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2008 Wiki Task Force Act
The first piece of legislation proposed and passed in the 2008 Parliament of AH.com, the 2008 Wiki Task Force Act was a reintroduction of the previous Wiki Task Force Bill, amended to reflect the recent appointments of Minister of General Wikiness Jasen777 (FFF) and Minister of Legislative Wikiness Pkmatrix (YSP). The Act itself establishes a new “Wiki Task Force” – a special team with the goal of cleaning up and organizing the AH.com wiki.
As of this article, this is a contender for the fastest bill ever proposed and passed by the AH.com Parliament.
The bill was introduced on August 4, 2008 by newly elected President Sargon (E): “The Bill as reintroduced remains mostly the same as the old one except that the Task Force is not intended to clash with Baldie's current Wiki competition. In fact, it would complement it by recognising people who contribute a lot to the Wiki. The other thing people may wish to think about is that looking through the list of contributions, Jasen777 and Pkmatrix have both contributed loads of stuff to it. They could perhaps be co-chairs of the Task Force. In any event, both have been added to the Cabinet with titles that reflect their contributions to the wiki. If the Bill is passed, the leadership can make appointments and invitations to form a Task Force from members they feel have contributed appropriately to the Wiki.”
Deputy Prime Minister Demosthenes (E) expressed strong support for a Wiki Task Force co-managed by Jasen777 (FFF) and Pkmatrix (YSP).
Prime Minister Douglas (E) proposed using the text of the original Wiki Task Force Bill, with the addition of a third Article stating: “The wiki page on the 2008 AH.com elections will be updated and entered into the wiki immediately following the passage of this bill.” Demosthenes (E) seconded this proposal and asked for an immediate vote.
Susano (FFF) proposed a significantly different draft, changing Article II, Section 3 to “The Task Force may also initiate own initiatives and rallies to improve the Wiki in quality or quantity, and to that end may call for volunteers.”, and entirely replacing Douglas' version of Article III with specified limits on the Wiki Task Force's powers. Demosthenes (E), Nekromans (YSP), and TheDarkServant (E) supported this proposal.
President Sargon (E) expressed approval of Susano's draft, but suggested amending Article I to: “Pkmatrix, the Minister of Legislative Wikiness & Jasen777, the Minister of General Wikiness shall be appointed as co-Managers of the Wiki Task Force.” Nekromans (YSP), TheDarkServant (E), Susano (FFF) supported this amendment.
Text of Legislation
Pkmatrix, the Minister of Legislative Wikiness & Jasen777, the Minister of General Wikiness shall be appointed as co-Managers of the Wiki Task Force.
Section 1: A Wiki Task Force shall be established, under the command of the Minister of Legislative Wikiness.
Section 2: The Task Force shall be charged with the duties of collating all timelines on AH.com into a categorized list on the wiki with links and brief descriptions, correcting typos and formatting errors, repairing damage done by trolls and vandalism, general reorganization of certain sections of the wiki to make it look more tidy, and the adoption of a common formatting standard across articles.
Section 3: The Task Force may also initiate own initiatives and rallies to improve the Wiki in quality or quantity, and to that end may call for volunteers.
Section 1: This Task Force shall NOT censor the wiki.
Section 2: The official status of the Task Force does not grant them any special official power over issues of the Wiki that other Wiki editors do not have.
Along with those MPs which voiced individual support of the 2008 Wiki Task Force Act, the Federalist Federation of Federalists and Evil Party both voted in unison, together giving enough votes to pass the bill:
Prime Minister Douglas (E), Deputy Prime Minister Demosthenes (E), Ran Exilis (E), Haggis (E), Gladi (E), LordInsane (E), TheDarkServant (E), Keenir (E), 09camaro (E), Susano (FFF), Steffen (FFF), Nekromans (YSP), VulcanTrekkie45 (YSP), and Kidblast (YSP) voted in favor.
None voted against.
Pkmatrix (YSP) did not vote, thus de facto abstaining.
Thus, the 2008 Wiki Task Force Act was passed, 14 to 0.