Here are just a few excerpts of some other suggestions from the site:
”[I]t is much too important that one or two companies control such a vast amount of user contributed data. Portability will also be solved by this. I should be able to do a one-click download of all the comments and posts I’ve made everywhere.” —Matt Terenzio
“[C]omments could also move up INTO articles as citations, annotations, quips, scrapbook clippings, rewrites, adjunct op-eds, etc. The goal is remixable, platform-agnostic commenting that can drive meaning, context and dialogue up into the article, across to other articles, and out of the ‘comment backwaters.’” —Josh Wilson
“Argument Maps: Organization by topic, not time: Logical arguments can be fostered by organizing discussions by topic instead of time. Contributions are classified as 1) Issue (a problem that needs to be solved) 2) Idea (an approach for addressing that issue) 3) Argument (a point for (pro) or against (con) an idea).” —matessa
“A Wiki for contentious topics.” —Majesty of the Commons
“News sites need two channels for comments: real time, and edited. Real time comments should be open, while edited comments should face the same scrutiny as traditional letters to the editor.” —Ersun Warncke
“Add a ‘topic cloud’ to the top of each comment thread, using text mining of the thread (updated each time a comment is added) to identify key phrases or concepts that appear in a comment thread.” —steveouting
After the submission period is closed on June 5, a community voting process will commence, as well as a review panel of some well-respected open-source and journo folks (Amanda Hickman of DocumentCloud and Amanda Michel of ProPublica among them). From that feedback, MoJo will select the few projects that will go on for software development and implementation.
Until then, though, the MoJo site is open for ideas, so weigh in while you can. The site invites you to share “Anything! We are interested in your ideas. Communicate them through a blog post, a napkin sketch, a slidecast, or a semi-functional mockup. It’s up to you.”
And for readers in the New York City area: Hacks/Hackers NYC is hosting an event to generate ideas on this topic on Thursday, May 26 at NYU. It looks like the event is full up at the moment, but see details here to get on the waiting list and to learn about similar events in the future.