Today we're introducing a new forum: Showcase. This forum will host those with the most controversial or unusual viewpoints, giving them an opportunity to showcase their ideas in discussion with selected EvC Forum members.
Featured luminaries are by invitation only. Participation by other EvC Forum members is by request only, and permission to participate can be revoked at any time. The goal is to constructively explore these ideas to discover their basic soundness. Please make any requests to the Showcase Forum Issues and Requests thread.
Sounds interesting. Just to clarify, could you explain what distinguishes it from the Great Debate forum?
As you surmised, the number of participants is larger, potentially much larger. It depends upon how many members are granted access to Showcase.
Unlike the Great Debate forum, there will be much less moderation, or at least that's what we hope. The forum will in effect be moderated by only allowing access to those who prove able to take a successfully constructive approach.
I'm going to request of moderators that they not grant themselves access though their normal member account. By this I mean that I should not grant Percy access to Showcase. If I request access through the Showcase Forum Issues and Requests thread, and if one of the other moderators feels I might satisfy the criteria, only then should I be granted access. And of course I could lose it at any time, not necessarily because I did something wrong, but perhaps my approach just isn't playing well with the primary contributors being showcased.