I have 3 questions each of which appears to be on that topic but it doesn't seem like there is a Stack Exchange website for that type of question. I don't want to propose it yet because I'm too unsure it's worth creating because I'm not an expert on any research topic. It's sort of like change.org

The first of my questions is something like "Could the world make a change where anyone who wants to can escape seeing any answer to math questions they haven't already figured out entirely mentally? I don't like being told answers to math questions I haven't already figured out. I don't like that when I go to a web page, I can never be sure ahead of time that it's not going to tell me digits of pi that I haven't already figured out by myself. If I had already learned the value of the speed of light, the gravitational constant, and the solar mass to a high accuracy, I would not want to be told any digits of the Schwarzschild radius of the sun that can be figured out from the digits of the other constants I already learned before I figure them out mentally. You might be thinking I mind finding out whether the double mersenne of 61 is prime or composite is less because I was never in my life going to figure it out. I think that actually the opposite might be true for me. It will be worse because I will not live long enough to repair the damage by refiguring out by myself that the answer was right. However, I don't mind being given random bits generated by a computer program that provably generates a bit string that is algorithmically random within the time of a very rapidly growing function. A lot of other people might feel a similar way to me. Could one possible solution be that for those who think they could do a really good job of doing research in a research group but strongly don't want to be told the answers to any math questions they haven't already figured out, a new research group can get created where those who work for it can choose whether to work for it in such a way that they learn answers they haven't already figured out or work for it in such a way that they don't. If they want to completely avoid using calculators for trigonometric operations, in order to ensure there's no mistake, they will have to type the answer into a computer program and have it check whether they typed the right answer. Could another possible solution be to create another disconnected internet network where people can easily escape seeing answers they have not yet figured out?"

The second of my questions is something like "Could the evolutionary learning laboratories revolutionaize research? I know the evolutionary learning laboratories probably don't have very many people so they don't have time to communicate with all the researchers there are to give ideas and listen to what they have to say. However, maybe even fewer people want to communicate with them than they would have time to do. Maybe United Nations could research how to create incentives for more researchers to communicate with the evolutionary learning laboratories. I think they should get more people wanting to communicate with them then the evolutionary learning laboratories have time to communicate with and pick the research groups that are more likely to be able to do a really good job of research after communicating with the evolutionary learning laboratories."

My third question is something like "Should everything get reviewed before it gets posted on the public internet? The issue is not copyright infringement or that researchers need their results to be closed access as a source of funding for their research. Those issues could be resolved by charging higher taxes which ends up making people on average richer in the long run. The real reason is because some researchers need to keep certain research results secret from outsiders because otherwise, that information could keep spreading and eventually spread to the wrong person who could use it to gain power to do bad things. I know that having everything get reviewed also slows down research. Maybe it can be done without slowing down research as much. We could work towards having the evolutionary learning laboratories be the one research group that nobody is obliged to keep secrets from. They could do a really good job of forming a technique where they themselves do a really good job of keeping secret the information they have that's dangerous to spread but can also get so much information that other people feel they don't need to worry about telling them and do a really good job of research because so many researchers gave them the information they discovered. I even think the evolutionary learning laboratories themselves would be the best research group for reviewing information before it gets posted on the public internet."

Maybe the second and third question are more suitable for Academia Stack Exchange than for that new site.

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Unfortunately, a Stack Exchange-style Q&A is not the solution to this type of problem.

This is a variation on a theme of questions asked many many times in the form of:

"Can we get a community together to solve the on-going issues around {X}?"

The intended operation of an SE site depends heavily on gathering an audience around a very specific area of study or expertise with the express purpose of answering specific, applied questions you might encounter in your day-to-day work or study. The goal of these systems is to curate these solutions into a collection of knowledge so that those who might encounter similar problems can confidently find the "top, most correct" answer vetted by the community without a lot of digging or followup.

But Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum.

There are a lot of great tools to facilitate meeting and deliberation online — but interdisciplinary collaboration requires a level of back-and-forth debate which is not in our DNA. The "problem" SE was designed to address is the general discussion forum where question threads would start with a discussion of the issues while it meanders through various forms of conjecture, guesswork, and possible (mis)information until someone finally arrives at the correct solution somewhere at the bottom of page 11. But our one-question-best-answer approach discourages this type of iterative panel discussion by design.

Stack Exchange simply is not the right tool to get communities together to discuss these types of problems. Trying to host those discussions here (on a system designed to discourage discussion topics by design) would be doing those subjects a terrible disservice.

  • I guess the second and third question are suitable for ResearchGate but not the first. I think that on ResearchGate, the first question included in this question would be a duplicate of the second because the best way to solve all those millions of picky demands by different people including mine is to first have the evolutionary learning laboratories take over research and conduct it very efficiently. I'm not a researcher so I can't ask any questions on ResearchGate.
    – Timothy
    Oct 24, 2018 at 17:58
  • Would it be suitable to ask on Academia Stack Exchange whether the evolutionary learning laboratories could take over research and do a really good job?
    – Timothy
    Nov 25, 2018 at 3:11
  • Maybe the evolutionary learning laboratories if they're not too busy doing other work could take over management of the entire Stack Exchange network and then Stack Exchange will become more like ResearchGate and merge into one site and then the 3 question included in this question would all be suitable questions that the evolutionary learning laboratories know how to answer. They might also be a community interested in building a Miscellaneous Stack Exchange site because they'll be good at answering all the questions on it.
    – Timothy
    Dec 4, 2018 at 19:30

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