I am quite new to apertus (following various aspects of it for a longer time now though), so I want to share a little bit of my outside view.
I obviously symphatize with the ideas and paths apertus has chosen, but still it wasn't (and isn't) that easy to find your way around what the current states are with each project. Before hearing about the lab and the wiki my sole means of information was the apertus site, as a frontfacing thing. I would've been quite interested to read and participate in many discussions here in the lab if I only knew it existed.
When I first heard of the labs 3 days ago I found it astounding what actually happens here. I wondered: how come I never saw this despite reading every update and watching every team talk..?
Is this split intentional?
If this is not the case, I would maybe start mentioning certain ongoing questions (where a community opinion is useful) in the team talks, maybe even with a short screenshot of said question beeing discussed in the labs. This would have not only the effect of focusing ongoing questions (and maybe finding just the right experts who wanna help), but it would also showcase much of the stuff that already happens.
I can imagine there have probably been a lot of discussions about the teamtalks taking all colours and shapes – I think the crucial question is not what kind of humor you use/have (quite funny actually!) or wether you read or improvise, but how well we manage to represent what is going on in the whole team. If you mention a complex topic like FPGA-blah, why not giving a hint where this topic is beeing discussed or worked on? Where stuff is documented and so on? If people think it is boring they will not click the link, but for those who find it interesting it is a good thing.
Of course the documentation is far from perfect and a lot of stuff is not written for the outside person, but that doesn't matter as long as we make clear it is a work area here.