Like many other ATS members, I'm a big fan of the AMA threads, and I appreciate the work that goes into securing guests to appear in them, as well as
the time that guests put into answering questions. However, one thing I've noticed is the chaotic nature of AMA threads and that often, people don't
get their questions answered because the thread moves so quickly (I often don't even bother submitting a question for this reason). This must also be
at times overwhelming for the guest, so I was thinking about a possible alternative to how AMA threads currently operate.
Perhaps a better way would be to announce an AMA thread and guest, and then have that thread act as a place for people to submit questions for a
certain period of time. Say 48 hours (or whatever timeframe ATS deems acceptable). Do this BEFORE the guest is even participating, and then close the
thread after the time is up. Then the guest can peruse the thread before any further posting takes place. I'm not sure if it would be possible, but
maybe the guest could be given special access to the thread to post answers, and once the guest feels they are all caught up, the thread could be
re-opened for a period of time for open discussion between members and the guest.
Just a suggestion. The current format works as well, but I figured maybe it could be improved on somehow. I'd be interested to hear ideas from others
as well as to how ATS could improve this great feature.
So to summarize, the format would look something like this:
-ATS announces AMA thread. In the announcement, it lists who will be the guest, and when ATS will be taking questions from members (time and date).
This thread is pinned to the front page, and then locked. This gives members a bit of time to formulate good questions.
-The thread remains locked until the posted time/date
-The thread is re-opened and members are allowed to post questions for a finite period of time determined by the staff
-The thread is locked again after that time expires, and the guest is allowed access to the thread to answer questions until they feel they are caught
-The thread is re-opened for a predetermined period of time for open discussion between the guest and the members
-The thread is then locked after that time expires (or possibly allowed to stay open indefinitely depending on feedback from guests or their
willingness and/or availability to continue engaging in discussion).
edit on 11-3-2014 by DeadSeraph because: further thoughts