1.0 - Servers...the setting up server hosting - duly noted. But for now looking at creating a forum for each individual host so that people can go to the forum and find their host and discuss their host with others who are using the same host....hmmmm did that come out right? Say that sentence 3x fast.
That's understandable. You might find, though, that some of the forums will be utilizing a great deal, and others will not. Probably might be better to set up more like a knowedgebase than a forum.
Where you'll probably see the most activity are those who are trying to do the 'cheap' hosting with companies like Yahoo and GoDaddy. Although it would seem at first that relying on a large company would be a smart move, I can tell you in my experience (being a reseller of sorts myself) that it's just not the case. It takes a lot of time to research and find a host that has good servers / good options / and service that you can live with. I am here to say, that's difficult for $4 a month.
1.1 -So, in the end...once this is going - we convince the Joomla Core Team to Ummm - do the hosting. I mean why not? One they can charge fees for hosting and still be a non-profit, they will probably just have to pay taxes on that money, but I am no lawyer. Then they can make lots of money to support this project and make the BEST DAMN HOSTING PLAN for Joomla. (Already thought of that one -- just was going to bring it up later. I mean what are people going to say --- boooo hoooo Joomla is open source and they are charging money for hosting!!!!!! Actually they probably will, but they can go find their own hosting and mooch of everyone else - whining and complaining the whole time. Hmmm, just venting. In other words we all pay for hosting already because Joomla is only good if you put it on the world wide web. I mean you can run it on your desktop, but your hit ratio will be real low. So, no one could whine if they did offer Joomla Hosting and it would just make you feel all warm inside.
Another option could be to do the hosting and make it CMS friendly hosting. I doubt the core team needs any more responsibility with a hosting company. A better plan would be to do the hosting service, and let people know that you are donating some of the proceeds to free software groups like Joomla.
2.0 - As far as support - I know where you are coming from on that one, but I put big thought into that one - one incentives, incentives and more incentives... But I will leave that for later - that is a surprise... (nothing like anticipation to get peoples motors running - works great with chicks too, also humor works great too.)
I can see you running with an idea like Experts Exchange (a site that I use quite a bit) where people are rewarded for supporting the community, whether it be just fame or bragging rights, or it could be some sort of monetary, or other type gift for those who go above and beyond. That would require quite a back end system though, so it wouldn't be cheap. People would probably have to pay for membership. But that might be prohibitive, since they could come here and get free support. You'd have to really have some top notch people and give some world-class support if you want people to pay for it.
3.0 - Popular Joomla Ext. - UMMM - DUH lol Just kidding. I was referring to what ones to package into the joomlauncher packages. But again...surprise, surprise, surprises in store for this one too.
I see what you are saying. You're thinking of something more along the lines of joomlapolis, and all of this ties into joomlauncher.
4.0 - Speaking of Marketing...that was another feature I wanted to add, since I am calling this Joomlauncher - the idea is to launch your joomla site spending more time on everything but fighting setup, marketing and blah, blah, blah
Tweaks that make the site the most it can be. Yes, I can see where you are going with that. In the simplest form it could be a 'tweaks guide to Joomla'. It might be tough to do prepackaged with tweaks, but not impossible. It would be a constant job to keep up with Joomla updates.
4.1 - See I am an Ex-Metrologist (no I didn't do weather - M E T R O L O G Y Not M E T R O L I G I S T) Anyway, I always found after some intensive years of training when the newbies came along - the old pros forgot what it is like to be a newbie. Now, me - I am rooting for both the Joomla Project and the Newbies, with a touch of Hoorah for the pros.
Everyone is a n00b at some point. And yes, the technology trend in general is moving toward packaging things to make them simpler and easier to use for everyone. Come up with new ideas on the decline, while repackaging something to make it more user friendly definitely is something that people do buy into.
5.0 - Deflate?? In no way are you deflating...your response, respect and feed back is encouraging. I am working on a project for over 30 years now that I have not released to the world...it might take me another 30 years but in no way would anything stop me...I have a feeling I will be doing from my grave if I have too. Oooh - that was yucky visual.
I know that feeling all too well. Good to have dreams, and I admire your tenacity. Sounds like you may get there someday.