Hello everyone! This week is CONSULTATION & CONFIRMATION week! We've got a whole bunch of new and exciting rules and ideas for the contest, and this week there'll be a series of posts and polls so everyone can have their say on whether or not they like the ideas. Proposal #1 is... THE GOLDEN RULE The Golden Rule is a special opportunity for each host of the contest to put his or her personal stamp on that particular edition. The rule can be pretty much anything, but it may not replace or alter any of the main rules of the contest, nor may it alter the contest in such a way that it would interfere with any potential 'themed' contests, for instance, your golden rule could not be something like "all songs must be from the 1980's", as that could prevent us from having a special 1980's edition. With that exception, a host can take the Golden Rule as far as they like in a musical sense, for instance you may choose to allow certain ESC-based songs using your golden rule: "songs in this edition may include entries to the 1974 Belgian national final", "songs in this edition can be Yugoslavian Eurovision entries of the 1980's", or non-ESC options such as "all songs entered must not be by Annie Lennox or Katy Perry". Alternatively, it could be about the presentation of the contest - some members have indicated their preference for having songs presented without any mention of which country sent it, so you could make that your golden rule! The possibilities are huge, and you can use the golden rule to make each edition different, and give it a certain national flair! You could, of course, choose not to use the golden rule at all, keeping everything nice and simple! So, what does everybody think? Should the Golden Rule be a way for people to give each contest a personal flavour? Vote in the poll!