Publicity, and communicating with visitors about Votorola

Michael Allan mike at
Mon Aug 16 13:40:49 EDT 2010

I have a proposal for this.  It follows from our skype talk.  It's a
one-two punch:

  1. This grease monkey documents the architecture,

  2. Another codes the "forest theatre" of democracy (Thomas knows
     what I mean).

If we don't get another coder for 2, then I could prototype it till we
do.  It'll be a bigger effort than anything Alex mentioned, but I
think it'll play to our strengths in way that's self-evident and
self-documenting.  (I'll post a better description of it, soon.)

In any case, I think Alex is right: the top priority is now outreach +
an open door/window onto the effort.  I'd like to move on this ASAP if
we can agree on the approach.  Does anyone have another proposal to
add to the mix?

Michael Allan

Toronto, +1 647-436-4521

Alex Rollin wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 12:05 PM, Thomas von der Elbe <
> ThomasvonderElbe at> wrote:
> >
> > Should we?
> >
> >
> >
> I have a background in marketing, so forgive me if it seems like I'm making
> a lot of work.  With the help of the list I would be happy to lead (or
> follow) in the creation of the following documentation to help those who,
> like myself, wish to inform other about votorola.
> Because votorola is a system, and because governance is so important, I
> think it's equally important to creae some documents that make it easy for
> folks to get a quick overview of the system so that they can adjust their
> expectations appropriately, and so that if they choose to get involved and
> try things out, they will have an idea of where they stand and what to do
> next.
> I think that we could make a section of the wiki (or another site) where we
> work on some publicity pieces together.
> I could help bring up another site, all together, that was quite pretty, for
> publicity purposes.
> If we find a directory like vitalizing-democracy  the, then we would know,
> easily, that we could places these publicity pieces into the directory.
> For example, a directory entry like that might be:
> 1.  Icon or logo for votorola.
> 2.  1 sentence description
> 3.  1 paragraph summary
> 4.  A link to a page for a status update on the project
> We could also have a page where we keep a reverse directory of other
> projects.
> 1.  Metagov
> 2.  vitalizing-democracy
> In addition, we could keep another page that showed how the systems stack up
> against each other and expose the niche that votorola fills.
> Another thing would be a page where we talk about the current status of the
> system and the next steps for it.
> Mike, I'm not aware yet or the location of docs like this, yet, or how you
> see them coming into being.
> Do you think things like this should go on the pollwiki?  I'm leaning
> towards a "no" and I don't have solid reasons.  Something like the fact that
> the pollwiki is "in" votorola, and we want to be jus a little outside it.
>  Also, permissions for editing these pieces?  Do we need to lock them down a
> bit?
> A

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