"Indymedia Ukraine" Decision-Making Policy

Our decision-making process will be consensus oriented. We define consensus as a process that takes into account the viewpoints, emotions, and knowledge of all members of Indymedia Ukraine such as they are represented on the mailing lists and during meetings. All decision making within Indymedia Ukraine shall be transparent and conducted online via the Ukraine and Ukraine-editors mailing lists, twiki pages, and IRC.

Members of the Ukraine list who have uploaded their profiles to the twiki page and have contributed in some meaningful way to the work of the group at least once form the general membership of Indymedia Ukraine and are eligible to vote. Of these, the editorial collective, composed of members who wish to participate in the editorial process and have shown a consistent dedication to the work of the group, has additional editorial decision-making power. For some decisions explicit consensus (votes of support within a clearly stated period of at least 3 days and at most 5, with exceptions for shorter deadlines if there is an agreed-upon urgency) will be required, for others implicit consensus (no oppositions within the voting period) will be required, as follows:

1. Proposals for texts for the central column will be encouraged and solicited from people on the Ukraine list as well as outside it. Consensus for the selection of texts must be explicit: 3 persons must explicitly support a proposed text within a period of 3-5 days* in order for it to be selected as a feature. In case there is any opposition to including a specific text, the person vetoing it shall make an argument for the reasons and those supporting it will be asked to take it in consideration and decide if they are still proposing its inclusion. In the event no consensus can be reached, a majority vote will be requested. Voting is open to the general membership. If we suspect that people who have no interest in Indymedia Ukraine have joined the Ukraine list in bad faith as an attempt to block the work of the website, we reserve the right to change this policy accordingly.

2. Proposals for the design and functionality of the Indymedia Ukraine website and its modification must receive an explicit consensus: 4 persons must explicitly support a proposed modification within a period of 3-5 days.* In the event no consensus can be reached, a majority vote will be requested. Voting is open to the general membership.

3. Proposals for changes to the decision making policy, editorial policy and the mission statement can be made by members of the Ukraine-editors list and can be implemented by explicit consensus: 4 persons must explicitly support a proposed modification within a period of 3-5 days.*

4. In accordance to the principles expressed in the UkraineEditorialPolicy any decisions to send problematic posts from the open publishing newswire to the trash can (the content of which remain publicly visible) should be sent to all the admins monitoring the newswire. Implicit consensus is required - no vote of opposition within a period of 3-5 days.* In case of lack of consensus, the discussion should be moved to the Ukraine-editors list and explicit consensus for the decision shall be requested, or in the last instance, a majority vote.

5. We learn as we go along. The decision making policy can be re-evaluated whenever necessary, but all changes will stay true to the spirit of these policies and of the mission statement.

* Advisory note to be taken up in future meetings: During the voting period, it is advised that the opinion of every moderator must be involved and expressed in the form of agreement, objection, or withholding of the vote. Since moderators come from different regions of Ukraine and may not be able to participate in an online process, reaching them by telephone would be good practice to ensure they are involved and their opinions are heard.

(Adopted and slightly modified from IMC Romania's Decision-Making Policy)

-- AaLa - 15 Nov 2005
Topic revision: r1 - 15 Nov 2005, AaLa
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