The 'Shroom:Issue XCIII/Director Election

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Director Election

It's that time of the year again, the Director Election!

What is This?

  • This is an election to decide the new director of The 'Shroom. Naturally, the one with the most votes wins the title.
  • If a director retires, then an election is held again in the latest issue of The 'Shroom.
  • An election takes place every December Issue regardless whether an election has already been held that year.
  • The current director may run in elections if they wish.
  • This election will start December 20nd.
  • In the January issue (Saturday, January 17, 2014), the winner will be announced, and they will have at most a week to announce their Core Staff in the comments section at the bottom of the page, as well as their calendar.
  • There will be a debate between the candidates, please also state when you can participate in the debate in order to get this to work.
  • You must submit your campaign at least a week (Saturday, January 10, 2014) before the release of the January issue, or else it will be considered invalid and removed by the Core Staff!
It is currently 11:50, February 24th (EST/EDT)

This election ends Saturday, January 17th, 2014. 20:00 (EST/EDT)
Candidate Rules
  • Anyone may run for director during any time of the election (except in Overtime), but they must have a forum account.
  • A user may only run for themselves, another user cannot nominate them.
  • All candidates must say what changes will they make. They can also campaign to promote voting for them.
    • Campaigns must use acceptable grammar (judgment is given to the Core Staff).
    • Campaigns must be original. Nobody is allowed to steal another candidate's ideas. However, if campaigns, for the most part, differ from each other or have key elements to which the candidates disagree on, then sharing a few ideas here and there is allowed.
    • No joke campaigns are allowed to be ran.
    • No bribing voters is allowed.
  • Candidates can also hold debates among them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
  • This is what a voting section should look like:
===Candidate===
What will you do, etc.
 #'''X'''
 #'''X'''
 #'''X'''

So as you can see, that candidate has three votes.

Voter Rules
  • Voters may vote with their username, no signatures allowed, or they opt to list themselves as X ('''X''') in order for their vote to not be immediately identifiable– note that people may see who voted in such a manner in the page editing history.
  • Anonymous editors (who do not sign in to edit) are not allowed to cast votes. If you have an account and are simply logged out, please sign in to your account. If you want to vote and you do not have an account, simply create one, sign in, and vote!
  • Voters may only cast one vote.
  • Voters may change their vote at any time while the election is in progress.
Ties
  • In the case of a tie, the Core Staff will establish a runoff election for another week between the tying candidates. Ties beyond that will be handled if they come up by a process decided by the Core Staff.
Duties of the Director

This is what you must do if you win, so read carefully.

  • The director must accept or decline all new writers' ideas for sections they want to write.
  • The director assigns a section to users who want to write, but don't know what to write.
  • The director gives out a warning to users who have not yet sent in their sections one week before The 'Shroom is due.
  • The director puts The 'Shroom together, and edits the front page, the single page, the 'Shroombox template, and the Shroom Issue template.
  • The director writes the Director's Notes section, which comments about the month's issue.
  • The director includes the due date of the next 'Shroom in the Director's Notes, and in the Shroomwarning template.
  • The director gets to choose their Core Staff, this is: Fake News, Fun Stuff, Music & Art, Pipe Plaza, Critic Corner directors and Sub-Director.
  • The director must send applications to users who want to become writers.

Looks easy? It is not. So get ready.

Now get out there and go!


Debates

None yet!

Candidates

Super Mario Bros. / Edofenrir

I would like to announce my candidacy for Director of The 'Shroom. As a longtime Core Staff member, including having been the Director from January 2011 through January 2014, I understand what it takes to properly lead the paper and which policies to implement in order to foster the growth of this project. My running mate Gabumon (talk), better-known as Edofenrir, is also a former Core Staff member and served a cumulative year and a half as my Sub-director. I have asked him to serve in this capacity again not only because he is the best person for the job; he is somebody I can trust to manage the operations of the newsletter should I be unable to carry out my responsibilities for any reason.

I am running for my old position again because while the content we provide each month is quality, it is evident that the newsletter is starting to stagnate– we have seen few writers sign up this year, our viewership is mostly decreasing and overall interest in the paper has been declining. We see it in the lack of sections each month, low turnout in our monthly forum polls and lack of discussion in the community. There is nobody to fault for this slower period, and everybody on the team has done their best to provide the best content possible each month. It is clear, however, that The 'Shroom needs to enjoy different trends than the ones it is experiencing now.

