And everybody wants to do their own thing, like creating new nuptial flight map apps, even when there are already existing ones, or creating new ant wiki website despite the fact that there are already.
It doesn't really matter if they create their own project as long as they stick to it - which rarely ever happens. Multiple resources are a bonus, not a problem (and on a note, I did actually contribute flights to your app, as well as to others).
Also there is absolutely no use in simply setting up a wiki and expecting people to jump on it and fill it with content - which is exactly why most of those projects failed.
People wanted a wiki but weren't willing to put in the initial groundwork for a solid foundation - we had several wikis who's idea of articles boiled down to copypasting the information that could be found on any decent ant shop webpage, this approach will get you nowhere.
You cannot expect people to build a house in the void and if you want people to add to your project you need to convince them. They don't owe you anything and your project merely existing doesn't mean it is their duty to contribute to it.
Maybe not banning so many people would also help to make people contribute, but yeah now there are multiple discord servers, because the people who ran the glorious big one banned so many people, well done
We had to ban people who were involved in illegal trade simply to protect our innocent members from getting raided by the USDA - and yes this happened, multiple times. We even had people getting their perfectly native ants incinerated because they were somehow in the wrong facebook group at the wrong time when some illegal trading scheme happened (when the feds get moving for once they apparently don't take any chances). And you may not care at all since you're in safehaven Europe but we have confirmation from the person deciding over all those arthropod-keeping permits (isopods, ants, etc.) that the USDA has zero issues with banning antkeeping in it's entirety should there happen to unfold any sort local agricultural disaster that can be traced back to illegally shipped ants or any of the mites or nematodes they brought with them - the agricultural lobby in the US is one of the most powerful lobbies in the world and if they start seeing this as a problem the states won't even have a choice but to follow their bid.
And we obviously have to ban trolls who are just there to cause trouble. The antkeeping community can occasionally turn into a very toxic pond if you're not careful - there are people who'd rather actively smear, disrupt and destroy other projects than simply making a statement by building a better one of their own, as has been very clearly demonstrated by the private sandpit feud that destroyed the german version of the antwiki.
I'm not one of those people, if I don't trust or like a project I will simply ignore it or build a better one from which everyone can benefit. Actively attacking projects of others is a pathetic expression of selfishness and personal insecurity and there's no place for that in any hobby.
Create, aim for the skies, don't drag others down.
Just a reminder that the question was: What resource did you wish you had when you started antkeeping.
I wish there would have been a journal, a caresheet or literally anything about my species. Since I basically got my first Camponotus colony by sheer luck (someone ordered one, got two and gave the spare colony away) I didn't really have the opportunity to inform myself about this particular species to the point I'd have liked to before deciding to keep it, and when I got around to do that I discovered that there was nothing. The best I could find was a very basic journal with around a dozen entries that ran over 7 years featuring a colony of a size mine had surpassed after 18 months. Not very helpful at all.
I don't think it has anything to do with which generation or anything like that. People who are casually interested in something, usually, don't want to invest a large amount of time researching it and learning everything about ants to get started keeping one colony. These big ant channels on Youtube are bringing in the vast majority of "recruits" and the people they bring in are usually very casual. We need to cater to these people, they eventually turn into people like you and I who spend countless hours learning about and keeping ants, but they're not there yet when they first join the hobby.
Most newbies to anything don't want a comprehensive 1000 pages book. They want something that gives them easy access to basics of the subject, so they can use this as a launchpad to dive deeper into the details. A new antkeeper doesn't care too much about the intricacies of driver ant foraging strategies, larval wingdisc development in multimorphic ants or the evolutionary tree of the hymenopteran family.
The first and immediate thing they want to know is how to keep their colony alive and provide it with a suitable living space because quite often that's what is relevant to them at this precise moment when they start to look for information for the first time (and yes, they should do so before getting an ant queen/colony but let's be true things often don't work out that way for a multitude of reasons and often you can't even blame them for it (like when an ant queen literally lands on their hand)).
Providing them with this exact information is crucial if we ever want to hope for them to dive deeper into antkeeping and ants/arthropods in general.