Staff Elections: Semester 2, 2017

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Staff Elections: Semester 2, 2017

Post by YSFHQ » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:37 am

Attention All Members of YSFlight Headquarters!

The time has come to refresh the admin team by having another general election!

General Information Regarding Elections:
Every 6 months we have a community election for representatives on the admin team for 3 categories, they are Online Play, Modding and Forum Specific.

Each category will have TWO (2) Staff elected - that is,
  • TWO (2) representatives for Online,
  • TWO (2) representatives for Modding, and
  • TWO (2) representatives for Forum Specific.
For a total of SIX (6) elected admins (not including core staff).

The idea is that these representatives are well versed and respected in the community in the area they choose to nominate for. This way we have a balance of representation for all facets of the YSFlight experience as they relate to YSFHQ.

Online Play admins will focus on getting players onto servers and help organize events such as ATC flyins/meetups, airshows and combat events.
Modding admins will focus on helping people who are new to modding by moderating the addon sections of HQ and providing educated and informed advice to new and developing modders for YSFlight.
Forum Specific admins will focus on working within the forum, such as dealing with reports and helping solve situations which have occurred on the forum.

All admins will have full administrative privileges on the forums and the YSFHQ Discord Server.
The Election Process and key dates:
Nomination Phase
From 17Sep17 @ 00:00UTC to 23Sep17 @ 23:59UTC:
Members may submit a nomination for their chosen area of expertise only. Nominating members can choose only one category, choose wisely! There will be 3 topics nominating members can post a reply in. Nominating members should follow the application criteria (see further below).

Voting Phase
From 24Sep17 @ 00:00UTC to 30Sep17 @ 23:59UTC:
All members will be able to vote in THREE (3) polls for their TWO (2) preferred representatives for each category - that is, each member will get a total of SIX (6) votes in the whole election!

Polls Close and Results Phase
After polls close 30Sep17 @ 23:59UTC:
The TWO (2) nominated members with the highest votes in each category, after the integrity of the polls have been verified, will be declared the victors of that category's election. They will then be appointed within a reasonable timeframe (no longer than 1 week), and the former staff no longer a part of the admin team will be vacated from their positions, completing the staff transition and election process.

*We will try and stick as close to these times as possible, but of course there may be some time in between required to edit threads and change posting permissions etc. You have a week to get your nominations/votes in, that's plenty of time. Please don't complain that you couldn't vote at 23Mar17 00:01UTC for example...

Nomination Rules:
Any member may nominate themselves as a candidate in one (1) of the three (3) areas (Online Play, Modding, Forum Specific) if they meet the criteria as follows:
  • Have not been banned in the last 6 months, and
  • Have not received a warning in the last 3 months.
Nominees are required to post a description as to why they are the best candidate for their chosen role in thread appropriate to their choice. See below for direct links when nominations open.

Online Play: viewtopic.php?f=167&t=9448
Modding: viewtopic.php?f=167&t=9449
Forum Specific: viewtopic.php?f=167&t=9450

These threads will be locked to new replies at the conclusion of nominations. The posts in these threads will also be locked for integrity purposes, after the conclusion of nominations.

Should a nominee incur a warning or ban during the election campaign, their nomination will be voided!

Members cannot nominate other members, they can only nominate themselves.

Reminder: You can apply for only one role! If you apply for more than one role, only the most recent nomination will be accepted! All older nominations will be rejected and removed from the voting pool!
Campaigning Rules:
Campaigning is permitted only though publicly accessible channels and only by the candidate themselves.
A non exhaustive list of rule abiding examples includes campaigning on election topics and campaigning on social media.
A non exhaustive list of rule breaking examples includes campaigning on YSFlight servers and campaigning on Discord. Though these are public locations, the messages and communications posted are only temporary here, and cannot be viewed by the public after the event has transpired.

First infractions of the campaigning rules will result in a warning (relating to the campaign, not a forum board warning).
A second infraction of the campaigning rules will see the breaching member removed from the nomination pool.
Voting Rules:
All members (even nominees) can vote for TWO (2) representatives in each of the THREE (3) categories.

Members must vote within the allocated time frame (see above) by posting their choices in the poll in the relevant thread. No late submissions will be accepted.

In the event of a tie for first or second places, the tie shall be resolved by extending the duration of the poll.

The voting process shall be suspended for a category until such a time that the category has 3 or more nominees. This is to ensure no category goes uncontested.

Yes, nominees CAN vote for themselves!

Members can only cast their votes once in the election; that is, you may vote from only one YSFHQ profile, and not create other profiles to add more votes. You can place up to six votes, one per candidate, two per category. We take the integrity of elections here at YSFHQ very seriously, and YSFHQ will not tolerate any voting fraud! Members attempting to circumvent this rule will be banned for 6 months. Members who have commited vote fraud before and repeat this behaviour will be banned for 12 months. Nominees who participate in vote fraud will receive a 12 month ban. Nominees who commit vote fraud again after they were found to have previously done so will be banned permanently. You have been warned.

The outgoing admin team thanks you all for your continued support and wishes all nominees the best of luck in the upcoming election!


Forum Specific: viewtopic.php?f=167&t=9448
Online Play: viewtopic.php?f=167&t=9449
Modding: viewtopic.php?f=167&t=9450

Please discuss the election in general in this thread below.
Comments and feedback on how this election is being run are most welcome.
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Re: Staff Elections: Semester 2, 2017

Post by YSFHQ » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:50 am

Nominations are now closed and voting has begun!

Please note that one post by Kujo was submitted in the Forum Specific staff thread, it has been taken as a comment and not included in the voting. If this is not the case Kujo and you'd like to be included in the vote, please let us know.

Please note that Welshy submitted two applications. One for modding, one for Forum Specific. The newest post, being for Modding, was taken as the valid nomination.

Feel free to discuss the vote in the relevant voting threads or here.

Good luck to all our candidates this semester!
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Re: Staff Elections: Semester 2, 2017

Post by Neocon » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:29 am

I guess we won't see the results until the end this time? Considering the voting started less than 3 hours ago, a lot of people have already voted. It looks like good turnout this year.

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Re: Staff Elections: Semester 2, 2017

Post by Flake » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:04 am

I know right! I had a look earlier and it said 29 votes... the polls were up for an HOUR! :shock:
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Re: Staff Elections: Semester 2, 2017

Post by NightRaven » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:30 am

Polls have been closed since yesterday, but there has been a suspected case of election fraud which the admin team is investigating. For now, the fraudulent votes have been deleted and the number of votes you see in the individual polls is likely to be the final count.

Expect an official announcement soon and congratulations to the other elected candidates!


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