An online forum for geology - does it exist? In the many years that I use the internet, email and discussion forums of various kinds I have failed to find any good and useful online discussion forum in english language on geology. That doesn't mean there aren't any but they are either of extremely low quality, specialised to a single expert topic, not used and half dead or share some or all of these negative points. There are a few good exception like the Geoversum which I frequent daily and find a great source of information - it is entirely German language. It's audience is limited to those capable of German; even though most people there also understand English. Nevertheless I love that place and met some, by now, real-life friends there. There is another forum specialised on carbonates in the form of the Carbonate Network which seems to be good on quality but is rather specialised and not very active.
Perhaps I missed the good one stop location in terms of geology forums, yet, I have I feeling I didn't. (If there is please point me to it)
There have been a couple of ideas going around in the geobloggosphere in the recent months. So perhaps it is time to add one more: To create a good quality and active online forum for geology. I could imagine such a place to be a great place for amateurs and those interested to ask question and find answer on geology, to meet like-minded people that don't want or don't have time to frequent the great variety of Geoblogs, also it might be a good place for us Earth Scientist (to also include geophysics, mineralogy, palaeontology, etc.) to talk and discuss ideas totally at ease or simply share anecdotes and information we don't feel like turning into a blog post.
There have been some ideas to expand on the Accretionary Wedge (sorry for not finding the appropiate links right now). Maybe it might be worth to include such a forum in there somehow?
I would be more than happy to share some thought with you on this issue. What are your opinions on this?