As previously announced in this section, minguo.info now has a basic Delegable Proxy functionality (see this link to know more about Delegable Proxy Democracy).
Now, you can do the following:
- Choose to become a proxy. If you do, other people can delegate their votes to you. Each time you'll vote, you'll do so in their name, too, i.e. your vote will carry more weight.
- Choose another member as a proxy (see on their user profile page). They will be able to vote in your name, giving you a voice even when you are too busy to vote yourself.
- If you have a proxy, it's ok if you visit the site only once or twice a month: your proxy will carry on representing you in your absence.
- When you do visit the site, you will be able to see how the proxy has voted in your name. You can change any vote
- As you get to know better your own proxy and other members, you always have the choice to change proxy.
- You can have as many proxies as you want, so you can grant and revoke proxy rights as you wish.
However, the current implementation of Delegable Proxy is very basic. It is an All Or Nothing affair. It can only give you a taste of things to come:
- you will be able to select the topic for which you want to grant a proxy. You might trust someone on economic affairs, but not on environmental issues.
- the previous point means that you'll be able to give a proxy to different people on different topics.
- you will be able to accept or refuse proxies (so far, if you accept to act as a proxy, you must accept all proxies given to you.)
- you may only let a few selected friends know that you accept proxies.
- and much more...
When I am developing those features, I am trying to strike a balance between openness and privacy. For example, your vote is private and is not displayed openly, but anyone can see how their own proxy voted for them.
As you can see, there is still much more to implement. You can let me know which additional feature you would like to have first.
To conclude, I would like to especially say thank you to Jan Kok for his support at many levels.