The Loya Jirga was RationalWiki's first organised response to the seemingly endless bouts of Headless chicken mode that occur when different people try to deal with various trolls. It consisted of seven bureaucrats elected by the mob, and had powers to place troublemakers in the vandal bin; anyone placed in the bin by the Loya Jirga could not be removed by others. Or something. It's not terribly clear at the moment. There was also a Loya Jirga account whose password was to be shared among members.
The Loya Jirga grew out of the MarcusCicero wars. Its origins are in the long-running debate over whether or not to get rid of MC; the actual point where it began is probably somewhere on 30 January 2010, with a joke by Broccoli. It enveloped the wiki in a cloud of insanity, with Nx starting to burn all of MarcusCicero's edits, debate raging on numerous talkpages and users dropping like flies. Eventually, TheoryOfPractice called a Loya Jirga to discuss the problem. At first, the discussion was very doom-and-gloom, with people even going so far as to suggest the site should be shut down. Eventually, however, things settled down, and talks went under way as to the power hierarchy on the site.
Eventually the Loya Jirga, while continuing to exist, was referred to less and less. It heard one case, in the late spring of 2010, which made the not-very-controversial ruling that "obviously vile comments can be deleted by anyone. Others leave up to the person who's talk page it is. Article talk pages: delete the vile; ignore the trivial." this single case saved the Loya Jirga from becoming yet another turdblossom.
Eventually it fizzled out, people forgot who the members were, and vacant seats were not filled. During the crisis of May 2011 an attempt was made to call new elections, which itself kicked off a bout of HCM; the crisis ended in the replacement of the Loya Jirga by the
First Only Lineup Edit
- Toast (48 votes)
- Ace McWicked (42 votes)
- Kels (39 votes)
- Human (34 votes)
- TheoryOfPractice (31 votes)
- Genghis Khant (31 votes)
- Totnesmartin (26 votes) - She and Bob M tied for seventh place, but Bob retired gracefully to spend more time with his frying pans.