Community Council [2nd thread] [520 words, 3 minutes approx. read time] [Original: http://www.shotbow.net/forum/threads/292150] Introduction This thread, I PROMISE, will NOT be TL;DR. This is my major idea for Shotbow, posted a few months ago, widely supported, and somewhat opposed. The text of that section of the original thread is located here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cYd3PQgh5GloTGFcv95aB-B6JoR_ijgZo6GNAhscEAk/edit?usp=sharing The former section of this thread, which concerned polling, has been largely abandoned at least by myself. The Council The premise is a comparison of Shotbow to a sovereign Nation (network) with certain provinces/states (gamemodes), which is currently governed by an administration without term limits, meaning that those in the administration are often isolated from the citizens (players) and their views on games. The forum is an attempt to keep us on the same page, but it's unwieldy and, like any bureaucracy, slow. I thus proposed a further integration of democracy via a Community Council, with representatives from each gamemode, who will search the forums for the best ideas/maps/etc., bring them to discussion, discuss them, and come to a conclusion, which they will debrief to the administration team. Certain higher-ups in the administration then have a chance to veto, and if so, the rest of the team has a chance to override, but otherwise, the formulated ideas will be added to the development agenda, with the same priority as any other newly planned project. Please note two key things: 1. Any details about how this will work, such as included in the doc of the original text, are merely my speculation -- this will have to be developed by staff and community alike. 2. The current forumarchy/oligarchy (community/staff) will NOT be replaced by this! People may continue to suggest ideas through the forumarchy, and the oligarchy may continue implementing ideas from or not from it. An EXCELLENT example of my suggested idea working -- a community council, alongside a forumarchy/oligarchy -- in a volunteer-run project similar in nature although much, much larger than Shotbow is in the Ubuntu Community Council! They do have staff (called Canonical and the Technical Board), and a Highlife (SABDFL -- Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator For Life), and a community council. All of these work alongside one another to accomplish very great things. Although the Ubuntu example is the most applicable, community councils have been implemented and working for years and years in Scotland, Australia, throughout the US, and countless other places worldwide. Support Support was widespread throughout those who read the forum thread at least -- a misunderstanding about a poll shut down the limited discussion on Reddit. This is why I'm trying again! Current supporter count: 9 (those of you who liked the original post of thread #1) Opposition There were two main debates, one against SkeletonXF on the original Reddit post, and one against KoshKasa on the original thread. You may view an organized form of these at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B8j-RytnvtU6bSLyFTHmXlQ0zOU1QyFyZaeSFtvUY2w/edit?usp=sharing, for Skele's [5005 words/15 minutes approx. read time], and at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E2UkxzXwo6Ltpwn7IADs1vLt3W3djlu1k_iWzjQkB1M/edit?usp=sharing, for Kosh's [1872 words, 6 minutes approx. read time]. Conclusion The community at large does support this general idea, but more feedback needs to take place, and staff review has yet to take place. For this reason, I'm posting another thread about it. Here's hoping this can work this time!