How to host a faculty conversation?

Here’s a question that may have an easy answer, but I’ve only thought about it for about two days, and I figured someone may have already done this.

Suppose a group of faculty wished to participate in an extended “conversation” of an academic nature. Suppose these faculty are not located near each other, and that the conversation is asynchronous, taking place irregularly over an extended period of time like a semester or a year or more. Suppose they wanted to maintain a record of the conversation more or less indefinitely. And suppose they wanted to add possibly many other participants.

What sort of electronic environment could they use which would be easy to learn/use, accessible from anywhere on the internet, and which would notify participants of any new posts, so that they wouldn’t need to keep “checking,”which would be problematic given that the conversation could include extended pauses.

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