People crash weddings; people crash parties. What’s to stop someone from crashing an Exchange?
This is an interesting question that we hear from time to time. Thinking about this idea more deeply, there are a few important points to consider:
- Firstly, it’s reasonably doubtful that participants outside of those directly involved would take the time to seek out the Exchange and interject themselves and their thoughts. If there’s nothing to be gained for them, then it’s highly unlikely they’d be inclined to try to crash an Exchange which they have no vested interest in.
- Secondly, switching gears for a moment. Let’s say someone did jump in and include their own thoughts. If they did share some thoughts, there’s nothing to say that wouldn’t be a good thing. The leadership team has invited participants to engage with the goal of gaining a variety of ideas, insights, and perspectives. If it’s a good thought, it’ll rise to the top through rating and resonance among participants, regardless of who shared it.
- Thirdly, the option to ask a demographic question using the Survey Questions tool helps provide a really clear idea of who is saying what. Our analysis tools will show any patterns and outliers that could possibly impact the integrity of the process and filter appropriately.
- Fourthly, our Contact Upload feature allows engagement leaders to send unique links or individualized access codes to anyone on their email list. The only way to participate in engagements created in this way is to use one of those personalized links or to enter your unique access code.
- Finally, when participation in an Exchange must be restricted, organizations can host the Exchange in a "Domain Restricted Room." In a Domain Restricted Room all Exchanges require participants to login with an email address and only participants with an approved email domain are given access to the Exchange.