No bad experience so far with editing rights being abused. I’ve been just pointing out the possibilities to consider
As long as I might understand your idea to have a group where everyone is equal, there are no admin roles or so called ‘elites’, I don’t think this is very safe. And there are probably not many examples of the systems which work this way. When a group is getting bigger and bigger, the small probability that a user has bad intentions can eventually materialize. With editing rights and bad intentions we could run into serious problems.
Imagine the following situation:
Michal who has editing rights in Karrot tends to abuse some rules and someone has finally decided to open a conflict resolution case against him. Voting takes 7 days during which Michal has signed up to Karrot using 3 new e-mail addresses and accepted his own applications form old e-mail which has editing rights. In total Michal has 4 accounts now. Each of them can be trusted by 3 other accounts which belong to him. As a result, all 4 accounts will get editing rights. Even if everyone in the voting has decided to get rid of Michal (his first account), he will still have 3 more account with editing rights. New cases can be opened against them but as long as Michal is not restricted by anything or anyone, he can continue this procedure forever.
This may sound unrealistic but it’s theoretically possible. I believe we have been able to avoid any situations like this in Warsaw because of two reasons:
- We have a recruitment process when we can evaluate a candidate before he/she joins a group on Karrot.
- Not many Karrot users are aware of the rights they have.
But there is no guarantee it won’t happen. That’s why I think we need more user levels and / or user roles. For example, if there was a special user role who accepts new applications, the situation with Michal couldn’t happen (if Michal didn’t have rights to accept new applications).
I’m aware it might be against your idea behind Karrot development but I just want to highlight that it also poses serious risks.