The Short Explanation
This is a free system of very advanced, custom-designed, "votable," public bulletin boards and databases. Members can create a new forum (votable bulletin board) for each public issue. Members can also post statements and vote on statements posted on all public forums. Statements rejected by a forum's participants will disappear from that forum. But, all forum posts will always be visable on each forum's "Archive." Statements adopted by a forum's majority will be promoted (automatically migraged) to that forum's dedicated "Results Board." There, all site members will be urged to read the results and vote on each element (post or statement). The system is designed to promote our best ideas to the top, forming a consensus of the solution to the issue, which can also serve as a mandate to government, industry or other leadership for change. The members who participate in each forum democratically decide how best to proclaim or publish their forum's results (mandate). Also, members will decide everything about how the Issue Forum System evolves to meet our ever-changing future needs.
In Mozilla's Open Directory Project, the "ODP" (the root source for most search engines), MajorityVoice is defined as:
"MajorityVoice.org - A free, non-partisan, local/global, issue-specific,
member initiated, purely democratic, votable forum system designed to enable
humanity to scientifically define, proclaim and achieve Our common goals."
An "Issue" is a matter of importance to be resolved. A "Forum" is a public discussion of an issue. The "Issue Forum System" is the central feature of MajorityVoice. It's designed to enable us to scientifically learn our common beliefs about every issue we face as a race. It has three parts.
(1) The "Forum Index" is the system's entrance. It's the page where all the Issue Forums are listed in order of popularity. Here you may choose an Issue Forum in which to
participate or create a new forum to address your issue.
(2) An "Issue Forum" is a uniquely interactive, "votable" bulletin board. Hopefully, members will create an "Issue Forum" dedicated to the solution of every issue dividing humanity. Every
statement posted on an "Issue Forum" is earmarked with its own voting feature, a mini-polling booth. Forum participants are urged to vote "FOR" every post with which they completely agree, and "AGAINST" everything else. A small majority of negative votes will erase a statement from the main forum or discussion. Each forum's archive contains everything ever said in that forum. Enough positive votes will promote (automatically migrate) a statement to that "Issue Forum's" dedicated Results Board. All members can vote once on each statement posted in any "Issue Forum." Compare an Issue Forum to a "primary election."
(3) Each Issue Forum has one dedicated "Results Board" containing only statements ratified by the members participating in the forum. Therefore, you can not post messages to "Results Boards." When a statment is first promoted to a Results Board, its Forum vote count is archived in the Forum. It's new "Results Board" vote count is reset at zero. "Results Board" votes determine a statement's rank or position in order of most popular first. Members who had previously voted on a statement while it was still in the Forum, can vote again (anew) on that statement once it is on the "Results Board," as in a "general election." This gives members an opportunity to correct mistakes made while voting in the Forum.
No minimum participation is required of members. However, to serve the system effectively, you should make every effort to (1) fill in all fields in your profile, (2) vote on all Results Boards and (3) participate in all forums in which you have knowledge, interest or expertise. Each forum's participants democratically decide when it's results merit a public mandate by press release, advertising, mailings, and/or any other action they deem fit to publicize the will of their majority, utilizing a percentage of the site's revenues to cover the cost of this publicity. One effective, inexpensive means to accomplish this would be to create MajorityVoice banners and buttons which actually display results of current issues on the websites where ever they are displayed all over the Internet.
The membership will own MajorityVoice.org's public Issue Forum System once they have democratically set up a government for the system and determined how they will manage, protect and maintain the purely democratic intent of the system. Any truly democratic system should be wholey owned and transparently operated by all the people who are most affected by the issues it addresses and the solutions it produces.
Private Forums are provided to enable private groups to settle internal issues which are not of a public nature. Private forum creators assign a password to their forums. Participants must use the correct password to enter private forums. Private forums are free, for now. Hopefully, one day, proceeds from private forums will be a means to support MajorityVoice's public Issue Forum System.
SYSTEM SAFEGUARDS: The entire MajorityVoice System is protected against abuse by state-of-
the-art programming, features and security software. The system prevents members from
voting more than once in any MVO forum or poll. Anyone attempting to sabotage this system
or pervert its results by circumventing these safeguards will permanently lose their membership
privileges and/or be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Please be thoughtful, ethical and polite in your use of the MVO system. It is not intended for recreation. It's here to help humanity save ourselves from the predators among us.
For a more detailed description of the Issue Forum System, please go to the "How It Works" page.