I'm undecided about this. I think it would be useful to have somebody ready to step in without having to call an election every time.
But to have not only one, but two regular posters of the HoC (for it would have to be a regular poster) taken out of posting is damaging.
I would far prefer a provision to allow the Speaker to nominate a deputy speaker for a short amount of time (not exceeding two weeks, say?) without an election. This person can then, depending on the view of the mods and the speaker, either have mod powers or not.
I think there should be a constitutional back up on the empty account (if that idea is carried) so that the leaders of the parties can elect a DS. If real life does take over for the Speaker of the day, the last thin they really want or will be able to do is to report on here....So perphaps a rule of 5 days inativity = DS activation?
Well, sure, but it strikes me as being a bit pointless when we might as well just allow the Speaker to appoint an interim deputy Speaker if he's going to be away. To be fair, I had no internet access from Thursday evening until Monday morning, and the world didn't fall apart...