A new addition to the link furniture around our articles is the "Discuss this article on AirSpace" option below the main body of the article.
This has been a little while in development and more than a little tricky as it connects two different platforms is several ways.
Its function is to pass through an article headline to our discussion forums for further debate/comment.
If the "Discuss this article on AirSpace" link is followed a new thread is automatically authored in the relevant section of the AirSpace forums with a post featuring a quote from the article and a link back to it.
In addition, it also opens a new blank post below for the user's comment to go in. This functionality obviously requires a user to be registered on AirSpace and will prompt you for login/registration if necessary.
If you're a subsequent user to follow the "Discuss this article on AirSpace" link then the control/widget intelligently knows whether this has already done and so doesn't duplicate the thread. Instead it takes you to the current discussion, which you can reply to having read other users' thoughts.
The control will also display quick links (with time/date stamps) to the latest existing replies to the discussion if present.
One final feature on the control is a "Who is online?" function which shows recent/current visitors and members to the forums.