To quote my mentor and close friend Stooben Rooben (talk) from his second Director Election campaign in December 2009, "[We need to] make people want to read The 'Shroom. Too long the paper has went without the attention it deserves. It's time to bring that back. . . . It's time for The 'Shroom to reach a golden era." His words ring true again today— we need to implement ideas that will allow for a renewed interest in the paper. My plans will do just that. My proposals for next year are the following:

  • Outreach will be a priority. Our old e-mail subscription program will be restarted, and vigorous social media campaigns will be launched on Facebook and Twitter in order to attract attention and expand our viewership. We will also make full use of our forum board, the Sitenotice and {{Announcement}} to make sure that current 'Shroom readers are kept up-to-date with 'Shroom-related information such as vacant positions.
  • A simple and flexible meetings schedule will be produced. Staff members will meet at least once a month in the chat in order to discuss plans in real-time. Public chat meetings to receive feedback on certain ideas from the dedicated readers, writers and community members might also be considered as well.
  • Our older issues will be maintained. We should go over each archived issue to make sure the coding is updated, external images uploaded to the wiki and other various steps are taken to ensure that their original appearance is kept. We can start this year by making it a wiki collaboration: team up with the many editors of this wiki who are looking for projects to contribute to.
  • As Superchao did this year, I will accept applications for vacant staff positions. Most current staff members will be invited back to serve in their position for another year, and any vacancies will be filled through an applications system. This allows members of our community to come forward and demonstrate their interest in helping out The 'Shroom and share their experiences.
  • The 'Shroom and the Awards Committee will continue to enjoy a strong relationship. I plan to work with Hypnotoad (talk), Smasher (talk), Superchao (talk) and the Awards Committee to promote the Anniversary ceremonies. I also support an idea by Edofenrir to run 'Shroom Awards voting on the newsletter's Main Page to increase the amount of votes we receive this year without sacrificing the quality that comes with an informed voting body.
  • Sub-teams will see Core Staff support. Reviving interest in our sub-teams will require a focused effort to improve their individual situations. Linking them with contests, competitions, and our heightened promotion efforts will allow for all sectors of The 'Shroom to expand and develop healthily.
  • Feedback Surveys will be held regularly. Readers and writers alike will be able to share their opinions on the processes of The 'Shroom from time to time in regularly-scheduled surveys that will be overseen by our Statistics Manager. One of these surveys will be launched during Issue C and will feature questions regarding the special issue.
  • We will get rid of the cumbersome Single Page design. The current page is difficult to maintain (and as of late, even create), bulky and relatively inconvenient. We will invest focus into our main issue page instead to improve its functionality.
  • Events will be run in order to improve interactivity. Several years ago, the staff made it a point to run or promote tournaments and competitions. These events attract attention and encourage participation in our newsletter, which is why the staff will host more activities like these in the coming year.
  • Our Achievements project will be revitalized. Not only will we update this project and award Achievements to our newer writers, we plan to overhaul the project into something better than what it was. This project could very well be an incentive to get our readers to become active contributors and participants, and can breed an environment of appreciation for doing so.
  • The planning for Issue C will begin immediately in January. I will open up a suggestions box that will be included in every issue from February onward so that readers can tell us what they want to see. Issue C will be the biggest and best issue to date.

We are entering an important era of our paper– we are quickly approaching our one hundredth issue. The 'Shroom needs leaders that will be able to balance the priorities of planning this important edition, maintaining overall issue and section quality, and assembling a team of Core Staff and contributors that will secure the future of the paper. A framework for success has been established in the past several years, one which will allow for writers with great ideas to express their creativity. All it takes from here are the right policies and energy invested to build upon that foundation. If you elect me and Edofenrir to lead the newsletter, we will do what it takes to ensure The 'Shroom starts to enjoy the growth and prosperity that it deserves.

Votes

  1. Marshal Dan Troop (talk) Having worked for this man before I can say with 100% certainty that he will make a fine director
  2. Lakituthequick (talk) Made points are very valid, and sollutions have good suggestions. Ought to be all right.
  3. Hypnotoad (talk) Having been good friends with both SMB and Edo, and having experience with working with them on many projects and things, I trust them in their ability to achieve what they say they will and do it with tact and taste.
  4. GBAToad (talk) All of these ideas sound great. I can't wait to see what you do with the 100th issue.
  5. Chibiki Daisy (talk) These are all amazing ideas, and having been a longtime 'Shroom reader, I agree that The 'Shroom should get the attention it deserves.
  6. Freakworld (talk) Per.
  7. Icemario (talk) Per all.
  8. MrConcreteDonkey (talk) - Per all.
  9. Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) - Best combo you could ever find. I worked with SMB and Edo for a long time and I know, if there's someone who can make the next year the best The 'Shroom has ever had, it's most definitely these two guys.
  10. DragonFreak (talk) - I definitely have faith in these two that they will do wonders with The 'Shroom
  11. Lumastar (talk) - I like the prospect of having multiple people lead The 'Shroom, and I have been here long enough to know that SMB and Edo can be trusted with this task.
  12. Superchao (talk) - As the outgoing director, and someone who worked on SMB in the past, I can think of no better choice to replace me for the upcoming year.s
  13. Crocodile Dippy (talk) - I am an Australian and I endorse SMB, and if you at all have any objections then you can take it up with me in the mud pit. I will destroy you.
  14. Palkia47 (talk) - I've been working under SMB for a good chunk of my life and I could not think of anybody better for the job. Completely agree with all the points and both SMB and Edo are the perfect people to assure all these things get done.

Election Comments


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