Suppose there is a conference scheduled for a future date, that might be of interest to many SE users.
It seems like there should be a way to use SE to prioritize questions for this conference.
The questions though, will in many cases be future oriented. Users are likely looking for a commitment from a vendor instead of a simple answer to their question.
Since future oriented questions in SE are frowned upon, is there some way for SE to facilitate questions for a conference? Users don't seem to be as receptive to posting questions in the chat room. Even if they did, and the answer was addressed by a conference attendee, posting in a chat room seems to lack the formality required by a commitment.
A question like "Q: When will ArcGIS be able to do XYZ?" doesn't seem like a very good question for SE, but certainly is appropriate at a conference. If someone at the conference asks an Esri rep this question and gets an answer like "A: Esri representative John Doe says ArcGIS will be able to do XYZ in version 10.1", then that becomes valuable information.