Purpose of forum:
We wanted to add this forum for several reasons. First, the idea of community Senate is a good one and we support it. Second, this will allow the people running for the senate a specific forum to run their campaigns in and eventually partake in their debates, discussions and decisions.
Also, we want to give this senate some real teeth and purpose.. and as such, I believe that once it is formed, we can actually have the Senate have a say in how the site is run and what direction it takes as the site grows... it will have a true say in how things are done on the site... which gives it all the more meaning.
Hope everyone enjoys the new forum. Lets get the campaigns and debates and issues rolling.
Good luck to everyone who jumps in.