The Berkman Center?s H20 Project is hosting a public online discussion about issues surrounding the war in Iraq. The flow of discussion is moderately heavy, with one question per week and one round every couple of days. The H20 Project is building an ?interlocking collection of communities based on the free creation and exchange of ideas.? The H20 system uses the ?Rotisserie? discussion tool, which encourages measured, thoughtful discourse in a way that that traditional threaded messaging systems do not. http://h2o.law.harvard.edu/ViewProject.do?projectID=82
The H2O project is building an interlocking collection of communities based on the free creation and exchange of ideas. The H2O system currently consists of the Rotisserie structured discussion tool. The Rotisserie implements an innovative approach to online discussion that encourages measured, thoughtful discourse in a way that that traditional threaded messaging systems do not, in the process solving some of the universal complaints about online discussion boards: that the substance of discussions is poor, that participants post quickly rather than thoughtfully, that participation is uneven (most people lurk, and a few posters dominate the rest), and that discussion forums are segregated into balkanized communities of people with similar thoughts and beliefs.