When I say build one, that's a bit grand because what I did was research the best online community platform then implement an instance of it for this purpose. I chose Discourse for my site - mainly because it's an open-source project, something I am increasingly drawn to.
Accounting Talk looks to address the 3 main concerns raised by those posing on AccountingWeb:
- The desire to make the community an accountants-only place (no members of the public)
- The need for all conversations to be civilised, making it a nice place to be
- To allow for self-policing of the community based on trust levels earned by regular users
As of writing I am the only member of my new community, so time will tell whether this was just an interesting diversion for me or whether, in fact, I have been able to provide something which will have lasting value for its target audience.
UPDATE - The Accounting Talk forum has been closed due to lack of interest. It seems there was not much demand for an alternative forum. You can take a horse to water ...