name and ZIP Code) and can link to other members of the network --- traditional socialnetworking functions. In addition, they can engage in two basic kinds of kinds of behaviour: conversation and activity.Our conversation engine will be substantially similar to existing scale conversationcommunities like Reddit with a handful of key exceptions. First, participants will
beanonymous. They will have a real (and unique) identity. Second, rather than have asimple architecture of just “up” or “down” voting on given comments, we will have athree dimensional model where a given comment can be evaluated as to its good faith, itsthoughtfulness, and, finally, whether it is supported or not. So for example, you mightfind a given comment that you are sure was issued in good faith and is truly thoughtful,but that you don’t support. Or you might find a comment that you happen to agree with,but that you think was made in bad faith by the original poster (i.e., they are just sayingwhat you want to hear). These two differences bring a number of values. Bad behaviour and thoughtlessness can quickly be identified and downregulated while conversation canbe promoted by allowing for respectful disagreement. Finally, of course, the actualtopics of our conversation will intially be focused strictly on issues of direct importanceto the network itself – although as the community grows, the platform can (and likelywill) grow to cover a larger selection of topics.Our “job board” consists of a list of different tasks that an individual can select.Formally, the high level objectives of the New Party are simple:
Get people to join the party.
Get on the ballot in every election.
Source qualified candidates.
Get enough votes to win a given election.The magic happens in
we go about hitting these targets. The high level objectivesare tied into the architecture itself. The details are left to the network itself to generate.This is done through a combination of game mechanics and reputation.We want to make it very easy for people to find ways to participate. Our core objective isto get money
of the political process. We do this by replacing the concept of donations of money with the concept of donations of direct activity. When someonejoins the network, they are presented with the opportunity to do something. At aminimum, everyone can do three things: they can “vouch” for another member of theParty, they can “support” another member of the Party, and they can “recruit” new peopleinto the Party. The former is simply an expression that you stake your personalreputation on the fact that the other person is honorable, competent and reasonable. Bydoing this, you become accountable to the rest of the network and can expect people toquestion you as to why you vouchsafe your connection as the election progresses.Notably, if that individual then goes on to generate for themselves a
reputation, youwill likely have to explain your judgement. In principle, you could vouch for everymember of the New Party. By contrast, you can “support” only one candidate for anygiven office. This is particularly meaningful: in hotly contested races, those members of