I can sit here 12+ hours a day if I chose to and still find it hard to keep up with this.
Here’s one problem - the reliance upon voice to transmit what little info there is. If you can manage to hear it and be right place/right time you learn things, maybe. If not - you either learn nothing, get 2nd - 3rd - nth hand information that may or may not be what was actually said. For example - there’s all this physics stuff that, yes, is at a primitive stage, but there’s zero information on it one can look at and use as a starting point to experiment or participate in its evolution. I gather it’s been talked about at some of the meetings, but, again - if you’re not there or can’t hear it you’re out of luck. Unless you can spend hours upon hours learning the source code then trying to figure out how to work with something from that direction.
It’s like voice is so blasted central to all this that it’s a sin to actually write a few words discussing important bits. And as to we just need people willing to submit documents for this that and other… well - to do so requires either understanding the code base to a point you can translate code to end user documentation or having coders willing to be interviewed to help a writer create a document.
Then you come to a more subtle, but powerful, psychological reaction many have. After spending days of intense study to finally figure something cool out… do I run to the forums and post it or keep it to self? The old saying “Knowledge is power” has many subtle meanings. Knowledge not freely shared here offers value in the same way it does in SL - if one knows how to make something that no other does - then he/she can sell that without competition for a potentially longer time vs what happens if he/she revealed. And even though selling is not currently a concern - many are here in the hopes they will sell and will know things others will not.
Some days I feel this is all a giant lab rat experiment and now the “Gods” have decided it’s time to float away to watch from above. We’ve always been lab rats - but now the population has increased and the observations of how people will cope with this take on new meanings for data mining.