I've read all the possible arguments about having a general QA site or a single topic QA site.
As a GO game fan and player (living in China, playing everyday), I'm interested in participating in any one of them, but choosing which one is difficult.
General QA site (board and card games)
-It's already in beta (thus with a lot of committers)
-Game of Go is tagged and awaiting for a community to use it
-If you play GO as well as other board games, you don't need to register to subscribe to other websites. You have everything in 1 place.
-It's really about any board games, if you don't play more than 4 different kinds of games you will find the site boring to death and go see somewhere else.
-It will probably not attract experts (?)
General QA sites work because 1 person is always interested (or even expert) in 3 or more topics. (on stackoverflow, very few people look at only 1 tag, that's why it works.) On B&CG I personally haven't heard of 1/10th of games being discussed there.
Specialized GO game QA site
-Experts will participate and will be eager to make it work
-Great SE platform
-Can we solve the SGF/diagram problem in posts?
-Other experts sites and forums exist and have A LOT of informations, a huge community and lots of people ready to answer.
-Do we need another site about GO and start documenting everything over again?
-Most answers to GO questions on B&CG are simple links to SL, that would be sad to have all answers on a dedicated site pointing outside...
The nature of people is such that when they're really into something they want their little home/playground just for them and their peers. A SE go game site would be cool, the format is different, there's reputation points and badges to earn. Lot of potential to setup a great GO community.
I'm committed to this proposal (maybe for the reason above when I think about it...) and I try stick to it although my mind tells me it's useless and bound to fail and it's using up 1 commitment point that I would like to use ;)
My answer is:
I'm really attached to this proposal but if the 160+ committers to this proposal would actually use the available tag and existing community of B&CG that might probably work. If you think about Board&Card Games as the Stackoverflow of board games then there's no reason it wouldn't work.
We might even attract new players to the game which is the best thing we can give to the GO community, thing that no other website can do!
I removed my commitment to this proposal.
This kind of forum format cannot and will never be able to support correctly a deep game like GO. B&CG is enough if you have a basic question, for the rest ask live on kgs, L19 or SL you'll get a professional answer.
Starting a new community is useless and a huge waste of time.