Is it appropriate to link to third-party invalidity contests on the Ask Patents site? For instance, I propose to link to the active contests on Patroll using the prior-art-request tag and also the tag of the particular patent under investigation.
Because Google Patents links to "Ask Patents" with the suggestion "Discuss", this is a natural place to discuss these contests. It would increase the visibility of a handful of prior art searches that are of considerable interest.
The contest submission requires a detailed claim analysis, in addition to uncovering prior art documents not previously considered. Writing a good claim analysis takes considerable effort, and is unlikely to be posted publicly in a discussion forum. However, it might interfere with the contest itself, because if more people are aware of the prior art more people may submit contest entries.
I'm interested in the thoughts of those with more experience on building and improving Ask Patents.
(As an aside, it is good to be posting here after so many years of lurking; one reason to be glad to be free of contractual obligations at present.)