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Hello all,

The current polling system is based on a democracy and it shares the flaws of a democracy - namely, the minority often doesn't get updates necessary for them and the majority often makes questionable decisions regarding polls. Sure, the percentage of 75% could be tweaked, but the flaws would remain. I propose an entirely new system, based on republics and constitutional monarchies.

Here are the rules under this system:

1. There are two groups created, collectively called the OSRS Parliament: The Senate and the House of Commons.
2. The Senate would be 500 players selected by Jagex, maybe by a forum thread. Then Senators would serve 6 month terms before new ones are selected. The criteria can be chosen by Jagex or collaborated on with the community.
3. The House of Commons consists of ALL players in the community who meet the following requirements:
-a) Is an OSRS member
b) Has at least one 99
c) Has logged at least 1,000 hours of play in OSRS
d) At least one of the following:
i) 2000 Total Skill Level
ii) 120 Combat Level
iii) 200 Quest Points
iv) Has logged at least 2,500 hours of play in OSRS
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4. All polled content will first be polled with the OSRS Parliament. 50%+1 of both chambers is the magic number. This number is chosen based on participation; if 150 of 500 Senators choose not to vote, the 50%+1 will be out of 350 instead of 500.
5. If 50%+1 of both houses vote Yes (or No), it then goes to a community vote. The Parliament’s decision is what will happen UNLESS the community decides to Veto Parliament’s action with a 75% majority vote. If the community can muster up 75% to go against Parliament, the community’s decision is what will happen. (The Veto votes are the only participation the wider community directly has in this process.)
6. A 50%+1 majority either Yes or No is essentially guaranteed, so the community will get a chance to Veto every piece of content if desired, changing the will of the Parliament. In the rare cases of exactly a 50/50 split (most likely in the Senate), the outcome will be decided by the other chamber's decision. In the extremely rare event that both chambers have exactly a 50/50 split, the content goes to the community to decide, with a 75% Yes vote needed to enter the game.
7. If the two chambers disagree on the content (one votes majority Yes the other votes majority No), it goes to the community to decide, with 75% Yes needed to enter the game.
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18-Jul-2019 03:31:33 - Last edited on 18-Jul-2019 19:56:40 by sTReTCh1028

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Two groups of players are selected - one a small group of 500 and the other a larger group of the player base at large. These two groups will vote on all polled content first. The majority of both houses decides what happens. However, the community has a chance to Veto their vote with a 75% majority, then the community gets its way.
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18-Jul-2019 03:31:41 - Last edited on 18-Jul-2019 19:53:10 by sTReTCh1028

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Thoughts? I’m sure this is a controversial suggestion, but it gives a much more tempered and mature approach to polling content in the game and allows for content that caters to smaller minorities to pass while also allowing the majority to get its way most of the time.

Any feedback you have is appreciated! Thanks :)
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18-Jul-2019 03:31:50

Hutchens
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While I appreciate the constitutional republic approach, I don't see this passing or being accepted by Jagex. It's a pretty big and complicated undertaking for the Jmods who are already busy enough. I'd probably have to say no this just because of the simplicity of the poll system we have now.
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18-Jul-2019 03:36:48 - Last edited on 18-Jul-2019 03:37:03 by Hutchens

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Hutchens said:
While I appreciate the constitutional republic approach, I don't see this passing or being accepted by Jagex. It's a pretty big and complicated undertaking for the Jmods who are already busy enough. I'd probably have to say no this just because of the simplicity of the poll system we have now.


Thanks for the feedback! I totally respect your view and do somewhat agree. However, I tried to make this system as simple as possible. It's actually simplifiable a bit more if needed by deleting the Senate and just having a House of Commons.

Anyway, thanks for your feedback!
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18-Jul-2019 03:40:26

Reminiscon
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Democracy sucks.

Literally anything is better. Meritocracy (Direct Democracy with weighted votes replacing unweighted votes), Constitutional Republic, or Dictatorship/Oligarchy would all be upgrades. The fact someone fresh off RS3 has the same say as someone who has been on OSRS for 6 years is ridiculous at this point.

I support. Although I believe that Senators should be able to remain for longer than 6 months if they meet certain requirements, such as max total level and a good track record.
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18-Jul-2019 04:21:29

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