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ESB holds a Convention each year to review our rules, policies, and bylaws. This page serves as the master location for all convention discussions.

Convention Rules

Convention 2018 has begun. Here are the rules:

A. Rule 1: Convention Business

  • 1. The business to be conducted at the convention is as follows:
  • a. Adoption of Convention Rules before conducting any other business
  • b. Complete review of all ESB policies
  • c. Complete review of all ESB bylaws
  • d. Presentation and voting on resolutions
  • e. Discussion of fundamental issues

B. Rule 2: Voting

  • 1. To be eligible to vote in any convention business, a user must have made their first edit at Encyclopedia SpongeBobia no less than thirty (30) days prior to the start of a voting round.

C. Rule 3: Policy and Bylaws Review - Debating

  • 1. Reviewing of the ESB policies and ESB bylaws shall be done in accordance with the following rules.
  • 2. Process
  • a. All ESB policies and ESB bylaws shall be up for discussion by section.. Then, participants can propose changes to these to improve upon them or move them between bylaws and policies.
  • c. The format shall be "ESB:Convention 2017/Policy review - TITLE" or "ESB:Convention 2017/Bylaws review - TITLE"
  • d. Everyone is welcome to comment on the discussions with suggestions to changes, ideas for merging and simplifying, and if they feel a certain policy is okay.
  • e Each discussion shall be open until discussion becomes complete and inactive as determined by the Bureaucrats.

D. Rule 4: Policy and Bylaws Review - Voting

  • 1. All ESB policies and bylaws discussed shall be voted upon in accordance with the discussions section of the ESB Bylaws, except that the discussion shall take place at ESB:Convention.
  • 2. After the initial review, the Bureaucrats shall take into account all suggested changes to all policies and shall make policy proposals containing the following:
  • a. Categorized into articles like the previous format (titles of policies such as I. Definitions, II. User conduct, etc.) except that sections may be condensed, merged, or eliminated.
  • b. Each new article shall be voted upon separately.
  • c. If there is any proposal to move a policy to the bylaws or vice versa, those that have passed shall be placed on the ESB:Provisional bylaws amendments page until they can be implemented into the language of the section it was proposed to move.

F. Rule 5: Debating and Voting - Resolutions

  • 1. The convention may adopt resolutions which cannot be overruled or repealed until the succeeding convention unless stated in the new bylaws.
  • 2. Any user can submit a resolution in writing to a resolutions discussion. The Bureaucrats will finalize the language and call for a vote of the resolution.
  • 3. All resolutions require a three-quarters (75%) majority in support to pass, not counting neutral votes.

G. Rule 6: Discussion of fundamental issues

  • 1. Any issue may be brought up to the convention for discussion during its entirety.
  • 2. Process
  • a. Following the adoption of the convention rules, a Bureaucrat shall start a thread requesting a list of fundamental issues to discuss.
  • b. If the Bureaucrats see that the issue fits within the discussion of fundamental issues as opposed to bylaws and resolutions, it shall be part of the list of issues to discuss.
  • c. All issues listed shall be the subject of their own convention discussion. Each subtopic will be a specific point within that discussion.
  • d. The goal of these discussions is to identify issues, their causes, and suggest solutions.
  • e. If a discussion runs its course or becomes too long, a Bureaucrat may end that round of discussion and began another outlining the summary and progress of what was discussed in the last round.
  • 3. Resolutions
  • a. Discussion of fundamental issues may result in proposals to bylaws changes, policy changes, or a resolution and shall be incorporated into those discussions.

H. Rule 7: Adjournment

  • 1. Once all convention business has concluded, a call for adjournment requires unanimous vote of the bureaucrats.
  • 2. Once there has been a call for adjournment, a 70% vote in support of adjournment, not counting neutrals, must be reached.

Glossary

  • Amendment - any change to a policy
  • Adjournment - ending/stopping (the convention)
  • Bylaws - policies that will not be changed regularly.
  • Convention - a series of discussions to review ESB and make decisions to improve for the future
  • Policy - a rule
  • Resolution - rules that will not be changed until the next convention

Convention discussions



Convention topics

Policy reviews - News team (2018) (round 1 • voting)
October 11, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Contests (2018) (round 1 • voting)
October 11, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Unprotection (2018) (round 1 • voting)
September 12, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Deletion (2018)‎ (round 1 • voting)
September 12, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Article of the Month (2018) (round 1 • voting)
September 12, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - User of the Month (2018) (round 1 • voting)
September 12, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Chat (2018)‎ (round 1 • voting)
September 10, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Signatures (2018)‎ (round 1 • voting)
September 10, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Hurt and Heals (2018)‎ (round 1 • voting)
September 10, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.
Policy reviews - Definitions (2018)‎ (round 1 • voting)
September 10, 2018
(by AMK152)
Status: To be determined.


