Hey, I know a lot of you may be wondering why the senate was retired. Basically, I've just been really disappointed with the activity of the senate; many senate members haven't been playing the tier enough, but unfortunately, it's been very difficult for me to find suitable replacements for senate members who have gone inactive, meaning that inactive senate members have been stuck on the senate for far too long. Thus, Oglemi and I have decided to re-implement the old rotating council system that we used in BW1, but with a few important changes. The council will be a group of 9 or 11 people handpicked by myself and Oglemi depending on the amount of activity we get per round. The council will be chosen based on the following criteria: 1st seat: Whoever is #1 on the ladder at the end of the round. 2nd seat: Whoever showed consistent high rankings* on the ladder. 3rd seat: Whoever showed consistent high rankings* on the ladder. 4th seat: Whoever showed the best** forum presence/discussion starter. 5th seat: Whoever showed the best*** IRC presence. 6th seat: A combination of the above roles 7th seat: A combination of the above roles 8th seat: A combination of the above roles *Think top #15 throughout the round, or top 30 with plenty of alts. **The np threads will be weighed heavily for this; people who post excellent posts in the np threads will be considered more for this slot. Posting in the other threads is still important though! ***Oglemi and I will subjectively choose this based on criteria along the same lines as who gets picked for Poster of the Month. Furthermore, unlike the old rotating council, there will also be some permanent spots. These semi-permanent spots will be rewarded to users who go above and beyond for a certain amount of rounds, and are consistently active in RU. However, if a member who has a permanent spot starts to go inactive, unless they have a very legitimate reason, they will lose their permanent spot. Hopefully, this will ensure that people who get permanent spots will be encouraged to keep doing what they were given a permanent spot for! The end of each round and the requirements to get on the rotating council will be posted periodically.