On 5/7 I posted the first tally of results for how people would prefer their Beta 1 threaded discussions. There have been some additional comments and votes made since then so it seemed only fair to add those in. Ironically, this thread in the newsgroups is one of the more lively ones I've seen in a while. :-) Here are the updated vote totals and new comments.
There are actually some negative comments now around option 1 though it still seems the preferred method. I'll see what I can do to get these private groups exposed in a way accessible by google. There are other groups that google indexes that are like this so it seems plausible.
So, as it stands, the groups will exist like they are today, but the beta will be broader so there should be some more discussions in the future with the additions of more people having access to a stable drop.
Option 1 - Do nothing and leave the semi-private newsgroups - 12 Votes
Option 3 - No private; Create Public “.next“ groups in the public hierarchy - 2 Votes
Option 2 - Existing public groups and close down the semi-private ones - 1 Vote
Option 4 - Web Forums Only without NG access - 0 Votes