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Ladan Wise

Product development Manager, TED


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What one feature would you love to see added to TED.com?

The TED team is working on planning the future development and enhancement of TED.com, and the product development team would love to hear your ideas! What's one feature would you love to see on TED.com and why?


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  • Dec 6 2012: I'd like to see TED become more of a democracy, because as of now is isn't. To get there you don't need to add you need to subtract.

    You need to subtract these 'points', ask yourself, is anyone's opinion worth more, just because they have a more popularist viewpoint, which is shown for all to see. Is this not a world that 'we the people' need to be seen on an equal footing with every other individual, or are TED just going to follow in the footsteps of "some people are more equal than others."

    And from what I've seen on here, which is sad, I freely admit, people verbalize not what they think, but just what will, they believe, get them more points. I don't believe that was ever TED's intentions, but this mechanism has put that option in place.

    I'd also remove the thumbs up and count, again its a mechanism for people, just because it's 'easier', to opt out of adding their true voice, to opt out of thinking deeper, to opt out of being part of this community.

    I know this wont be popular, trust me i know, if there was a thumbs down this would get it, people don't want to give up perceived value, to those I ask, is that what really defines you. From my perspective, I can tell you that I look at the comments, points or no, I value that opinion just as much as mine or anyone else's, is you do the same you'll understand that there is no need.

    We all have our own perspectives, we all have our own experiences, we can all contribute, no one voice should be deemed of more value than others, and maybe it would be a better world if we all practiced that, and what better place than TED.

    If there is anything I seen here on TED, its that, the voice of presenters speaking for those oppressed in society who have no voice.

    I think TED should lead the way in understanding that, and act accordingly, by making all TED citizens equal.

    I feel that's a ideal worth sharing.
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      Dec 7 2012: I don't think you would get a thumbs down. Others in the comments below made the same suggestion of getting rid of points, though not connecting that recommendation to democracy.

      I have to say, I don't care about points, not in evaluating the likely merit of a speaker's comments or in making my own. When I think about people here who participate a lot, I believe that what they offer here are their authentic views.

      Why would you think that thoughtful adults would decide what to say on a discussion board by considering the points they might earn, points that don't translate into anything of tangible value?

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