[games_access] It's coming! Game Accessibility SIG Elections

Michelle Hinn hinn at uiuc.edu
Fri Oct 1 00:19:23 EDT 2010


Thanks everyone -- I feel very humbled by your kind words. I will run for the steering committee (but not chair) to make sure everything runs smoothly as we transition!

Question for the list -- I think given how much needs to be done, we should probably discuss how many people we want on that committee -- some have 3 some have several more. Should we see how many we have run and then decide how many to go with from there?

Sheri -- many of us have had many problems with the website (lack of access, odd deletion of content causing reposting over and over, etc) -- if a member has trouble voting and/or viewing statements on the website for the SIG, is there an alternative way to get this content? We have a blog and could host candidate statements there but if someone needs to, can they submit their vote to you? Will there be a way to test the content before voting and such starts?

Sheri -- a few have asked me -- can there be self nominations without the name of the nominating person appearing on the statements? I just don't want anyone to feel awkward if they would like to run but think self-nomination (IMHO I think that shows just as much if not more commitment!) is the best way to make sure that they get on the ballot. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, after all!!

Michelle

On Sep 29, 2010, at 8:53 AM, Thomas Westin wrote:


> I agree with Barrie, kudos to Michelle for the many years of hard work as the SIG chair!

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> Best wishes,

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> On 29Sep 2010, at 1:19 PM, Barrie Ellis wrote:

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>> Thanks, Sheri. Lots to think about! I really hope whatever happens in the coming months, that this group can continue to influence one another, and new people alike to think more about game accessibility. We all want to see more positive change, and we can definitely help in that.

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>> I have personally learnt so much from members of this group, that goes into much of my game accessibility efforts, whether under the GASIG banner or not.

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>> And, of course, thanks massively to Michelle for her passion and belief in this cause. I'll really miss you running things in your inimitable style.

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>> Barrie

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>> From: Sheri Rubin

>> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 5:43 AM

>> To: games_access at igda.org

>> Subject: [games_access] It's coming! Game Accessibility SIG Elections

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>> Hello everyone,

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>> As some of you already know, we are going to start the formalization process for the Game Accessibility SIG. The framework is flexible enough to accommodate the diversity of all of the SIGs. With this information in hand, we can move forward and initiate the process of holding Game Accessibility SIG elections. We have a lot to accomplish and I'm sure you want to spend as little time to do it, so please review the rest of this email carefully.

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>> Our first order of business is to review the general process. This SIG will follow the basic format of the following:

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>> 1) The SIG opens up the nomination process in order to gain nominees for the SIG steering committee.

>> 2) The nominees statements (assuming more than one of you run!) go up on the SIG's section of the website.

>> 3) All SIG members who are IGDA members are asked to review the statements and go vote.

>> 4) Voting ends and the ballots are counted.

>> 5) The winners are announced, they take office, they appoint your Chair.

>> 6) Everyone cheers!

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>> Please take some time to think about this process and if you would like to run for steering committee. Then feel free to chime in about any questions you have about elections, voting, or what the steering committee duties entail. We want to encourage multiple people to run and since you'll have multiple people elected you can help continue making this SIG rock. I am on this list so I'll see any questions or you can email myself directly off list.

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>> After discussions, an email will go out early next week asking you to submit your nominations.

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>> Remember – only official IGDA members will have voting rights. (So please join or renew your membership ASAP! http://www.igda.org/join)

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>> Thank you so much for your participation. It’s important for the Game Accessibility SIG members to take part in the decision making process whenever possible. Elections can be a complex and controversial (or apathetic!) process, but these new guidelines, in conjunction with this SIGs awesome members, will help make the process go relatively smoothly. I really look forward to hearing what everyone thinks over this next week!

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>> Have a great week!

>> Sheri

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>> P.S. For those of you who are curious about nominations - anyone can nominate a qualified person. The nominees must be an IGDA member in good standing; have been a member for at least two membership years prior; adhere to the Leadership (Board of Directors) Code of Ethics; and agree to read and follow the IGDA SIG reference manual with respect to their legal, financial, and organizational responsibilities. An official call for nominations will go out once everyone has had some time to talk.

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>> Sheri Rubin

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