The proposal is as follows, adding this to the discussion policy:
Restrict administrative participation in discussions (regular discussions and administrative requests) for the first 25% of the time of the proposal. In the case of a 7-day discussion, administrators cannot participate until 1 day and 18 hours has passed.
There are both pros and cons to this:
Possible decrease of administrative influence on other users. This could bring out certain opinions by non-administrators who may feel influenced by administrative opinions.
Possible increase of participation due to early non-participation by administrators. Some people may see a lack of early participation as a sign to put in their opinions.
Possible decrease of participation due to early non-participation by administrators. Some people may see no participation early on, and then decide not to participate themselves.
Possible no administrative vote if they forget. If an administrator waits too long to participate, the discussion may be over.
This discussion ends on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:53 a.m., eastern time.
As a test to this discussion, to see how it would work, administrators cannot participate in this discussion until Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 5:53 a.m., eastern time. — AMK152 (Wall • Contrib) 15:53, July 15, 2014 (UTC)
Oppose - I don't see the point in this really. Yes I see your reasoning, but we can't restrict users voting until a certain point. There must either be another way or we should leave it. Perhaps we could make a separate section for Admins to vote in or something. This just seems counterproductive. --Spongebob456talk 15:58, July 15, 2014 (UTC)
Just to add to this, Admins often vote first which encourages other users to vote. --Spongebob456talk 18:47, July 15, 2014 (UTC)
Strong Oppose - I don't see a point either. This is nuts, and you're right, people could forget, AMK. 16:38,7/15/2014 Muchacha(W•C)OVERTIME?!!!