E-ThePeople is a website
(www.e-thepeople.com) attempting to help leverage democracy
to increase the rate at which improvements are made
to and by the government
. It allows members to post articles which are then encouraged or discouraged
by others. Other members are also allowed to add comments to articles. The website's appropriate motto is "Democracy is a Conversation
". E-ThePeople also allows members to conduct polls. The features of this site that seem most useful to me are listed below.
The relevance of an article decays
over a period of two and a half weeks from 100 times the difference between the number discourages and the number of encourages to 1 times that difference. Comments are not given relevance scores but they do receive encourage and discourage votes.
Polls on E-ThePeople are written by members. They incorporate the idea of Approval Voting
wherein the pollster
can decide to allow poll takers to pick only one answer or to pick all appropriate answers. This feature is an important step toward educating people
on the shortcoming
s of Plurality Voting
. If you are a voting method enthusiast, you might like to help me lobby e-thepeople to allow Condorcet Voting
E-ThePeople allows members to scope their polls and articles to the entire nation
(USA, though I'm not sure why other countries
aren't featured) or to a state or city
. I don't believe my state and city are well-enough represented to benefit from the scope mechanism
, but I hope they will be someday, if not with E-ThePeople, then with another site
Members are encouraged to learn about existing initiative
s and movements
, to discuss their merit
s, and even start their own.