Having been part of another site that did something like
this, I have to admit to mixed feelings.
in reply to perlmonks.org: More than just a Perl resource?
On the one hand we have a large pool of competent people
who probably do have other interests we share away from
Perl. Should the new section come about I would bet top
dollar that it will be popular. More than that, if there
is a section in it with a name like "Open forum" it will
be the most popular of all.
On the other hand when you get away from Perl, what people
will want to talk about are the topics which they care
about most. Politics. Religion. Microsoft. But the very
fact that people care means that their feelings are on the
line and people will get upset.
I have seen this scenario before. A lot of interesting
stuff will be said. It will be popular. People will get
upset and leave.