The Round Table
Can we have a Round Table for Democracy?
The display, when I enter the site, would be something like this:
King Augustin _______________ / \ / \ / \ Sir William Rickards/ \ / \Sir Jameson Quinn (3 / \ / \ / \ / \ | DEMOCRACY | | | | 0 | | |Lady Lyn Carson (2 | ROUND TABLE | | | \ / \ / \ / \ /Sir Fred Gohlke 2) Sir Hamid Mohseni\ / \ / \ / \ / \_______________/
The numbers displayed next to some knights are the number of posts those knights have posted since my last visit. When William Rickards logs in, the numbers displayed for him would be different.
If I click on Sir Jameson Quinn, I get a display showing the threads of Quinn's three most recent posts. They can all be on the same thread, or they can be on different threads.
Corruption (Attacking) Political Parties (Defending) Lobbying (Defending)
I can click on one of the links to read the post or I can return to the Round Table. If I click on one of the items, I go to the indicated post. At that point, I can enter a new post on this thread (usually a response to the material just read). When the post is finished, the system asks me if my post is "attacking" or "defending" the theme of the thread, so it can label my post.
While at the chosen post (Jameson Quinn's), I can vote on the poll if one exists. If there is no poll and I think one is warranted, I can start a poll with the differences on the thread's theme as choices. Polls separate the vote totals of knights and guests:
Favor Lobby Limits Oppose Lobby Limits Knights 7 1 Guests 23 6
When I've finished with Quinn's post, I can return to the previous page (in which case the link I clicked is gone and there are two left).
At the Round Table, I can click on the button in the center of the table and it gives me a list of active threads. I can choose one of the threads, go to it, and post on it. The number of active threads is limited by the King, and the limit can be changed as the King sees fit. This button also provides a list of current strategy sessions (explained below).
When I'm at a post, whether by way of one of the knight's posts or directly from the Round Table, I can, if the thread I'm following is developing a branch, start a new thread, or ask the king for permission to start a new thread, explaining the branch that makes it appropriate. I may also, when it seems appropriate, ask the king to merge two threads that have developed similar and compatible characteristics.
There are a limited number of seats at the table. At first, we'll invite folks to join us, but, once the table is full, the desire for a seat will increase. Casual guests can navigate and post the same way the knights do, and when new seats at the table are going to be granted, the selection will be based on the quality of the guest's contribution to the active threads.
At the Round Table, I can click on the King and:
- request a new thread.
- request the merging of two threads.
- report an unknightly post.
- suggest a strategy session for the knights to plan an actual 'attack', by action in some small town, community, or other venue, to achieve a goal identified in one of the threads and carrying significant poll support. Guests may not participate in the strategy session but may offer suggestions through posts on the thread.
- ask the king to order an assault planned in a strategy session. Each knight mounts an attack in any appropriate manner (through the internet, in the public press) to inspire public action to resolve an issue. Knights who oppose the attack should be excused from the assault. The king can encourage guests to join the fray, using tactics laid out in the strategy session.
Of course, all knights can do anything I can do.
Yeah, I know. It ain't democratic. But it ain't a government, either.