Require all who post a question to post a Closing Statement after the conversation is closed.
I think the person who posts an issue should assemble the final analysis of all the responses in a posted Closing Report. This report would allow a terse, informative analysis of the issue. Many people post and run, never to be heard from again. Make Closing Reports a prerequisite to qualify for subsequent postings. Set a limit of active postings allowed.
Closing Statement from edward long
A total of five respondents brought one thing to light immediately: the idea of mandatory Closing Statements is doomed by popular (unanimous) demand. However, there was also unanimous support for the idea of raising awareness regarding the value of Closing Statements. Also, some interesting ancillary ideas surfaced such as; tedcred for doing a closing statement; anyone could do the statement, not just the original poster; number of active posts per individual should be limited (3?); search priority could be given to posts having a closing statement. It seems likely that a valuable feature is being under-utilized. There is a better-than-average potential for overall added value in pursuing this issue (are you listening TED Admin?). Thanks and good day to all. -Edward