I feel like we have lost our member meetings as well. I have another idea though for how we may be able to bring them back. I stress this is just an idea.
What if we moved our member meeting to TALK?
We could add two new categories and a new tag.
Categories: "Member Meeting Discussion (member only)" and "Member Meeting (Voting Members Only)"
Tag: Voting Member - referencing a data set of our voting member much like the Member Tag references a data set.
We treat the "Member Meeting Discussion" as a forum to discuss the topics at hand and suggest language to be put up for vote. We require each thread to be up for at least 7 days before it can be added to a monthly "Member Meeting" Thread. The member meeting thread will have a poll for each item with a link below it to the discussion in the other thread. Because this is online and doesn't require everyone sit in a room, we can leave these polls open for say 3 to 5 days to allow everyone a much greater chance to read the issues and discussion involved with each item. We also gain an easier ability to make quorum. As if any item meets quorum amount of votes then we can claim that all items were offered to a quorum of our membership.
Once we cut off the voting, We post the finished threads results on our wiki.
Hard question to answer for me:
Who makes the thread with all the polls? Do we have the member that is presenting the idea add the poll, which would probably be a nightmare to explain and implament? Or do we have a board member or selected group build the meeting thread, possibly allowing them to influence the phasing of the poll?
Do we allow discussion on the actual meeting thead? I lean 'no' on this I think it should just be a ballot and keep the discussion on the other thread.
Can we time limit polls publicly?
Are votes public or private?
I know this isn't the time to add to the mess of talking about member meetings with the up coming election. Just an idea I've been pondering on my own for a while now. I'm sorry if this is considered off-topic, please feel free to move it to another thread. I don't intend to subvert the thread.