Virian Voting



All members of the congregation which is comprised of Virians who have elected to join Meridion (Refer http"Reputation rating system") have a voice in the affairs of the Church of Virus, in that all members of the congregation are able to vote in any httpVirian Vote to which they have access.

Members of the Virian congregation may lose access to vote if they are silenced, but only for the period of silencing.

Call For Vote

All VirianLuminaries, i.e. those members of the congregation with a sufficiently high reputation as determined by Meridion, have the ability to establish votes.

DavidLucifer: Mermaid was confused by the terminology. What exactly does "establish" mean here? A flow chart of the different phases would be very helpful.

VectorHermit Before spending time on a graphic lets try to get it worked out in words. As I understand it, we agreed that:

VectorHermit This means that as previously determined, voting is a cooperative venture. It appears to me that as the situation currently stands, a Virian with a reputation below Luminary can propose a vote on the Wiki, but that the vote would have to be placed on Meridion by a VirianLuminary.

All proposed votes must first be posted on the httpWiki

The exact wording of the proposed Vote must be provided as follows:

In addition the proposal must also complete the following:

Suggestions for category:

All proposals for a vote must be signified by adding VoteCalledFor to the page describing the vote.

Any VirianVector with a sufficiently high reputation as determined by Meridion (currently Magister or better) may edit the wording of the proposal for a vote until a wording agreeable to all is reached.

When changing the wording, all other Vector's names that may be present should be removed from the VoteCalledFor tag.

Acceptance is signified by suffixing the assenting ArchVector names to the proposal e.g. VoteCalledFor DavidLucifer

As soon as 4 ArchVectors signify assent, a vote may be posted to the httpVirian Voting Page.

Mermaid suggested that this level of qualification should only be necessary for votes on policy.

NB Terminology corrected above. We changed the meaning of Vector to council member and back to general member without updating this clause.

I must disagree. Strongly.

Who, in this scenario determines what is policy and what is not?

I guarantee that anyone with half a functioning braincell could work around such a clause to drive a truck through the intent of such a bypass, and then smile sweetly and say, "I followed the rules." And there wouldn't be a thing that anyone could do about it (although a Disciplinary Process might be used, this wouldn't fix any embarrassment). Because they would be right. People who establish rules with silly holes in them deserve it when the holes are used.

The process as described:

Consider that if a proposed vote can't get the approval of 4 ArchVectors without modification, then there is probably something wrong with it and a "nomicon-like" session in the Wiki is called for to correct it.

Notice also, that if 4 ArchVectors could not establish a vote (overriding protest and delay), then a vote could be filibustered forever by somebody "Wiki Objecting" or even just editing it on a regular basis. In addition, an "emergency vote" could not be established, and we can't tell whether or not that may be needed.

So the two halves of this equation must be in place, and at the end of the day we rely on the ArchVectors to be acting in the best interests of the Church of Virus - or replace them.

Notice that the full address of the article being posted, including version number must be provided. e.g. http

If no changes to a page having a VoteCalledFor tag have been made within 3 days, a vote may be posted without further approval by removing the VoteCalledFor tag and changing it to a WorkInVoting tag.

A call for a Vote may be cancelled by replacing the VoteCalledFor tag by a WorkInProgress Tag.

The numbers and periods on this page may be altered as required by the Virian Council.

Voting Procedures

All members of the congregation are expected to vote on all issues put to the vote.

Some types of votes may require a minimum reputation in order to participate.

All votes have an abstain button. A vote for abstention is classed as a vote for the purposes of this rule.

Votes to accept or reject a wiki page becoming an official document must be carried out under the conditions established in terms of the WikiVote rules.

Last edited on Monday, October 6, 2003 12:51:34 am.