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June 9, 2007 at 7:44 am #293692
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Watson

Fellow citizens, I’ve decided to run in the next election. I want to make a difference. I want to give back, and improve this site.

Unfortunately, I had difficulty deciding which position was best suited to my particular skill-set – which one would afford me the best opportunity to give back to the community.

Therefore, I have decided to fully exercise my democratic rights, and run for every possible position in the coming election. I hereby announce my candidacy for the following positions: Minister of Discussion, Minister of Sound, Minister of Film Rating, Minister of Community Projects, Minister of Film Contests, Minister of Information, Minister of Filming Resources, and Minister of Broadcasting. In case you lost count, that’s a total of 8 very important positions.

Please take the time to read my stance on these positions, and the ideas that I’d like to implement.

Minister of Discussion
It might seem odd that I’m running for this position, since I support Cometgreen (and am, to my knowledge, his unofficial campaign advisor), but you’re not the boss of me. Actually, if we’re being technical, Cometgreen is, since I’m still receiving backdoor payments from his office.

As the incumbent, Cometgreen might seem to be the forerunner in the race. He and mrgraff are far too similar in approach for my tastes, and I feel that the people of brickfilms deserve a different option. I want the voters to understand that we differ, and in what ways we do. For example, if you want an MOD who is honest and studious, then by all means, vote for Cometgreen. But if you’re like me, you want someone who’s a lazy, dishonest scoundrel, then I’m your man.

I will revel in bribery and flattery, show extreme amounts of favoritism, and either do nothing, or get others to do things on my behalf. These “others” will be selected either arbitrarily, or based on the bribery and flattery mentioned earlier. I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

Minister of Sound
Not enough is going on in this important section. Legal wrangling and bureaucratic red tape are bunging up all hope of progress. Last I heard, Chosen1 had added 10 sounds to the library. There are some strong whisperings that he’s been licensing and selling the music on the side to support an eye-shadow addiction. I’m not saying it’s true, I’m just saying it.

What will I do? It’s pretty simple. I’ll get sounds put into the sound library. Let’s keep it simple, and get things done. No need to reinvent the wheel.

Minister of Film Rating
I want to acknowledge firstly that my competitor, Ladon, has an excellent plan he wants to implement. It’s a plan that I wholeheartedly support, and that I do not wish to change. I’m not going to plagiarize it from him, or make minor modifications. In fact, if elected for this position, I will simply appoint Ladon as my under-minister, and have him implement his plan as he sees fit. The only difference is that I will beat his rear into submission, and get that plan done sooner, and not later.

You see, a logical voter will realize that s vote for Ladon gets you Ladon’s plan, but a vote for me get’s you Ladon’s plan sooner. I think the choice is clear.

Minister of Community Projects
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen an official community project lately. It appears that the fat-cats who currently hold this position are just in it for the glory and prestige. Do you want a community project? I sure do, but Lech just isn’t dishing out the goods. Does he hate the community? Possibly. I don’t know the man personally. Do you?

Minister of Film Contests
With Richard stepping down from this position, it’s really wide-open. I have to admit that the man had a knack for creating acronyms, and he definitely gave us a number of contests. In fact, he gave us too many contests. We were flooded ‘em. That decreases the overall effectiveness of having contests in the first place, and I suspect that support for our major contests might be hurt as a result. If I was elected for this position, I would make contests rarer, but I’d make them more spectacular, so that we can get some solid competition, and some serious quality, like we used to.

People need to get excited about contests again, and I’m eager to get them there.

Oh, and we also need more corporate sponsors. I would want my first contest to involve Axe body spray, McDonald’s, and some kind of blender/juicer. Let’s tentatively call it the McAxe Effect: Blended to the Max.

Minister of Information
I think this department is being run very well right now. The future film changes like clockwork, and announcements are pertinent and regular. Therefore, I’d like to emulate my plan for the Minister of Film Rating position, and say that if I win, I will keep the current minister, KG, and his under-ministers doing what they’re doing now.

The only difference between this and my Film Ratings plan is that I don’t offer any apparent benefit in this arrangement. Only I do. Please read the section entitled “The Watson Advantage: A Synergistic Alternative Approach to Modern Geopolitical Stratagem” below for further information.

Minister of Filming Resources
If there’s anything that I want to get across with regards to this position, it’s that I have l33t coding skills. I have mad l33t coding skills like you and your homeboys wouldn’t believe. If there is one thing that this position requires above all else, it’s raging, psychotic, out-of-this-world coding skills. So to summarize, I have the baddest, meanest, most wild, balls-to-the-wall coding skills of anyone on the planet. Word.

