Combination of mine and Prof's ideas. The compromise proposal.
The Plebs are as they are now
Plebs are patronised as per the current system, they are then voted on by the CotC to become Civitates/Artifexi.
As Civitates/Artifexi they can vote on and discuss legislation.
Patricians are those of the curia who have shown dediction and contributed to the site, they are voted on by the CotC after recomendation by any Patricians or those above the Curia.
The Curia elects the CotC members, who are made up of 16 Patricians. Those ranks above the Curia automaticly have the rank of Patrician. Appointed moderators and First Councillors are barred from applying.
The Curia also elected a collection of senior appointees. These apply for the rank as per the usual methods. The Elected moderators are elected from a shortlist presented to the Curia via the First House. They are given power over a sub-forum or several sub-fora.
The Curator is the representative of the Curia on the First House. He is voted as he who best shows the opinions of the Curia, wether a majority iew or as a moderate. He must hold the rank of Patrician to gain this rank. A successful vote of no confidence by the curia will result in the Curator being stripped of rank. He may not be a global moderator or hold another position in the first house.
The TW representative Is chosen from the ranks of Patricians, Artifexi and Opifexi, though those of the last rank are likely the most fit for the rank. He is chosen as the one who best shows the views of the TW section of the site. He must apply via an application thread in the curia main. Those applicants will be trimmed down to whom the First house deem acceptable and then voted into office by the curia. He may not be a global moderator or hold another position in the first house.
The CC representative is chosen from the ranks of Patricians and Civitates. He is chosen as the one who best represents the interests of the CC section of the site.He must apply via an application thread in the curia main. Those applicants will be trimmed down to whom the First house deem acceptable and then voted into office by the curia.
All of these three sit on the First House. They are joined by the site owner, two senior moderators and the forum's technical representative, who is chosen as the most active of those technical personal on the forum by the first house. He may not be a global moderator or hold another position in the first house.
The Technical representative decides who has admin access, and to what extent. His decisions may be vetoed by the First House if they deem his choices inappropriate, and all admin role changes must be reported to the First House. Major changes should await the First House's approval, though emergencies should be dealt with immediatly. It is the role of the Technical team to best implement site softwear to benefit the site.
The elected moderators are promoted to global moderators by the Global moderators. These are those moderators most trusted in their role by the global moderators and are given moderation rights over the entire forum. They must hold the rank of Patrician to be elevated to this rank.
From the elected and appointed mods one of their ranks are elected as the one who best represent the moderation team. This person can be drawn from either rank and are voted into their position by the other moderators. He join all other representees in the First House and must hold the rank of Patrician.
The Content staff are chosen by the editors of the content, who remain as they are at present. Whenever an editor steps down he chooses a replacement. Between them the editors of the content decide who is best suited to represent them, by vote or by mutual agreement. This member joins the other representees in the First House.
The Tribunal is formed of ex-moderators who have been awarded the rank of Senatorii, they are either voted into place by the curia or appointed by the First House, as per the needs of the First House in this area.
Any members who are in the First House and are not already Patricians (the owner, tech, TW and CC representatives) gain the rank automaticly, no CotC vote is required.
EDITED: Prof's compromise version