First and foremost and in case it’s not clear I find this forum a great idea.
I have a question wrt the public discussions here and the double blind peer review process.
On the one hand we are a small community posting publicly with our real names. On the other, our questions and data and problems are very specific: it won’t be too difficult to make the link between a post here and an anonymous paper I might have to review in the next months, which is not especially true in other technical scientific boards.
For example, while a lot of people work on/with BERT and questions on stackoverflow/reddit/wherever can remain anonymous or drowned in the sheer amount of similar questions, not many people have to spelling normalise a 500k-letters corpus of Dutch that is geographically ranging from Groningen to Ghent (or study nation building in Swedish-language newspapers from Finland, or sexism in Dutch ads using CV, etc.). Obviously in normal times we know what others work on and might have ideas/theories as to who wrote this or that paper, and if we email someone for advice/help/opinion we mark them as reviewing conflict when submitting. But this forum is public, probably crawled and indexed, etc., so it’s different.
I don’t think making the forum members-only would be a solution either, as I guess ideally this community would be as inclusive as possible.
My questions are then:
- Are we not shooting ourselves in the foot? If this community is to bring like-minded researchers and those same researchers can’t review in good faith, then it’s problematic.
- Do you have a solution/recommendations for this?