More generally, how can we transfer conversations (online or in person) into action? Again, I wish to point out that often these conversations are important for themselves, still, sometimes once some amount of agreement is reached, the topics discussed merit action on a broader scale. Two examples, off the top of my head, of times when moving discussion to action has worked:
- Yesterday, I spent some time standing in a hallway at Maryland talking to a fellow CS grad student. For awhile, I've been thinking in the back of my head about starting a thesis support group. I mentioned this to him and he was enthusiastic. We've organized the first meeting for this coming Friday and sent out announcements about it. Even if only the two of us show up, I consider this a success.
- After tossing around the idea of holding a student-only conference event for SoCG (and it not happening), I posted about the possibility for future conferences. I got a positive response and it sounded at the time like it might actually happen for SoCG 2010. (Of course, I haven't been paying any attention to this in awhile, so I don't really know. Suresh?)
Both of these examples had the advantage of requiring little effort and a small number of people to be interested. What if that isn't true? Suppose we decided to try to continue the discussion of double-blind reviewing and possibly to try to start using it. How would that happen? A vote at the business meeting seems like a later step in the process. Discussion seems like the first step. What happens in the middle?