Craven, in post 588943 on 3/6, wrote:
I think it will be moved to the debate room so that this arrangement can be made for other usergroups without having to create forums (which has technical limitations in terms of who can do it and what it does to the system by making pages longer and select boxes longer).
Did we get Debate Room access in lieu of The Roundtable
Yes. As stated here
, and less explicitly here
or is the Roundtable coming back
It will probably
come back in the distant
future (no, I do not have the slightest idea) when a very significant code change is made (nested "sub forums" which will allow for more freedom in forum creation).
NOTE: This may change so don't try to hold me to this.
with all its original postings?
No, the postings were moved to the public forums a long time ago. See the links above for more.
In order to support a larger number of exclusive group discussions the Debate Room is used and shared (one new factor is the ability to specific intra-group discussions).
When sub-forums, a very significant code change that will probably be implemented with a new version of the forums, are a reality the separate forums for groups will probably (not certain remember) be used.
That's the current intention but this depends on policy (e.g. the scope of the workload for moderators) and technical details (sub-forums, better pagination and many off things here and there that having too many forums currently complicates).
How the site scales is not easy to predict. Within the last 30 days developments have changed our plans a few times. Other things ahve come up to cause delays.
The above is a prediction and nothing about it is certain or guaranteed. The current format is in BETA. This was done to avoid further delays in the Debate Room implementation (lots of frustrated people asking about it) while still making clear that changes will be made as the format is perfected.
If anything is still
unclear then it's simply not going to get any clearer due to both a significant amount of frustration on my part about these groups as well as the limitation that is not knowing what will be decided.
The answer to almost all the questions is "it depends, and we will let you know" with a side order of "please be patient".