I like that.
I also think it could lead to a panel which is something I've always liked, at least from being on the panels. Get three people with oposing ideas on how to do something and watch them argue on stage while answering audience questions. At least when the topic is interesting or thought provoking. A lightning round with the subject "I just converted our website from Lotus notes to work in Netscape Navigator" isn't really controversial, unless you were giving it today.
Manager, Digital Library & Programming Services
Yale University Library
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Reminder - call for proposals, New England code4lib!
Another vote for lightning talks being claimed on the spot.
How about a compromise. If you claim one early, it'll be publicized and you
can't lose your spot if there are too many?