nature of online discussion falls somewhere between the rules of spoken
and written language. Ideas evolve depending upon the direction a
discussion takes, yet the written format trains our eyes to find formalizations
that don't yet exist.
Dialog can be helpful
to use when
Knowing the purpose of conversation in advance determines whether
to use a protocol or free-flow
method. Each carries ground rules or steps that facilitate online
event, analyzing data, or discussing points of view. There are times
when free-flow conversations about ideas that have no time limits
or formalized purpose continue at a leisurely pace due to the asynchronous
nature of threaded discussions. When specific goals require an online
discussion to be focused and timely, then a protocol-based discussion
may better suit the purpose.