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yes. i know it's very far from being perfect and/or complete. your thoughts/comments are welcome here

communities and resolutions

  • every draft resolution must define which community members are "committed" from the perspective of the proposed resolution. the rest are "involved" ("when you're having ham and eggs for breakfast, the chicken is involved, the pig is committed"). committed members are those who ensure fulfillment of the resolution [a too broad definition]. a community member can submit a draft resolution only if he/she is deemed "committed" in his/her own resolution. if the resolution defines that more than 80% of community members are "committed" then all community members are deemed "involved" except for the one who submits such a resolution.
  • debates on the draft resolution begin as soon as the author has submitted the resolution to the community, and last until the author of the resolution announces the debates are over but the period must not be less than 30 days. all amendments to the resolution are made by the author of the resolution during the debates. at the end of the debates the final edition of the resolution stagnates for 7 days and then a one day voting takes place.
  • each community member has three options during the voting: yes, no, or abstained. all members that haven't cast their votes explicitly by the end of the voting are deemed abstained.
  • every committed member has the power of veto. if a committed member blocks the resolution he/she must explain the reason why [possibly, by referring to a statement made by him/her or another person during the precedent debates on the resolution] and come up with a new draft resolution bearing on the matter or refer to already existing alternative resolution that he/she supports, otherwise his/her veto is not valid.
  • the resolution is deemed adopted if no committed member exercised the power to veto and at least 80% of the involved members voted for the resolution. the first adopted resolution makes all alternative draft resolutions rejected on this occasion.
  • all resolutions adopted by the community constitute the community code which all its members are governed by. becoming a new member of the community implies that this person accepts the current community code. any member is allowed to leave the community at any time.


let's apply the above to Resolution 0. who's committed in this case? actually, this depends on implementation. if the rules of an adopted resolution are used on the wiki, for instance, then we can just observe them since nothing has to be done to bring the resolution to effect. so, nobody's committed except for the author whose commitment is limited to adoption of the resolution. but if we want to implement the rules in Metascore then something has to be done by our programmers. they have to commit themselves to the idea, otherwise the community will get nothing. it's important to reach consensus among those who get the job done. that's why any one of them can veto and if he/she do so he/she is able to and must propose an alternative.


failure to adopt a resolution within a reasonable period of time means that the community is not so affine as it seems. in this case the first option can be proceeding with the current community code in anticipation of enhanced draft resolutions/agitation and/or an opportune time, i.e. no immediate impact on the community. the second option is that an established part of the community breaks away and adopts the desired resolution in the frame of the newly created community, i.e. forking. the third option is a partition of the original community into a number of smaller independent communities, i.e. breakup. in order not to lose all the results of the previous work the rearranged communities can form a union.


the union code consists of all the resolutions adopted by all constituent communities.


[1] Harry Stottle about "committed" and "involved"