When a Voting Advice System exists, you will use it. Here’s why.
The goal of the Voting Advice System is to take the money out of politics. The system appeals to voters because it’s convenient. It appeals to social activists and their organizations because it levels the political playing the field and empowers them with a stronger political voice.
To allow a voting advice network to form and expand on its own, the organization must act as as standards body. It must also provide an initial reference implementation to get the ball rolling and to serve as a model for others to build on. In addition, it must engage in public outreach , and eventually provide support services, in order to promote system adoption.
Provisional charter for the organization.
A list of contributors to the project.
Twitter style #hashtags are the girders that allow voting advice to travel down the information highway. They identify ballot choices, allowing advice that is needed to find its destination, while other advice flows right on by, unintrusive and invisible.The #hashtags need to be unique, so they do not conflict with each other, and they need to be divided into namespaces, so they are easy to construct without fear of conflict with other hashtags.
The fact of the matter is that, these days, many a website is created using WordPress. Given a plugin for making recommendations that works in WordPress, that can also be used to aggregate recommendations from trusted advice streams described in
Receiving and Filtering Advice, a given website would instantly become an additional node in a self-organizing advice network. It is likely that similar capabilities are available in social media centers like Facebook, and other similar systems. In other words, once the system begins to be used, adoption will be rapid, and viral.