Thanks Paul. I had seen mention of an existing wiki on this site, but had never been able to find it.
I suppose I am in the other camp as far as the desired outcome of the wiki goes....or maybe a hybrid camp. There is lots of information out there about applying the principles of permaculture in general terms. Yes, some of the books are expensive, as are the courses, but there is also a lot of free information. I don't have a problem with an open source sort of design course, in fact I think its a good idea, but in my mind a more useful resource would be real life examples. There are certain knowledge barriers, and what seem to be voids in the collective knowledge, that slow down the effective implementation of permaculture principles.
For example: what is a tried and true pecan tree guild for central texas (where I live so my mind jumps there first). Sure, people can figure it out given enough research, study of existing pecan trees, and trial and error, but there must be people around who have already done this and know the potential pitfalls. I could at least get a good starting point by looking at what someone else has tried. What if its a more obscure plant? What could go in a sapodilla guild? Maybe no one knows.
Again, we should leverage existing knowledge to the best of our abilities.
I suppose, Paul's original intent for the wiki is more along the lines of what I'd like. There is a ton of information available on the boards here, but it can be pretty tough to sift through it and determine what bits of it are worth paying attention too. I wonder if it would ever go anywhere though without some people obsessive enough to essentially write summaries of board topics.
I don't see why the wiki couldn't be both things (and Paul wants to keep it that way anyway it seems), that is a free PDC and a distillation of board topics. The main barrier to the wiki being something useful seems to be getting people to contribute to it. Maybe if it had a more obvious link on the main page?