Guild Of Messengers operational Format
These two images (one annotated one not), are of a flow Diagram showing the way I believe the Guild of Messengers should work. To understand the Guild council level, refer to the quoted post. And remember everything except the public front end (including public forums) and the boxes labelled news and the guild of messengers announcements box are NOT accessible by explorers, only guild members.
Of note is that the news boxes are for the individual member organisations edition and format of the information provided by the council level information (raw data) that is converted into consumer-level news by the member organisations (each offering this conversion into a different format, live broadcast, pod cast, comic etc.)
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I think a group should be a "publishing group". The seat on the council (read my comments for reasons for not letting everyone possible in on the council and listen to the URU Radio shows for more discussion) should be given to a publishing group, or in other words, the banner that your independant group falls under to get it's content out.
I'll use URU Radio as an example, the first example where it is awarded a council seat, the other where it isn't.
1. URU Radio has it's own website where all content is posted independently from the rest of the net. URU Radio doesn't rely on anyone elses funding, URU Radio has it's own server and domain. URU Radio offers an original angle on messaging in URU.
2a. URU Radio joins with The cavern today. URU Radio is listed as a cavern today division and is accessed via a link on the nav bar on their site. URU Radio uses their servers, URU Radio may donate to The Cavern Today but the main funding and organisation for the project (eg.. website and forums) is run by the cavern today.
2b. URU Radio is a pod casting service, and bears little difference to the cavern today other than it has slightly different topics and a different schedule. (the council will decide on the difference between 1 and 2b by a council vote that will determine all decisions in the guild)
In the 1st hypothetical situation, URU Radio gets a seat on the council. the other two, the seat is not given. In 2a, the parent publishing organisation (in this example The cavern today) votes on behalf of URU Radio. In 2b no vote is given for URU Radio but may still be considered a member organisation at the council's discretion.
My answers to some of your comments (thinking ahead):
Yes there is a possibility that organisations will not get to join the guild. There must be some exclusivity to the guild, otherwise everyone who wants a council vote will just split off from their parent publishing organisations and declare themselves independent and worthy of a council vote.
Individuals do NOT get a vote on the council, each organisation gets 1 vote each.
It will not necessarily be easy to join the guild !! However if you join an organisation that has a seat on the council, you can call yourself a guild member. Otherwise you have to create a NEW and ORIGINAL and INDEPENDENT organisation and submit yourself to a council vote which decides on eligibility for a vote.
Council members may have ranking (lvl 1 council members being highest etc. may have 2 votes when a new council member at lvl 2 may only have 1, some issues will only be voted on by lvl 1 members). This will counter new groups having too much power in the guild. Organisations being promoted from lvl 2 to lvl 1 will be promoted on a lvl 1 council vote.
There may be open votes for anyone in a member organisation (equal votes for all).
The original council, when decided upon will be put to a community vote with a binary outcome "yes" or "no". the vote will not give the option "yes, but as long as such and such a group doesn't have a seat". On the outcome the vote is given a "no" THEN the council will be rewritten, and put to the vote again (multiple times possibly to get it right)
Operations in the guild will be put to a set of votes AFTER the council is made.
I decided to make a diagram showing the council level processing of information within the guild.
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I think this is probably more complex then we need to be thinking at this stage.