Fight for simplicity

Posted by Romain on

I fought hard against myself to write a simple method to appoint a moderator. The idea of using two dices seduced me but it might be too complex. Simplicity holds the key because a single friction suffices to halt sortition. Thus I present here the method using a single dice instead of two.

Using one dice enables multiple positive features. The caster cannot be moderator. This method lays midday between asking for volunteers and having an inclusive list. People just need to switch seats to be or not a candidate. It is fun. It is obvious to understand, even an uneducated kid can get it.

Using two dices creates complexities. Either we are much more than six and it looks worthwhile. But a productive meeting contains less people than 36. In such a case you need to throw multiple times and to explain each time why.

I already modified the method numerous times. I removed the thumbs up, the minimal time now I am removing the need for two dices. The rule may change back to what they were but for now:

Appoint impermanent moderators.

An illustration to explain the method to appoint impermanent moderators. Romain Cazé CC-BY

We determine a maximal time of office before casting a dice. Someone casts the dice and the nth person on their left will moderate, n being the number on the dice. When they resign or when we reach the maximal time this person cast the dice to appoint a new moderator.

And in French it gives:

Désigner des personnes qui vont modérer la réunion pour un temps.

On détermine ensemble une durée maximale de mandat avant de lancer un dé. Quelqu’un lance le dé et la nième personne sur sa gauche va modérer, n étant le nombre inscrit sur le dé. Si elle démissionne ou si son mandat touche à sa fin cette personne relance le dé.

We should moderate all discussions about sortition using this method. This version is the current one but certainly not the last. The fight continues…

This version nicely fits in a toot!