In my opinion they make everyone viewing them, who is unable to comment, feel ousted.
Drac, all Sunday panels are open to all users. All you have to do is sign up and you are on the panel. They have been that way for all of the last three Sunday Panels and all future ones.
According to my records, you chose not to sign up for any of these three panels. And you chose not to submit audience questions to any of them.
So I’m not sure I understand how you can feel ousted here. Can you clarify what you mean?
Having to ask permission to say something in a public conversation
Any user can sign up to participate in the Sunday Panels and any user can submit audience questions. We do review questions before releasing them to panelists, which could be construed as having to ask for permission; however, we do this to protect participants from abusive comments or questions. Otherwise, we release them. Does that make sense, Drac?
that's not carried under a clearly defined criteria of why the actors were selected, imparts such panels a sense of exclusivity club selected based on arbitrary, ambiguously used emoji's.
Sunday Panels were brought back after making sure that they were no longer exclusionary. Anyone can sign up to participate and many have.
There’s no conspiracy behind how invites are decided upon for the Sunday panels. I’ll be happy to explain it here. I did explain it all over a month ago on Cake, but no worries if you missed it.
Okay, in addition to those who sign up for a panel on a given topic, I review the archives and recent conversations to identify users who have shown a passion or expertise, or both, for the topic. I also try to rotate panelists so that I am not overburdening anyone with multiple invitations in a row. So I may not include someone who’s passionate on this weekend’s topic because they participated in the last panel. (Obviously if that individual had signed up for the current panel then they would be on the current panel as well.)
Does that clarify things, Drac?
Again, anyone can participate in a Sunday Panel.
And people who’ve participated in the last three Sunday panels have enjoyed it, including
Chris, zorxique, Lidja, DanSolarMan, Munch, CygnusX1, Factotum, Shay, Ride2ADV, mbravo, Pathfinder, rsorenson, MountainMom, kwthom, EddieB, and rtwPaul.
I honestly hope that you don’t think that all of these users are being in an “exclusive club” when you are more than welcome to join in on the fun.
Or you can choose to just ignore the Sunday panels as RussP recommends.
Happy to answer or clarify any further questions or comments you may have on this.