I was recalling the rares council this evening and wondering if it might have been more successful had it been constructed differently and use for another purpose. My thoughts were the following.... 1st that perhaps rather than the major requirements for nomination being based around experience with rares, length of time as a member of the community, and popularity or how well known you are but rather on your desire to be a member of this community and to help improve both our relationships with each other and to promote our community to the rest of uo. 2nd the focus of the council itself may have been misdirected in that we began the council for the purpose of monitoring rares themselves, which may be considered dupes, which were still pure, etc. rather than trying to improve the community over all as a whole. furthermore i began to contemplate how re-starting the council or a body similar to it may be beneficial to the community, but with a new goal of not monitoring its members and the items we term rares, but by helping players connect with each other and to assist them in finding information, connecting buyers with sellers, as well as to help bring new members into the rare collectors family and make them feel welcome. the council would be less of a governing body and more of a group of players devoted to helping to improve our community by planning events or gatherings which could things like the rare collectors festival, or auctions, or even various types of games again with the purpose in mind of fostering community and helping our fellow players. were something of this nature to be put into place i think it would be necessary to have a mix of both new and old collectors with the focus of eligibility placed around desire to expand the community and to assist others. perhaps some experience with planning, participating in, or hosting various in game events would also be a requirement as well. i personally feel something of this nature would help not only us as a community come closer together but to bring us closer with the rest of the uo community, and draw others to join us in collecting. just my musings for this evening....any thoughts?