Comments for:Rotisserie as brainstorming catalyst
I don't think that passing post along as e-mail messages is a good idea. That practice draws a user farther away from the Rotisserie system as the place where discussion is happening. E-mail reminders to post make sense to me as being effective, though.
For the problem of knowing who still has to post, or who has done so, again, e-mail isn't a very helpful mechanism, I think. Instead, perhaps something like the kind of "weblog ping" that is used to show who has updated recently would work. See, for instance, http://blogs.salon.com/ or http://www.weblogs.com/ . Each of those shows members of the "community" that have recently updated their blogs. When the blog updates, it automagically notifies the aggergator, which then can list the time of update and sort by it and so on. That sort of functionality might solve the problem raised here.
I meant an email-to-comment or email-to-post filter, allowing people to send in thoughts from anywhere they have email access -- even if they don't have web access to the site, or are stuck without the bandwidth or time to load the forms and introductory text and just want to send off a brilliant 20-word revelation.
I agree that a post-to-email filter might degrade the sense of shared discussion space... although an outline summary of the current state of the discussion could make for a useful email reminder. Perhaps such an outline would liven up the bureaucracy -- "Your post must be submitted by 18:00 tonight. You may post your response via the following URL: ..."