On July 30, 2011 Karl Groves posted on his blog: My Challenge to the Accessibility Community: We Need an Accessibility Body of Knowledge in which he lamented:
The fact that there is no single source to get good, clear, peer-reviewed information on this topic is, in my opinion, a very huge barrier which prevents "outsiders" from participating in accessible development.The post was received favorably by some in the accessibility community who agreed. Others felt differently, asserting that there's already a lot of information sharing happening on the web as a whole. Private discussions took place among those who were interested in this idea but ultimately no direct action was taken to actually put together a single, cohesive body of knowledge. In October 2011, Karl began developing A11yBuzz as a way to crowdsource a single resource for accessibility information on the web. A11yBuzz was released for public use on January 01, 2011.
Contributions by Members
The concept for A11yBuzz is rather simple: Users of the site submit links of interest for inclusion on the site. During the submission process, the links are validated to ensure uniqueness and triaged. During the triage process, the URL is reviewed by moderators for relevance and then added to the site. A11yBuzz is not a free-for-all. All submitted links must be approved by a human before they're displayed. In this regard, A11yBuzz is more like Fark than it is like Reddit or Digg. The triaging of links is essential to ensuring only quality resources are included and not spam. Find out how you can contribute or register now
A11yBuzz automatically pulls in URLs that appear on Twitter as part of status updates which use specific accessibility-related hashtags (such as #a11y). These URLs are triaged as well and only added to the site if they are unique and relevant. If you want to contribute URLs to A11yBuzz but don't want to register for membership on our site, merely post the URL to your Twitter timeline with hashtag #a11y.