Upon request from the entirety of the NU Senate, NU will be adopting a two-party suspecting system in order to promote activity on the ladder, forums, and on the IRC channel (#neverused). This two-party system will consist of a semi-permanent Senate, as well as a selection of non-Senate members
. While similar to the new RU Senate, there will be several key differences between the two, primarily during the selection of the rotating council. These members will be chosen to vote due to their performance on ladder and the quality of their posts/discussion on the forums and IRC, rather than simply limiting it to ladder performance. This decision has been made for two reasons; firstly because we're trying to encourage participation in the community rather than simply duking it out on the ladder, and secondly because we're in the middle of a transition from PO to PS!, and relying solely on the ladder will probably lead to a lot of bitching that I don't want to deal with.
The only other key difference is that the amount of members who will be on the rotating council will not be a static number. This prevents the NU Senate from having to select members to simply 'fill a quota'; rather, it allows us to stick to selecting those that have earned it. Think of it like this: if you have put in the effort to earn a spot on the rotating council, you will more than likely be able to vote. An alt identification thread will be posted at a date that has yet to be determined, probably sometime later this month. The #1 non-Senate player on the PO ladder (this may change depending on when the ladder on PS! is fixed) will be automatically inducted into the rotating council; any others will be selected based on their ladder performance and forum/irc presence.
A big thanks to Amarillo, cbb, Django, and DTC for serving the Senate at various times up until this point.
Non-Senate voters will receive the Tiering Contributor Badge
after they have reached 8 total tier-related votes across all tiers and generations. The non-Senate seats are repeatable each round.
The rotating council will be selected before suspect discussions to prevent bias at a later date. I'll post again in this thread when the date has been selected. If you have any further qualms with how the NU Senate will be run, shoot me a PM. Thanks!