Having taken a brief break from commenting and still taking a break from proactive moderating, I still find myself sucked into reading OP’s and comments. Not wanting to stir the hornet’s nest of currently active discussion and not having enough time to get up to speed on all the current issues where commenters are discussing deep issues of the day, I wondered about opening a thread titled something like “Suggestion Box” to get people’s thinking on any improvements Lizzie could consider that might ameliorate concerns over site policy, aims, aspirations etc.
But then I thought it’s been a while since there was an open thread, so…voilà! Also as a mental exercise can we try avoiding the non-sequitur? In adding a comment, you should pay lip-service to the previous comment(s) and at least pick up on a previous point as an intro. Or not: it’s only a guideline.
But taking myself seriously for a moment, let me put forward a suggestion. Lizzie has already mentioned the deficiencies of the WordPress blog format and I think it would be a good thing to try re-introducing the “Penguin Colony” forum. It could be set up to run in parallel so it would be just an additional facility to start with which will either wither or develop and maybe take over from the blog.