My fellow AMPers,
I don’t think it is a surprise to many of us that our party president primary was a hard fought and controversial affair. Many of us knew what was coming, and were not surprised by the turnout.
Let me start by saying two things, because they do pertain to the rest of the article. First off, congratulations to Haliman for winning the primary.
Secondly, I did not want Haliman to win. Not even a little bit. That’s important to say, because although I am against Haliman returning to leadership, I cannot sit quietly and watch while our forum admins completely subvert our party president.
We as a party elect our president. That person is tasked with leading us for a month, and their word is final. They have the ultimate authority in the party. If they abuse it, then we don’t elect them again. If they are a good leader, then we give them another month. But ultimately, they are the highest authority figure within the party.
But what has happened during the last month of emdoublgee’s second term, is inexcusable.
You may have noticed the high number of votes that were removed, then reinstated; as it was hard not to:
The forum admins went in, and unilaterally decided which votes should be counted, and which ones shouldn’t.
Jon Barack Bluejacket
Chase Mason Mikeals
All of those people had their votes removed. Take a look at those profiles, and tell me if you think they are multies.
I’ve known redbird for years. Spent a lot of time with him in the Army.
Jon Barack was one of the AMP’s best Congressmen for many months.
ollizu has been an AMPer almost as long as I have. Maybe even longer.
Chase M is up and coming.
But our forum admins have decided that it’s much better to repress the voting, than it is to do actual leg work and investigate why these accounts are coming up with the same IP address.
Have they never heard of roommates? Or husbands and wives? Or boyfriends and girlfriends?
When I saw all of the votes that were being suppressed, I sent a PM to our Party President:
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As you can see, our admins went behind the Party President’s back and removed votes without his knowledge. He was not consulted, nor advised before this happened.
Although the votes were later reinstated, it was not without much needless frustration. It is not the job of our forum admins to suppress the votes without talking to the Party President first. Furthermore, our forum admins are there to serve the party, and by extension, the person that the party has chosen to lead us. They do not exist to make up the rules, or to interpret them. They exist to maintain the forum, and to investigate security matters at the behest of the party leadership. Or at the very least, to talk to party leadership before taking action.
This isn’t me being upset that my candidate lost. The votes we’re talking about were all for Haliman. I am upset that a party that bills itself as a home for everyone, is so quick to suppress votes. I thought we were better than that.
In their quest to stop multies, our admins have gone too far.
Our admins have also decided that going forward, they will dictate what candidates can and cannot publish in their articles:
One of the three admins, discussing the primary
At what point, does being an admin let you dictate rules to the party?
And lastly, we all know that last month’s PotUS Primary was a bit of a cluster. What you may not have known, was the forum admin staff was off telling the candidates how many votes they were going to discount, without the Party President knowing. At this point, that seems to be standard stuff for our admins.
The two candidates knew more about the votes being removed than the Party President did.
This isn’t a reflection of emdoublegee. By all accounts, he’s been a phenomenal Party President. But it is hard to project power, when the forum staff is constantly running behind your back, playing silly political games for their own benefit/amusement.
This needs to stop.
I understand where the admin staff is coming from. And they do a lot of hard work maintaining the forums. Hats off to that, because it's something that is beyond me. But in their crusade for fair elections, they have gone too far.
Being an admin is an honor, not a right. You are trusted to safe keep our forum and our history. Not make rules as you see fit. You are trusted to obey the laws of the party, and to serve the party president, just as we all are.
I am very upset with our forum staff, and want to see immediate changes in the way they conduct themselves.
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