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Part of: Readability Guidelines

Live discussion structure

Last updated: 14 February, 2020

We discuss a different readability topic every month:

  • New topic starts at the beginning of each month.

  • Blank wiki page on new topic published at start of month, people can start looking for and share usability studies directly to the wiki page comments.

  • Live discussion, generally 1 hour long, is held in last week of month.

  • Person leading the topic chooses dates and times that suit them and asks community to vote on preference.

  • Person leading the topic may gently re-focus the discussion if it gets off-topic or too tangental. Remember you can always suggest a new topic for consideration.

  • Notes of recommendations we can make, based on evidence collected, are written up into guidelines by the end of the next month.

Live discussion running time


Lead sets a purpose outlining what we wants to cover and achieve in the discussion. Currently a pinned Slack post in topic channel. This could be in main body of wiki page when we shift over.

0 to 5 minutes

Lead opens discussion, welcomes, introduces themselves. People joining say hello and introduce themselves, or can simply use a wave reaction if they prefer.

5 to 15 minutes

Lead outlines purpose of what we want to cover and achieve in the discussion. Lead shares initial evidence they have found or points out evidence shared in earlier comments. Lead invites others to share.

15 to 45 minutes

Evidence is discussed. We use magnifying glass emoji or similar as shorthand for “where’s your evidence?” to gently nudge. Also fine for people to comment “What’s your evidence source for that?” or similar.

May be tangents, these can be useful and sometimes spur new topics. But if side discussion goes on too long, for example more than a few minutes, lead nudges conversation back to main focus. Fine to remind all of purpose of discussion.

45 to 55 minutes

Lead summarises recommendations for guidance that have come from the discussion. These can only be where there is robust evidence we can cite.

55 to 60 minutes

Discussion open to anything else relevant that people may not have had chance to say. Mention next month’s topic and lead if decided on. Thank yous and goodbyes.

If you would like to lead on a topic, visit the super-contributor commitments page. Read and add a comment to say you agree and are interested.