A chat with the Chinese Communist Party?
No, it is not a Second Life hoax, you can actually get a “direct” channel (with a slight time lag…) to Zhongnanhai, the center of power in China. Netizens can write to their leaders – a bold step for an organization that usually seems to operate in a parrallel world and is not known for transparent communication skills.
Initial posts from netizens were geared towards property price issues and public housing. Whether even more sensitive questions (e.g. corruption) will be allowed in the forum is to be seen. For memory, when the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention launched its website in 2007, the site crashed due to the overwhelming response from Chinese netizens.
Let’s see if the gates of Zhongnanhai are flooded too!