Enough is enough.
I have seen your vague promises of a better Refuge, your insistence that all will be well once Dear Leader finally has the ability to crush those he opposes with an iron block button. Your proposed exemption handouts in exchange for votes and support, an exchange too scummy for even Dru Love to accept. Your suggested bureaucracies, spreading moderator power out among a few select cronies. Your dog pictures (which are excellent).
In this election, there should be an additional option: the ability to vote that there is no president at all. Think of the past as you think on your future:
Do we really want a single individual placed on high, given immense moderator powers, up to and including the ability to block specific users? Have none of these candidates ever visited the Refuge while inebriated? Have none of these candidates ever fought with others, or with each other, in flame wars on this board? Who here do you actually trust to draw the line, fairly and consistently?
Do we really need such an individual? Think of all of the idiosyncrasies that have grown out of this site organically: meet-ups, game shows, swing roasts, worst holes, the Buck Club thread, wine tastings, awards…
R e f u g e - s p e c i f i c - m e m e s.
It’s not all for me, but that’s part of the experience. Would all of that have occurred were one person in charge? The beauty of this place is that it has grown organically, from a few hundred random usernames in January 2018 to a sprawling, thriving ecosystem, complete with food pictures and dog pictures and its own currency on the Silk Road.
Does the Refuge have problems? Yes. There should be a more robust introduction process for new Refugees, a more immersive tutorial into the “Rules of the Road” and perhaps a brief overview of some of the more integral threads on the site. I think the mute button should be strengthened to a year-and-a-day, like in a children’s story. We should also all take a more intellectually-consistent approach towards determining what is and is not out of bounds, as well as a more discerning approach towards deciding whether to post something that may or may not be out of bounds. We should always ask ourselves, before posting anything: “Does it slap?”
However, the introduction of a top-down governance structure will only serve to stifle innovation while blowing the ego of those select few governors through the roof. It will be bad. It will not be good.
Vote for Anarchy. Vote for Freedom. Vote for the Refuge.