Specifically, I’ll slap this SOB with a strong mix of php, J2ME-based ajax, and other HOLs with a mySQL b/e. A base of standards-compliant XHTML will be decorated with VML, XML, XBL, and XSL. Suck on that, l33tless masses.

To put it in layman’s terms (or, more accurately, lame-man’s terms), my proposal is to simply integrate the resources page into the Wiki. I think the wiki is one of the most fabulous things we’ve ever done, and it needs way more emphasis. Centralizing all of our information in one place encourages contributions to the wiki, and having the resources page on there also works to increase its exposure.

I am the only candidate capable of doing this, because I am the only one with the mad-crazy skills needed to make it happen.

Minister of Broadcasting
We were forced to switch servers partly so that we could better support the podcast. Then Pierre ditched us and left the podcast to die. I won’t ditch the podcast. I have a vested interest in it. My film is on there.

Firstly, I would stop playing favourites, and call it the brickfilms webcast like nature intended. Also, release it in alternative formats so that everyone can enjoy it. Films should also be specially enhanced so that regular brickfilmers can get something out of it too. Most importantly, I’d work to release a film that is fitting for the general public at a regular pace. It’s not complicated. Again, everything is set up, we just have to do it.

So that’s what I want to do. You might wonder what advantage there is in electing me for more than one position (or, as I would like, for every position). Some nay-sayers might even claim that such a large role would undermine my ability to give adequate attention to each area. That is simply not the case. In fact, holding more than one position would provide an advantage to the voters, as I will now highlight.

The Watson Advantage: A Synergistic Alternative Approach to Modern Geopolitical Stratagem
If I were elected to multiple positions, it is essentially equivalent to merging those positions into one. In many cases, this will allow for juicy, synergistic energies to flow through these departments, making them stronger and manlier.

For example, say that I was voted minister of resources and that Schlaeps decided to also hand over Minister of Truth to me (Note to Schlaeps: Do it.). I would then be in a prime position to implement my plan of merging these two areas into one. Similarly, if I were the Minister of Information and the Minister of Broadcasting, I would simply release each month’s featured film in the podcast, since both are selected to be good for the general public. If I were the minister of film contests and the minister of community projects, I might see fit to turn a community project into an official competition.

Indeed, if I were elected for every position, I’d be in an ideal position as minister of information, as I’d be on top of all the goings on in the community, and would be well-suited to report on things as they occurred.

Electing me for several positions allows for better interoperability between these positions. The effect is linear, if not exponential. With each additional department that I head up, further benefits are derived.

Conclusion
Of course, in order to achieve my noble goals, I will need your support. Therefore, I urge you to support my candidacy by seconding my nomination in for the positions in which you believe I will be best suited (ie, all of them).

If you are not yet satisfied with me, and have concerns, questions, comments, or anything else to add/ask, please don’t hesitate to do so. I want to clear up every possible point of confusion, and make my stance on every issue clear. Please be thorough in your questioning, and I will endeavor to be thorough in my response.

Talk to me. Let’s start a dialogue. I’m flexible, and open to suggestion. I want to improve things. Let’s get it done together, and put and end to the do-nothing approach that some of our leaders have taken.

Thank you,
Watson

June 9, 2007 at 7:46 am #293694
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Cometgreen

“Watson” wrote: For example, if you want an MOD who is honest and studious, then by all means, vote for Cometgreen.

Only a few days into the new campaign season, and already with the mudslinging?

Very classy, sir. :shake

Cometgreen

June 9, 2007 at 8:11 am #293699
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Lechnology

Ouch, now really, was that necessary? Fine, I’ll just turn the other cheek.

I second your nomination for Minister of Film Contests and Minister of Broadcasting.

June 9, 2007 at 2:12 pm #293750
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Nick Durron

Unexpected, I have to say. But Watson, can you really handle 8 positions? That’s what I most want to know.

I second your nominations for Minsiter of Filming Resources and Film Contests. I really agree with you on those two, especially the integration of the Resources page into the Wiki. Brilliant idea.

June 9, 2007 at 10:51 pm #293951
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Dragoon

I’m prepared to second your nominations for Minister of Discussion, Minister of Sound, Minister of Film Rating, Minister of Community Projects, Minister of Film Contests, Minister of Information, Minister of Filming Resources, and Minister of Broadcasting.

June 10, 2007 at 1:13 am #293983
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RevMen

I think you might actually do a good job with the contests. Beware… It’s more work than you realize.

I can’t quite decide if you’re taking this seriously or not.

June 10, 2007 at 8:52 am #294036
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Legoman182182

I say we elect him for everything and watch his life fall apart.

