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Smee



Joined: 16 Oct 2004
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Location: UK

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:24 am    Post subject: New Mayor in town!  

Ifians!

I will try to be brief, but I can't promise anything ;)

Whoever you voted for, my thanks to those who did! It was great to see the life of this city come out and show itself.

Some of you are residents, some frequent visitors, others just occassional tourists. Some of you are still discovering If for the very first time. All are welcome.

We have a great place here. A place of warmth and friendship, of stories and games, of challenge and learning. But... for some time now we have lived without the support, and guidance of a mayor. I'm pleased to say that ends today, and I begin immediately with an announcement for you all.

Joining me for this term, to help get the city back on track and give everyone here the services and support they deserve, will be the City's first Deputy Mayor. The person in this position will have all the same admin powers I have, and will be taking responsibility for various city projects on my behalf. They will have full discretionary powers to deal with rule breakers as they see fit, only coming to me in the most serious breaches of City rules. In short, all but a second mayor.*

It is my very great pleasure to announce Crunchyfrog will be taking this new role!

Unique to this election, it was evident from the election posts, Crunchy and I share a very similar vision for the city. Regardless of the election voting outcome, the other would always have been available as an advisor to the chosen mayor. We have decided to instead take it a step further with the invention of the Deputy Mayor position.

With two admins the city will have the presence required to really get it moving efficiently. This will mean good things like the Storygame of the Month competition winners can expect to have their new forums up and running quickly, the IFY's will shortly be coming back to the city, several projects will soon be on their way. And perhaps in a negative light to some of you - taxes will be collected on time and regularly! ;)

Too many little details recently have been overlooked, or ignored. Leave them to us, we'll get them sorted. Meanwhile, you guys are free to head off and enjoy Storygaming. :)

~

Moving Forwards :

In celebration of the election there will officially be no rent required for SGoTM Forums this month. (Not that you've been paying unofficially for the last few months,** well, enjoy it for another month, on us! ;) )

It's springtime, and the city has been left more or less to itself for several months. One of our first duties will be a thorough springclean of the city.

To start with, we're going to have a complete refresh of our City Council (the moderators). The current moderators have done an excellent job, in most cases, and you have great thanks from me. But it is easier to do a full refresh in one sweep and make sure everyone is doing what they want to be.

To work with the new enthusiastic and active Mayoring duo, we want an equally enthusiastic and dynamic Moderating team. Appearing shortly will be job descriptions for all the Council roles. We will be looking for applications for these roles and we'll take on the best candidates. Current moderators are of course welcome to re-apply for their current positions or other positions if they fancy a change.

Note, the moderator roles will be formally expanding slightly. Typically it was to simply keep the appropriate forum tidy, and collect some taxes. We'll be looking for moderators who will also seek to stir up life in their respective areas, whether that's running competitons, spotlights or just generally getting stuck in and involved in the activities in their section.

Once we have our new Council in place and all busy with their feather dusters in their respective city parts we'll begin on some other plans. I look forward to detailing those to you soon. In the meantime, any ideas you do have let us know, particularly if it's a project you're willing to take on yourself. We may not go for every idea, but we're always interested in hearing them.

And of course any questions you might have - the election question time was rather quiet, but you may have more now.

Happy IF'ing :)

* On advice from our King, we want to leave the system simple, with a clear chain of command should the need arise. Which is why this isn't officially a 'joint mayor' role. We also don't want to complicate the next election. Whether the mayor after me decides to also have a deputy will be entirely between themselves and Key.

** If you have sent payment in the last few days, please request a refund from the Treasury and it will be dealt with.
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Crunchyfrog



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Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:55 am    Post subject:  

Id just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Smee on being elected to his second term. I wasnt around during his first time as Mayor, but it is clear from the legacies of his previous term that we can have every confidence that IF will be run smoothly and efficiently.

Smee and I will be covering each other during any absences, and will make it very clear who is available, and when.

If you have requests or issues you need Mayoral help on, you may PM either one or both of us. We are working together, so that your PMs can be acknowledged and answered promptly.

In anticipation of refreshing the City Council, a list of Moderator Job Descriptions has been posted in the Technical Institute to give you a flavour of the basic responsibilities and required skills/experience for these roles.

