Based on the suggestions of the msforums.org thread. I have given the RFC proposal a lot of thought and would like to propose the following:
To create a Request for Comment (RFC) process so that the entire membership can become more active in influencing the direction of the forums.
There are a number of components:
- Any member can request a change to the forums in the form of an RFC thread.
- The RFC must have a poll.
- The poll should be in the form of a question and the only two options should be:
- Yes - This is a major point, the entire forum should be informed of a formal vote
- No - This is a minor point. A formal vote is unnecessary. The administrator's decision is sufficient.
- Voting will be open for only 2 weeks.
- The RFC poll question must be submitted to the administrator in the form of a Private Message. This is so that the wording can be refined prior to release.
- The administrator will post the RFCs, to ensure he/she is aware of the motion and that the two week limit is enforced.
- Formal RFC voting will be initiated when there is a majority "yes" vote and over 50 members (a quorum) have voted. This will help to ensure that the RFCs have a following by a broad based portion of the membership.
- RFCs proposed by the administrator that fail to meet the quorum numbers will be implemented by default. This is will be assumed to be an indication of the RFC being a minor point.
- RFCs proposed by members that fail to meet the quorum numbers will result in the status quo being maintained. In other words, a minor point.
- Unsuccessful RFC submissions can be resubmitted only after a 6 month hiatus.
Formal RFC Voting
- Formal voting on RFCs will take place monthly if qualifying RFCs exist.
- All members will be eligible to vote
- The formal RFC will be posted on the forums for voting on a monthly basis.
- Voting will be open for 2 weeks.
The administrator has RFC veto powers on implementing all recommendations related to:
- Breaching the forum guidelines;
- Features that would be detrimental to the stability of the forum's software applications;
- The forum's marketing promotions;
- Changes that would jeopardize the vitality of the forums.
There is one question I was wondering about:
- Should emails be sent to alert the membership to the voting?
This should be a good starting point for discussion.