NationStates Jolt Archive

A Burocrats view on resolution writing

25-03-2004, 11:59
I see all kinds of resolutions come by, and i have to say, when i look them over from the beginning days to now, they are starting to look better. Still there are often many mistakes in them in layout and setup. Wouldnt it be better when the bureaucrats of the United Nation went over resolutions to go to vote and point out any mistakes made in these resolutions so they can be adopted before they go to vote and we dont have to be embaresed to have adopted substandard resolutions, because we didnt want to dismiss the Idea despite of the bad resolution writing?

The community would be better of as a whole i say. Good ideas will no longer be dismissed because the resolution would need more technical attention. better for the UN and better for their delegates.

Now because im a new nation and i still think polls are cool i am gonna make a poll on what you think of this idea. And i love to read comments!
26-03-2004, 00:20
now there are not many replies (yet) but the tendency seems disturbingly clear: we want people to screen the resolutions. If we can keep this on top for a little while it could send a clear message to the adminastrative staff.
East Hackney
26-03-2004, 02:51
Well, it's a nice idea, but it can't happen. Changing the submissions process so that proposals are checked through for mistakes would involve recoding the game, which is a big no-no until such time as we can find a friendly techy to do the bidding of the UN...

In the meantime, we invite all nations to follow Sophista's excellent UN Resolution Writing Guide here:

It'd be nice to think that the standard of resolutions has improved recently because people have been reading this. Frisbeeteria's advice in that thread - that proposals be brought here for discussion before submission - has been followed a lot recently and has helped clear up several minor and major issues in the last few proposals.
Tuesday Heights
26-03-2004, 06:29
I vote on resolutions that reach the floor, either for or against, regardless of their style of writing. I feel as if I'm wasting a vote if I don't vote on what's reached the UN floor.
26-03-2004, 07:36
I certainly agree that the people who run the U.N. (the bureaucrats) should look over the resolutions submitted before putting them up for approval. There have been to many crazy ones like "We must kill China. They have Nooks. :shock:" The game would look much better - and cleaner - if the proposals were reviewed before being made public.
26-03-2004, 11:24
"Enodia, I think these people want to talk with you... Oh, what? Your busy sweeping the proposal list for blatant violations, oh, okay, I'll tell them...

That was just Enodia on the phone, and..."


- The Rep of Komokom.

The fact is proposals are swept by Enodia, other mods too maybe, and some vigilantes who want things done right too. So people are trying.
East Hackney
26-03-2004, 11:28
Yeah, but as far as I know the mods don't remove proposals with bad grammar/spelling, confusing structures or whatever when they do their sweep - they just take out the ones which violate the basic rules stickied here:
The only way to clean up the wording of a proposal is to post it here as a draft first, which, thankfully, a lot of nations are now doing.
26-03-2004, 11:35
not only does drafting proposals reduce spelling - it's also brought about an opportunity for member states to introduce changes to proposals before they have been submitted (which is too late by then)...I suspect that stronger and more relevant resolutions will be introduced by this method.
26-03-2004, 12:37
not only does drafting proposals reduce spelling
Hmmm...I've always wanted to reduce spelling. How do you go about doing so?

Yes, I know it was a typo, but it's one of those days.
26-03-2004, 12:52
it might even help to reduce grammar errors too, not that I need help of course :D
26-03-2004, 13:00
it might even help to reduce grammar errors too, not that I need help of course :D
Wot? Yew? Nevar!
26-03-2004, 20:08
What would the overworked bureaucrats in question say if polled about this additional workload?
26-03-2004, 20:14
What would the overworked bureaucrats in question say if polled about this additional workload?

There's only about one new resolution a week, so I don't think it would be too much extra work.
29-03-2004, 12:49
first off: Wow. Thats more response and views then i expected.
2nd: Overworked bureaucrats? possible. But a large community like this would have no problem at all recruiting people especialy for the job. Now would they (OOC they would have to give up players rights, obviously)

In my eyes the workload cant be the determining factor.