|Community Vote||Staff Vote with Community Input|
|Topics||Constitutional Items (Power balance, election process, whatever directly affects community’s ability to input, including what goes into this table)||Setting and plot rulings|
Site changes and functions
|Initiation Requirements||Problem identified by community members, staff identifies as an issue worth addressing via simple majority vote||Raised by staff and can movement unless there are serious objections|
|First Stage||One or two staff writes the draft, if applicable (can take 1 day to however long necessary)||One or two staff writes the draft, if applicable (can take 1 day to however long necessary)|
|Second Stage||A scheduled meeting is held between staff and the community members who raised the issue to review the first draft, preferably within a week of the draft’s completion||A scheduled meeting is held among staff to review the first draft, preferably within a week of the draft’s completion|
|Third Stage||Draft goes to game masters and meeting is held for revision process, preferably within a week of the previous meeting||Draft goes public to the community. Revise draft until satisfaction|
General policing is exempt from this stage.
|Fourth Stage||Draft is provided to community and meeting is announced and scheduled at least 7 days after the draft goes public||Staff vote by simple majority|
|Fifth Stage||Community meeting, community at large provides input, objections, etc.||Implementation of ruling|
|Sixth||Community vote by two-thirds majority for each topic. This will be done through Google Forms. Managing these results and keeping said results anonymous falls onto the community manager currently in office. The voting period will last for 48 hours after the community meeting’s conclusion.||If the ruling is still unsatisfactory to the community, members of the community can initiate a petition in the admin complaint channel on the ruling through any form of voting method. The petition must have proof of six people agreeing to the rejection of the staff voted draft. If that number is met, the staff voted draft, and the community vote process is initiated. The petition will be publicized.|
|Seventh||Implementation of ruling||N/A|
The spirit of a stopgap ruling is to temporarily quell discourse until a new formal rule can come in place to more permanently address the issue. A stopgap ruling is only valid until the new formal rule comes into play. Each stopgap ruling only applies to the actors involved in the discourse. Each stopgap ruling must be recorded in #staff-logs and given a reason for the ruling. Stopgap rulings expire within seven days. Afterwards, a simple majority staff vote is held on whether to maintain the ruling or have another staff make a different ruling.
Stopgaps rulings are granted to game masters in their own Discord channels. In general, stopgap rulings are granted to all staff until January 9th, 2021. Afterwards, general stopgap rulings are only available to community moderators.