Appropedia wants to provide better access to existing self-sufficiency information while promoting easier participation and interaction by users. We would like to get your feedback about structuring access to self-sufficiency information.
Currently, there is a lot of interest in self-sufficiency. My observations (unscientific) across various blogs and social media have identified two broad user groups (if there are more, let me know). One group approaches self-sufficiency as an ideal lifestyle, attempting to bring all activities under the self-sufficiency umbrella. In this group we find idealists, researchers, observers, and so on. They look from the outside in and would be likely to go to a self-sufficiency page or portal and then try to find the sub-topic (for example, self-sufficient agriculture, self-sufficient home building, and so on) that suits their needs. In other words, self-sufficiency is considered before designing, planning, building, and so on.
The second group incorporates self-sufficiency into what they do as they do it or after the project is started or complete. If they are already building a clinic or planting a crop, they consider the task and incorporate self-sufficiency where it makes sense to do so. These users are likely to approach self-sufficiency after they decide what they want to do. While self-sufficiency may be a priority, it is not always the first consideration and in some cases will occur long after the original project is complete.
We are assuming you (both groups) want access to self-sufficiency information. The following questions will help us prioritize and design a structure to help you find or contribute self-sufficiency information. Please take a few moments to answer them and to provide us any additional input you feel will help us:
Describe how will you look for self-sufficiency information?
How do you want self-sufficiency information integrated with the subject you are researching (lighting, building, water supplies, medical clinics, agriculture, etc.)?
Describe how you would use a portal or page that provides a single place to find self-sufficiency information about a number of topics.
Please provide us any other comments you feel would enhance our access to self-sufficiency information in Appropedia. Here is the current self-sufficiency page URL: http://www.appropedia.org/Self-sufficiency