1 Recent ideas to come from members
a. Some sort of probationary period of 3 or 6 months for new members;
b. A committee of some kind to look after the BP ethos;
c. Very mixed feeling about limiting size - no consensus;
d. No admins without portfolios - any portfolio is better;
e. Our own internal Awards in the autumn;
f. Some set of BP rules to incorporate all we've said.
2] There are 11 admins
# Ian Allenby [Blogfather and Lord Keeper of the Rolls - the one with the dsicretion to give the initial look over a new member and to decide whom to contact, whether to add etc;
# Ian Grey [Blogfather and Lord Keeper of the Mailing List, overseer of the dissemination of info to all members, Annual Awards Organizer, 2008;
# James Higham [Blogfather, Ambassador-at-Large, Reader of all BP utterances at least twice a week, Overseer of the mechanics of the main site, Secretary - writing up policy as it's formed [as I'm doing now], Secretary to the Blogfathers;
# Tom Paine [Blogfather, Lord Keeper of the Profiles Page, Annual Awards Ceremony MC, 2008;
# Mutley the Dog [Committee, Birthdays Officer];
# Pommygranate [Committee, Blogpower Member Profiler];
# Colin Campbell [Committee, Blogpower Awards [Internal] MC];
# Welshcakes Limoncello [Committee, Member of The Gang of Four];
# Liz Hinds [Committee, Member of The Gang of Four];
# Lady Macleod [Committee, Member of The Gang of Four];
# Matt Muttrell [Committee, Member of The Gang of Four];
3] Policy or urgent matters
Whenever something arises in the messageboard or elsewhere, it is dealt with by the Blogfathers initially. If necessary, it goes to the whole Committee. If really important, it is floated to the whole membership.
4] Blogpower Ethos
Initially already written up by James but added to and chopped and changed around as the Committee sees fit.
a. The DTB site - for profiles, general announcements, summary of discussions;
b. Pageflakes site - all permanent updated profiles and RSS feeds;
c. Mailing list and Messageboard - where we thrash out ideas.
a. The Eleven is pretty wide ranging in view, geographically, gender wise and so on. It also represents political/non-political, techie/non-yechie and looks very healthy - what do you think?
b. It also solves the problem of whom the committee would be. Let's leave it to Ian and Ian to come up with grandiose names for the Committee and each member because they're more creative than I on these matters.
7] The Gang of Four
They would split the BP roll between them [about a dozen each] and write up, at DTB once a week, a one or two line review of what, of interest, each of their dozen has been saying during the week. This does not cut across Pommygranate, who has his own two profiles a week. It's like four Blogfocuses for our membership.
8] My Current Task
To write up a document to submit to you, incorporating all these ideas, esp. probation period and to report back maybe this Sunday afternoon.
9] Your Task
a. Get your birthday to Mutley. I believe Will, of Young Conservative, just had one and it wasn't celebrated. The birthdays thing isn't working just now;
b. Please get around to as many blogs as you can.