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by The Free Lands of Vancouvia. . 421 reads.

Why does that Vancouvia guy approve every World Assembly proposal?

2018 Edit: I don't actually approve every proposal these days due to the time demand that takes, but I do still believe this wholeheartedly

In order for a proposal to become an enacted resolution, it needs to pass through three stages:

First, it needs to be legally written and posted.
Second, it needs at least 6% of all delegates to approve it within a period of three days.
Finally, it needs to attain at least 50% of the vote.

All three requirements are very difficult. A vast majority of proposals never make it past the first stage. Those which do make it past the first stage almost never make it past the second stage and go to vote. A fair portion of those that make it to the third stage receive the majority vote and are enacted.

The second stage, requiring 6% delegates' approval (swaying between 90 and 110 approvals required) is a pointless barrier, and if you called it pay-to-win, you wouldn't be half wrong. Proposals never get the 100 approvals unless the author or a friend of the author shells out almost two bucks in stamps for a telegram campaign. Or they can spend a couple hours manually trying to campaign, which is arduous and a lot less likely to succeed.

The 6% requirement does nothing but prevent good, legal proposals from having the chance to get voted on. It's essentially a holding period so that the moderators can have time to review them for illegalities, but even that isn't necessary, when the sometimes-slow moderation team has had no qualms with removing proposals that are currently at vote (as we've seen much of recently).

I advocate for a more reasonable and attainable requirement, so that hardworking authors who have written a legal proposal are not penalized for either lacking the money or time to "campaign" i.e. spam telegrams out to usually annoyed delegates. Good proposals should be able to reach quorum and go to vote through natural grassroots approval, not solely through the use of campaign telegrams. Another solution would be to increase the expiration period from three days to a much longer time, allowing legal proposals to slowly generate approvals until they reach quorum. Both of these suggestions could be enacted in conjunction.

Until that time in which this unnecessary roadblock is rectified, I will be approving every proposal, in order to do my part to counteract it, and I will encourage all of my delegate peers to do the same.


The Free Lands of Vancouvia