I am in the camp that the $100 deposit is silly. And it should be a simple opt-in option.
-(with a 3 month good standing requirement before joining)
-(and a 3 missed votes removal clause)
–(there is no penalty, they can just request to be added back next time if they decide they want to)
But I do believe voting should be limited to those who have indicated that they want to particiapte and are active in the operations of the space.
If you open a generic opinion poll on this forum you’ll capture the people who use the forum but that doesn’t mean it represents the space. You could have the majority of responders be people who never physically come into the space or even bothered to read the matter but voted anyways.
I think helios is the better method to stick to for voting. Being managed by a third party, it means we can trust the results havent been altered.
As far as trying to track down people who havent voted to obtain a quorum it’s more practical to add a inactivity clause to remove people who dont participate from the list thus reducing the quorum requirement.
-(yes doing so means that it would be several months before the list is truly reduced down to those that are actually active)
-(but once it is in place it should be easy enough to maintain. Where after each vote is completed, you review who didn’t vote. And see who hasn’t voted in the last 3 calls to vote)
Discussion should be free for anybody who is a part of the community. But polling is a touchy matter to ensure that the poll actually represents the community, and not just representing those that responded. I.E. if a small group of people are passionate about a matter. They may become the majority of those who responded in favor of a matter, because they were motivated to respond. when in reality they were the minority and the majority just didn’t feel motivated to respond to the poll.
I.e. If 15 people respond to a poll asking what color the sky is, and 10 of them say its poka-dots, it shouldn’t be used to say 2/3 of our 250 members think the sky is poka-dots.
I.e. if you put a poll on a blog about the twilight book series, asking if you liked the twilight book series. The poll may not represent what the actual percentage of people who liked the book series was.
You could spend an entire college class on how polls can be biased based on how the question is phrased. How those who respond in “voluntary polls” can influence the representation, and how to balance demographic based responses to the actual population.