The Elections Committee needed a way for candidates to campaign, and for members to debate them. We could have used just another forum, but instead we shot for the cutting edge of distributed organization.
We've made a website that lets us deliberate and decide together without central mediation. Check it out at bitcoin.consider.it. The homepage visualizes all candidates' popularity in realtime amongst the distributed membership. Go give your opinion on someone right now—you will see the candidate move!
By using this site, you will simultaneously:
- Learn about the candidates
- See who is winning
- Develop your opinion on who to vote for
- And share your thoughts with other members, to improve their thoughts, influence their votes, and set the candidates' popularity
You don't just blurt out a block of text. You will distinguish your argument's reasons and feelings, and the website will aggregate them into the hive mind. You express your feelings by dragging a slider. Watch the smiley face react as you drag.
You express your reasons point-by-point, as separate Pros and Cons, that other people can adopt into their opinions by dragging and dropping.
By dragging the same point, multiple people can speak it:
This lets us raise and debate points without redundancy.
Thousands of people can express their opinions, in aggregate.
For the first time on the internet, we can visualize thousands of opinions on a single page:
As you mouse around in the visualization, it will show you the different reasons for people of different feelings.
Rules of the site:
- Anyone can participate, but only Foundation Members' opinions count on the homepage rankings.
- To get member rights, you must create an account with the same email address you use to login to the Bitcoin Foundation.
- Candidates are ranked as follows. A member's opinion falls on a scale from -1 to +1. Each candidate's rank is calculated as sum(all opinions on candidate).
- I will moderate points and comments if necessary.
- This site is for deliberation only. Votes are not binding. Binding votes will by tallied on a different site.
Big thanks to Brian Goss (the Elections Committee Chair) for all his hard work — he's got strong feelings that this software empowers us to deliberate and debate more effectively and make better choices for ourselves as s group.
Also thanks to Board Member Elizabeth Ploshay for her early support!