Looks like Dave is getting pretty excited about the Tree of Knowledge. But I’m just a wee bit confused about what he’s proposing. I think that determining the structure of the directory is much harder than determining where everything goes in the directory. If everyone works with their own structure, then you’ve got a helluva merge problem. And defining one true structure is going to require one true architect – something that I’m not too optimistic about.
I wonder what would happen if the tree was split into [potentially disjoint] nodes and the task divided into defining structure and identifying members. Then anyone could set up camp as an expert in glotxotomy and assert a structure for it. People who agreed would identify sites in each branch and/or extend the structure deeper. And people who disagreed would propose their own glotxotomy structure and cultivate their own followers.