First to say clearly that the IET is keen to encourage discussion on any topic of technical or professional interest in any field of engineering. The IET recently launched the MyCommunity
platform with an invitation to form groups for any such topic.
In these forums, we broadly reflect the IET Sectors
, and then add any topic on which there is already a body of discussion. The prime example of this has been the Wiring category; discussions started in the General category and simply took off, so we moved them to an area of their own.
Presenting users with lots of forum categories to look through, each with few topics, can just mean that it takes time to hunt around for anything interesting. On the other hand, once there's a body of discussions, visitors will typically want to narrow their searches to the most relevant topics to them, so creating more specific categories then makes things manageable for users.
If in doubt as to category, please go ahead and raise engineering topics in the General area, as many users do. I'd really hope to see some of these turning into active new categories - or, in time, into new groups in MyCommunity.
Hope this helps.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology