Good question, I'll give you what we see the council's role as being.
Obviously the Council is a NEW feature and and a GRAND Experiment on the cutting edge of Discussion Board Dynamics.
The Memeber Council is a voice the ATS Membership has never had before.
Our desire to further the "Community" aspect of ATS made us take a hard look at what we can do to make the MEMBER'S experience on ATS BETTER and
One of the things we kept hearing was that Staff was unable to "keep up" with the membership's concerns and ideas for improvement. When we looked
at that statement it rang very true. Just keeping a community of this size running smoothly from a technical standpoint is a daunting task, much less
keeping up with wants and concerns of some 40,000 Members.
One option was to add more "staff", Moderators, Super Moderators, etc... The feeling was we have enough "policemen", what we need is a conduit to
the Members that isn't under the obligation "staff" is under.
We needed a "voice of the People" if you will, that could communicate all these various desires, ideas and concerns directly to us. Not only that,
but a voice that could prioritize those issues to a manageable level.
The Council is that voice, elected by those we want to serve better, the Members.
The Council has a direct line straight to the "Executive" (Simon Gray, William One Sac, Bob88, SkepticOverlord and Springer) level without any
impedence or "red tape" getting in the way.
How the Council is going to "operate" is up to them completely, they are free to handle their business anyway they see fit.
I hope this sheds a little light on the subject for you and anyone else interested.