In discussions woh Words on Fire, the phrase "take PM to the next
level" has come up often. I thought of trying to quantify this
roughly in terms of five levels based on what the organization
would be able to do based upon its annual income. In the list
below, I give a rough estimate of the income required and what
additional things it would allow the organization to do beyond
the preceeding levels.
Level 1: $1000
Register the PM domain and pay other such basic expenses. Keep the
website up and running but not do much else in the way of improving
the the platform.
Level 2: $10000
Be able to hire contract work for small items such as bug fixes and
improvements to features. Reimburse travel expenses associated
with promoting and publicizing the project.
Level 3: $40000
Fund work on such projects as autolinker development, scholium
system research, reputation system reaearch, and forum redesign.
Hire a permanent (part-time) system administrator.
Level 4: $ 200000
Rewrite Noosphere completely so as to permit feature unheard of
in the current version such as the ability to make private
subinstances and multiple interfaces. Have several permanent
Level 5: 1000000
Be in the same league with Wikipedia and professional associations.
Support a reasearch and development program for collaborative
platforms and free software for mathematics. Make our own
real-world conference. Fund content projects by members. Buy copyrights and release math books into the public domain.
For the first few years we were at level 1. Last year, we made it
to level 2. It would be wonderful if we could make it to level 3
next year and have some concrete plans and strategies for working
our way towards level 4.
- Planetary Bugs
- Research Topics
- LaTeX help
- Math Comptetitions
- Math History
- Math Humor
- PlanetMath Comments
- PlanetMath System Updates and News
- PlanetMath help
- Strategic Communications Development
- The Math Pub
- Testing messages (ignore)
- Other useful stuff