Vingle dreams of an autonomous nation through its communities where like-minded people from all across the world gather together and collaboratively run their community based on consensus. Just like a nation, each community has its President, Council, and Citizens. With the help of “Desk,” community volunteers will share the responsibility of caring for, growing, and contributing to their community together.
As Vingle is an interest based network service, its hashtags are based on people’s fields of interest. The hashtag system in Vingle, called Interest, functions more than just typical hashtags and as a great places to share and interact with people who love what you love. On the other hand, community marked as ‘CMTY’ next to hashtags, is an interest that has an autonomous council taking care of it. A Pioneer, President, Editors, and many other roles volunteer to keep the community active and fun! Communities can customize their spaces and most importantly have their own independent controls on their content. For info on that, check out the explanation of Desking!
From the start, Vingle has pursued communities as a public space, shared by everyone and not owned personally. This idea has expanded to encompass online keywords, which we hope will become a sort of commons. Wikipedia defines commons as, “cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth." Vingle hopes that "keywords" on the Internet could also be held in common, not monopolized by a single company, such as certain search engines, because these keywords are gateways to invaluable information for all of us. Desiring to spread this idea further, Vingle named the main page of each interest community "Commons" to reflect the meaning of an ancient public space, Agora, where everyone has access.
Community registered users who meet certain standards attain Citizenship that allows rights and abilities within the community. Citizens can participate in voting on important issues of the community such as electing a President. As time moves on we will update you with more information on Citizenship!
Each interest community on Vingle is autonomously run by the Council which is a group of citizens who volunteer their passion and expertise to govern the community. In order for more Vinglers to have the opportunity to participate, the Council will operate on a term system. Each Council member can serve for 90 days and consecutive terms.
The editor group, led by the Editor in Chief, manages Cards. To protect the community from inappropriate cards (advertising, spam, violence, obscenity, irrelevancy, etc.), Editors have the right to "reject,"by majority vote, any inappropriate card on your interest community. It also has the authority to feature good cards! Editor in Chiefs have the right to appointed Editors to assist them with managing community content. In the future Editor in Chiefs will have the ability to create Labels, which can organize content into specific groups. We will further discuss the role of Talk and Q&A management later.
The president of each community is elected by its Citizens and holds a great amount of responsibility. Presidents have the right to appoint all kind of council members including Editors in Chief and have full access to Desk, where they can manage content, change the community header image, set announcements, feature cards, and more. Presidents will make sure the community remains a safe place for all members, by keeping an eye out for disagreements or problems between members.
For an Interest where a council has not yet been formed, enthusiastic Vinglers can volunteer to lead and develop the community as President. This volunteer will receive all Presidential privileges unless there is a specific reason for disqualification. On Vingle, this first President of each community is honored with the special name of 'Pioneer’ and his/her name is engraved on the first page of each community’s history.
Desk is a series of tools that help council members of each community efficiently carry out their roles. Council members and the President will have access to the Desking tool and will be able to see each action made to affect the community.
Desk in General is a tool for community-wide management. The President will have the right to access all of its functions and council members will have access depending on their role. Presidents will be able to change the header image of community, add a community introduction, and post announcements here. It is also here that Presidents can appoint editor-in-chiefs and other council members while editor-in-chiefs can also appoint editors.
Card Desk is a tool for managing Cards. When a card is submitted to a Community (see the above explanation for the difference between Community and Interest) it is reviewed by the team of Editors in Desk. The Editors make sure there is no inappropriate content (spam, irrelevant, violent, sexual), and vote to accept or reject the card. The authors ID is hidden to make sure there is no bias. Check up on our content policy for more information.
Community Activity Log records and shares all decisions and actions of the community transparently in chronological order, from each approval or rejection of a Card to when the Community header image was changed, to who became Editor and more. No one can manipulate or tamper with this history or delete any events. The Community Activity Log starts with the name of the first president, our Pioneer, who took the responsibility to care for the community for first time.