Everyone has great ideas about how our site can be improved. Not everyone, however, has the ability to take these ideas and turn them into reality.
How can we address this?
I, for one, would be more than willing to donate some of my time to improving the BW site by attempting to implement new features or improvements... but I am a complete beginner when it comes to hacking. I have no understanding of how the site works, and am only just competent with basic HTML. BUT, that doesn't mean that I (or anyone else with half a brain) am not perfectly capable of learning, given the right access to resources and a bit of guidance.
How do we empower more of our members to become doers, rather than just thinkers?
How about assembling a small taskforce to prepare explanatory material that introduces us non-geek crowd to the basics of how BW works (perhaps starting with Drupal, if that is where we are headed soon...?). A downloadable pdf guide, perhaps? Maybe a series of youtube videos? How about some kind of sandbox environment where any BW member can learn and experiment with changes to the site without fear of messing something up, or compromising sensitive data?
What do you think?
How could we make this happen?