Hi everyone, So, I'm going to pretty much get right down to it. What we've basically decided to do for suspects is to have a council vote, just like what we did for Alakazam and Sableye, only now we'll have the system ironed out a little more here. Section 1 - What the Council is The council will consist of 9 people, however the council will be different every single "round" or phase, and become something what I like to call a "cycling council." What this means is that only three people can serve on the Council two rounds in a row, with the exception of Nails because he's the co-leader of RU and I trust him to stay up-to-date on the metagame (and if he doesn't he'll relenquish his seat for that round). So for example, next round, Heysup, PK Gaming, Zephyr, doomvendingmachine, myself, and Fried Rhys will be ineligible to be on the Council, insuring fresh blood gets injected into the Council every round. They will all be able to join the Council (except myself because I'm pre-emptively excluding myself from the votes here on out) after that though. Section 2 - How the Council is Elected The Council will be handpicked by myself in a variety of ways. You as the people that are vying to be on the Council won't (and shouldn't) have to write paragraphs or even nominate yourselves to be on the Council. All of the work falls on me to pick the best people to be on the Council (you are free to suggest people to be on the Council, but you cannot in any way advertise yourself. Don't think it's a good idea to bribe people to suggest you either, they have to do it on their own free will.) I will be taking many different things into consideration when I am picking people for the Council. This is basically what the seats will look like, but it is not set in stone: 1st seat: Whoever is #1 on the ladder at the end of the round. (Can repeat) 2nd seat: Whoever showed consistent high rankings* on the ladder. 3rd seat: Whoever showed consistent high rankings* on the ladder. (Can repeat) 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 (Can repeat) *Consistently high or multiple account highs on the ladder (think top #15). I will be checking periodically to see who is at the top of the ladder. **Defined subjectively, but along the same lines as to whoever is picked for Poster of the Month. I feel this system would give those people who have a deep understanding of the metagame but not enough time to ladder a chance to participate in the Council. However, your ladder ranking, forum presence, and IRC presence will all be taken into account when I'm picking seats. Don't think that you can just have good IRC/forum presence but never step foot on the ladder (the only person that is kind of immune to this is whoever reaches #1 at the end of the round). I'll be keeping tabs on virtually everybody, and you should always have a good ladder standing (think top #30), so don't slack off! I realize that it may be worrying that I may just pass over the "lesser" users (those without badges or low post count) but I can assure you that this won't happen in the slightest. Everyone is going to have a chance to be on the Council, and as long as you are visible, you'll have a good chance to be on the Council (this doesn't mean spam like hell coughcough). I also realize that may seem pretty subjective, but I feel that I have a good mix of both objectiveness and subjectiveness to balance the system out. Also, the cycling system pretty much ensures that you'll always have a good chance of getting on the Council. Section 3 - How Suspects are Chosen Suspects will be chosen by whatever you guys are talking about in the np: thread and whatever is causing hell on the ladder. I think when the time comes it'll be pretty obvious as to what can be deemed a suspect to be voted on. Section 4 - What Happens When a Suspect Isn't Banned Suspects that don't reach a ban cannot be voted on by the next Council, bar major metagame shifts (think Alakazam/Sableye). If a Pokemon isn't banned, tough luck, you guys are going to have to deal with it for another round! This is where nominating people you like to me comes into play, because you want me to notice people who you think will vote a certain way. I will make exceptions to Pokemon if, like I said, a major shift in the metagame occurs, or if there is enough public outcry for wanting to get something out of the tier. But for the most part, there will be no double jeopardy.