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Cool Idea, and Good Wiki

Pretty cool. An innovative way for this Senate candidate to engage with (and evangelize his positions to)the people he hopes to lead...Dem hopefull Pete Ashdown has set up a compelling looking campaign wiki... (This may well have been done in other races, but I'd not seen it before...)

You can check Ashdown's Campaign wiki here, and here is a description of it from the American Press Insitute site which I excerpt from below:

"Pete Ashdown’s campaign against incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch takes a revolutionary approach using wiki technology to enable his supporters to become a true political community with a real say-so in his campaign platform.

This is not your father’s opinion poll

Ashdown has fully embraced the notion that Senators are delegates, not trustees. In order to determine what the voters want him to do if he gets elected, he has created an issue collaboration wiki on his campaign Web site. According to Wikipedia, the most famous wiki, a wiki “is a group of Web pages that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also permits others (often completely unrestricted) to edit the content.”

Ashdown begins each issue topic in his wiki with a brief statement outlining his core position and then opens the discussion up to anyone visiting the site. He participates in this discussion and uses the comments from voters to further develop his position and his plan of action. In addition to commenting on issues Ashdown has listed, voters can raise new issues not listed. Further, he hosts a chatroom on his site where voters can discuss the issues and the campaign in real-time, often with the candidate participating."
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1/06/2006 04:09:00 PM

Thank you for the site which I enjoy enough to have added a link to it at http://jesuswasaliberal.blogspot.com
Godspeace    



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