Alec, thanks for making clear the differences between the various online Maple communities. It is certainly important to understand the unique purpose of each one.
Chris and Alejandro, thank you both for pointing out the danger of having too many places to post Maple questions and answers. For that very reason, I will steer LinkedIn group members to MaplePrimes for Q&A about Maplesoft products.
In general, I agree with all your concerns. The Maple community is too small to splinter into separate groups without a good reason. Furthermore, none of us can afford to waste our limited time by duplicating the efforts of others.
I started the Maple Global Network group on LinkedIn to fill an obvious void -- there was no international Maple group on LinkedIn. There were already Maple and MapleSim groups to serve the local needs of Italian users, but there was no international Maple group until I started one. We now have 46 members!
I knew about MaplePrimes and wanted to avoid duplicating what already exists here. I am trying to steer the LinkedIn group in directions which are complementary to MaplePrimes. I do not want to compete with or attempt to replace MaplePrimes.
I was unaware of the Maple Wiki, but I know about it now. One of the things I propose to do if I build an independent website for the Maple Global Network is to "direct traffic" -- to have a well-organized directory of Maple resources which clearly explains where to go for each kind of resource. I can mention MaplePrimes and the Maple Wiki, for example.
As for the role of Google Apps in the Maple Global Network, I'm still thinking about that and discussing it with the group on LinkedIn. I was going to require people to open LinkedIn accounts before signing up for Google Apps accounts (as a way to authenticate the membership), but perhaps I will reconsider that policy and offer the services in an a la cart fashion -- some members may be interested in one but not the other.
Nothing is set in stone at this point. I appreciate your comments, which are definitely helping me to evolve my plans in a better direction.
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