12. There will be an annual elections process to choose members of the Forvm Website Awards Nomination Committee (six seats), including the Chairperson. It will take place during June and July; new terms begin every August 4th. Board members may change or remove their votes in a poll as long as it is open.
12a. Committee member candidates, from the time they declare their candidacies, must also be members of FORVM's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board. Membership on said Discussion Board must be maintained by Committee members until the end of their service on said Committee.
12b. Candidates for Chairperson must have at least 100 posts and one year of membership on FORVM's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board at the time of their declarations for said office.
12c. A public post will be made by the highest-ranking willing person not running for a seat listed in Rule 12d by June 1st asking for any candidates from the public to run for the office of Chairperson. Another public post will be made on that day for people to declare their candidacies for the standard seats. Candidates must have a Yahoo! account or obtain one by August 4th in order to communicate with the Committee. The deadline for responses to all calls is 0000 GMT 1 July.
12d. Time as a *Former Chairperson -> Time as a *Former Vice-Chairperson -> Time as a *Former Committee member -> Moderators as listed from top to bottom on the Index Page of FORVM's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board (FORVM Staff and *Current-Term Committee Members excluded) -> President of FORVM Ancient Coins -> Time as a registered member of FORVM's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board -> Alphabetical
*Such persons must not have been members of the current term at any time during the year.
12e. The regular award polls will cease during Committee member elections.
12f. There will be a competitive poll starting on or near July 1st for the office of Chairperson (unless a Rule 12g situation occurs). It will run for a 10-day period. If the incumbent loses, then he/she may still run for a standard seat afterwards. An incumbent will be labeled as such.
12g. There will be a competitive poll to fill the standard seats of the Committee. It will run for a 14-day period right after the Chairperson's poll ends (unless a Rule 12g situation occurs). Incumbents will be labeled as such.
12h. If there is an equal or lesser number of candidates than seats, then those candidates will be admitted to the next Committee automatically without election.
12i. If by 0000 GMT 1 July there are fewer declared candidates than seats, a first-come, first-served policy will be in effect for as long as necessary to fill the vacant seat(s).
12j. If there is a tie between certain candidates that involves fifth place, then there will be a 7-day runoff between said candidates.
12k. The Vice-Chairperson will be either chosen in the new Committee if consensus can be reached or by a 10-day public election poll held after standard seat elections.
13. Seniority in the Committee is as follows:
Chairperson -> Vice-Chairperson -> Time as a Former Chairperson -> Time as a Former Vice-Chairperson -> Time as a Committee member -> Time as a registered member of FORVM's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board -> Alphabetical
Seniority may only be invoked by a Standard Committee member in a case where all members above said member's level are unable to perform the duties of Chairperson in a normal time frame, especially in the case of events scheduled in the Rules. Seniority is also to be used in determining the listing order of Committee members in "The Forvm Website Awards Nomination Committee (Comitia Curiata)" thread.
14. Committee members must not accept or receive any gifts from the business of "FORVM Ancient Coins", especially for their services in the Forvm Website Awards Program, while they are on the Committee or after they declared their candidacies to serve on it. They may receive compensation, regularly available to all in the general public, for goods and services rendered to FORVM the business or to the resources it provides as well as any free goods and services offered by FORVM the business to the general public. FORVM Staff are prohibited from serving on the Forvm Website Awards Nomination Committee, except for those temporarily given that title and power for the purpose of uncompensated improvements to the FORVM website.
14a. Committee members, from the time they declare their candidacies, must not accept or receive any gifts from members of the Classical Numismatics Discussion Board or owners of websites eligible for a Forvm Website Award, especially for their services in the Forvm Website Awards Program. All goods and services which are not part of a shopping bonus and have a definable commercial value that are accepted or received from such people must be paid for in said value or exchanged for gifts of similar value (for example, in Holiday observances and coin trading). Footnote
15. Committee members may be removed from the Committee for actions that hinder the operation or compromise the integrity of the Forvm Website Awards. Committee members who are removed from office are forever banned from holding said office again.
15a. In order to launch a removal proceeding, a member of FORVM's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board must start an impeachment thread calling for such action. The Committee member concerned and that person's alleged offense(s) must be named in the first post. Then, another member of said Discussion Board must second the motion in a post to that thread. Both accusing members must have at least 100 posts and one year of membership on said Discussion Board. The impeachment thread will remain open for two weeks. The motion must be seconded within that time frame or the thread will be deleted. If deletion happens, the specific alleged offense(s) mentioned in that thread may not be used to launch any future proceedings against said member.
15b. When an impeachment thread is started, any Standard Award polls and/or Operational polls currently running will be paused. Their resumption will be based on the schedule in Rule 6f. Any paused polls that are unable to resume before 0000 GMT 18 May may reopen when the next Committee begins. Time in May after that deadline will not count towards the 45 Days of Rule 6f. If the Annual Awards are in progress, the impeachment thread will be immediately locked until their conclusion. Impeachment threads may not be started from 0000 GMT 1 June to 0000 GMT 4 August, unless Committee member elections have ended for that session.
