Proposed SaidIt Policy Ideas For magnora7 To Consider
I'm hoping people will also consider offering their opinions, alternative ideas, and feedback. SaidIt is not a democracy (yet?), but there's no reason why we can't talk about it. Or maybe I'm way out of line. Lemme know.
SaidIt is the best forum site I know of (otherwise I'd be elsewhere). That said, via discussions here and there over the years, I've come up with countless ideas, good and bad, some old, some new, and it seems time to put these ones before the masses (again in some cases) in an actual post rather than just random comments here and there.
The Pyramid of Debate is a fine tool, the best I've seen, but it can use improvement. Not the pyramid itself, but extra devices to support it...
The PoD depends upon subjective judgement calls, yet those judgements have no support backing them. I'm not sure we need many more rules, if any, but IMO we certainly need to create logs of examples of what not to do (rather than more rules) for people to reference, discuss, debate, update, etc. This "PoD Examples List" could be kept in the Wiki List. This list can be as short or get as long as you like, yet not affect the concise rules, while offering greater contextual understanding with examples. How these examples are to be documented, and by who - yet to be determined.
3 Expiring Strikes + 3 Banishments
Obvious spam and asstrolls are not at issue here and can be swiftly dealt with as before. However, IMO, banishing generally productive users could be improved upon. Firstly, we need all strikes to be on record, ideally on a wiki list, linking to the "criminal" event(s). IMO strikes should not be eternally looming over one's head, so all strikes should have expiration dates to be determined (ie. 1 year). In the midst of heated conflict between overlapping comments, emotional PMs, and non-linear response times, tempers may fly along with reason out the window. Defenestrations aside, we really need progressive banishments to allow all parties to cool down, maintain civility, yet show how serious it's getting - so I propose a 1 week, 1 month, and 1 eternity banishments. 3 strikes and 3 levels of banishment. Simple.
For years I've been calling for a "public square" of sorts which sounds nicer than "SaidIt Courtroom" to handle all of SaidIt's conflicts, disputes, and discipline openly. Plus folks could also discuss improving policy and/or improving rules on occasion - all subject to magnora7's approval of course.
People would volunteer for that stuff, and they can either be good or bad at it and be weeded out accordingly. It may attract those seeking drama and blood sport, but they can be moderated as necessary. Centralizing the problems could make SaidIt easier to manage, both as a community and for magnora7 who already has enough to deal with. Plus it may be a good place to catch up on local SaidIt events if one steps away for a bit. If we all were to be proactive in our own community (rather than just using this as another "free service") then we could almost govern ourselves and only have to call in magnora7 to render our collective decision. This judgement by our own respected peers might be better received and would also lessen any potential impression of M7 being the big bad dictator with arbitrary decisions and no time nor need to explain them. More minds is better than one overworked M7.
All of this is my own simpleton system, even in part, better than what exists - and I'm sure if other folks put their minds to it, individually or collaboratively, we could come up with even better ideas too. I also understand my ideas above would make for more "paperwork" but also provides more clarity, security, and hopefully efficiency (otherwise it would need revising).
I'd love to hear your views, ideas, and feedback, even if I may not agree, I may still learn something. IMO, we should always be striving to improve, and SaidIt policies, while already good, are no exceptions.
I never ask for votes, but in this case I ask for them only if you want magnora7 and/or other people to consider this post before it's lost in the torrent of daily posts and carried off into the vast ocean of time.