>Does the website fail to welcome folks that may feel judged
>by asking questions that demonstrate ignorance?
A website, like any other medium aimed at the public, has to have a
certain generic quality to it. The people who maintain the site must
make basic assumptions about a target audience. The assumptions
can never be perfect; there will always be, at least once in a while,
someone coming along who might be helped by the group running
the site but who is not ready for what the site holds. This is why
SchoolForge mentions the school-discuss list right in the middle of
the home page, and why the real work can not be done by
written words and pictures--it is the one-on-one actions of experienced
people working with newbies that create genuine progress. That is
why I have been slowly leading Kelly into SchoolForge, and why
I hope there will be a number of you who will have the time to join
in the effort to help her. That is what the real community is about.
Perhaps a variation on the preceding paragraph, with appropriate
improvements from some of you, should appear in the SchoolForge
FAQ. This might help to address these concerns.