Is it fair to say, awareness and information on change, or potential change, is key and not NECESSARILY direct input and control of the change(s)?
In my curiosity (I have a bachelors in a social science after all), I wonder exactly what the root of this is - I think it's that you want to feel even deeper as part of this community/forum and that perhaps some things happened here that you didn't/don't like and you want to prevent more things happening that you don't like so you want to have say and control and some sort of VOICE, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you need to be, or even want to be, directly responsible for decisions that are to be made but you do want to be part of the process in a way that's not going to leave you feeling left in the dark. (is this assumption/observation even fairly accurate?)
Mod hat back on - at the end of the day there are numerous factors, players, reasons, etc that dictate how and why things are done the way they are and in a perfect world everyone would be happy with the out come, but since that's impossible, the goal really is to make the best outcome possible with the least amount of conflict.
So, hypothetically, say we were to add another moderator - particularly one in the time zones Sylvia suggested (Oz or UK), would you like to know a head of time that this is the plan before a moderator is appointed? and if a new mod was appointed, would you be pissed if you didn't find out until after the fact, even though the door would be open for you to provide feedback and input? Would you prefer that new mods are tested with a trial period - say a few weeks of modding, and then privately ask for input from everyone to make sure things are jelling?
I think I understand what you guys are saying between the lines - because some of it, as a regular ol' poster, I've seen and felt too - you don't want things to change suddenly that affect the atmosphere of this forum without having some sort of position to make your voice heard and influential, because at least then you may have some sort of control, or chance to affect how things are done?
Devil's advocate is that this isn't a democracy, blah blah blah, but I think I've got a good understanding and idea of how to move forward in a recommendation/course of action on this. Please continue this discussion and reply to anything I've written here and please correct me if I'm wrong on any of this.
^Voting could turn into a popularity contest, I've seen it happen on other boards and we've had enough drama lately. Keeping us in the loop and allowing us to have a say about the running of the board could be a less drama filled way to go.
If there was to be a vote then a private poll via PM's could work too.
Yes, this actually. Just so we are aware who is in the running for power positions and whether we have opinions on that etc.
The president of the universities law society always turns out to be the prettiest girl that drinks the most, so I get the whole popularity contest thing.