Indymedia Ireland Internet Collective - How We Work
Section 1. What is the Indymedia Ireland Internet Collective and what is its mandate?
The indymedia Ireland Internet Collective is the group responsible for the Internet presence of Indymedia Ireland, in particular for the management of the site and domain www.indymedia.ie. It is a sub-group of the overall Indymedia Ireland Collective [see document on the Indymedia Ireland Collective] and fulfills the mandate given by that group. Roughly speaking this mandate is to run all aspects of the indymedia.ie website in accordace with the aims of the indymedia collective.
All members of the Internet Collective have the following rights
The right to vote on promotion of articles to features. If any 3 members vote for an article before there are any objections it is immediately promoted without any delay.
The right to vote on the promotion of photos to the top of the newswire column. If any 2 members vote to feature a photo, it is featured immediately.
The right to vote on the appointment of members and the definition of mandates for the sub-groups and the distribution of administration and moderation priveleges on the site. These decisions follow the default decision making process.
The right to create and propose features and any other general privileges decided by the collective.
The right to vote on changes to the editorial guidelines, to add new topics, regions etc and to vote on any major proposed changes to the website.
Section 2. General Rules for Internet Collective Members
Collective members are people who have been granted a username and password by the collective. All members have equal say in decisions. Decisions are made on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
Anybody can apply to join the collective Alternatively an existing member can propose a new member.
The internet collective operates according to the maxim 'dictatorship of the doers'. This means that applicant members will be expected to have contributed a significant amount of work to the indymedia project before they are accepted as members.
An applicant member becomes a full member following a decision by the internet collective to accept their application.
Any member who has been inactive for 3 months will be deemed to have resigned, although they can of course rejoin by going through the membership process again.
Members should work to develop the site in line with the aims of the global indymedia movement, summed up in the first paragraph of our "about us" document and the aims and principles of the Indymedia Ireland Collective.
Members should follow all decisions related to their role as an imc volunteer taken by the editorial collective and act within their mandate. Otherwise members are free to carry out whatever political activity they please as long as they make it clear that they are not acting or speaking on behalf of indymedia. We suggest that members specify that they are "1 of IMC" or something similar when acting in a personal capacity.
Members should disclose any significant political affiliations such as membership of political parties, organisations, etc. to the rest of the collective.
Members should respect the privacy of other members and not use their privileges to access or share any information about others without the explicit agreement of the collective.
Membership privileges can only be revoked by the request of the member him/herself, or by a decision of the collective that the member is no longer trusted to follow their mandate.
Section 3. Sub-groups of the Internet Collective.
There are three sub-groups of the Internet Collective, Adminsitrators, Techies and Newswire Moderators (daleks).
The Newswire Moderators' mandate is to moderate the content on the newswire in line with the editorial guidelines.
The Admininstrators' Mandate is to carry out any changes to the oscailt configuration, such as adding new topics, adding new members etc. that the collective decides.
The Techies' mandate is to ensure that the site is functioning properly, to take care of the hosting and to guard the security of the site and the privacy of users, to the best of their ability.