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Welcome to ConvinceMe

Think about what you actually want the government to do—contrast it with what other people want

  • Topics are actions the government can take—not ideas
  • Responses are restricted to 1400 characters1
  • Information can be improved by everyone (via pull requests)

See the rest of the content instructions.

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time" -Blaise Pascal

Goals/Future

Since you give your opinion on concrete government actions, we'll be able to connect with voting records - and provide an easy way to choose representatives who are aligned with your actual viewpoints.

America has a critical lack of faith in its political representation, for good reason—our representation is mostly funded by lobbyists.

This seems like an ideal way to give people a chance to consider arguments, select the ones they agree with and be given a list they can take to polls and use to select representation which represents their interests—not just the one with the biggest media campaign.

Government Changes & Categories

The changes the government could make and the categories for those actions are stored in this repository.

You can recommend additions by creating a pull-request updating changes.tsv.

Changes can be tagged with various categories (which must be included in the categories.tsv)

Internet points

Preliminary point system:

Number of times voted + GitHub contributions - number of rejected pull requests

The objectives being: encouraging contribution, reading (and voting), and not suggesting bad/inconsequential changes.

"If I have learned anything from the Internet, it is this: be very, very careful when you put a number next to someone's name" -Jeff Atwood

Sweet icon source

Debate by Gregor Cresnar from Noun Project


Creative Commons License

The content of all ConvinceMe projects is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The source code for ConvinceMe is licensed under GPL 3.

Please also look at our Code of Conduct


Footnotes

  1. Why 1400 characters? Because it's longer than a tweet. And it seemed like a reasonable place to start - better to be too short and have to loosen restrictions later than be too long.