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Peter Merel

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An open, facebook-integrated instant global democracy

As of today, the world's first truly open facebook-integrated global instant democracy is a reality. Unlike other voting systems online - reddit and ted.com comments etc. - it's not about voting on the opinions. It's about voting on their subjects.

Why are subjects important? Because for the first time we can actually say what someone's opinion is really about. And group votes for or against those subjects. It makes no sense to vote for a hashtag but voting for or against subjects that share hashtags makes a race - and a whole new kind of democracy.

This kind of democracy is a Facebook game that turns voting into a social act. When people go into some dark room and pull a lever or press a button you've got all that BS about hanging chads and who watches the watchmen and lobbyism and so on. But when everyone's opinions on every subject are open and public - when everyone's votes can be counted by everyone - that's a democracy you can trust.

Right now this is alpha software, brand spanking new, without a lot of important content. But if you care about democracy, if you can stand up for or against something - if something really matters to you from cafeteria lunches to the way your taxes are spent - this new way to argue and win or lose an argument is the way forward.

We waste opinions all over the internet - they can't count if we don't count them. But try http://www.doshmosh.com and speak your mind. Pick a side. Make a choice. Take a stand. Connect to the people who feel the same way you do - take power back from the bureaucrats and share it with the people you trust - your friends.

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Closing Statement from Peter Merel

The feedback here has been very helpful. In particular Pavlin Angelov's criticism of the funding model has caused us to rethink it. We're moving it to become more in line with the Google Adsense/Adwords model. Thanks to everyone for your comments.

If you'd like to learn more there's a deeper and saltier discussion of the way DoshMosh works at http://dudespaper.com/dudeism-the-first-religion-with-a-moshpit.html/ .

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    Oct 4 2012: To really make a voting system work well, in my opinion, it needs an argumentation system based on questions, multiple answers to each question, and pros and cons for each answer. See the Issue Based Information System, IBIS, now exemplified by Compendium. See Jeff Conklin's book "Dialogue Mapping" for a serious discussion of how such a system can and should work.
    • Oct 8 2012: Hi Richard, that's an interesting notion. DoshMosh is based on a system of distinctions rather than questions. So, for example, rather than ask "Who should be US President?", DoshMosh enables you to tag a context, "#US #President" in multiple opinions with different subjects. For example, "$Obama is a great #US #President. Re-elect him in #2012" vs. "$Romney will never make #US #President in #2012 or any other year."

      By enabling people to reply to each others' arguments while promoting their preferred subjects, DoshMosh enables the pros and cons of different choices to be considered from all sides, and enables users to add new $subjects to the debate as they please. If you prefer a different system to this I hope you will proceed to implement same - I think I should really only implement one democratic mechanism in this lifetime or else people will get confused about me ;-)

      If IBIS integrates with Facebook I'd be very interested in comparing it with DoshMosh. Does it?

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