I just checked the Collaborative Projects section, and came away rather puzzled. It seems a somewhat vague category, at least at the moment, and far too broad. Finding a beta reader—somebody willing to critique a longer piece than what can be posted in the Workshop—is not exactly a 'collaborative project,' in the same sense as co-writing a novel, working with an artist to design a book cover, or creating a computer game by committee. Beta reading is simply a critique ...a 'bigger' critique than the Workshop currently offers. This is an essential step novelists need to take. We need a critique that takes in our entire story, not just the first few pages. At the moment, this opportunity is not officially offered via the forum; a beta-reading subforum is a chance to do so. I feel the beta-reading issue is going to get swamped in the Collaborative Projects section. I was hoping there would be a subforum specifically for people to hook up with beta readers. A separate subforum. Maybe even one that's cross-referenced with a sticky in the Workshop Novel section.