It must be said that Caesar is not wholly pleased. A bit disappointed actually. Through his tyranny, but ultimate benevolence, a rare opportunity was offered, but eventually squandered. It is a wonder he deigns to suffer such from the rabble, but being Caesar, suffer he must.
Gather round fellow citizens...
Caesar decreed (and since Caesar is lazy he will cut a paste the old decree. Caesar is also busy and isn't going to proofread his scribes so unless you want them executed, ignore any typos) thus:
The current elections as called are cancelled.
There will be elections as originally contemplated, which IIRC was going to be 60 days after the site was up and functioning. So elections will be held the week of December 11th and conclude on December 16.
Prior to any elections for specific officeholders, the community must first debate and decide several things. Continue current structure & rules, makes changes, etc. I will not guide this, and may not even participate – others need to step up and get the ball rolling. You have a month to get everything in order, and there will need to be "pre-elections" to decide all these issues.
Elections have commenced, and Caesar has no idea what anybody is being elected to do exactly. There has been much talk and kibitzing about how the site should moderated, if it should be moderated, how much the current troika sucks or doesn't suck, how the new troika should or shouldn't ban, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. [Waves Hand in Disconsolate Manner]
Everybody seems to have an opinion, yet nobody stepped to the plate and made anything actually happen. (BTW, no freak'n finger pointing at whetherman or HankP, they already pull more than their fair share of the load by handling the geekery).
This ignoble circumstance is a HUGE disservice to the poor suckers... err... I mean the fine folks who will ultimately be given sway when I cease to svck and rvin. This job is impossible to do in a manner that will please everyone every time. Nobody is going to monitor the site 24/7 and find every transgression and judge each equally. The rules, or any rules for that matter, will never be meted out in perfect justice.
The single best way to make this job more difficult is to make its scope and responsibility more vague, and the best way to make this job more important is to make the community's expectations and responsibilities more vague; yet, that is where we find ourselves. If I were in their shoes, I would refuse to serve in these circumstances.
So to ease his disappoint, and to insure his infamy as a cruel and heartless bastard of a tyrant, and to make sure someone, anyone, takes over from his reign of terror. Caesar must decree:
Finally, there has been some grousing (though significantly less than I had assumed there would be) about Caesar's ruthless and callous act in regards to the fine Kierkegaard. I mean, what kind of bastard would do such a thing? It is quite simple really, and K. said it himself:
"I pursue it to make a point. There are no real rules here at all--the chance of either of us actually being banned are next to zero. The rules are too convoluted to be clearly understood or enforceable.
Which is why there should be no pretence that we have any."
Because you see, until this little republic gets its acts together, there are real rules, they are easy to understand and they can be enforced. Mercurially or otherwise. He, or anyone else who might disagree, have only yourselves to blame. He championed anarchy, but failed to gain community consensus on the matter, and jumped the gun and sought to exploit the situation. Unfortunately, he did it while some nitpicking sh**h**d still had keys to the kingdom and feels a responsibility to a job he never sought or wanted.
Suspending K. wasn't fair. I wasn't trying to fair. My tyrannical reign is no different today than it was any other day, when you put your foot down and demand to be whacked, I always try to oblige (unless I think not obliging will piss you off even more), what can I say… I'm a giver. I always endeavored to do what I thought was solely in the long-term best interest of the site, regardless of community sentiment. Benevolent dictators are like that. Bastards every one of 'em.
Only 11 more shopping days 'til Christmas...
...and only 2 more days 'til the site's long national nightmare of my reign is over. See you all on the Senate steps!