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This diary is an introduction to the Community Manifesto Initiative and provides answers to questions and some guidelines on how to make the most from this new group.

The Community manifesto Initiative has two complementary aims that we shall discuss separately.

1) A collection of policy-oriented diaries

This first aim is purely internal to Daily Kos.

What diaries can I find in this group?

Our main interest are diaries that discuss policy matters, educate us about them, explain or promote them, propose new ones, etc... whatever the issue may be. Very good policy diaries are very few and far between. However, most of the diaries published every day here do not contain anything it terms of policies. We select the few that do and republish them in this blog. Any simple diary that helps to elucidate some policy matter can be republished into this group.

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To join this group, simply send the group a private message (follow this link) and tell us you'd like to join. In reply, we will send you an official invitation and upon accepting it, you will automatically become a member.

How can I contribute to this group?

After you have officially joined the group (see above), you will be able to submit any diary (your owns or those of any other KDos diarists) to the group.

As you browse as usual the diaries, whenever you come across a good diary that would be a good fit for this group, you can "Republish" the diary into this group. See at the bottom of every diary (below the diary itself, between the tags and the comments) the three actions that you can take: "Recommend", "Hotlist" and "Republish". Click on this last action and a pop-up menu will appear. Select: "Publish to: Community Manifesto Initiative". Also, it would be helpful if you could add a note about which policy areas are being covered in the diary (especially if it's not obvious from the title of the diary). The diary will then be placed in the blog's queue and will soon be re-published in the blog itself.

2) The Minguo Community Manifesto Initiative

The Community Manifesto itself is an initiative by the project.

Where can I learn more about the project?

If you have never heard about it, you may read the two following articles publish by the online newspaper  Democracy Chronicles:
  1. Minguo: a Unique Online Democracy Experiment. This short article is an introduction to the whole Minguo project.
  2. A Reform to End Political Deadlock?, an interview by Democracy Chronicles of the Minguo project founder (me) where we discuss Election reform and the new web site.

How can I be part of the democracy experiment?

Participating in the experiment only requires 20~30 minutes of your time only once a month. It's fun and it's for a good cause! Simply register at and, after you have logged in, start voting in the policy-based community polls.

The connection between those 2 aims is that some of the best policy-based diaries here at DailyKos are used as food for thoughts or background information for the Minguo Community Manifesto.

Originally posted to augustin on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 07:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by Community Manifesto Initiative.

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  •  This looks as if it is just another pitch for (1+ / 0-)
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    one or more of the anti-majoritarian voting methodology proposals. Is that, in fact, the gist of it?

    BTW, I tried to follow a bit of this, the link at 1. (Minguo: a Unique Online Democracy Experiment.) requiring going to a link therein, which then links to an explanation of ERV, but that explanation explains nothing and links to a different explanation of ERV, but that page is a password protected word-press document, with the end result tht ERV, whatever it may be, is never explained, but is nonetheless discussed.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 02:37:11 PM PDT

    •  What is ERV? (0+ / 0-)

      There is no mention of "ERV" in the articles.

      Do you mean IRV?

      I checked all the links in the article, and I found none that was broken. It is possible though that when you read the article, the DC site had a hickup and redirected you to an error page. It happened to me once. But all the links seem to be working, now.

      The Minguo project is indeed about providing a working majority to the government, in accordance with the wishes of the voters. We are running a democracy experiment with interested members. We'll see how it goes.

      I personally hope that in November the Democrats get back the House (and keep the Senate) so that Obama can enact his policies in his second term. But we also want to solve underlying, recurrent problems.

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