Passed Proposals

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This is a list of past proposals that have passed following discussion in gcd-policy. You can also see the list of Current Proposals and the list of Unsuccesful Proposals. Past Policy List votes and open agenda items for the group are listed at Fields and Formatting Rules.

Setting maximum synopsis length to 600 characters

Proposed 16. April 2010, passed two weeks later

PROPOSAL: In our guidelines concerning Synopsis a fifth bullet is added before the Example bullet, stating this:

  • The synopsis is not to exceed 600 characters.

Passing unopposed proposals

proposed on 11. March 2010 reminder sent on 19. March 2010 passed on 26. March 2010

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A proposal made in accordance with the then-current rules governing proposal structure shall automatically take effect if and only if:

  • No list member continues to object to the proposal after two weeks time.
  • The proposal was sent prefixed with REMINDER: after the 8th day, specifying the final day for objections.
  • At least two weeks have passed (15 days if the day on which the proposal was introduced is counted as the 1st)
  • At least 72 hours have passed after the REMINDER.

For the purposes of this proposal someone is considered to be continuing to object simply by saying so. Absence from the lists during the consideration period does not confer any special privileges with regards to objections made after the proposal takes effect. Amended proposals (as explained in the proposal on the basic structure of proposals) work the same way as original proposals- the clock restarts from the day of the amendment is made.

A proposal with no objections, but no reminder email is closed four weeks after the start of the proposal. It can be restarted with a clean state (it did not fail, there were no objections).

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The purpose of the last paragraph is to take care of a proposal where everyone including the person starting it forgets about it, otherwise proposals would be in some kind of limbo state.

Freeing reservations of inactive indexers

proposed on 6. March 2010 reminder sent on 14. March 2010 passed on 20. March 2010

Indexers who haven't logged in for two months and have a reservation (which is any open change) will get a reminder email. The email says that if they don't work on their reservation within a month these will be discarded. Indexers who did get a reminder email and haven't logged in for three months will get their open changes discarded. This proposal is automatically invalid once a general concept of automatic expiration of changes is agreed upon and implemented.

Adding 'autobiography' to the genre list

proposed on 3. March 2010
one reminder on 8. March 2010
passed on 17. March 2010

The reason for this is that autobiography (or autobiographical) is an easily defined and specific genre of creators producing comics about their own lives. The current alternative 'bio' is not as precise. I'd include Harvey Pekar and Dennis Eichhorn in the category, despite their not actually drawing the comics themselves. Pekar has shown himself producing layouts in his stories, if that helps convince people.

In a list of categories if one merges the likes of superhero and super- hero and discounts foreign language genre categories, 'autobiography' is already among the top 30 used genres, with over 1200 uses.

Ten minutes thought has produced the following comics that fall exclusively into the genre:

Peep Show, Collier's, Melody, American Splendor, Real Stuff, Real Smut, Real Schmuck, Real Life, Real Girl, Voyeuse, the Fantagraphics series about sexual experiences the title of which I can't bring to mind at the moment, Binky Brown, Streetwise, Last Days In Vietnam, The Dreamer, A Sailor's Story, Get A Life, Alec, Total Sell Out, Assume Nothing, Our Cancer Year, Confessions of a Cereal Eater, Yahoo, Life Is Cheap, Fortune And Glory, Fun Home, Nowhere, A Child's Life, The Bakers, Epileptic, Palestine, Fax From Sarajevo, Peter Kuper's ComicsTrips, A Few Perfect Hours, Tuesday, We Are On Our Own, Lewis Trondheim's diary book, Self-Loathing Comics, My Troubles With Women, Life Under Sanctions

These all have stories that fall into the genre

Weirdo, Jizz, Palookaville, 9-11, Dirty Plotte, Wimmin's Comix, Keyhole, Tomato, Maus (partially), Hup, Naughty Bits.

To save you counting, that's over 50 titles, and I reckon that's more than enough to warrant a genre classification.

Basic proposal structure

proposed on 24.02.2010 and passed two weeks later

  • An item may be proposed for "formal" consideration by the gcd-policy list by sending an email prefixed with PROPOSAL: to the list
    • "formal" consideration means that the wording is intended for consideration as the exact wording of a rule/policy/etc.
    • Proposals should generally arise from discussions in some way, although this is not required.
  • A proposal may be withdrawn by its originator by replying to the thread and prefixing the subject line with WITHDRAWN:
    • For example: "WITHDRAWN: PROPOSAL: Basic proposal structure"
  • A proposal may be amended by its originator by replying to the thread and prefixing the subject line with AMENDED:
    • This has exactly the same effect as withdrawing a proposal and resubmitting a new proposal.
  • A proposal should focus on one topic. Multiple proposals should be made if it is reasonable for the two proposals to pass or fail independently.

How to Index Heavy Metal Special Editions

proposed around 09/2013 and passed on 21.10.2013

As followed:
A one-off vote covering only the following series:

Should Heavy Metal Special Editions be indexed as:

  • a) one series called "Heavy Metal Special Editions" with issue titles (e.g. "Taboo Special", "Overdrive", "The Venus Interface").
  • b) many separate series, each with it's own title (like "Heavy Metal: Taboo Special") and tracking notes to other series.

The winner was: a) One series w/ Issue Titles (19 votes to 5).

Feature for the series A + X

proposed on 10.05.2014 and passed on 27.06.2014

As followed:
A one-off vote covering only the following series:

For the purposes of the series A + X, as it is published around the world, what will be the official choice as how Feature is presented?

(Choose one)

  • 1) A + X
  • 2) Avengers; X-Men
  • 3) character name; character name (known as "Marvel Team-Up" et al version)

If any choice gets more than 50% of the vote. It is the winner and will be our policy for this series. If the top vote getter gets less than 50% of the vote, then the top two choices will be voted on using our voting website program.

The final tally was:

  • 1) A + X = 1 vote
  • 2) Avengers; X-Men = 8 votes
  • 3) character name; character name = 4 votes
  • Abstention = 2 votes

Number 2 was the winner. Since it received more than 50% of the vote, there is no need for a run-off vote.

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