What is an issue?

An issue can be any problem or topic in your community that needs to be addressed.

If you are a leader of a community and you are logged in, you can create an issue by clicking on "Issues" in the sidebar, then "New Issue” button (see image).

If you are not a leader, the ability to suggest an issue for the leader to approve is coming by 1 March 2019.

In the future, you will have the ability to post an issue with crowd moderation taking place.

 

 

What is the information summary?

The information summary provides space for an unbiased, neutral summary of the facts of the issue for you to be informed before engaging in debate and casting your vote.

If you are a leader of a community and you are logged in, you can edit an information summary by clicking on the pen symbol while looking at the issue (see image).

If you are not a leader, the ability to suggest an edit for the leader to approve is coming by 1 March 2019.

In the future, the information summary will be a publicly editable wiki (like Wikipedia) so that it will benefit from the "thousand eyes" effect.

 

What is a solution?

A solution is the objective that you think your community should have in relation to the issue - the end point that you want to eventually achieve.

The same solution can be linked to more than one issue. Solutions should be written in general language, allowing for various, more precise proposals to fall under them.

If you are a leader of a community and you are logged in, you can create a solution by clicking on the “+” symbol while looking at the issue (see image).

If you are not a leader, the ability to suggest an edit for the leader to approve is coming by 1 March 2019.

In the future, you will have the ability to post a solution with crowd moderation taking place.

 

What is a proposal?

A proposal is a clarification of a solution or a specific action that can be taken to address the issue. Proposals fall under goals and the same solution can be linked to more than one goal. Solutions should be specific. 

If you are a leader of a community and you are logged in, you can create a solution by clicking on the “+” symbol while looking at the issue (see image).

If you are not a leader, the ability to suggest an edit for the leader to approve is coming by 1 March 2019.

In the future, you will have the ability to post a solution with crowd moderation taking place.

 

What is Pol.Is?

Pol.Is is a third party app that we will have integrated into NewVote by 1 April 2019. Pol.Is allows you to agree or disagree with statements then displays where you stand compared to the other respondents in a graph.

To use Pol.Is, start by clicking Agree, Disagree or Pass/Unsure to the comments. If you complete this process and notice that your perspective has not been stated then you can add your own perspective.

You can then explore the beliefs of each group and the "Majority Opinion", views widely held by all users. This helps to establish points of consensus so that points of difference can be more easily identified.

 

What is NewVote?

NewVote is a nonpartisan nonprofit registered charity.

Our purpose is to advance education on political related issues and enhance democracy. We’re building a bridge between people and their leaders. Whether that’s a school, business or government jurisdiction.

For more information, read our about us section.

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What is verification?

All communities are public during the trial phase.

We are open to creating private communities if requested.

Currently only an email address is required to create an account. By 1 March 2019, mobile phone verification will be in place for all users.

If your community requires a custom authentication, for example, a particular email domain or cross-referencing with a membership list, then let’s discuss. We will likely need to quote you for our developer’s time.

 

What is an endorsement?

Endorsements are made by stakeholders in an issue. It is a separate type of account that do not have the power to vote, but instead can 'endorse' a solution or proposal, providing their reasons for doing so. Endorsements will be available by 1 April 2019.

In a small community, stakeholders may represent departments, faculties, factions, parties etc. In the government jurisdictional sense, stakeholders will be community groups, NGOs, think tanks, political parties etc.

The reason for endorsements is so you can know where stakeholders within your community stand on the issue and why.

 

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What is the "Media" section?

The media section is a list of websites that have been added to the issue to assist you to understand the issue, it's solutions and proposals better.

You can like the media by pressing the “thumbs up” if you think it is worthy. The more likes a media item gets, the more prominent it will display.

If you are a leader of a community and you are logged in, you can post a URL by clicking on the media symbol while looking at the issue (see image).

We will scrape the page for a title and picture. You can edit these if they are not to your liking.

 

What is crowd moderation?

Crowd moderation will mean that any suggested issue, solution or proposal will be sent to 5% of users to approve it, prior to it going public on the app.

In the prototype we do not have crowd moderation but in the future we will integrate this.

 

 

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How do I create an account?

  1. Click the "Sign Up" or “Create Account” button.

  2. Enter your details

  3. Click the “Captcha” button to prove you’re human

  4. Click "SIGN UP"

 

How do I vote?

  1. Follow our instructions above to create an account.

  2. Navigate to the solution or proposal that interests you.

  3. On a mobile, Click the UP or DOWN arrows. On computer, "VOTE UP" or "VOTE DOWN" (see image).

A message will display on the bottom of the screen that "Your vote has been recorded" and the button you have chosen will be highlighted in colour.

You can change your vote at any time.

You can “un-vote” by clicking on your highlighted vote again.

How do I share an issue, goal or solution?

You will find a share icon on every issue, goal and solution (see image). Click it once and you have the option of sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn and Reddit. 

 
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