Feature Release: Me

November 3, 2012 § Leave a comment


Another day closer to elections, another feature released.  Today we released the “Me” page.  This page lets you track what positions you rated, bookmarked, set as primary, etc.   In addition, we added the following rating capabilities:


BostInno Coverage: “a superhighway straight to the truth.”

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment


We were covered in BostInno!  Read the full article at BostInno: State, Discover & Build Your Political Position: It’s WhyWeVote.

Email notification are up.

October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Well, we think this is it.  Email notifications went live at about 1:30am this morning and, assuming that no huge bugs are encountered, we shouldbe on our way.  Now we just need a logo.  Any ideas?

We’ve released sorting and it’s Magic!

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

MagicSortMagic sorting.  Really?  OK, this deserves a bit of an explanation – after all, it’s not like people would accept something in politics without understanding it.

So, what’s up with magic.   First, let’s assume that any post (position or response) on WhyWeVote can be either a “good” or a “less-than-good” post.  A “good” post is one that helps us make a decision, that educates us, that is valuable to whatever workflow we are pursuing.  A “less-than-good” post…  not so much.

So, our goal is to give good posts exposure.  So we came up with a constantly evolving algorithm to sort through the posts to:

  • allow good positions get more exposure
  • prevent mobs from suppressing good positions due to bias
  • prevent old good positions from disappearing amongst the new noise

At the end of the day, WhyWeVote is a sort of a social brain.  At any node/post, we are trying to identify what is the most important information for that specific context and the “magic” sorting algorithm seeks to do just that.

We expect the algorithm to evolve, but if you get frustrated and want something different, you can always switch to sorting by time.

New version going live…

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

New features:

  • Sorting of positions (this is big – more on this later)
  • UI improvements
  • Numerous Squashed Bugs
  • Almost done with tracking of positions via email.

Time to sleep…

Anonymous Posting

October 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

So, after fixing a ridiculous bug that precluded creation of users (and thus of posting, because such was connected to creation of users), I decided to allow anonymous posting of positions.

This deserves a more attention.  Yes, we are potentially inviting trolls.  However, one of the goals of the system is to eliminate bias as a significant influence.  This is why when a position is posted, even if the user is logged in, the identity is not shown.  This is also why we are not putting counts to show how many people have voted one way or another.  We’ll be putting up aggregate percentages, but if 100% of visitors agree, you don’t know whether this is 1, 10, or 1000 users and this is intentional – think for yourself!

Anyway, we’ll be gradually improving the platform over the days ahead.  Please post positions, responses, etc.

And now for real

October 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

OK, now it all should work.  Very very sorry about that – please try again and let us know if you are still unable to post positions.