Would it be possible to start a pre-specification list of all the features and functions we think would be necessary for a comprehensive sense-making tool? I have studied concepts in effective discourse, including argumentation, group problem solving, discussion visualization, collaboration and a number of tools used to support these. It seems to me that most of the historical approaches (IBIS, Delphi, etc.) have been oriented toward smaller groups. Debate tools, too, seem to be oriented toward small group construction of argument supports. Some aspects, say between argumentation and collaboration seem inherently dialectic (and I haven't been able to see the synthesis).
If there is interest in trying to put in one place all of the things we want to get out of a tool (or interoperable set of tools) then I will be happy to extend this thread with some seeds from my own ConsensUs project to show some of what I think is important.
Jack, David, Ankur, Andy and all? Can we build a functional spec here in Ning? Is this a way to proceed?
PS. Has anyone thought about inviting Ward Cunningham (wiki) or other CMC type folks to the party?