The past month has seen a few interesting threads over at our discussion boards lately: besides an excellent discourse on women in design and sounding off about news items, moderator Michael DiTullo recently solicited a bit of metacommentary, asking "Why do you post on the C77 discussion boards?"
Why indeed—at risk of shameless self promotion, we'd like to take this opportunity as a friendly reminder that this "small corner of the Internet" (as Mike puts it) has nearly as deep an archive as Core77 itself. (In fact, Ray Jepson, a.k.a. Mr-914, has dug up the fossilized remains of the forums circa 2003.)
So lest we forget that the discussion boards is one of the original forms of crowdsourced wisdom on the 'net, Mike's very first point is that "C77 has given me space to hone my language, practice conveying points quickly an clearly, convincing others, acknowledging other's points. It has seriously helped me to navigate in my job better." We're duly flattered by all of the responses—after all, there are any number of reasons to peruse and, ideally, contribute to the discussions—but slippyfish sums it up: "if I'm going to distract myself with something on the www it might as well be somewhat interactive, instructive, and 'forward-leaning.'"
That might just make a good New Year's resolution for those of you who either haven't made one yet or haven't spent any time on the Discussion Boards...
Brains over Braun
BONUS: The classic question "How-do-I-explain-Industrial-Design-to-nonDesigners?" also cropped up over the holidays, and once again the mods and longtime posters are happy to share their feedback.