The Worthiness Of Opinions
Originally posted by Valhall
Good luck. You seem to think yourself worthy to deem what can be addressed here, who can address it, and how they can address it. Good luck, majik.
I most certainly have many opinions, some stronger than others. Some percentage of them are wrong, and some percentage of them are positively
Such is the nature of opinions.
As for whether I am worthy to adjudge the things you have listed, your own post outlines precisely such an agenda.
Additionally, you are cynically posting assumptions about me that are not justified by anything I have posted, which I find disappointing.
Are my opinions less worthy than anyone else's?
What Is An ATS DISC Councilor, Anyway?
What would I do as the ATS DISC Councilor?
I don't know. I have some ideas, but I've never even had access to DISC, so it would be pretty silly of me to make assumptions about something I
can't even find out about yet.
Regardless of whether it's me or someone else, I do expect all councilors to act as liaisons between the membership and the staff, and to advocate
for what most members want.
Some of that can come from polling, some from listening, and sometimes you just have to make a decision and go for it.
I freely and publicly admit that I don't know if I'm qualified to be the ATS DISC Councilor.
I have some ideas about what the job would entail -- and obviously some opinions -- but that's about it.
Things I Would Likely Do As ATS DISC Councilor -- Current Plan
My initial plan if elected -- and subject to change as I learn more -- is to spend at least a week focusing on “homework” -- primarily catching up
on what's been going on with DISC to find out what DISC members have already discussed, what was accepted and what rejected.
It would be pointless for me to make proposals in ignorance that have already been floated and rejected by DISC.
Additionally, in that first week, I would need to find some assistants. I would be allotted two of them, per SO's post on the subject.
I would want one who was an expert and heavy contributor to the Debate Forum who I would consider the authority on that. The other assistant would be
the authority on the Collaborative Fiction Forum. Both would have to want the job, and be assured that I would not get in the way of their experience
in these areas.
While they would be “assistants”, I would lobby to have the staff consider granting them powers equivalent to mine, as well as access to the DISC
forum. I would want either of them to be suited to take over my job whenever necessary, would make sure they knew that, and would reach agreement on
who would be “next” up if I'm not available for some reason.
I would not consider them subordinates, but fellow councilors in all but name.
I would also lobby my fellow elected councilors to consider granting assistant councilors some degree of voting powers on the council, which would
give us more points of view to work with, and more direct representation of the assistants.
Failing that, I would still consult my assistants on all votes.
Solving Problems Or Making New Ones?
We expect all sorts of grand things from our new councilors, but I advise skepticism. We're talking about fellow members, not messiahs. They are
officially considered subordinate to moderators, and will have no actual control over staff decisions.
In other words, councilors must exercise influence through persuasion, and will have little else to work with. Great things can be done through
persuasion, but expecting more from councilors than they can deliver will do nothing but create unnecessary disappointment all around.
And what of the question of who is worthy or not worthy to opine on what councilors should or should not do?
Frankly, I am concerned about the direction ATS could go if councilors were to adopt the notion that they can dictate to members what opinions are
worthy and what are not.
I think it would be tragic, and I see the seeds of just such a calamity already being planted -- even in this very thread.
Am I less worthy than you or anyone else to have opinions on these things?
Are the opinions of any member more or less worthy than others?
The answers to these questions will differ, but they are important questions nonetheless.
I speak as a nominee who may or may not be elected.
Regardless of how that may go, I hope my words will not be forgotten.