I wrote in earlier posts about my views on Permaculture as a design method. Essentially I was arguing that permaculture is not something you “do” (like you “do” organic or biointensive or biodynamic etc.), but rather a design principle that one uses in planning one's life and living environment - house, yard, garden, food production system, energy system, water supply system, income / livelihood, etc. (ideally all of these).
Since I joined a few years ago, I have been reading posts on Permies.com and have enjoyed and benefitted greatly from the knowledge and experience shared on these forums. That said, I do feel that the current division of the forums into themes – even though very useful in its own way – may give the outsider a rather fragmented view of permaculture. It might convey an impression that permaculture is the sum of all these things – from rocket stoves to herb spirals to spoon carving – which in fact it isn’t.
I think we're missing a section that concerns itself with the Big Picture, i.e., Permaculture as a method for designing systems (or ecosystems, if you like).
In other words: a section / forum / thread where the focus is not the minute detail in the design of a single element (“how do I make a Huegel bed?” or “what can I plant under my apple tree?”), but rather the “system” – the interlinking of all the elements of a design into an efficient organism that works towards achieving a specific goal.
Such a forum could share and discuss projects that are already up-and-running, projects that are still at the implementation phase, as well as systems at the design stage (i.e., which only exist on paper). Specific cases. What works and what doesn’t. Successes, failures and mixes of the two.
If all else fails, I advise making your suggestion known in the new forum thread which is designed for just that. The main hitch is that the forum needs to fill a community desire which is why it might be helpful to first try starting a thread for your discussion- to test the waters and see how many people are interested in carrying the kind of conversations you want on the forum.