It seems he thread has gone a different way than originally planned.
I think it is an excellent idea to have a quick and easy way to be able to ask for help/ruling from the community at large.
I do have a few thoughts though.
It took less than 5 minutes for 3 responses to come in to my original query. This was with no notifications set up, purely from people being on the website.
I’m not familiar with “slack” or any other number of chat apps (FB or WhatsApp for me).
I would like to know what experience the person answering had; what qualified them to give a response. Or the quality of their previous answers.
There becomes less usefulness, if there are wide varieties of answers. (As what happened in the original query).
It is clear from the number of topics regarding rulings that their are very few queries which have a single definitive answer.
I am on Quora.com. Not only does it send me an email notification when there is a question on a specific topic, it also allows people to rate the quality of the answer. It also keeps track on my profile as to the quality of my answers, number of questions answers etc.
I think if a topic of “Pinball” could be added it would be very simple for people to use this, it’s an established site so no need for any of us to have to worry about setting up or maintaining any archives.
I’d love to see an app set up which a user could go to and not only enter a question and get a near instant response but you could also search previous questions and answers (not necessarily for a definitive answer, but see how other tournaments dealt with a problem).
However I’m guessing that that will require too much time and/or funding to make it practical?