Originally posted by Gazrok
A better question may be....
"If elected, what are you bringing to the table as a representative in your respected council area?"
Aside from my distinctive wit and charm, I can offer my trademark ability to belt out incredible volumes of prose over short periods.
Perfect for those endless filibusters we'll undoubtedly see scads of.
On a more serious note, what I will actually bring is an open mind and a desire to make sure councilors really represent members, instead of turning
into an elitist clique.
If councilors don't focus on what their fellow members really want, I think they will have already failed before even getting started.
That means a lot of listening, polling as needed, prodding when there's silence, and what looks like a hell of a lot of work organizing and operating
the council in a way that will make it effective and worthwhile.
Originally posted by Gazrok
"Do you have any plans to improve the council area you represent?"
The answer is yes, but... this is probably my biggest shortcoming at this time.
I'm shooting for DISC Councilor, and am not a member of DISC. That can be either bad or good.
The bad part is that I would have a lot of catching up to do once I did gain DISC access -- assuming that would even happen (I would hope so!).
The good part is that I would come in fresh. With a rational balance of tempered enthusiasm combined with some quick homework on what's been going on
behind the curtain, I may be able to inspire DISC to take a fresh look at old problems.
Write The Good Fight
As DISC Councilor, I would also be responsible for the Debate and Collaborative Fiction forums. I would seek to get an assistant for each one, who
would focus on those forums.
It's kind of silly, but I've been preserving my status as a plain “Member” and avoided titles. I liked being “just a member”, because I
think in many ways that “just plain member” is a badge of honor in itself.
I'm seeing things differently now that I'm exploring the specialty forums. Regardless of how the election goes, I think I'll likely go for both
“Fighter” and “Writer”, and take advantage of what the respective forums have to offer.
Having browsed them as part of my homework for the councilor position, I think I've been cheating myself out of some serious fun.
Pen And Sword
Debates are somewhat dormant now (since March, at the time of this writing), and I would want to see what we can do to liven things up there and
encourage more debates. I would like to see us allow for more active spectator roles, such as commentary threads closely associated with each debate
topic. We would want to keep the debate threads clean, of course, but I think parallel comment threads open to all members would spice things up and
drum up more interest in the debates themselves.
Collaborative Fiction is looking pretty good, but we may want to loosen things up just a tad and encourage a wider range of creative contributions --
while still keeping trolls at bay, of course. This already seems to be the de facto case in that forum, so we may want to formalize it and encourage
new contributions from people who might feel unsure of themselves. I think there should be no doubt that CF welcomes honest and heartfelt writing from
all members who are willing to go for it and take a chance on sharing the fruits of their muse with ATS.
In both cases, these initiatives and others would be worked out in close consultation with the active contributors and moderators for each forum,
primarily through my assistants, who would be the “old hands” who “know the ropes” and unique issues associated with each.
There's a lot more, but you get the idea.