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Administrative structure

I’ve been an active contributor to BugGuide for a number of years now, but realize I don’t really understand the administrative structure. Is there an explainer somewhere to teach me how things work? I’m especially curious how decisions get made, and who usually makes them. My understanding is that John VanDyk is the lead person in charge of the technology and programming for the site, and I’m aware there are many editors who perhaps have some decision-making role, but the details are unclear to me. Thanks for any clarification you can offer.

Decisions are made primarily through the forums
Someone will post to the forums making a suggestion. Others will chime in either in support or in opposition. When it seems as though a consensus has been reached, then we have a "decision". Every editor, however, is free to do what he or she thinks best. So you may find what you think is a decision only to have it violated by an editor or two. There is no editorial board here to make a final decision and John VanDyk is happy to avoid decision making and leave it to the consensus of experts here. If you have a specific question in mind, we suggest you post it to whatever forum seems to be best for the question.

Great -- helpful to know
Thank you for the explanation.

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