Just to answer the point that you keep making – there are many tens of thousands of people registered on the site, most of whom we know nothing about – only an email address. How could we “protect it”? We are journalists and editors, whose job is to put together editorial for the magazine and the website, not to investigate who people are, and even if we did know who you were, how would that help? We aren’t going to expose you on the forum if you misbehave.
We are trying to protect what we have here. You seem to be accusing us of being somehow two-faced about it – asking people to behave themselves while wanting them to keep posting – but what’s wrong with that? Isn’t that something to aspire to without raising the walls and allowing in only those who meet certain criteria?
It would be possible to create a “group” (if that’s what you mean) on a system like Linkedin, but we have one already – feel free to go on there and post, but of course, everyone would be doing so with their real names, since that’s how Linkedin works – it’s a job site.
We’re always open to new ideas, but as I’ve said on numerous other threads, publishing is not easy at the moment – and all of this (apart from the current issue’s content) is free to read / use / post on. I haven’t heard anyone volunteering for a paid forum, so in the meantime, we’re trying to make this free one work.