The past couple of days I spent working on the wiki. I ended up contacting Farhorizons, and MACH30 about entering them into our fledgling database. MACH30 replied first and they have been extremely friendly and helpful. So they became our first proper entry. By proper I mean completely noobish.
I also had another silly idea today that might help counting people interested in humans going into space. It would be yet another website, but this one has only one purpose. To present a google +1 button and a facebook like button.
The title is "I want to go into space.", and maybe it would have some more description about the purpose of the website but it would be one or two sentences at max. It's sole role is to count world wide support for the space industry and possible market for our space program. It would be also very easy to translate into many languages so we can poll a larger portion of the world population than just the English speaking part.
I just put that here so I wont forget.
Also just to clear something about freespaceships. Even though I talk about us doing a mass collaborative space program it really won't be "freespaceships". It will have some other name chosen by the people who will be involved. What I want to achieve is to have such a space program running so I can enjoy being part of it. I guess I should rephrase our goal and say that we are working towards working out a mass collaborative space program we would love to be a part of.
What I will do as part of the program I don't know yet. Part of it will be sending money to where it is needed to get engineering or science done. Part of it hopefully will be doing some of that science myself once I get smart enough. :)
I think to some extent for the mass collaboration to work all of us will have to let go of the vision that our project is the one that actually makes it to the top and does it all. That is not what mass collaboration is. There is no "top", there is only different positions and roles that are carried out in a coordinated fashion. Much like how our bodies work. The brain isn't any more important than our skin, or our toes. Though we can remove parts of our bodies without causing fatal damage, a healthy body still has all the parts attached operating in a coordinated fashion.
The issue is that if we want to be efficient and do large scale engineering projects with our volunteer efforts world wide, we need to pull together. There needs to be way more communication, and way more organisation, before we can do anything serious.
The way countries get funds for such activities is simply taxing large amounts of people a small amount. The way the private industry does it is through selling stuff to large amounts of people.
The way for us to build and run a proper space program is to get our hands on a large amount of people and convince them to spend a little bit of their money on something cooler than tax or a random product from the store. It would be their own space program. A kind of a mix between a bet and an investment. If the program succeeds they all can have a go at going into space, for a holiday or to live.
So hi there world, I want to get my hands on you! :P