Part 1 - What is globaldemocracy.com
Part 2 - How it works
Part 3 - Code of Conduct
Part 4 - Other stuff
What is globaldemocracy.com?
globaldemocracy.com is a website and app platform for people around the globe to submit and vote on each other’s ideas for improving the world.
We may live in different countries and have different cultures, but our challenges are often the same.
globaldemocracy.com is a social enterprise established to provide safe place for people to communicate away from friend groups and filter bubbles and away from commercial or political influences.
Use of the globaldemocracy.com site and app is free of charge.
It works by allowing people to vote on each other’s ideas and floating those ideas that are preferred by more people to prominence.
Globaldemocracy.com is not about advocating for a world parliament or some kind of internet governance. But it does allow people to advocate for these things. It is about enabling people across the globe to communicate with each other. It is about growing a generic platform for people to share ideas to find positive solutions to global problems.
You will see that the platform is divided up into two parts:
This Week’s Top 5 ideas, where you can vote on ideas submitted to the site and app by users in the previous week. Those are the ideas that were submitted the previous week that were most liked by the ‘sifters’. ‘Sifters’ are any registered users who choose to sift new ideas to weed out spam, advertising and other offensive material. By voting on This Week’s Top 5 ideas, the platform’s registered users give globaldemocracy.com a regular outcome - a most popular idea for each week.
The other part of the platform is the
section. This is a place where registered users can vote and comment on all ideas submitted to globaldemocracy.com. The more favoured ideas in All Ideas will float to prominence over time. The All Ideas page is intended as a research tool for casual researchers, teachers, academics, journalists and decision makers everywhere, so, take care with your posts and your votes - you really could be influencing the world.
There are rules to using globaldemocracy.com. Contributions that are abusive, spam or advertising are not permitted. Those who contribute such material will be deregistered.
Use the ‘search keyword’ function to find topics that interest you.
How it works
- In order to vote or to submit ideas, simply click ‘log in/join’ and follow the prompts.
- You can only vote on an idea once. A second vote from the same person does not register.
- You should only register to the site once. If you attempt to register more than once, any additional registrations will be cancelled, and you may be deregistered.
- When you post an idea or comment, you may do so using your name, or anonymously by using a pseudonym or your unique GD number.
- When you submit an idea, it will appear immediately on the sifting page. It will remain there until midnight UTC the coming Sunday (unless posted on a Sunday - then it stays in sifting until the following Sunday).
- The sifting page is administered by ‘sifters’ - registered site users who choose to engage in sifting by eradicating spam, advertising and other offensive material from freshly submitted ideas. Sifters who do this are given a second job, being to identify those newly submitted ideas that they think are good. It is their five most preferred ideas that are newly submitted in a given week that will appear, without ranking, in the following week’s ‘This Week’ voting page, for voting by all site and app users. And it is from the ‘This Week’ ideas that the platform's winning idea will come and be announced each week. Sifters are anyone who wishes to review newly submitted ideas. They are subject to rules (see ‘Lift and Sift’ below).
- Ideas on This Week’s Top 5 can be voted for but not commented upon. After one week these ideas are moved to the ‘All Ideas’ page. Once there, they can continue to be viewed and voted for, and from this point they can also be commented upon.
- Each week’s winning idea will be acknowledged on the front page of the site and app in the following week
for recognition, and for comment as to suggested actions that can be taken to implement the idea. It will
also be published and on and remain on the
‘Previous Top Ideas’
- Each valid idea submitted to the site will appear on the
‘All Ideas’ page. If it does not make the ‘This Week Top 5’ ideas page, it will appear in the All Ideas section the Sunday after it is submitted. It is not posted to the All Ideas page straight away, as all ideas posted need to have been sifted for spam, advertising or offensive material. Ideas posted on the ‘All Ideas’ pages will be placed in a category; will be available for voting and commenting; will be visible by most recent and by most popular. They will be there indefinitely and will be searchable by keywords. Most popular of these ideas over time, in their category and overall, will be determined by most votes per views and may be recognized on the site Home page or other social media associated with globaldemocracy.com.
- Actions taken as a consequence of the posting of any ideas on globaldemocracy.com may be reported back to users through the homepage of globaldemocracy.com or on associated social media or other platforms.
Lift and Sift
- As outlined above, the ‘Sifting’ page is for anyone registered to the site and app who wishes to help out with site administration. The job of sifters is, first and foremost, to determine whether freshly posted ideas are either valid or should be sifted out as spam or offensive. Their second job is to indicate if they happen to like a newly posted idea. The five ideas most liked by the sifters each week will move to the ‘This Week’s Top 5’ page in the following week. ‘Most liked’ is determined by most votes as a percentage of views. If three sifters or more decide a newly submitted idea is spam or offensive, it will be taken down, and so it will not make it onto the main site and app pages. Trashed ideas will be reviewed by site administrators from time to time, and wrongly trashed ideas restored to the sifting page and then site. Sifters who trash valid ideas will lose sifting status and may be deregistered.
- For the purpose of determining votes compared to views, and therefore it’s popularity ranking, an idea in both the voting and sifting areas will be considered viewed if it is opened by a registered person.
- Total views and votes are recorded next to each idea in all sections. A further statistic ‘reach’ records all views including by persons not registered to globaldemocracy.com.
Code of Conduct
- The posting of advertising or spam, of malicious, offensive or defamatory ideas or comments will not be tolerated. Users who do so may be deregistered.
- ‘Offensive‘ ideas or comments for the purpose of Code of Conduct rule 1 are ideas or comments which are disrespectful to other users of the site and app (as opposed to their ideas) and/or that are particularly offensive to the ideal of civil discourse.
A bit of history
globaldemocracy.com was first launched in 2011. Several thousands of people from around the world registered and posted ideas to the site, and voted on each other’s ideas. You will see some posts from back then in the ‘All Ideas’ list. That unmoderated website only platform was replaced with a new site and app in July 2021. So, this is the re-emergence of a platform previously tried and tested, but now with additional features: the app, the concept of a weekly top idea, the use of sifters to weed out spam and offensive material from freshly posted ideas, improved methods for floating preferred ideas and moderating.
Globaldemocracy.com has been developed for and is intended to be a platform of the people, for the people and to be administered by the people. It has been established as a social enterprise and is not a commercial platform.
Media inquires should be directed to Enabled Solutions.
They will put you in touch with the site owners.
If you have any suggestions as to how the site can be improved, please submit your idea under the ‘globaldemocracy.com’ idea category, for administrators to see and for voting and commenting upon by other users.
Contact and help
If you are having trouble joining or using this site or app, please email
If you, or your company or organization, would like to support globaldemocracy.com, your contribution will be
very welcome. All donations will be applied only to
globaldemocracy.com site and app expenses, maintenance and improvements.
The platform is a social enterprise but it is not
registered as a charity in any jurisdiction at this time.
To help maintain and improve this site and concept, donate here.
Using this site
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