At Pitchfork-Point By Torchlight
Originally posted by DeusEx
Majic has U2Ued me, but strangely enough, he has not responded to this thread. We have ideas, we have a problem, we have members in an uproar...
What is being done?
Sorry I've been scarce. There has been some... confusion on my part regarding my role as a Councilor, and it has been gumming up the works. I think I
have a clearer understanding of how to proceed now, and feel more comfortable about moving ahead.
Before diving into discussing details, which will come in a later post, I will outline what my plan is here.
As a representative, I can't do anything directly except listen to what you have to say and try to collate that into a form that can be presented to
the senior staff for their consideration.
They may then, at their discretion, implement some or all of those recommendations. What they choose not to implement, I will try to get reasons for,
but sometimes those will not be forthcoming, and I hope you can understand why that may be.
The general plan I'm using right now is as follows:
Step 1: Solicit member recommendations. This step is underway.
Step 2: Discuss the recommendations with fellow members and distill them down to a workable subset in the form of a draft proposal for the senior
Step 3: Review the proposal with the forum moderator (worldwatcher
, in this case), get her opinions and recommendations, and fold those in.
Step 4: Present those recommendations to the senior staff in Council and monitor for feedback.
Step 5: Report back to the members and keep you updated as information becomes available.
The “Real World” Nature Of Our Virtual World
Please bear in mind that senior staff need to prioritize their work, and can't always (in fact rarely) give simple yes-or-no answers. Sometimes
silence means “no”, other times it means “later”. Sometimes they want to do something, but other things take priority, like keeping the site
As a Councilor, it will be up to me to make the case for member-recommended changes. Depending on a lot of factors outside my control, those changes
may be adopted, but even then, please remember that these things take time to implement, even after the staff decides to do it.
I will do my best to get the most popular and feasible ideas from you, add moderator input to that, present it in a form that the senior staff can
work with, and let you know how it goes.
I'm still new at this, and so far in three weeks as a Councilor have managed to fall flat on my ass more times than I can remember, but I won't stop
My next step here is Step 2. That involves summarizing what I think are your most solid recommendations and running them by you in draft form. If I
leave any of your ideas out of that draft and you think I am wrong to do so, let me know and I will either add them or explain why I don't think I
I will probably not be able to address every issue in this first pass, and need to be careful not to overwhelm the staff with a huge manifesto.
Rather, what will work best will be simple, straightforward ideas that don't take too much effort to implement, and in the first go-round, that's
what I will be focusing on.
Just because an idea may not make it into this draft does not
mean it is rejected or to be forgotten, but rather reflects what I think will
make for the best shot at a successful first proposal, so please don 't take such things personally. We need to move one step at a time.
Again, I'm sorry I've not been more available and active in this process so far, but I am committed to changing that, and intend to have a draft
ready for your review in this thread as soon as I reasonably can.
ATS DISC Councilor
, I appreciate your feedback in this thread and very much look forward to working with you to (hopefully) put together a
proposal that we can all be happy about. -M