June 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm #294404
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Cometgreen

Whether he’s taking it seriously or not, some of his comments seem to be quite effective. Ladon intends to employ the same strategy that Watson outlined for MoFR, and Lechnology just now announced a new Community Project.

Coincidence!? Hardly!

Umps umps umps.

Cometgreen

June 11, 2007 at 2:27 am #294469
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saulgoode

As you are vying for the position of Minister of Discussion, perhaps you could explain your reasons for including mention of your candidacy for seven other ministerial positions in this thread. Do you feel that discussions of your qualifications and platforms for those positions are unworthy of their own topics?

June 11, 2007 at 3:27 am #294479
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Watson

As I explained in my opening post, I’m running for all seven of the positions (one position has been removed from the running). This thread is my official campaign thread for all of my campaigns. Rather than cluttering up the forum with 7 different threads, I figured it would be wiser to simply combine it all into one. After all, many of the questions I would hope to receive about my past history, qualifications, and abilities, will likely be pertinent to more than one position.

The title, “Watson for Minister of Discussion, et al.,” points to that. From what I know of you, I’d imagine that you’re familiar with the phrase “et al.” (a latin abbreviation meaning “and others.”). For those who don’t know, it’s generally used for shortening lists of names in some literature. I realize it’s a little confusing, but I thought it was snazzy, so I used it.

June 11, 2007 at 3:52 am #294491
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saulgoode

“Watson” wrote: As I explained in my opening post, I’m running for all seven of the positions (one position has been removed from the running). This thread is my official campaign thread for all of my campaigns. Rather than cluttering up the forum with 7 different threads, I figured it would be wiser to simply combine it all into one.

I could understand if discussion of the merits of all candidates were to be contained within one thread for a particular ministerial position; but I fail to see how discussing eight different positions — with multiple issues relevant in their own manner to those specific aspects of site administration, aids in any way the process of selecting the most suitable candidates.

“Watson” wrote: After all, many of the questions I would hope to receive about my past history, qualifications, and abilities, will likely be pertinent to more than one position.

You don’t perceive that different positions will require differing experience, qualities, and ability of the potential candidate? Don’t you think it would be more beneficial to the election process and the community if each of your plans for administering the site’s resources were given a fair individual hearing; rather than cluttering up one thread with totally dissociated discussions?

June 11, 2007 at 4:35 am #294502
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Watson

“saulgoode” wrote: I fail to see how discussing eight different positions — with multiple issues relevant in their own manner to those specific aspects of site administration, aids in any way the process of selecting the most suitable candidates.

I guess it’s simply a difference of opinion. I took time to weigh the two options, and I felt (and still feel) that this option is cleaner and easier to follow (both for me, and for the voters).

“saulgoode” wrote: [quote="Watson"]After all, many of the questions I would hope to receive about my past history, qualifications, and abilities, will likely be pertinent to more than one position.

You don’t perceive that different positions will require differing experience, qualities, and ability of the potential candidate? [/quote]
Of course. I said “many of the questions,” not “all of the questions.” I absolutely understand that each position has its own unique challenges that I need to address.

“saulgoode” wrote: Don’t you think it would be more beneficial to the election process and the community if each of your plans for administering the site’s resources were given a fair individual hearing; rather than cluttering up one thread with totally dissociated discussions?

I believe that I will be able to keep it easy to follow. Should it become difficult and cluttered, I will certainly consider breaking up the topic for the sake of the voters. For now, as I stated above, I believe it will work.

I do wish that more people would ask specific questions regarding certain positions, or even ask me to address their misgivings about me (which I’m sure some will have). That’s what the thread is for, and I’d like to see more of it.

Thanks for your questions, by the way.

June 11, 2007 at 2:23 pm #294569
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Trillspots

I like your “get-it done” attitude, despite your occasional flippancy towards some other candidates. I don’t agree with all of your campaigning tactics, and would like to see a little more integrity – but I am very glad to see you’ve taken the time to put a lot of thought into it. Devotion, and commitment to get the job done is essential to any staff position.

And…running for all the available positions? That takes some courage! I thought this was a joke at first, but after reading through some, and looking through other threads – I think I see what you’re doing.

I like how you’re leaving it up to supporters to figure out what position you’re best suited for. Good luck in the elections! :)

-Trill

June 11, 2007 at 10:57 pm #294755
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saulgoode

“Watson” wrote: [quote="saulgoode"]I fail to see how discussing eight different positions — with multiple issues relevant in their own manner to those specific aspects of site administration, aids in any way the process of selecting the most suitable candidates.

