Often ideas are the very core of a new or significantly changed product - eminently patentable and valuable. A means needs be created to enable to discuss such matters in private as already mentioned, but additionally a means needs to be created, stronger than NDAs, to protect the idea-person's rights.
Ann, An interesting discussion platform that's growing in popularity among larger websites is www.disqus.com. The goal is to use create participation using a variety of formats including breaking news, hot discussions, live events and even video content.
One way of getting around any unwieldiness would be to create a collaborative App around some of the more enlightening contributions to the DESIGN iDEAS which could be accessed by the Design fraternity.
Imagine an App for "Problems & Solutions in Aircraft Manufacturing" or the "A-Z of Battery Manufacturing" gleaned from the collaborative effort of numerous engineers and designers.
Imagine an App around the fascinating "Sherlock Ohms" series.etc.
Imagine a cross polliation to EDN and other sister publications........
Well Ann, engineering.com has a large site which over the years has become somewhat unwieldy. There are a large number of forums and it looks like it has become so large as to be problematic. This info is passed along since the Design News idea is a good idea but may suffer from similar woes as it grows.
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