I've been thinking about this as well. Unless there is a strong moderator objection, we could probably start them going again without moderator assistance. I think some ground rules would be necessary to keep it from being completely free form. I think there are advantages to keeping it to one at a time, for example.
Here are some thoughts I had for different methods. None of them are perfect, and I don't pretend this is anywhere near exhaustive, but it could give a starting point for discussion.
1.) Anyone can start an AMA on whatever topic they wish on a first come first served basis when its time for a new topic
Advantages: No one needs to do any bookkeeping. The topic leader determines when they do this, so they can guarantee it will fit their schedule.
Disadvantages: All control of the process is completely on the honor system/dependent on everyone understanding whatever ground rules we come up with. Also, first come first served can bias towards a subset of the forum population based on when they do their browsing.
2.) Leader of the next topic is picked from the volunteer thread at random (may want to take people who have already done one out of the running for a while to give everyone a chance). Leader picks the topic. Others with the same expertise/interest can also provide answers.
Advantages: Everyone interested gets a shot at leading on a fairly impartial basis. Topic leader can pick what they are most interested in being asked about.
Disadvantages: Probably the most intensive in terms of bookkeeping, to the point that it may not be much easier than how Chad was running things.
3.) Topics are nominated based on the interests in the volunteer thread and voted on by the forumites to pick the next topic. No single topic leader. Instead, all experts step forward based on the topic.
Advantages: Most likely to get what people are most interested in.
Disadvantages: Simultaneously reliant on a volunteer organizer and active participation from the rest of the community just to determine a topic. No guarantee that a topic will come up at a time convenient to the experts.
Anyone have other suggestions or modifications/hybridizations of the ones I came up with?
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