Tyranny of Majority
Tyranny of Majority is a collective decision-making tool. Do polls, vote on issues and find people with similar opinions.
It is free to use so go ahead and try it out, but keep in mind that this is still under development and far from finished so don't be surprised by occasional bugs and oddities.
Here is how it works: in there front page there is a list of collectives. Collectives contain questions/issues on which users can vote (yes/no/abstain). Votes are counted for the approval of each question (though only votes by collective members are counted).
This way you can find out people's opinions on issues and have your opinion counted too. This can be used for actual decision-making voting, though then votes by only those who are eligible to vote should be counted and that is not yet implemented (though there are some workarounds).
Another feature is that you can find out who has answered questions similarly.
It's not necessary to register and even when registering it is not mandatory to give any personal info. But registering is recommended, it allows to use most of the features.
Here is what you can do
- Without registering
- Browse collectives and check out approvals for questions
- After registering
- Can answer questions and search users with similar opinions
- After setting e-mail address
- Reset password in case you forget it
- After setting name
- Can join collectives
- Can create your own collectives
- After joining a collective
- Your votes are included when approvals are counted
- Can comment your vote and comment is shown to other users
- Can vote in elections
Disclaimer: This is still early beta (that is, still being developed and far from finished), meaning that it is not yet fully functional and still has plenty of bugs and problems. In my limited testing it seems to be at least somewhat usable, but better not expect flawless experience yet. If/when you find bugs or problems, please let me know: email@example.com
- Yes vs. No votes to a question.
- Which users have most similar opinions to yours.
- When there are more than two options and simple yes or no answer just does not cut it, things get much more complicated. See ElectionMethods.
Have dozens of questions and entering them manually is slow? Use QuestionFeeder.
- Web framework: Django
- Programming language: Python
- Database: MySQL
- Development environment: PyCharm
- Version control: Git
- CSS: Bootstrap
- Hosted by Linode
Grey matter upgrades
Provided mostly by O'Reilly, thanks for their excellent technical books provided without DRM, available in multiple e-book formats.
- The Python trilogy: Learning Python, Programming Python and Python Pocket Reference by Marc Lutz
- Learning MySQL by Seyed M.M. Tahaghoghi and Hugh E. Williams
- RESTful Web Services by Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby (not that this is currently very RESTful, but perhaps some day)
- Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd edition by Elisabeth Robson and Eric Freeman
- Head First jQuery by Ryan Benedetti and Ronan Cranley
- Test-Driven Web Development with Python by Harry Percival
- Python Web Development with Django by Jeff Forcier, Paul Bissex and Wesley Chun
- Pro Git by Scott Chacon
- Also available under Creative Commons licence here: http://git-scm.com/book
- Two Scoops of Django by Daniel Greenferd and Audrey Roy
Other related links
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