Great to hear from you.
If you want to post this publicly to get wider input, I have no problem with that, but I do really appreciate you checking in on it.
Are you referring to content like this? If so, that is actually how our Discourse/WordPress integration works. If you check out that article on our blog and scroll to the bottom you'll see the comments are pulled straight from Discourse (and ugh – I need to work on the styling of those!).
TL;DR Rather than actively choosing to promote our content in the community, all posts are automatically published in excerpt form so there is a place for commenting.
This is an interesting one. Rich and I talk about it every now and then because he feels very conscious of the fact that we share all his content and not that of others. I've tried to actively encourage people to share their writing but it just doesn't seem to take off. I think as CMs we're so nervous about self-promoting that it feels wrong. My view is that if people have content that is relevant and useful, it should be shared. Provided they are also engaging on other levels and not just linking out, I think that's find (and I encourage it).
We're about to do a bit of a redesign here which will involve space for sharing links. That will likely help.
So less about me and more about you.
Probably – yes. If the content has value then I'd share it. I'd probably share a few and then check in with your members to see how they feel about it. Is it useful to them or do they feel like they're being promoted to.
If you're comfortable with it, I could move this discussion into the public forum to see how others handle this kind of thing. Let me know.