Of course I think this is a good idea, but I wonder what way to get it going will work best, and make the most members here involve themselves.
After reading your post, Lian, I can think of one way, but not necessarily the best. I certainly encourage others to suggest other ways and to find fault with this idea of mine.
We could start a series of threads, kind of a "for the newbie" series, and have them one at a time (changing weekly, say) stickied at the top of this forum. I'd say the first one, the first one on your list, say, would be subject-lined "How to Make a Good Collection, What is a Good Collection?" and its first post would be along the lines of:
"Welcome to the first thread of the new member series, in which BN members of long and any standing offer ideas about what the themes/terms of the subject line mean for them. This thread is done in typical Basenotes conversation style, with members offering ideas of theirs and elaborating on why other ideas work less for them. Further, all members posting here are asked to write what they would have a new member most understand about the question, and what they would tell a friend or co-worker about the subject if the friend or co-worker had the guts to ask them outright.
"'What makes a good collection?' Many members here have large collections of fragrances. Some they wear regularly, some they don't. Some they save to wear seldom. Some collections have hundreds of bottles in them, some a half-dozen. With luck members with only three will talk on this thread about how that number makes their ideal collection size. A collection is haphazard or designed. One can have a collection that hits a variety of elements of perfumery, a variety of styles, a variety of scent-trend eras, and some collections, maybe most, go no further than things the collector likes to wear.
"Many things can be considered in planning what one will try out and like and want to wear regularly. All Basenoters come to their own understandings of what and how to gather. You'll come up with your own. Here's what BNers say are factors in their gathering and as much as you find yourself like or unlike any of the posters, you can gain from their comments as you wish."
Something like that, Lian, but probably less institutionally sounding. That's just what popped into my mind fingers to keyboard style.
After a week, say, that sticky could be moved to JSO, and left unsticky there, but with a link to it and all the rest of the series that follows in a sticky at the top. The thread could then have a life as need be, according to additions by veteran members and new members as they are made, over there on JSO, but always be available at the command of the link in the JSO sticky. Maybe in that JSO sticky, all of the first posts or definitions of each of the series could be present so readers of the sticky could be provoked by their interest of the subject matter rather than seeing a dull link (if the JSO sticky only had a series of links that were bare subject lines, or worse, just "hey newbie, hit this link", readers would be more likely to ignore the links.)
So, well, there's an idea. I'll think about other subjects for the series too, which might be your real wish here.