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Converj

New Request For Proposals

Using Converj, a leader can send a request for proposals, to a group of participants. Participants can make proposals, and point out the pro's and con's of proposals.

Converj handles the most significant problem with group decision-making & participatory democracy: the high cost of organizing and evaluating participants' ideas.

Request For Proposals

New Proposal

Using Converj, a leader can get feedback on their proposal, and participants can point out the pro's and con's of the proposal.

Converj handles the most significant problem with group decision-making & participatory democracy: the large effort to organize and evaluate participants' ideas. Converj does this by turning the crowd on itself, to organize and evaluate each-others' ideas.

Proposal

New Auto-complete Survey

Worry less about whether you are providing the right multiple choice options, by letting particpants add their own options. But still get useful convergence to a few best answers.

Edit Auto-complete Survey

View Auto-complete Survey

Auto-complete Survey Results

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About

Converj aims to break filter-bubbles, and connect diverse groups. Converj is designed with the following goals:

Reason-based voting

When opinions conflict, just voting does not bring opinions closer together. Purely competitive voting can even increase partisanship. But reason-based voting helps people to know more, to understand each other, and to find common ground.

Minimizing the burden of knowledge

These survey tools have been designed to make it fast & easy for people to express their reasons, and to understand others' reasons.

Anti-abuse

Some small fraction of people will try to break, misuse, and corrupt any forum, sometimes using coordinated campaigns of abuse. A forum for all people must allow trolls to exist, but limit the impact of their abuse.

Request for Proposals
Reason-based voting
  • Users must view others' reasons before entering their own reason
  • Users must vote for a reason, rather than just voting yes or no
  • User-generated content cannot be changed once responded to
  • Users are anonymous, so reasons must stand on their own merit
Minimizing the burden of knowledge
  • Proposals & reasons are ordered by votes discounted by length
  • Users only have to view the best few short proposals / reasons
  • Pro & con reasons are given equal placement, either interleaved or side-by-side
  • New proposal/reason input shows similar existing proposals/reasons
Anti-abuse
  • Each user can vote for only 1 reason per proposal, to reduce the impact of coordinated voting strategies
  • Access is private, and sharable by link
  • Low-quality content is submerged by user voting
Auto-complete surveys

For participants:

To answer survey questions, just type. You may see the answer you were thinking of, and select it. Or type in a better version of a suggested answer, so that other people can select your version. If you see something rude, don't click it, and it will appear less and less.

For surveyors:

Worry less about whether you are providing the right multiple choice options, by letting particpants add their own options. But still get useful convergence to a few best answers.

Reason-based voting
  • Users must view others' answers before entering their own answer
  • Users supply both an answer, and a reason for that answer
  • Users are anonymous, so answers & reasons must stand on their own merit
Minimizing the burden of knowledge
  • Users only have to view the most popular and relevant answers
  • New answer input suggests similar existing proposals/reasons
Anti-abuse
  • Each user can select only 1 answer per question, to reduce the chance of strategic answering
  • Access is private, and sharable by link
  • Low-quality content is submerged by user voting
Accessibility
This website is periodically reviewed for accessibility. The goal is to support keyboard navigation, and screen-reader navigation with:
  • VoiceOver on MacOS
  • VoiceOver on iOS
  • Talkback on Android
  • ChromeVox on ChromeOS
Legal documents
Open-source code
The source code for this site is open-source, under Apache license, at:
https://github.com/converj/reasonSurvey
Reason-Based Surveys

When opinions conflict, reason-based discussion helps people to understand each other, and to find common ground.

These survey tools have been designed to make it fast & easy for people to express their reasons, and to understand others' reasons.

Proposal Pro & Con: Get feedback on your idea. Request for Proposals: Get solutions to your problem. Auto-complete Survey: Find out what people think, and why.