NEW MODERATOR REMOVAL RULES:
After much discussion among the MT as to what was needed and desired, the following blue wording was decided upon to become the new GS&FR language for removing moderators from their posts. For an exact change to the old language, see the spoiler below. red shows changed or new text. Black is the original rule text.
In this process Article 1.4 "Removal of Moderator from Position" has been adjusted to Article 1.4.1 and renamed "Removal of Moderator by Moderator Team" to better reflect what the section is about. Two statements have been added to the text for Article 1.4.1 to reflect the two additions that have been made to the original 1.4 language:
1) status of the moderator being voted on has been added at the end of the article, and
2) when a 1.4.1 vote may be initiated by another moderator.
Article 1.4.2 "Removal of Moderator by Community" is entirely brand new [and so is all red in the spoiler at the bottom of this announcement] and reflects the decisions arrived at by the current MT to offer this possibility to the members of the stratego.com forum. These new rules take place immediately even though the new GS&FR is not yet out.
1.4.1 Removal of Moderator by Moderator Team: For reasons of poor conduct, dereliction of duty, or internal or external conflict a moderator may be removed from his position by either a decision of the Jumbo official representative, or a vote of two-thirds of the current Moderator Team. A moderator may also be removed if the current Moderator Team has at least 5 members, and two polls among the moderators are taken three months apart, with one vote less than two-thirds of the current MT voting each time to remove the moderator in question.
Said moderator cannot vote on the issue of his removal under this article, though he still counts as a member to determine the size of the Moderator Team at the time of voting.
Any moderator may open a vote under this article if he so believes it is necessary, but the Moderator Team must notify the moderator in question of the action before the vote is taken.
Article 1.4.2 Removal of Moderator by Community: This article allows for the qualifying members of the community to directly remove a moderator. To be a qualifying member (one who may vote in the matter), at the date the official moderator removal poll is posted publicly a forum member must meet the following stipulations:
- have a minimum of 3 months forum membership to help prevent alias voting.
- have a minimum of 5 forum posts in past 3 months to help insure involved voting.
- not be a forum alias.
Rules and Procedures:
- If 5 qualifying members sign into a petition topic in the forum requesting the removal of a certain moderator for good and recent cause, the MT will, within 3 days, open an official moderator removal poll in which the community can place their votes directly on the matter. The poll results will be viewable by the public.
- Said poll will be for a simple up and down vote on removal, and
- the poll will be open for two weeks only. It will close at 17:00 GMT on the 14th day from the date the poll is opened.
- A moderator shall be removed if there is a minimum of 20* votes to dismiss and a 2/3's majority of poll voters.
- Votes will only count if they are officially cast in the poll. Opinions expressed in the body of the poll topic will not count officially.
- No moderator may vote in the public poll to remove another moderator.
- None of the 5 original petitioners will be allowed to participate in a similar petition against any moderator for a period of one month if the petition fails.
- Only one petition to remove a moderator may be active at any time.
- Any moderator who survives removal action under this article shall be immune from any similar petition for 3 months after its failure.
- Any moderator who is removed by the removal action under this article shall not be qualified to serve as a moderator again for 12 months. For any former moderator in this situation, a public poll shall be held to decide his approval as a moderator again at that time. 50% + 1 will decide the matter.
- If any poll held under this Article fails to remove the moderator, but has at least 20 votes to dismiss, the MT shall, if it has at least 5 active members, hold and publicly post the results of, within one week of the close of the public poll, an internal moderator removal vote (see Article 1.41 for details)
* The 20 vote minimum number shall be reviewed from time to time. Such review will be based upon the change in total number of unique, signed-up participants in TC tournaments over the course of the preceding year.