I like the idea of the Forum early in the conference. It is a great place to gain better understanding of an issue and to help those bring forth a resolution to get feedback to help improve it.
One of the emails about this poll suggested notes at Fora to bring the conversation to the record. While I appreciate that something along those lines could enter into the record some of the conversation about issues, I beg all of us to remember that Fora are NOT official meetings of ALA's governing body. If we are going to be a transparent organization, then I would like to see us have the conversations during the official meetings that are transcribed and recorded.
What I'm saying is: 1. I like the additional, earlier forum. 2. I'd also appreciate one at alternate times, and 3. Please remember that forum is NOT a council meeting and decisions should not be made there.