and a group of regular contributors, as well as lots of interested passers-by.

The targets we need to hit to get this site out of beta, and to fully launched, are:

  • over 15 questions per day: currently 1.4
  • over 90% answered: currently 96%
  • over 150 users with 200 rep: currently 57
  • over 2.5 answers per question: currently 1.8
  • over 1500 visits per day: currently 113.

As you can see, we've got a lot of work to do; in particular, in building up the number of questions per day, and the number of visits per day. For now, that probably means keeping the audience, and the scope, sufficiently broad; while keeping the topic sufficiently well-defined enough to create a group of regular users with expertise in a topic that doesn't get too sprawling or unwieldy.

You can follow these stats on the relevant meta question.

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