Convention archive (2018)

2018 Convention Rules (round 1 • voting)
August 14, 2018
(by AMK152)
September 10, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed

Convention archive (2017-2018)

Adopt bylaws (round 1 • voting)
May 17, 2018
(by AMK152)
June 6, 2018
(by AMK152)
Passed. Bylaws adopted.
Finalizing Bylaws (round 1 • voting)
April 7, 2018
(by AMK152)
May 17, 2018
(by AMK152)
Amendments 2 and 3 pass.
Bylaws discussion - Blocking policies (round 1 • voting)
March 24, 2018
(by AMK152)
April 7, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed
Creation of Bylaws - Initial Debate (round 1 • voting)
January 18, 2018
(by AMK152)
April 7, 2018
(by AMK152)
Neutral Closed
Bylaws discussion - Promotion policies (round 1 • voting)
March 14, 2018
(by AMK152)
April 3, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed
Bylaws discussion - Real-life object pages (round 1 • voting)
February 26, 2018
(by RedBomb1)
March 27, 2018
(by AMK152)
Not passed.
Bylaws discussion - Amendment of Bylaws (round 1 • voting)
February 23, 2018
(by AMK152)
March 20, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed
Fundamental issues - Profanity (round 1 • voting)
February 18, 2018
(by Expert at Terraria)
March 11, 2018
(by AMK152)
Oppose Not passed
Fundamental issues - Voting (round 1 • voting)
November 27, 2017
(by AMK152)
March 7, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed
Bylaws discussion - ESB Abbreviation and Arrangement (round 1 • voting)
February 8, 2018
(by AMK152)
February 27, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed
Fundamental issues - User rights reviews for rollbacks (round 1 • voting)
January 3, 2018
(by AMK152)
February 20, 2018
(by AMK152)
Oppose Not passed
Fundamental issues - Groups of administrators (round 1 • voting)
December 11, 2017
(by AMK152)
February 20, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed
Fundamental issues - Frequency of administrator reviews (round 2) (round 1 • voting)
January 16, 2018
(by AMK152)
February 4, 2018
(by AMK152)
Oppose Not passed
Policy reviews - Unprotection (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
February 4, 2018
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Bylaws discussion - Statement of Purpose (round 1 • voting)
December 11, 2017
(by AMK152)
January 24, 2018
(by AMK152)
Support Passed
Policy reviews - Deletion (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
January 24, 2018
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Policy reviews - News team (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
January 16, 2018
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Policy reviews - Hurt and Heals (round 1 • voting)
November 15, 2017
(by AMK152)
January 16, 2018
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Fundamental issues - Frequency of Administrator Reviews (round 1 • voting)
December 11, 2017
(by AMK152)
January 9, 2018
(by AMK152)
Not passed.
Policy reviews - Contests (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
January 9, 2018
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Policy reviews - Chat (round 1 • voting)
November 16, 2017
(by AMK152)
January 9, 2018
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Policy reviews - Article of the Month (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 26, 2017
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Policy reviews - User of the Month (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 26, 2017
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Policy reviews - Discussions (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 26, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Content dispute (round 1 • voting)
November 24, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 26, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Blocking policy (round 1 • voting)
November 15, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 26, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Signatures (round 1 • voting)
November 16, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 18, 2017
(by AMK152)
Policies revised.
Policy reviews - Demotion policy (round 1 • voting)
November 15, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 18, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Promotion policy (round 1 • voting)
November 13, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 18, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Content (round 1 • voting)
November 13, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 18, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Communication (round 1 • voting)
November 13, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 18, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Advertising and affiliation (round 1 • voting)
November 15, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 9, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Sources (round 1 • voting)
November 13, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 4, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - User conduct (round 1 • voting)
November 13, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 4, 2017
(by AMK152)
Passed; policies revised and moved to provisional bylaws.
Policy reviews - Definitions (round 1 • voting)
November 13, 2017
(by AMK152)
December 4, 2017
(by AMK152)
Policies revised; some definitions moved to ESB:Glossary.
Convention Rules (round 1 • voting)
November 1, 2017
(by AMK152)
November 13, 2017
(by AMK152)
Support Passed