I think this thread illustrates some of the difficulties of this sort of project. This whole thing is a learning process. Not too long ago the main page was absolutely dead. Now there are some issues with sharing public space, and also with the type and amount of content that members are posting. This is a BETTER problem than a dead page, if you ask me. I think that a few basic guidelines along with positive examples of what CAN be done with this site will go a long way.
anthropology, as Ingold says somewhere, is philosophy with the people in. It is, after all, people and the particular problems they attempt to solve, that are our problem, as anthropologists.
I happen to think that anthropology is primarily an academic activity. But rather than being a singular discipline, anthropology is anarchically plural.
So, if I cought the anarchic meaning of the 2010 anthropology, the fact that there are 3200 larking members in OAC is a part of the game and this fact can be also positive. It's seems a little surrealistic but probably it's correct.
Ranjan, I don't think postmodernism can dissect poverty. Since you are in India, maybe in the future you can share about NREGA, India's rural labor policy, National Rural Health Mission, Panhayati Raj, Right to Information Act in relation to poverty. I think those are more informative, interesting, and useful, as far as I am concerned, than the philosophies of the French. I am hoping OAC will be the avenue for those texts straight from the field free of theoretical influences. Isn't it good that anthropology students in the future can browse OAC to find stuff they can research or work on? Foucault is already known and taught even in philosophy 101 but most still do not know how India is revitalizing its rural economy.
Since today is the OAC birthday and also the Buddha's full moon day, I propose TO SEARCH for the Buddhist approach of the golden mean and it's possible application in OAC. Who knows about that, can comment.
About the Greek notion of METRON ( golden mean ) that was applied in the harmonic construction of Parthenon once, I frankly cannot see how it could be applIed here in OAC.