Some great questions are coming out from the panelist feedback. Thought I’d answer the ones so far that I can.
I think an approach where people can jump in the conversation without having to be invited to a panel will help make panels more inclusive. I understand that this may go against the original vision of panels - maybe I am just used to AMA's on Reddit and relate panels to be a kind of an AMA. I am hoping we can work this out in the future.
Answer. From what’s been shared by the Cake team in conversations on the timeline, the future of panels will include an audience portal where any Cake user can submit a question live during the panel. Only the moderator will initially see it so that troll comments don’t get visibility. The moderator will then share great audience questions with the panelists. So like an AMA, you’ll be able to ask questions without having to be invited. For a Weekend Workshop, we could also take advantage of the audience portal to allow lurkers to share questions and comments. Wouldn’t it be great if that lead to their responding to Cake conversations and even creating their first conversation?
I think it would have been good to allow questions from readers who were not panel participants. Depending on the interaction level that could have been a base to share more information. are there plans to allow this?
Answer. Both @ChrisJenkins and I have had a chance to see mockups for the new audience portal: from the perspectives of an AMA participant (ChrisJenkins) and a panel moderator (me), we both were encouraged and excited by what we saw. The audience portal will allow questions from readers who were not panel participants.
Serve mimosas? I prefer panels with brunch. :D
Answer. You may in the future see Cake panels where a sports team, say the e-sports team FaZe Clan , is sharing their thoughts during a team meal break. So anything is possible. 😉