I'm starting an op-ed section on Cyburbia. I'm curious about how Planetizen gets op-ed authors. Are there volunteers lined up waiting to write, or are they solicited?
I'm hoping that the addition of op-ed articles will boost discusion in the planning-related subforums. Right now, 63% of all posts in the forum are in the FAC; it's approaching two-thirds of all posts. I think that might be hurting the legitimacy of the site among more serious "blue shirt" planners and the APA. The very people who would write op-ed articles probably don't visit Cyburbia. I don't want to get rid of the FAC, but I would like to see more posting in the on-topic subforums, and make the ratio of on-topic posts to off-topic posts more balanced.