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Asking questions in Sessions db

Thu 7 Jan 2010, 01:51 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
In Version 1 of the Lotusphere 2010 Sessions DB (now available to replicate or download), I have enabled the collaborative feature that allows attendees (or non-attendees, I suppose) to ask questions before, during and after sessions.  Rather than just having each speaker guess at what the audience is looking for, now the audience has a chance to participate.  While this isn't likely to, or intended to, change the basic information being presented in a session, it does give a chance for attendees to voice their questions before hand, so that they don't have to wait until the end of a session to find out whether it will address their particular needs.  It is also possible for the speaker to ask questions of the attendees.  (I used CoexEdit for this feature to make it easier for people to compose the questions on the web and still replicate down and see them in the sessions database locally.)

For speakers and bloggers

If you want to suggest that people pose questions for a specific session, there is an easy URL to direct the user to get to the session and see the existing questions (with the Ask a Question action at the top):

I think you really do need the trailing period, but the BP201 can be replaced by any session or BOF id.  Both from the web and from the Notes database, there is a Questions/Ideas view which shows every session with its questions/ideas as responses.  When answers (or follow up comments) are allowed, they will appear as response to responses.

For now, I am cleaning up any SPAM manually, but if it gets annoying, I may have to add logic.  Any suggestions for how to improve this further are welcomed.

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What has been said:

885.1. Craig Wiseman
(01/07/2010 08:28 PM)

Regarding comment spam, I'd ask Mr. Castledine. Whatever magic he uses in the Domino Blog template is gold.