15c. If an impeachment thread is successful, then a public poll will be started asking whether the Committee member involved should be removed from office. A 3/5ths majority is required for removal. The poll will remain open for two weeks. If that majority exists when the poll closes, then said member will immediately be removed from the Committee. If a 3/5ths majority is not reached, then the specific alleged offense(s) considered may not be used to launch any future proceedings against said member. The public removal poll and impeachment thread will also be removed after one week.
15d. Any website candidate(s) and/or Award Recipients actively involved in the offense(s) that result in removal of a Committee member from office shall themselves be barred from participating in the Forvm Website Awards. Any existing Awards, Standard and/or Annual, held by said website(s) shall automatically be revoked. If such Awards are not removed from said website(s), Rule 17j will be invoked.
15e. Any website nominations previously vetoed and Operational measures rejected in Committee by a removed Committee member may be reintroduced for consideration by that same Committee. A Committee member that is the subject of an impeachment thread may not collect nominations for the Annual Awards while said thread exists. If all Committee members are subjected to such threads at that time, then the Annual Awards must be paused until the removal processes are all resolved.
15f. Records of all deleted impeachment threads and public removal polls will be kept by the Chairperson of the Committee.
16. Criticism of websites - Libelous/profane/harsh/etc. comments will not be tolerated; mild criticism is o.k. when it can be backed up by facts. A word of wisdom: Let a "no" vote simply express your disapproval unless you really just have to say something about your decision. Offending posts will be deleted by a moderator and the poster notified; the administration will be notified too if it is very serious.
17. Revocation Policy - If standards on a Recipient's website fall to unacceptable levels (especially the customer service of commercial sites), then the Award can be revoked by a special public poll approved by the Committee.
17a. Awarded content that subsequently becomes accessible only through payment will have its Award revoked automatically.
17b. A member of FORVM's Classical Numismatics Discussion Board with at least 100 posts and one year of membership on said Discussion Board may submit request(s) for Award revocation. Said request(s) must be submitted by Personal (Private) Message to a Committee member. A request will be shared with the rest of the Committee in open discussion in that body's Yahoo! Group. Personal (Private) Messages between Committee members pertaining to the matter are prohibited. A Committee decision must be made within two weeks. If a public poll is not authorized, the discussion will be stricken from the public record of the Yahoo! Group one week after the debate is closed. Also, the specific alleged offense(s) considered may not be used to launch any future proceedings against the accused Award Recipient.
17c. Award Recipients must be notified immediately when any calls for revocation are made against them and of the identity of member(s) placing said calls. They must be allowed to respond to the charges and have said communications considered in the Committee debate and, if need be, the public poll.
17d. A call for revocation may be placed against a website candidate still in the polls for an initial Standard Award. Such a poll will remain open but the reply feature will be locked. A link to the Committee's discussion on the matter will be provided.
17e. The public poll must be approved by a majority of Committee members. The Chairperson may not break a tie, such a vote will defeat the call for revocation. If approved, the public poll will run for one week. A minimum of 50 voters in the turnout is required for the results to be binding. A 2/3rds majority is required to approve the revocation. A link to the Committee's discussion on the matter will be provided. If a 2/3rds majority and/or sufficient turnout is not reached, then the specific alleged offense(s) considered may not be used to launch any future proceedings against the accused Award Recipient. The public poll and Committee discussion will also be removed from the public record after one week.
17f. When a public poll is started, any Standard Award polls and/or Operational polls currently running will be paused. Their resumption will be based on the schedule in Rule 6f. Any paused polls that are unable to resume before 0000 GMT 18 May may reopen when the next Committee begins. Time in May after that deadline will not count towards the 45 Days of Rule 6f. If the Annual Awards are in progress, the public poll may not be held until their conclusion. Calls for revocation may not be considered by the Committee from 0000 GMT 1 June to 0000 GMT 4 August.
17g. Any Award Recipients that have their Awards revoked shall be barred from participating in the Forvm Website Awards. If such Awards are not removed from said website(s), Rule 17j will be invoked.
17h. All mention (polls, Recipient Listings, etc.) of Recipients that have their Awards revoked, except for those that require payment for access, will be deleted from the FORVM Discussion Board and posts in the Yahoo! Group dealing with the revocation will face the same.
17i. Records of all deleted Committee discussions and public revocation polls will be kept by the Chairperson of the Committee.
17j. Blacklist - If the webmaster refuses to remove a revoked Award then there will be a blacklist available on the FORVM Discussion Board for everyone to view. The blacklist will also document those who steal the Award image for their own sites. Please notify a member of the Committee if you discover a stolen Award.
These rules have been decided upon in public or in Committee by polls and/or discussions. They are open for amendments though as situations arise and warrant. If you know of such a situation, post it under a new topic and we'll discuss it.