In the beginning………there was Happybeing, the Genesis Mod….
I can’t fully recall how this all came about, but I believe it was in all likelihood legitimate and did not seem to raise any concerns or objections from the Community at the time. What I do recall is that the web hosting etc was also offered to be done by Happybeing as well as the mod role. Anyway, my understanding was that Happybeing was basically “employed” on a voluntary basis by the Community as a Mod, -basically, someone in a probationary period until such a time as the Community may say otherwise, or alternatively showed its continued support in some way, by some Democratic process or other. It appears I was wrong though, as none of this ever happened.
If we fast forward to today, it now appears that Community members are the ones in the tenuous position of only being allowed to stay on the forum until such a time as Happybeing may say otherwise. Ostensibly, this should only occur if members break the Guidelines, (written by Happybeing and crew), however the Guidelines also contain the self-given authority to remove members accounts/posts for any reason at all, at any time – without any guidelines even having been broken.
Without any apparent Community input, direction, authority or consensus given whatsoever, we now have a very centralised system installed, with a hand picked team of Mods, given the authority to basically decide who gets to speak and what size audience they get. They are allowed to banish Community members for weeks or permanently etc………And who has given these Mods the authority to do this? Well……not the Community and as far as I know, Maidsafe gave no direction. So, the Mods apparently gain their authority from Happybeing….who doesn’t appear to have ever had the authority in the first place to bestow the Community’s authority onto others. The limited “Mod” authority Happybeing legitimately held from the Community, did not allow him to do this – only the Community had this authority and this was usurped/bypassed/not sought.
We now have a highly centralised system with no legitimacy.
Having installed such a system, (which appears to be contrary in every possible way to common Safe Network Community/Maidsafe values of de-centralisation of power/authority/governance/transparency/accountability etc) and having done so without first consulting the Community, or Maidsafe, then I would suggest that Happybeing has failed in his probation as a mod and the system he put in place should be dis-mantled asap as it has major security flaws including lack of transparency, accountability etc and there are potential conflicts of interest.
I shall make a Proposal/suggestion of what a future new system may look like shortly in the “Community” section on the front page and would welcome other ideas in this area including addressing the obvious flaws and other major issues that I and others are now raising.
In the meantime, I shall start separate topics within Meta, looking at each specific area of modding, one by one and offering suggestions of how we may improve each area from the current way of doing things. These will be things like “Transparency”, “Recruitment”“De-centralisation”, “Accountability” etc. It will also give the Mods the opportunity to argue their case for the apparent absence of all these things and defend the current model.
I shall then link the main “Community” Proposal thread to the topics I created in the “Meta” section and begin my campaign proper. This will give Mods the opportunity to argue their case more publicly, once I “Go Public” on the main page.
My opinion, (yes, blatantly spamming it again……) is that I am now in a win- win situation and the Mods are in a Catch 22 situation…….funny that……lol……Are Mods going to argue the case for Centralisation, lack of transparency, no need for Community consensus etc when it applies to them……at the same time as voicing their support for exactly the opposite in most everything else - to this particular Community? ….lol
Mods reckon they’ve got somewhere in the region of 99% support…we’ll see……