To introduce myself: I'm Gijs, (yet another) CS'er who decided to join BeWelcome, hoping to meet lots of interesting people here. It seems like a great place! And hopefully I can help a bit as well, once I get to know this community a bit better.
Anyhow, I'd like to comment on something that struck me about BW. My apologies if this is discussed to death elsewhere, in threads that I haven't found. The thing is: I like groups and group forums quite a lot as they add a great meetup function to a hospex site. This is one thing that I REALLY like about CS: you have the possibility of setting up or joining a random meeting with some interesting people far away from home, even if you don't stay at their place for the night! And I also think it's great for people living abroad for a while, or just for when I'm at home and bored :). Wouldn't it be great to have that here as well?
Now what struck me on BW, is that there is indeed a groups list, but there seems to be no order in it outside of just the alphabet. So it is really hard to find interesting groups unless you already know where they are.
Also, somehow there *are* groups about cities (like http://www.bewelcome.org/groups/290) but there are also forums about the same cities (like http://www.bewelcome.org/forums/kEU-Europe/cNL-Netherlands/a09-Utrecht)! This redundancy is really unfortunate, especially if people start using both the forum and the group for a same city, isn't it? It makes me think: which should I use, the forum or the group? The great thing about the forums is that they can be found geographically (continent -> country -> region -> city), but they don't have all the advantages of groups (like being able to join one). On the other hand, with groups it seems to be impossible to make subgroups, which could actually be a really useful feature.
So my question is (again, forgive me if this is a discussed-to-death kind of thing): is there already an ongoing effort to have a kind of policy on this, or work some kind of categorisation of groups and forums? It seems to me that it is a really high priority thing, because this kind of work will really get tougher and tougher and tougher as the number of active groups increases.
And if there is no existing project: is there a will to set up a bunch of people and start working on this? Either way, I'm a new user and I don't want to impose stuff on anyone, but if volunteers are necessary I would not mind investing a reasonable amount of time on this kind of project either...
Would be nice to hear some reactions ;)