I guess it’s simply a difference of opinion. I took time to weigh the two options, and I felt (and still feel) that this option is cleaner and easier to follow (both for me, and for the voters). [/quote]

Indeed, a difference of opinion and of course it will be easier for you to follow but it is hardly conducive to a productive discussion of the separate issues. If a voter wishes to determine your commentary with regards to a particular position, it is not easier for them to discern that information when it is scattered amongst seven unrelated topics. Your stance in this matter alone calls into question your judgment in how best to promote productive discussion taking place in the forums.

Nevertheless, having dismissed your suitability for the position of Minister of Discussion, I shall move on.

Your platform statement for the post of Minister of Information states:

I think this department is being run very well right now. The future film changes like clockwork, and announcements are pertinent and regular. Therefore, I’d like to emulate my plan for the Minister of Film Rating position, and say that if I win, I will keep the current minister, KG, and his under-ministers doing what they’re doing now.

Certainly the coverage of the ongoings of your BAMPA awards has been quite admirable, and I am in no way opposed to that — though the laundry list format of the presentation is not very aesthetic and serves to reduce access to the other News stories. However, the News page has left me quite unenlightened about other recent events that have transpired, or that are transpiring, which should be of critical interest to the community.

The IDEA Contest: yes, it was announced by Trillspots three months ago; but there has been no notification of a change in the deadline which occurred, nor any update on the status of the entries being shown at BrickWorld.

IDEA Logo Contest: An official Brickfilms contest arranged by the Minister of Film Contests specifically intended as a promotion for the aforementioned IDEA Contest. The News page provided no mention of the Contest being held, nor any announcement of the eventual result.

The Nadine & Charlie Music Video Contest: Another brickfilming contest which, while not initiated by Brickfilms, the Minister of Film Contests saw fit to present to the community in the Official Contests forum. The News page never mentioned the contest, no notification of its existence, nor an eventual postponement of the deadline.

The TTC Contest: Yes, this was a contest that I was heavily involved with; but notwithstanding, like the N&C Contest, it also was deemed fit for the Brickfilms Official Contests forum and, all subjectivity aside, the participants of this contest (and the Brickfilms community at large) would have been well-served to have seen mention of it on the News page.

The Steinerei Film Festival & Contest: While this event was not closely affiliated with Brickfilms and I can’t overly criticize its lack of mention on the News page from the aspect of promoting the interests of Brickfilms, it was a major brickfilming event which should be of great interest to the members of our community.

There are other events (such as The Nerd Parade Music Video Contest (a brickfilming contest offering over $150 in prizes to the winners) & the FreeLUG Summer Meet (a LEGO festival in France with a showcase of brickfilms in its schedule) which should be of interest to our community and yet receive no mention on the News page.

I think that your complete satisfaction with current administration of the News page and your intent to maintain the status quo is ample indication of your lack of recognition that your own interests run contrary to those of the community and an inability to place the interests of the community first.

June 12, 2007 at 1:54 am #294806
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Watson

“saulgoode” wrote: If a voter wishes to determine your commentary with regards to a particular position, it is not easier for them to discern that information when it is scattered amongst seven unrelated topics.

I agree with you completely. That’s why I didn’t scatter it among seven topics. I’m glad you came around to my point of view.

“saulgoode” wrote: Your stance in this matter alone calls into question your judgment in how best to promote productive discussion taking place in the forums.

Nevertheless, having dismissed your suitability for the position of Minister of Discussion, I shall move on.

The Minister of Discussion, according to RevMen, is supposed to be “in charge of the forums and the chat. Responsibilities include setting standards for proper forums behavior and overseeing all moderators.” Nowhere does he mention that the MoD must act as an editor, shifting and merging and arranging all the discussions in the forum so that they are easier to read. (The closest thing to this would be when a topic must be split – only once it has gotten off-topic – or when a post has been made in the wrong forum and must be moved. Both of these exceptions are quite distinct from the misstep of which you are accusing me).

You make a good point with some of the announcements that were missed on the news page. To be fair to KG, though, he wasn’t given the ability to add news stories until April, and was appointed amidst great confusion. Several stories you listed took place before his appointment, and were the responsibility of the original Minister of Information. The TTC Contest, Nerd Parade Music Video Contest, IDEA Logo Contest, and Nadine and Charlie Contest Announcements were all made prior to that time.

On the other hand, the TTC winners, IDEA Contest deadline change, Nadine and Charlie Deadline change, and Steinerei occurred after his appointment. Steinerei, as you admitted, is a debatable topic, but I think I would have included it, personally. TTC never received very much coverage, and suffered as a result. The winners should have been announced, though, as should the two deadline changes.

The chaos and confusion that occurred mid-way through this term, and the sudden, unexpected appointment lead to some mistakes being made. I think that if KG has the chance to start a fresh, normal term, things will be much smoother.

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