1. Questions should be composed so that they are as concise as possible....maybe set a limit of 25 words or so? I know I need to put more effort into structuring my own questions....long winded questions have close to zero appeal to everyone else.
I agree with you that questions should be concise. However some questions need a little backstory to put them into context. The fireside chats also offer a place for more "advanced students" to ask more "in depth questions" that they truly want a personal answer to. Although the fireside chats are broadcasted to everyone else, sometimes an advanced practitioner truly cares about getting a solid answer to a particular question regardless of anyone else's interest in it. This seems to be the particular forum / method for having that achieved.
2. This particular thread is not the place for back and forth discussion or banter on any particular topic....that sort of thing takes place in other sections of the forum.
Definitely true. Although if someone posts a question on this topic that has already been effectively answered, it is OK to post the answer here in response to their question as Linda has done. Perhaps I'll split these mini question-answers into their own separate topics to keep things organized and flowing in this particular thread.
3. If a particular question has been covered in detail by Tom previously, if someone has a link or other reference to that previous discussion, it is a good idea to include it....but leave it at that.
Very true as well. I'd also like to add that others should do their own research on this forum as well. Many topics have been covered in serious depth, and are easily accessible once you work your way around the "search" function on the forum. A tip for all is to put in Tom's board name "twcjr" as the author and then type whatever you are looking for in the subject line. Before posting a question here, please try a quick search to see if you can find your answer.
4. Providing that Tom does not get thousands of questions, I would leave it 100% up to Tom to review the questions in advance of the Fireside Chat and decide which ones 'he' would like to respond to.
It is my understand that Tom does review these questions before answered them. Not to mention I don't think I've ever heard Tom not answer a question asked in an interview. Although, he certainly does get 1000's of emails weekly now I'm guessing, and it's completely impossible to answer all of them. It is also my understanding that Tom wishes to filter traffic to the forum, where many questions have been asked and answered thoroughly, and new questions can be answered by those with the understanding to do so.
Oliver - if you think it's helpful, I can split this topic up so that the question / answers contained in this thread can become their own topics, and this thread can remain strictly questions for the fireside chat. Let me know