As we've discussed,
... one incredibly valuable skill for a SearchResearcher to have is the ability to identify and locate "communities" of people who are already experts (or extremely interested and passionate amateurs).
|It sometimes takes a village to find your way. The Byrd expedition of Antarctica, 1928.|
Being able to find such communities is probably the single best way to find those people who can help you refine a SearchResearch question, or maybe even have the answer outright.
For instance, finding the right community--and its online expression as a Wiki, an email list, a shared blog, a forum, or a Q&A site--can only link you with people who can instantly take your ill-formed and not-well-understood question, and either (a) change it into something that is searchable, or (b) give you the answer immediately.
This is the basis for today's Challenge: Can you find a community that can help answer questions in the following topics?
1. Suppose my cousin had just been diagnosed as having apraxia. I need to understand a bit more about this condition. Can you help find me an online community that can help me learn much more about this?
2. My son's class just learned about slickensides in their science class. Does an online community exist that would be able to answer my questions about this (and related topics)?
3. A friend is learning Finnish and would like to find a community where she can ask questions about the language. (That is, not just "how do I say this in Finnish?" but linguistics-style questions like "what does the translative case do?") Can you find a community for her?
I have three questions here because they are each very different in content (and you probably know the answer to at least one of them off the top of your head), and I suspect that each requires a somewhat different method to find each community.
This week, can you FIND these communities? (We can discuss what constitutes such communities in the comments.)
And most importantly, tell us HOW you found them? What searches did you do? What led you to those discoveries?
I'm pretty convinced that the ability to find communities is a key skill for SRS-ers. Let's figure out a few great tips and tricks for locating them!
P.S. It's worth noting that the members of SearchResearch form a community... of people interested in how people can search (and research) for information online! Think to yourself: How would I find such people??