Smee will shortly announce when applications are being accepted for Modship for the April - October 2009 term.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to post below. :)
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Chinaren



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:46 am    Post subject:  

Quote: I will try to be brief, but I can't promise anything

Typical politician!


Quote: will be the City's first Deputy Mayor.

Ahem. Nearly first. :cool:

I look forward to the second tyrannical, er, benevolent rule of:

Smee the Smerciless!
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Smee



Joined: 16 Oct 2004
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Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:48 am    Post subject:  

Were you an official deputy Chinny? I thought you an unofficial, hairy orange helper! :P
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Chinaren



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Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:57 am    Post subject:  

Smee wrote: Were you an official deputy Chinny? I thought you an unofficial, hairy orange helper! :P

You know me, I'm never official. :) lol. I think the best I could manage is... sanctioned.


Beggin' yer 'onors pardon.

~bows~
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Crunchyfrog



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Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:05 am    Post subject:  

It's not the first time a Mayor has had a minion. :D

C'ren was a great helper! He used to stick medals and awards to the proud breasts of IFians, and also to stand at the Great Wall of Registration and kill all the spambots attempting to get through. Of course the former duty did distract him somewhat, so generally he flattened unwelcome intruders with his great orange hairy body after they'd registered instead. :-D
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The White Blacksmith



Joined: 02 Apr 2006
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Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:26 am    Post subject:  

*paints self blue*
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Alegria



Joined: 04 Mar 2005
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Location: On the beaches with Dr. Suess' Sneeches. Only the star-bellied ones, of course.

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:55 pm    Post subject:  

Congrats, Smee!
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Reiso



Joined: 27 Oct 2004
Posts: 917
Location: Western North America

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject:  

Yes, Smee, Congrats. Since everyone is commemorating the event by going blue, I did my part and switched back to my old avatar.

:D
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The Meaning Of Fear



Joined: 06 May 2006
Posts: 980
Location: In a deep, dark corner of the universe, plotting.

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:14 pm    Post subject:  

Congratulations to both of you, and hope you have a great term!

Now, about those link colours... :P
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Smee



Joined: 16 Oct 2004
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Location: UK

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:58 pm    Post subject:  

Awwww, Reiso - I remember that Avatar! Awesome. *chuckles*

The blue avatars are great folks, but I'm not sure blue will also work for the links as well. It's a return to the traditional, oldschool, Ifian orange that I plan on. More than happy to see the AV's to stay blue though ;)
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Chinaren



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Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:09 am    Post subject:  

I think blue would look good, though of course, Chinaren Orange* is fine as well.


*Now a patented color.
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Phantomfan



Joined: 01 May 2008
Posts: 309
Location: Deep within the music of the night

Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:21 am    Post subject:  

*finds her old avatar and opens Photoshop, doodling with the background until satisfied*
There you go!
Not as blue as my other one, but definitely cooler.
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scissorkitty



Joined: 04 Mar 2008
Posts: 789
Location: Escaping the Hair Lair

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:46 am    Post subject:  

Ahem. May I just say...

WHOOT WHOOT!

Congrats to both of you! May the fun begin*!


*or resume.
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sir wax



Joined: 03 Mar 2008
Posts: 269
Location: i come from outer space, to save the human race

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:48 am    Post subject:  

SHMEEEEE!!!

and Crunchy Crunch Crunch!!
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DeadManWalking



Joined: 24 May 2006
Posts: 1005

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject:  

HOLY CRAP WAX IS BACK
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Smee



Joined: 16 Oct 2004
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Location: UK

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject:  

Waxster! :P
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The Meaning Of Fear



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Location: In a deep, dark corner of the universe, plotting.

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:34 pm    Post subject:  

DeadManWalking wrote: HOLY CRAP WAX IS BACK

What he said! Except more explicit!
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The White Blacksmith



Joined: 02 Apr 2006
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Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:02 am    Post subject:  

The Meaning Of Fear wrote: DeadManWalking wrote: HOLY CRAP WAX IS BACK

What he said! Except more explicit!

That. Only less explicit because I am polite.
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