We already have chatterbox sidebar. I have seen many questions were answered that way. Once a monk asks questions, there are not just series of questions, but some paralels of questions from other monks, or answers. I think that CB is the best place to accommodate the situation you describe. The only downside (if it's considered a downside) is only registered monks can participate.
in reply to Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?
Update: I was thinking about proposing to add lines around the textbox about the poster to consider CB to ask his/her question instead of firing a node.
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