Holding discussions, whether just to exchange views or with the intention to reach a shared conclusion, is one of the major functions a common website should serve. Do we have the proper tools for that? What will help to promote the kind of discussions we’d like to have?
By ”facilities” I mean any combination of features that can assist in the function of holding discussions. Once we agree on the what and how, we can add them to the lists of Little or Big Things. But we need to have some reflection first on what we want and need. Of the various sites with discussion facilities that I'm familiar with, each has some features that are helpful but lacks some that others have. Some are powerful but require a thorough familiarity before they become helpful. Finding the sweet spot will require thought.
The proposal is to set up a forum for discussing anything we think may contribute to the site becoming more conducive to holding good discussions.