The Consultation is not yet activated, so this page is limited to providing a description of the REGISTRATION experience. Much effort has gone into making participation as intuitive and automatic as possible and use is made of pop-ups to point towards your next most likely destination. Nevertheless, you will probably find it necessary to refer to the instructions and conventions from time to time. We can only ask you to be patient and to keep in mind the worthwhile cause to which you are contributing.
The site is open to visitors but to gain full access to the submission of amendments and relevant blog discussions etc. you are requested to register. All Members may propose amendments, additional sections and deletions and you will find that votes are displayed automatically in Resident & Non-resident counters. Amendments are listed in order of ranking by Resident voters.
Did you try the simulation on the CONSTITUTION page?
Registration panel –
Full name, UK post code (or Country) email, password and User name.
Note 1. There are separate vote counters for residents and non-residents of Scotland. Your Username will be suffixed with either (R) or (NR) and a unique code. Security of the vote and resistance to multiple voting is established from the data provided to the Administrator when you pay the nominal membership fee of £1 which for this reason must be paid through PayPal, Debit or Credit card.
Note 2. You will receive an email and your registration as a voting or non voting member will be activated when you click the verification link.
Note 3. Membership refers only to the Consultation, not the CSCS or the Charity.
Note 4. Below the Registration Panel is the Quick Vote button. When pressed by a registered member a pop-up will confirm their single transferable vote has been lodged within the appropriate counter in each original Section. It will remain there until it is applied to an amendment.
The draft constitution is on the CONSTITUTION tab set out into separate sections each no more than 75 words. Clicking any one of these sections takes all visitors to the dedicated Vote & Amend (V&A) page.
On these pages the registered member can either vote for the original text or elect to amend it. Supporting this choice is a linked discussion blog.
Following registration each member is allocated a single vote for each Section. The Quick Vote button will conveniently locate these into the appropriate counter in each Section. You may remove and relocate your vote unlimited times and this action deducts it from the previous counter and automatically adds it to the new one. If a member wishes to submit his/her own amendment then this vote will attached to that as vote number one. In short it is possible to vote only for the original or one amendment within each section.
Each new amendment automatically receives a consecutive id number e.g. the original Section 4.12 will be followed by amendments 4.12/1,2,3 etc. This to assist in locating it within the associated section.
Each user may write only one amendment per section and once published it cannot be withdrawn or edited (as it may already have been voted upon).
Amendments are limited to 75 words– (enforced by a built in word counter/restrictor arrangement).
Each amendment is also tagged with the user name and any attempt to write more than one is blocked (info box states (Only one amendment per user per section). The option to blog remains open at all times.
If, following full examination, a member cannot find a relevant section and considers there is an important omission, then a proposal (max 75 words) should be submitted on a special New Section Proposal blog page. If this attracts credible support among members the Promoter should contact the Administrator on the form provided on the Contact Page.
You can upload a copy of the complete Provisional Constitution here -
The consultation process is designed to be transparent and self reviewing. As votes and amendments accumulate those ranked highest will automatically appear first below the original and then in descending order of popularity.
New amendments will be placed at the top of the list for a period of 24 hours before being classified as above.
If amendments become too numerous to manage then the older and least popular will be transferred to archive but will always be available for inspection as a PDF download.
Blog pages -
Blog pages are for any discussion on the subject of the Constitution and primarily to ‘float’ fresh ideas and provide a platform to support your amendments. They use the same user id as for the main Vote & Amend (V&A) pages but there will be no “authorised vote” i.e.it is open to all registered users – however only one like or dislike per dialog box.
The Monitors will remove or not publish any submissions which are not considered relative or contain abusive or bad language.
Monitors may participate in the blogs but will be clearly identified as such distinguished by a colour or similar..
In summary -
Members are requested to observe this summary of guidelines, only some of which are enforced by the system software.
1 You cannot amend an amendment, only vote for it or draft a fresh one.
2 You are entitled to write only one amendment per section
3 Amendments are limited to 75 words
4 Amendments must relate to the theme or objectives of the original
5 Amendments must be self-contained and may not include external links or references - this does not apply to blog pages.
6 Any bad or abusive language will incur automatic termination of membership and the appeal process may take some time.