Continuing the discussion from Soliciting Advice on Forum Setup:
I’m curious the forums thoughts on this. The scholars category, if created, would be visible to everyone, but only scholars could post in. Scholars would be anyone who has made scholarly contributions in this area, and is not anonymous. There has been value in exchanges like this that do not have random posters jumping in. We would only use this this protected category sparingly. I expect that this might increase the utilization of the forum by scholars, and ultimately be of more value to everyone.
At the same token, some of these restrictions may not be desirable to some people. Remember, we can always have side-comment threads to discuss things further.
What are your thoughts?