Improvements for site functionality
A condensed version of the 'Procedure Manual for a Citizen's Online Democracy'
0 replies | Posted on November 7, 2015 at 20:16 by user 3
The forum is designed for users to promote new ideas, engage in structured debate and find compromises in those ideas that best reflect the overall desires of the community. To that effect this web site is strictly business, every new topic started is a proposal to alter an aspect of our government policies, priorities or budget. Every new topic started has mandatory fields to fill out that creates familiar uniformity in each proposal. The fields attempt to get the who, what, why, where, when and how for each proposal. Consequently, each mandatory field has the ability to be replied to by other users, this keeps the discussion focused on individual aspects of the proposal. The proposal as a whole is also able to be discussed. Any reply can be replied to, over and over down a thread creating different branches of discussion. Each reply should be a statement either supporting or challenging the post they're replying to, accompanied by sources whenever possible. Replies in a question form should be avoided. A list of posting guidelines are available upon sign up. Failure to follow posting guidelines will result in suspensions from further posting.
Each proposal along with every reply can also be PROPPED by users, a prop means you support what's being said and is a good indication of how well received a particular post is by the community. This information can then be used by the original proposer to gauge which aspect of their proposal can be improved upon based on the community propping.
The original proposer has the option of adding other users posts/suggestions into their proposal, doing this means they agree that the new version of the proposal should include this suggestion, taking priority on conflicting text. This increases the likelihood that the proposal will be more widely accepted since it now includes a popular alteration. After the majority of the community has had an opportunity to read and react to the proposal it may be moved to a re-drafting. Here outside users will take the proposal with the added comments and redraft it in a concise and unbiased way for easy reading. Each user that has had one of their replies added to the proposal will get an opportunity to prop each re-drafted proposal that accurately portrayed their post. The re-draft with the most props from the participants in the proposal as well as the original proposer is then moved to the whole community for a general vote on whether to implement the finished proposal. A super-majority is required to pass any proposal. In the future, we'll have funds that we can then use to initiate some of the achievable proposals. Managers for projects can be hired the same way, users will need to have verifiable credentials. Everyone eventually will be under their real names so nothing sneaky happens, everything is always out in the open. This is the only way to create complete trust in the system and each other, open source software, total transparency, everyone on an equal playing field and no overbearing authority, a new level of freedom. But let's start with the basics today and see how far we can get.
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