"RevMen" wrote: Pierre got in touch with me and he'll be returning soon with a new podcast episode. So the Minister of Broadcasting is not up for election.Three of our ministries are not up for election: Minister of Site Infrastructure (Z), Minister of Truth (Schlaeps), and Minister of Film Reviewal (An Old Ore). The position of Minister of Broadcasting (PierreFilms) was going to have an election, but this was later cancelled, as the above quote hightlights. These ministers have been allowed by RevMen to hold their current positions without having to be elected. All of our other ministries are open for election.
Each of these ministries are public offices; representative of brickfilms – including the podcast. It uses heavy brickfilms resources, and thus costs the site a lot of money. It’s also very important in attracting interest in our site and our hobby. It's an important department.
Unfortunately, it’s been thoroughly mis-managed for months now. Suddenly, unexpectedly, its leader disappeared, without the foresight of putting someone in charge during his absence. Upon his return, in the midst of a shower of complaints, he hurries out a new podcast to ease the dissent. The podcast is 127 MB in size – over twice the size of the original, high-quality version of the film. This puts tremendous loads on our servers. Loads that we are now feeling as slowdowns on the site, and perhaps even in complete blockages of service.
If another minister not only did nothing, but behaved in a rash, callous, and irresponsible way, we would consider it outrageous if their position was not put up for election at the appropriate time. Hands down. This, however is not the case with our current Minister of Broadcasting.
I realize that the podcast has long been a personal project of Pierre’s, and that this is a major reason why RevMen is reluctant to put his position up for election. However, this is an official project, and as we have seen by the recent forum access issues, it has a major bearing on the community.
As I see it, there are two options: Either put Pierre's job up for re-election, or make the Official Brickfilms Podcast unofficial, and have it find its own resources.
To hide a minister who shows gross negligence towards his duties from the vote of the people is ridiculous, and a complete disgrace to our democratic process. It is, in fact, awfully close to being scandalous.