shadowfirebird on Wed, 6 Dec 2006 07:01:55 -0700 (MST)

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[s-b] Proposal: Posts

Proposal "Posts":

Create a new rule titled "Posts"
A Post is a game object that can be assigned to a single player.  Each
post has a unique title. Only one player can be in possession of a
post at any one time.

For the purposes of this rule the term "player" includes the Administrator.

The terms "post holder", "pot holster", and "post holder designate"
refer to the player in possession of a given post.  This can be
abbreviated "PHD".

The rule defining a post must detail:

1) The "powers": that is, the game actions which the PHD can perform,
but other players cannot.

2) The "responsibilities": that is, the game actions which the PHD
must perform or face censure.

3) The "censure": the penalty for not carrying out the
responsibilities.  Unless the rule defining the post says otherwise,
if the responsibilities are not met in a given week, then the PHD
receives no awards in that week.

4) The "restrictions": the game actions that the PHD may not do.

5) The "awards": recompense that the PHD receives.  Unless the rule
defining the post says otherwise, this is 10 points per week,
paid at the start of n-day 1.

[[Any of the above can be "none", of course.]]

Unless otherwise stated, the initial PHD is the Administrator.

A PHD may not transfer the post to another player.  However, e may
resign from the post (by notification to the public forum), in
which case possession of  the post reverts to the Administrator.

A player may propose that a PHD resign his post.  If the proposal
passes, e must do so.  [[This should be self-evident, but...]]

If no other player holds a post then the Administrator is the PHD.

If the Administrator holds a post, e may choose to hold an election.
[[If no-one nominates themselves, or if there is some other sort of
"election failure", or if e doesn't feel like an election right now, e
can choose a player and Propose that the player should hold the

The Administrator is granted all the powers of every post.

If this rule conflicts with a rule that defines a post, then that rule
takes precedence.

Create a new rule titled "Elections":
If another rule says that an election is to be conducted, for a single
position to be filled by a player, then this is how to proceed.

(i) The Administrator posts on the public forum a notification of the
election, including a deadline for nominations.  E should list any
players who cannot be nominated, according to the rules. A player who
wishes to be a candidate may nominate emself by posting to the public
No-one may nominate any player but emself.
Once the nominations deadline has passed: if there was only one
candidate nominated, that candidate wins.  Otherwise, the
Administrator posts a list of the candidates for the election along
with the deadline for voting.

(ii) Each player votes by posting a "voting message" to the forum that
lists eir preferred candidates, ranked in order of preference, most
prefered first. Each candidate may appear only once.
A player may post more than one voting message; only the last one is counted.
Should the Administrator find that a voting message breaks the rules,
he must inform the player as soon as is possible.

(iii) Once the deadline for voting has passed, the Administrator
tabulates the votes. Against each candidate in each final voting
message e puts a rank number, inverse to its position in that voting
message: the first ranked candidate will receive a rank number equal
to the number of candidates; the second ranked candidate will receive
one less; and so on - so that if a voting message ranks all the
candidates, then the last candidate will receive the rank number '1'.
If a voting message does not rank all the candidates, the unranked
candidates receive the rank number '1'.
The rank numbers for each candidate in all final voting messages are
totalled; the winner is the candidate with the highest total.

(iv) Should more than one candidate tie for winner, the first ranked
candidate in each final voting message is counted.
The winner is the candidate who has the greatest count.

(v) Should more than one candidate STILL tie for a winner, the
Administrator should, from the methods (iii) and (iv) above, take the
list of tied candidates which has the least number of candidates on
it; and then select a candidate from this tied list in whatever way e

Only one election can be ongoing at any one time.  [[because it
simplifies this rule a great deal!]]

[[If a specific election needs to be completed within a given
timescale, the rule calling for the election should say so.]]

If this rule conflicts with another rule, then that rule takes precedence.

No rule governing the conduct of voting in an election shall effect
any other sort of voting.  No rule governing any other sort of voting
shall effect voting in an election.

An election is a game object.

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