I’m representing a community named Defenders of Democracy. The name might seem way too serious, and I agree with you. The community was founded 2008 and has kept its name since then, and therefore it would be a pity to change the name to something a bit more modest now. Even though the name sure does sound too serious, it’s a very appropriate name since the actual community is something as rare, as a democratic community, with democratic constitutional rights for its members, and democratic values during its decisions.
Since 2008, a majority of the admins on our servers have been elected. We’re holding regular admin elections on the forums, in which all community members participate. The elections are held once every month. All community members are able to start a poll on the forums regarding any issue. The vote is always decisive unless it’s contradictive to our constitution.
All this probably sounds like something way too serious for a simple Garry’s Mod community. If I hadn’t actually experienced the community for four years, I would have agreed, without any doubt. The thing is that the whole democratic concept in the community has worked out really well since 2008. It gives all community members; new and old, the opportunity of sharing their opinions, receiving a staff role on the server, and having considerable influence in the community’s decisions.
Basically, the concept of community democracy has proven to be functional, pretty stable and a lot funnier than the classic community concept.
A friend of mine once told me that he thought about Occupy Wall Street when he heard the name Defenders of Democracy. Of course, we’re not naive enough to think that people have natural democratic rights in Garry’s Mod communities. All we’re saying is that we as a community like the democratic system, we find it highly enjoyable, and it’s working very well for us.
The message of democracy is popular!
The message of democracy has proven to be extremely popular. Our steam group has around 1340 members, even though; most of those members have gone inactive from the community. We’re hoping to shout out the message of democracy once again, and make the community a lot more active. In the old days of the community, we had a constantly active server, 24/7, and we hope to make our current one just as active again.
I would like to give you a brief look into our history. Defenders of Democracy was the first community I myself ever joined, and I was very dedicated within it. The community was popular and had a lot of members and an active server. But as everything else in this world, the community had an end. The original founders of the community became inactive and after 3 years, the community shut down. A remembrance video was uploaded on youtube, and the community received a worthy end. A long time pasted, and I myself created many communities. Some were successful and some weren’t. These were communities like Quality Quaestors and Genesis Roleplay. When I had managed all these communities and they had ended, I met up with one of the old founders of Defenders of Democracy. We talked about the old community and decided to revive it. We bought a new website and a new server and gather many old community members. Right now, the community has been successfully revived for a while. We’ve got a strong and functional server, and we’re coding a custom roleplay gamemode at the moment. Until the custom roleplay gamemode is done, we’re running a legit copy of HL2RP on our server. The roleplay theme is though Outlands RP and not City RP. Our only sincere con right now, is that we’re still not very active, nor populated. There’s where I hope, you can make a difference.
So, why did I create this thread? To advertise the community which I’m head administrator of? Obviously I would have an interest in doing so, but I hope to bring a more vital discussion. Basically I have explained how a democratic community concept has worked in reality, and I wonder what you think about it. Is it a good concept according to you? I hope that more communities try the concept out in the future.
If you would like to join our community you should visit the following links.
Server IP: 22.214.171.124:27015
Server Content: http://solidfiles.com/d/8f6e554e1e/
Outlands RP Information: http://ddemocracy.org/index.php?threads/outlands-rp-server.1100/#post-651
Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you’ll make a visit and have an enjoyable time!