Communication and the Open Source Community
"In many ways, people communicating via E-mail have the same issues that were addressed back in the BBS days."
This sentence is just deliciously indicative of the REAL problem: education, particularly reading/writing skills.
"...back in the BBS days"? How about back in the pre-computer days. Back in the days where, not only did you have to express yourself fully and clearly but ALSO concisely (paper's expensive) AND with a large message latency (several weeks for the Trans-Atlantic mail service).
Managing a large, far-flung project via written communication is not an unsolved problem, although it is clearly a forgotten one. What's the first step? Learn to read. Second? Learn to write.