I hope the mods will let this post stay. I'm really not trying to rip on T-Nation about this, I love this place and want to see coherent intelligent discussions for articles. Unfortunately, I don't think Livespills are accomplishing this.
So what do you guys think?
Do you want the Livespills to stay or would you prefer to go back to the forum format for discussions?
Keep in mind this is for articles only. I like the Spill feature for things like the training lab (short blurbs). But I feel it is an awful feature for article discussions.
Here are my reasons:
It looks like a sloppy unorganized chat log. It is very hard to track which question the authors are responding to. Making sense of high traffic spills (CT's High Performance Mass articles, for example) is nigh on impossible. Authors are just not able to appropriately respond to questions when there are about 100 people chiming in between his responses. There is no way to quote the original question, so scrolling up and down through all the other questions to keep track is difficult. The "quote" feature in forums made this a non-issue. You could scroll directly to the authors post and get all the information you needed right there.
Livespills have fostered less intelligent discussion. Its much too easy to just type the first bit of drabble that comes to mind and hit enter--this isn't Twitter. The format doesn't lend itself to well-crafted responses and the diminishing quality of ensuing discussions is very evident. It is surprising to me that the site can still find enough authors to contribute to daily articles given the recent spills.
Livespills make it harder to keep track of which articles you are discussing since there is no way to track new responses unless going back to the discussion. I am NOT asking for a subscribe feature here, the forums already have a feature to take care of this!!! You can keep track of all your posted topics in Message Center and it is very clear when new responses have been posted to your topic.
I have not seen one single person say they prefer Livespills over the Forum format. Hopefully if this thread generates enough responses, the powers that be will listen. I am pro-democratic process so if Livespills win out, then so be it (although like a true American I reserve my right to continue bitching)....
So how about it T-Nation. What do you think?