What does everyone think to using response posts as a form of discussion between authors?
My suggestion would be to use tags as references to locate responses.
Tags could be topic-specific, or just a general response to a given author #RespUsername
Easy to bookmark like this: https://read.write.as/t/respusername
This gives the original author the freedom to either look at responses or not. Unless the original author types in the tag they won’t know of responses.
It provides an indirect method to exchange responses without being targeted for engagement like on social media. Unlike “@-mentions”, response tags will not show up automatically anywhere. Nor will the original author be notified.
Update: code to test this idea can be found here.