Amendment to a proposal
There is much to be said for formal meeting protocols.
For Loomio users a single proposal per discussion is limiting, but multiple proposals would be confusing and counter-productive - as discussed in "Suggest an alternative".
Formal meetings get around this as follows: An alternative or separate motion is not allowed until the current one is carried and becomes a resolution (or is lost). However, an amendment to the motion can be "put" by a participant during discussion of the original motion. This needs to be seconded. The important bit is that from this point only the amendment may be discussed. The amendment is discussed, and is then either carried or lost (i.e. voted on). If the amendment is carried, the original motion is amended and discussion continues on this. If the amendment is lost the original motion stands. Passing the amendment ONLY passes the amendment, not the amended motion. The process was to amend the motion, not to create a new one. For a nice flow chart on this go to
http://www.community.net.nz/NR/rdonlyres/F37C7CDC-1A86-479C-A576-EFD3ADEC994C/37030/crk10meetings.pdf (pg 3 of "formal meetings")