The Double Entendre Of “Why Me?”
Originally posted by Seekerof
As such, IMHO, there should have been no reason to ask 'why'...but again, that is me. I rarely to none ask 'why' when I get a "thank you" or a
I'm turning it into a campaign slogan, and I like the double edge of the question.
It's a good question for members to ask. Why should
my fellow members choose me for the job?
The more I ponder the position and what it would require, the more I convinced I become that I could do a very good job at it -- mainly because I
would not try to go it alone.
Aside from hopefully being able to convince a couple of good solid members to help as “assistants” (I prefer the term “specialists”, referring
to their respective focuses on the Collaborative Fiction and Debate forums), I would lean heavily on my fellow members for advice, both publicly in
threads and privately in U2U's.
So while I would be the “choice”, I think it's important to point out that I don't think a strong individual is as important for this job as
someone who can work well with lots of other people -- including new members.
I could go on and on about that, how I would like to help new members feel more at home, while encouraging the old timers to take better advantage of
ATS as well -- and get some input from lurkers (I have a special place in my heart for lurkers), too.
All in due course, I suppose. Let's get back to the present situation.
A Look At The Present Situation
Here's the question which appears on the primary ballot, and the list of nominees to choose from:
Question 4 of 7 ATS DISC Council Person: Representing the Deny Ignorance Steering Committee think tank, with additional duties in
collaborative fiction and debates.
There are some serious “big guns” on that list. Frankly, I feel like a lightweight compared to pretty much all of them.
I don't see anyone on the list who couldn't do a good job, and I'm still griping about Valhall pulling out, but oh well, water under the bridge.
Pragmatically speaking, for me to be elected to this position, a plurality of my fellow members are going to have to vote for me.
In light of the high profiles and well-earned respect my opponents possess, I think the odds are slim.
I certainly don't resent that. Actually, I am quite honored to have made the list at all, really.
My Campaign Strategy
My strategy for gaining some leverage in the race is to talk about it, so people who might otherwise skip over me might think twice and maybe give me
That does a couple of good things.
First, it raises awareness about the campaign. I wouldn't be surprised if voter turnout is rather low right now. I don't see that necessarily as a
sign of apathy, just people not noticing yet. Many ATSers hit their favorite forums and that's that. Nothing wrong with that, either, btw.
Second, talking about the job is my way of setting some expectations for the position. It's a combination of a “note to self” if I win, or a
“note to the new councilor from Majic” if I don't.
I am also seeking to influence public opinion on councilors. I want members to expect a lot from their new representatives, while at the same time
having realistic expectations.
Councilors have the potential to really make ATS a better place (or worse, as I also warn). However, they aren't going to be able to work too many
miracles, and it's going to be a damn
tough job, regardless of who gets tagged to do it.
I am really not into garish campaign graphics or obnoxious come-ons. That may or may not be a liability -- we'll see.
Instead, I just like talking about this new system, and what may come of it.
The Best Proposition
I have seen some good people really get screwed up by politics and obsessions with popularity. I don't want to be another one of them -- and wonder
if I may already be slipping. But not to worry, I have always been a dramatist prone to voluble, self-focused soliloquies.
The way I see it, this opportunity is win-win for me.
If I am elected, then I have a real chance to put up or shut up. The new councilors will have an opportunity to truly make ATS history, set new
standards and implement ideas that future councilors will rely on to help them do better jobs. And, if they don't blow it, make ATS a better place
for us all.
If I am not elected, I don't see that as a loss, just a sign that ATSers want someone else for that job, which is fine. I really don't see ATS
losing regardless of who on that list gets the job, and am comfortable that any of the other nominees would do their best, and make a positive
So despite all the drama, I'm actually quite happy about being nominated.
Whichever way this goes, I already feel closer to ATS and my fellow members.
Can't complain about that!
P.S. I love that avatar, Seekerof
[edit on 5/27/2005 by Majic]