This page contains and represents the present CommunityWikiBylaws.
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This is CommunityWiki’s Bylaws. These Bylaws formally define the CommunityWikiAssembly, as well as a process for the Assembly to make Resolutions. This page shall only be edited when these Bylaws have been formally amended as specified below. For discussion about the Bylaws, please see the page CommunityWikiBylawsDiscussion.
The list of Assembly Members of CommunityWiki may be found on the page CommunityWikiAssemblyMemberList. The list of Assembly Members is by no means a comprehensive list of every valued or longtime contributor to CommunityWiki.
The list of Assembly Members can be changed by the same process as that specified for Amending the Bylaws.
Any Assembly Member may unilaterally Resign, which means they are taken off the list of Assembly Members.
Assembly Members lose the power to delegate their vote after 6 months of absence from the wiki, and they are removed from the list of Assembly Members after 2 years of absence. Assembly Members are responsible for indicating their continued presence (see “the mechanics of voting”).
A vote of 90% is needed to pass an Amendment. A proposed Amendment must normally stand for at least 2 months before being passed.
See Legislative Minutia, below.
Resolutions are the Assembly’s CollectiveSpeech. A vote of 80% is needed to create a new Resolution or to amend an existing Resolution. However, any existing Resolution may be Repealed by a vote of only 51%. A proposed Resolution change must normally stand for at least 2 weeks before being passed.
See Legislative Minutia, below.
A Resolution may be either a Recommendation or a Rule. Following a Rule is mandatory, following a Recommendation is only suggested. A Recommendation is ideally accompanied by a minority report.
On the page CommunityWikiAssemblyMemberList, next to each Assembly Member’s name is a timestamp. Each Assembly Member is responsible for updating their own timestamp at least once every six months. No one else is permitted to update it for them. Whenever the difference between the timestamp and the current date is greater than six months, that Assembly Member’s vote can no longer be delegated (that is, any votes cast in their name are void and are no longer counted after the six month period). If the difference between the timestamp and the current date becomes greater than 2 years, that person is no longer considered an Assembly Member and shall be removed from the list.
To propose a Resolution or an Amendment to these Bylaws, an Assembly Member places their Proposal on the OfficialLegislativeProposals page, being sure to note the date. Amending a Proposal is impossible; instead, make a new Proposal. Therefore, Assembly Members are encouraged to air their proposals informally on the UnofficialLegislativeProposals page first.
To propose an amendment of an existing Resolution, you make a Proposal just as though you were creating a new Resolution.
To cast a vote, an Assembly Member adds their name underneath the relevant proposal, in the relevant list (Yes, No, Not Decided Yet).
To grant a proxy, the giver notes who receives the Proxy, and under what conditions, next to the giver’s name on the page CommunityWikiAssemblyMemberList.
To vote a proxy, the Member who holds the Proxy casts the vote by writing “for (original person’s name), cast by (receiver’s name), proxy chain: (chain by which the receiver came into possesion of the proxy vote)”. The receiver is responsible for keeping track of which proxies they have accumulated.
The text of all Resolutions which are in effect may be found on the page CommunityWikiAssemblyResolutions. When a proposal passes, that page shall be updated.
Any Assembly Member may at any time propose any Amendment to the Bylaws, new Resolution, Amendment to a Resolution, or Repeal of a Resolution. The time elapsed since a Proposal was added to that page is said to be the amount of time that the Proposal has been “standing”.
Underneath each Proposal will be a list of “Yesses”, “Nos”, and “Not Decided Yet”. These lists start out empty.
For each particular Proposal, define the number of People Who Voted to be the sum of Yes, No, and Not Decided Yet votes, including votes cast by proxy.
A Proposal passes when both of the following conditions obtain:
A Proposal fails and is removed from the list when both of the following conditions obtain:
Note that the effect of Not Decided Yet votes is that, in order to pass, a proposal must be strong enough so that even if all “Not Decided Yet” votes were turned into “No” votes, the proposal would pass. In order to fail, a proposal must be weak enough so that even if all “Not Decided Yet” votes were turned into “Yes” votes, the proposal would fail. In other words, to cast a Not Decided Yet vote indicates that the voter reserves the right to make up their mind later; the proposal is not decided until either they make up their mind, or their decision is rendered irrelevant to the passage of the proposal.
Assembly Members may give other Assembly Members their Proxy for any subset of issues. This allows the receiver to cast the giver’s vote for them on those issues. Proxies are transitive; that is, an Assembly Member may forward a Proxy that they have received along to another Assembly Member.
Any Assembly Member may change their vote or take back their Proxy at any time until the conclusion of a vote (which is defined as when the proposal passes or fails).
When these Bylaws say “a vote of XX%” is needed, then XX% is the “relevant threshold”.
If the number of votes is lower than some threshold by a fractional amount, that is not enough. Some examples: if 90% of 9 votes are required for a proposal to pass, then 9 votes are required. If sqrt(17) Yes votes are required, then 5 Yes votes are required.
These bylaws are for proposing and conducting votes for changes to the bylaws and resolutions, and are not suited to other sorts of elections, where there are multiple choices to be voted upon. If we ever want to vote on something else, such as officers or budgets, the bylaws should be amended to detail the vote couting system to be used.
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