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Voting Week: Important Changes

Posted by Malte Werner (Admin) Mar 30, 2015 Posted in News and Videos

The first phase of ConstitutionUK, "Hacking the Content", is now into its final week. We are declaring this final week "Voting Week", and will be changing the rules of the game, amending the points available to you for voting and extending our invitees to the Constitutional Convention to the Top30. If you're keen to attend and have an eye on your current leaderboard standing, then please take note.  

The changes

At the end of this week, all votes with a positive vote balance (+1 or greater) will be progressed to the refining phase for further commenting and redrafting by the community.

You will now receive 10pts if you cast or receive a vote on an idea (previously, this was 2pts and 3pts respectively). You will now also receive 5pts for voting, and receiving votes, on comments (previously, this carried no points). For technical reasons, these changes will be applied retrospectively (to votes already cast). To make sure nobody loses their deserved spot at the Constitutional Convention, we are extending the number of places available to the Top30. This is a fantastic opportunity for you all to add to your points tally and improve your chances of getting to the Constitutional Convention. 

Why we're making these changes

Your votes are essential to ideas progressing to the next round. They are also critical to the overall legitimacy of the project and the final constitution. Currently, there are a great many ideas seeing lots of discussion but surprisingly few votes (either way; be it positive or negative). Similarly, there are a number of ideas which have received very few votes, and yet have a positive vote balance (so, as it stands, having little real legitimacy, but which are likely to progress to the next phase).

In little over ten weeks you have, together, as a community, authored approximately 600 unique idea submissions, discussed and debated these via 6000 comments, and cast nearly 9000 votes to indicate what you want to see progress through the project and form part of our final, crowdsourced constitution. This is a huge achievement and you should, each of you, feel proud. 

Having been so successful in generating a wealth of ideas and debate, it is exciting to see how the constitution is taking shape. With little over a week left, it is now equally important that you cast your votes to decide which ideas should progress to the refining stage on Sunday!

 

This post was edited on Mar 30, 2015 by Malte Werner

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Comments (4)

Hugh Ryan says... Mar 31, 2015

You are simply inviting people and activist groups to game the system with this, as can be seen with the sudden influx of new commenters on the Head of State related pages following on from a link being reposted on a social media site AFTER your post above.

Just as well this is little more than an intellectual exercise at the end of the day, though it does flag up how special interest groups can hold more sway than their numbers justify.

Christopher Lennon says... Apr 16, 2015

Hear, hear. Taken over by the usual suspects.

Paul Healey says... Mar 31, 2015

Presumably the voting can still be monitored, so the idea of secret voting(ballots) does itself appear unconstitutional and undemocratic? If there is something to hide (controlling the votes) or fear (be punished for voting a certain way), secrecy would appear to benefit those who want to keep us in the dark as well as those that operate within it.

Voting against others purely to secure a place higher up the leader board seems an obvious strategy that will distort the value of any progress when it comes to providing rational reasons. Playing the game for its own sake, I no longer want to participate. 

Titus Alexander says... Apr 8, 2015

I share the concerns expressed by HTR and Paul, but as an exercise they also highlight the kind of processes which occur in any political system - the parties are currently "gaming" our voting system by throwing resources at marginal constituencies. If this was a real process to develop a constitution people would actively lobby for or against proposals. To avoid this kind of gaming I would not allocate points for voting on comments, only for receiving votes comments (which indicates support for the proposer). A much bigger issue, of course, is that this privileges people who have the time to take part and access to a computer and the internet. It is important to analyse and reflect on the process.

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