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LS2010 Sessions db: should I promote/modify this feature?

Mon 17 Aug 2009, 11:48 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
As described in the idea below, I added some features to the Lotusphere Sessions database to make it possible to ask and answer questions before, during and after a session, basically to promote more of a dialogue between the presenters and audience.  While this was used, it was not used extensively.  As we look forward to Lotusphere 2010, should I promote this idea more, work on it harder, change it somehow or abandon it?  Do speakers like the idea of feedback prior to the session (to allow people to say what they hope to hear about)?  Do attendees like the idea of a more on-going dialogue?  Does anybody have ideas on how to make this dialogue more effective (perhaps using a second database with a modified discussion database or something even more creative)?

By the way, feel free to vote on the idea or leave comments there, but just voting won't help a lot.  I need ideas and feedback in order to make the Lotusphere Sessions db everything YOU could hope it would be.

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What has been said:

855.1. John Head
(08/17/2009 05:32 PM)

the comments that we got before the session were almost usable for me personally. I had already submitted the slides. So it's not like I could really change the topic to include them.

I think the idea voting and commenting on sessions is interesting, but there are specific topics IBM will always include - and always exclude.

855.2. Ben Langhinrichs
(08/17/2009 05:34 PM)

The idea of voting on session topics is a bit different, but I do take your point about the slides being submitted before people would have a chance to submit questions.

What about afterwards? Is this a useful idea for people who don't manage to ask their question at the session, especially with the foreshortened Q&A with the 60 minute sessions?

855.3. Charles Robinson
(08/18/2009 06:07 PM)

When you added this feature I asked some questions of a couple of speakers and didn't get a response. I don't fault you or the speaker, but it felt like my input went into the ether. Maybe you could allow speakers to opt in to participating so it doesn't create an unreasonable expectation from attendees or undue pressure on the speakers.