Okay so i look at this site and i see huge potential in terms of business, exposure, awareness, and really just opportunity for we as a community and certainly for wjfox. I see a blatant stagnation and i am not sure if quite simply it is a lack of resources, time, or ambition on wjfox's and the moderators parts but i have 1 "idea" ,if you will, which i would love to see come to fruition.
Remember that hopeless plan i had to gather a panel of distinguished scientists? Well, yeah that was stupid considering the scope of my resources. However we as the FTL community have a great resource. That which at times we do not think about but is very valuable and is what allows this site to continue operating. Visitors, numbers, people, members, whatever the hell you want to call it. What can wjfox and FTL as whole do to capitalize on this simple fact? Interviews.
Was that anticlimactic? Perhaps, but there is real opportunity here because people doing great things like Liz Parrish, Aubrey de Grey, and TONS of other scientists involved in things that interest FTL NEED exposure. We can provide this (wjfox willing).
Now, WITHOUT A MATTER OF A DOUBT, we can get an interview from at least 1 person to start be that an author of science fiction, scientist, engineer, philanthropist, whoever.
We can get interviews with leading people and as we get more and more interviews, we can interview more and more "prominent" people.
A candidate i would suggest would be Liz Parrish because she has done a couple of interviews with people who do not necessarily provide vast exposure.
As for who would conduct those interviews or in what manner, well, of course that is the discretion of your Holiness wjfox.
Now as a business idea Futuretimeline could sell shirts, mugs, and other trinkets. Now i know some of you may be opposed to "selling out the community" But NO this would give us funds to get more resources for more interviews or even tours of like the spacex factory, the new gigafactory, kingdom tower, or other VERY INTERESTING THINGS! (EDIT: i should clarify when i say interviews and tours i of course mean in a digital video format that would be uploaded to the site. Flying out the community members would be ridiculous. There will be a designated person(s) (wjfox perhaps) who conducts these interviews and tours. Video editors will be required to be professional and what not. A cameraman maybe. That's where a business plan comes in.Hell, it's a business plan in and of itself to bring more exposure to the FTL site.
Disclaimer: Note i am not posting this because i think that "i" would be the best fit for any of the work and pleasure such an endeavor would entail. Although note wjfox i would certainly not be opposed to dedicating myself completely to the task at hand but i make this proposal with the full knowledge that i have limited skills and knowledge and simply want to see FTL become not just a passive observer but a proactive heralder!
YES! That is the main point for us to be PART OF FUTURE! For us to mold the future. We can do this with the exposure that we have and that we can acquire. There is so much opportunity here that it cannot be overstated.
Perhaps i am overstepping my boundaries and wjfox has thought of this all before or perhaps even attempted such a thing. But is see real possibility and i for one am willing to fly out to england and work for free to see this accomplished.
Ultimately this is wjfox's site and i do not know his plans or his wishes for the site. Maybe he likes it just the way it is. I certainly want to respect that, as you (wjfox- not the rest of you bums) put in the hard work into making this beautiful site, and i hope i have brought light to what is in my eyes a diamond in the rough.