A Topic Leader is the head of an individual pokemon creation project. It is one of the most respected leadership positions on the CAP project. Powers and responsibilities include:
- Create and moderate all threads that pertain to the construction process -- this includes polling, discussion, and submission threads
- Ensure the construction process adheres to project standards and guidelines
- Maintain project pace and momentum
- Lead discussions
- Determine voting style for polls
- Record and interpret the results of all polls
- Determine the necessity and format for secondary or spillover polls
- Determine the slate of submissions for certain polls
- Encourage participation
A new Topic Leader is chosen for each new pokemon creation project. All Topic Leader candidates self-nominate in a nomination thread created at the start of a pokemon creation project. Nominees should make their "pitch" in a self-nomination post. Individual community members can express support for a given candidate by posting in the nomination thread. Posts disparaging candidates are discouraged.
Once selected, the Topic Leader must pick an Assistant Topic Leader, whose job is to serve as a backup to the TL in cases when the TL cannot fulfill the responsibilities of the job. The ATL may also lend assistance to the TL when it comes to tallying votes and other tasks that require a lot of work.
The Policy Committee is a group of experienced project members whose primary responsibilities include:
- Selecting a Topic Leader for the CAP Project
- Creating Policy Review topics
- Voting in Policy Review polls
A Policy Committee is formed at the beginning of every CAP project. The committee will serve until the next Policy Committee is assembled. So each committee will normally serve a term of a couple of months.
A Policy Committee nomination thread is opened at the same time as the TL nomination thread. The same general rules apply. You need to be experienced, you can only nominate yourself, you should make a brief pitch for why you should be on the panel.
The forum moderation staff will select the committee, based on members' involvement in the forum. There is no limit to the size of the committee. The goal is to be very "inclusive". Anyone that is regularly active in the forum, that makes reasonably intelligent posts, and that wants to serve on the committee -- should normally be selected.
The Project Leader posts at the conclusion of the nomination period listing all the panelists they want on the committee, and closes the thread. All the other moderators then edit that post and add in any names of people that they want, that the Project Leader did not include. Moderators should not remove names from the committee. Basically, the mods can only vote "Yes" for people, and it only takes one "Yes" to make it on the committee. After the CAP project starts, no names can be added to the committee.
That final post serves as the definitive list of committee members for the entire term.
When holding Policy Committee votes, they are done in voting threads in the CAP forum. Only current approved committee members can post in the voting threads. Any other posts will be deleted.
Nominees for Topic Leader may not vote in the Topic Leader selection poll.
The Policy Committee will not vote on revisions to CAP pokemon. In the event a CAP pokemon is revised, a special voting panel will be assembled for that purpose. The process and rules for revision will be detailed at that time.
The CAP Project Leader serves as the non-voting chairperson of the TL Selection Panel. The chairperson organizes the nomination threads, coordinates voting, and only votes in the case of a tie.
Policy Committee Eligibility Requirements
Members of the Policy Committee must have been actively involved through the entire duration of the most recent CAP project. Involvement in multiple CAP projects is preferred. But, even if someone was involved in past CAP projects, if they were not around for the most recent project, then they really are not "current" on the state of the CAP project and/or server.
It is essential that members of the Policy Committee are up-to-date. That's the reason we form a new committee before each CAP project. There will be no "honorary committee members" or members selected simply because they are popular and generally respected.
"Actively involved" means that you have posted regularly with intelligent contributions to the discussions. Lurking is not "active involvement". Voting is not "active involvement".
Posting popular opinions is not a requirement. Posting intelligent opinions is a requirement. It's perfectly OK if someone that is not well-liked, is selected to be on the Policy Committee. This is not a popularity contest. It is recognition of a certain level of activity and knowledge about the CAP project.
Rule-breaking is not only unpopular -- it's an example of LACK of knowledge about the CAP project. If you've been infracted heavily in the CAP forum in the past, do not expect to be selected to the Policy Committee, regardless of your activity level.