Continuing the series on reinventing Sciforums, here's my take on transparency in Sciforums. As most of you know until recently I have been a mod, so I have had an intimate and a rather unpleasant relationship with the secret mod forum. I've also been a member for 7 whole years and I know the ins and outs of this place. I've seen so many revolutions and revolutionaries it ain't funny, I've observed their causes and consequences. And sometimes, like in the last unfortunate episode that lead to my own recent actions, the reason why I had to act was the lack of transparency. I chose justice above secrecy and thus broke a rule and was thrown out of the mod team. Fair enough for me, I knew, what I was walking in, but there should have been no reason to do it in the first place. So here's my initial proposition. I'll most likely imporve on it in the following days, I hope you'll help me.  Transparency and Council of Great Old Ones A few premises:  There are two kinds of information: 1) Public information 2) Restricted information  Public information and Restricted information are defined in Sciforums rules. Please help me drawing up the definition. We should define Restricted information and define that all other information is public.  Any governing body needs to have some restricted in-house information in order to govern efficiently and properly.  There should be checks so that Public information is not classified as Restricted. Definitions Restricted information: Information which is needed for Mods and Admins in order for them to fulfill their functions, and the revealing of which because of the nature or content of said information would hamper the normal functioning of Sciforums, or could harm any members of Sciforums. Examples of RE information are: 1) Discussions on Warning members 2) Discussions on Banning members 3) Discussions on giving Recommendations to members, who wish to become mods 4) Discussions that due to their nature contain any private information of a member Public information: 1) any information that is not Restricted, 2) any information which points to Abuse of Power by mods, but doesn't contain any private/personal information of a member. (Restricted information can be revealed by excluding the parts which are private information of a member) Idea: 1. Mods have their invisible subforum (Modforum), where only they can post. Only restricted information should be discussed there. All other informtion should be discussed in Open Government. 2. Modforum can be read, but not posted in by members of the Council of Great Old Ones (Council). 3. Council consists of members who are not moderators, but have been members of Sciforums for at least X (3) years and who have been approved by the Council. First 3 members of the Council are chosen by the first 3 mods that are voted in according to my proposed new mod voting in ruls (1). 4.Council members can read the Modforum and so check if all is fair. If there is posted information that they all think is Public information and should be a concern for the community, they make a thread on it in Open Government. Council members are not prosecuted for this action. 5. Council members have some other functions and cool privileges that will be decided later in a seperate thread. -------- Please discuss. Remember - ALPHA rules apply here. I'll be off now, have a nice evening.