"This isn't really a question but ..." Anyone who has heard those immortal words at a panel, talk or festival event has at one point questioned the whole damn thing. Do we really need to dedicate paid time to audience members' gushing praise of a speaker? What's the ratio of good to mundane/offensive questions, and is it really worth the trouble?
Roundtable: is it time to kill off the audience Q&A?
Crikey put the question to a programmer, a host, a panelist, and a serial angry audience member.