Thanks, Chris. It's an incredibly important question that I think about pretty much every minute of every day.
The first question for me is what role does scale play? For example, last week Kara Swisher tried to interview Jack Dorsey on Twitter and she wrote this after:
@louisgray tweeted that the interview would have been wonderful on Cake. I added a tweet or two, and both Kara and Walt Mossberg liked them.
Imagine Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson having a debate about colonizing Mars. We would all love to see it and if they could take some good questions from the audience it would be amazing. Imagine the thrill of getting your question chosen by one of them for a million readers to see.
Yesterday we semi-finalized a design for audience questions during a panel (there's still a lot of code to write and some refinements for the design). When we're at small scale like we are now, I imagine panelists answering most questions they receive. At scale, it's our hypothesis that the audience won't want to see thousands of questions directed at Musk and Tyson about some of the bad things they do when the topic of the panel is colonization of Mars. And a Michelle Obama would be happy to answer questions if they weren't from angry right-wing trolls, no?
My personal opinion is we're designing Cake for scale but until we get there the benefits don't become clear. Am I wrong about that?