Each issue, “Our Times” asks a panel of editors to comment on a particular question or topic designed to gain perspective on the world of networking today. For this issue, given its focus on community, we posed this question to a panel of four editors: “Which approach is more effective at creating community—virtual, or belly-to-belly?” Here’s what they said.

Can You Smell the Flowers Virtually?
By Cathy Barber
Six Reasons Virtual Beats Belly-to-Belly
By Max Steingart
No Contest: Face-to-Face Trumps Virtual Community
By Warren Nelson
The Power of Virtual Gatherings
By Cheryl Gonzalez