This thread is for Shawn McGaughey to answer questions in regard to his candidacy for the office of Castellan. Shawn may also use this area to introduce himself and make any appropriate comments as he so chooses.
Introduction: My name is Shawn. I have been costuming for about 2 years now. I started costuming Doctor Who about a year ago. Current non Doctor Who costumes are Jedi and Imperial Guard . Current Doctor Who costumes are Master, Mr. Clever/11th Doctor, and have all the pieces for a Silence. There are many other costumes I would like to do as funds permit. Not sure what else to say. Please ask if there is anything else you would like to know.
Q 1. I used to say that with all the mediation experience I gained resolving disputes between my brother and my parents, I could probably negotiate peace in the Middle East. If an argument breaks out between members that where one says the other violated the code of conduct, what kinds of experiences would you draw upon to help resolve it? A 1. Honestly, I really don't have any experience in conflict resolution, so I would by drawing primarily on observations. I believe the best way to handle this type of situation is to separate the individuals, speak with each one individually, and then bring them back together to discuss the situation. This can help in finding some middle ground to build upon that might have been missed because the involved parties were to busy disagreeing.
Q 2. We have done what we can in creating the Order to create an environment that caters to various levels of costumer/prop building fandom. Some believe that we are too inclusive. Others believe that any form of Endorsement/Approval opens the gateway toward becoming an "Elite Costuming Club" - which some members are in favor of, and others are not. Where do you stand on the issue of being inclusive versus being exclusive? A 2. I think how the order is, as far as being inclusive, at the moment is a great. Pretty much anyone who is a fan of Doctor Who can be a part of the order on some level. I think the endorsement requirements are low enough that they can be achieved by all those who want endorsement but are high enough that all endorsed costumes are Fan accurate. I think that having multiple levels of cos-players helps in creating an environment where we can assist people with a big range of interest. It is great that someone can come to us and ask how they can do such and such a costume on a budget and a different person can ask how to do another costume to be screen accurate and both can get amazing help.
Q 3. Do you serve as an officer in any other costuming club? Please let us know your title/role and the name of the club. Do you feel there is a risk of any conflicts of interest, and if so, how would you deal with those if they arise? A 3. I do not serve as an officer in another costuming club. I do not feel that there is a risk of a conflict interest. However, If one were to arise I would step aside for any tribunals in which it was present.
Q 4. What characteristics are you looking for to find Chancery Guards for the Sectors and Outposts? A 4. One of the big things I will be looking for is a willingness to take on the position. While judiciary positions are necessary, it is a serious part of something we are primarily doing for fun, so people who recognize this and are willing to take on the role would be great candidates. I feel that the chancery guards should not be afraid to make mistakes and willingly admit it when they do. If they are too afraid of making a mistake it could lead to inaction. This is new to all of us so we don't yet have solid guidelines for punishments that fit each infraction. Mistakes will be made and we need to be able to recognize this so we can learn from them and start to develop a fair judiciary system. I also feel like there should be diversity amongst the Chancery Guards. I believe the Chancery Guards could be used as a network for the Castellan and each other. So when the Castellan or a Chancery Guard has a hard tribunal they can get advice from the other Chancery Guards. Having a diverse group means a wider range in the possible points of view.