It's been a little over a week since Meta first went live, and what a week it as been! When Jeff and I talked about creating a meta-discussion site based off of the SO engine, he asked if I could identify some places where the Q&A needed to be tweaked to better support discussion, so I sent him an email that contained a few ideas that he included in the inaugural blog entry. One week in, I think it's a good idea to review them, remove the ones that are unnecessary, and add additional ones that have become apparent:
bounties make little sense on a discussion site
I still agree with this statement. I don't think that bounties fit well with subjective discussion, and I'm not sure offering bounties for feature requests is a good idea, though Jon Skeet has proposed setting using the bounty system to indicate increased interest in feature requests (and I'd get you a link if I could find it)
wording needs to be tweaked (i.e. questions->topics, answers->replies)
I still think this is a good idea. Though there has been much more Q&A here than I expected, there are also feature requests, announcements, and general fun topics that don't follow the Q&A format, so more neutral language is probably a good idea.
need to be able to follow questions/get notices of additional replies
On a discussion site, you often want to follow topics you've participated in. The current system allows for notification of new replies if you're the topic owner, but if you're just a participant you have to manually check back.
remove notion of community wiki, as discussion sites have a stronger sense of ownership, plus nothing will be off-topic
I've actually done a complete 180 on this and I think that we should definitely keep community wiki. However, it should only be used if the post needs to be edited by others (such as for faq posts). This is actually what CW was originally for - to allow people to collaborate in a Wiki-like fashion. Sadly, on SO, it has taken on the dual-role of being for subjective/off-topic posts, due to its reputation-negating properties.
I should also clarify what I mean by "nothing will be off topic". I certainly don't want Meta to become a free-for-all, and it's certainly possible to be off-topic. However, since reputation here doesn't mean what it means on SO or SF, it's OK to post fun questions and get rep from them. So the question becomes whether or not to close as off-topic, not whether or not the post should be CW.
ensure that chronological ordering is the default, if not the only, sort order, both for replies and comments
Jeff's already shot this one down. The reason I included it is because I envisioned people replying to other people in their own reply (like more conventional discussion boards) and it would be important to be able to see the context in which the reply was created when reading the topic. However, as Jeff has said,
<blockquote> is your friend
so this feature may not be necessary.
remove accepting an answer
I've also changed my mind on this. Though it has slightly different semantics here on Meta, I do think that the ability of the topic starter to select a reply that has resolved their issue is important.
some of the close reasons will have to be removed or tweaked
This has already been more or less done, with the removal of "subjective and argumentative" and "not a real question".
Please let me know if you agree or disagree with anything you see here. Also, please feel free to submit your own proposals for changes!