More consultation! The ESCChat Broadcasting Union (ECBU) This proposal asks members if they favour the setting up of a 'broadcasting union' to govern the contest and assist hosts and participants. The basic role of the broadcasting union would be as follows: to make rules and help settle disputes to provide a central web-based resource for statistics, country information, flags and other graphics which can assist hosts in staging the contest to provide a central pool of talent where assistance can be given to hosts who struggle with graphics, video-making etc to deliver sanctions to countries who break rules or don't play within the spirit of the rules (such sanctions would not be in any way involved with full participation in the site in general, and would apply only to the contest) Part membership of the union would be granted automatically as a fully functioning member of escChat.com, but would only be extended to full membership once at least a country name and flag was submitted. The executive or steering group of the broadcasting union would consist of the following: all current and future site administrators (currently jw and Ollie) two moderators, on the executive for a term of 5 editions, on an alphabetical rotation by username five members of the site, elected for a term of 5 editions using a forum poll As the contest is now operated by the site, administrators would of course have the final say, but by opening up membership of the decision-making executive of the union to all members, hopefully we can all see democracy in action! So, do you like the idea of a helpful and fair broadcasting union? Do you think the proposal will be a good addition to our contest? I personally think it's worth it for the flags and statistics website alone, but then I am of course a gigantic nerd. Vote using the poll!