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This version is depricated

Please use the new version at

Old Your Priorities version

Your Priorities is a web based platform that enables groups of people to define their democratic ideas and together discover which are the most important ideas to implement by their instances. People can add new ideas, add arguments for and against ideas, indicate if they support or oppose an idea, create a personal list of ideas and discuss all ideas. The end results are lists of top ideas in many categories as well as the best arguments for and against each idea. This service enables people to make up their minds about most issues in a short time.

Your Priorities is being used on the eDemocracy service and the Better Reykjavik website in Iceland amongst other places.

Docker on Ubuntu

Install docker


Install git

sudo apt-get install git

Clone Your Priorities locally

cd /yourpath
git clone

Copy database config template (no change needed):

cd your-priorities
cp config/database.yml.dist config/database.yml

Option 1 - Install Your Priorities images from Docker Index

sudo docker pull yrpri/base
sudo docker pull yrpri/postgresql
sudo docker pull yrpri/rails
(optional IRC support)
sudo docker pull yrpri/ngircd
sudo docker pull yrpri/kiwiirc

Option 2 - Build docker repositories from github dockerfiles

# Base docker repository
git clone
cd docker-base
sudo docker build -t yrpri/base .
cd ..

And the same for: and yrpri/postgresql and yrpri/rails
(optional IRC support) and yrpri/ngircd and yrpri/kiwiirc

Start database

sudo docker run -i -t -d --name postgresql -v MY_DB_FOLDER:/var/lib/postgresql yrpri/postgresql

Optional IRC support

sudo docker -D run -d -p 6667:6667 yrpri/ngircd
sudo docker -D run -d -p 7778:7778 -v /root/certs:/etc/kiwiirc -e -e KIWI_IRC_SERVER_PORT=6667 yrpri/kiwiirc

Start rails docker image pointing to your local Your Priorities installation

sudo docker -D run -d -link postgresql:db -p 3000:3000 -v /yourpath/your-priorities:/var/www/your-priorities -e APP_NAME=your-priorities yrpri/rails

See if it is running

sudo docker ps

Test it

The image will take a little while to start up, it will have to run bundle install each time its started.
Browser to http://localhost:3000/ or http://your.ip.addr.number:3000

Debug the docker image

sudo docker ps -notrunc
sudo lxc-attach --name long_uid_from_docker_ps
<now you are in the image>
cd /var/log/supervisor
tail -f *

Default admin user and password

Setup the project locally

Fork the project from

1. Create a github account if you do not have one
2. Make sure you are logged in
3. Click the "Fork" button at the top of the page to create your own fork

Download / clone on your local Ubuntu installation

(replace YOURNAME with your github username)
git clone

Setup git to easily merge from the main branch Add the following to the .git/config file

[remote "robert"]
        url =
        fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/robert/*

Merge the latest changes from the master branch

git fetch robert
git merge robert/master

Development on Linux

Install rvm the Ruby version manager

sudo apt-get install curl
\curl -L | bash -s stable

Go into the application and install all gems

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install libxslt-dev libxml2-dev
sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev
sudo apt-get install libpq-dev
sudo apt-get install libmagickwand-dev
bundle install

Install database dependencies

sudo apt-get install postgresql
sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Then start the psql shell

sudo su postgres

When in psql create a user and the Your Priorities dev database

CREATE USER puser PASSWORD 'xxxxxxxx'

Then exit the postgres shell and copy and edit the config/database.yml.dist file

cd config
cp database.yml.dist database.yml

Then edit the database.yml file for your puser password

When ready create the database tables and seed the database:

rake db:schema:load
rake db:seed

This will create an admin user with the email and password admin

Start the server

rails s

Navigate to http://localhost:3000/

Running the test

Currently Your Priorities only has one working test, more tests would be appricated. This one test is based on Selenium and tests most of the user facing features. To run the tests you need to open up two terminal windows. You need to have Firefox installed.

In the first window you start the integration test before running the command in the other window

rake test:integration

In the second window when you see the test database being created from the output start the test server. If you start it too early then the database cant be dropped for recreation and if you start the server too then Selenium won't have a server to test against.

rails s -e test

Installing Sphinx search

Please see:

Cron tasks that are needed

Idea ranking calculations

rake schedule:idea_ranker

For updating the search index

rake fs:index

Production Deployment on Heroku

Your Priorities is now setup to be a Heroku app, using S3 and CloudFront for deployment.

Here are the parameters that are used in Heroku config.

Heroku parameters you need to setup yourself:

AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID:            ----------------------
AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY:        ----------------------
FACEBOOKER2_API_KEY:          ----------------------
FACEBOOKER2_APP_ID:           ----------------------
FOG_DIRECTORY:                ----------------------
S3_BUCKET:                    ----------------------
S3_KEY:                       ----------------------
S3_SECRET:                    ----------------------

Below config examples set automatically by the respected services, you can see from this list what heroku additions are needed to run the app:

ADEPT_SCALE_URL:              ----------------------
DATABASE_URL:                 ----------------------
FLYING_SPHINX_API_KEY:        ----------------------
HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_WHITE_URL:  ----------------------
MEMCACHIER_USERNAME:          ----------------------
PGBACKUPS_URL:                ----------------------
REDISTOGO_URL:                ----------------------
SENDGRID_USERNAME:            ----------------------
AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID:            ----------------------
AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID:            ----------------------

Your Priorities is a merge between:

NationBuilder by Jim Gilliam and Open Direct Democracy by Róbert Viðar Bjarnason and Gunnar Grimsson


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