So, after the Female Motorcyclist Panel it ended up being mostly a conversation amongst the panelists, which is great. But, I lost interest after about 15 posts. It got me to thinking....unlike normal forum threads where you have one or more crackheads that go off topic or becomes rude, that is the downside. Have you guys discussed the option and not sure how you would go about it.....but, where non-panelists could engage but not disrupt? Same thing on the Book publishing thread... Like on some live YouTube deploys, twitter feeds or comments publish to the right....what if people could submit questions and comments but their comments were anonymous and maybe even screened? So, the person looking to make a name of himself as a troll is basically cut off at the knees.
Conversations in type are much different than between "two ferns". So, by eliminating the dynamic mode of live conversation, a typed conversation seems less compelling if the audience cannot participate and get some skin in the game if you know what I mean.
Side note....not sure if you guys are doing some coding...but, on a Win7 machine in Firefox without all my Adblockers off, 50% of the time I cannot type any text into a topic. I have to outsmart it and first act like I am going to add a photo, then I can type. This started sometime last Thursday/Friday.