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What is OpenPolitics.ca?


Open Politics is one big ongoing town hall meeting where everyone can speak and you never have to wait your turn. OpenPolitics.ca is a place to share research, deliberate and decide on current political issues. see:about Open Politics

What can i do here?



Don't let them fool you into thinking your voice doesn't matter.

What is a wiki?



Wiki is a kind of web software which makes full use of hypertext and enables users to easily edit any page of a website - but more than that - it enables collaboration.

Collaborative Writing to make Decisions.



Open Politics can teach you how to use a wiki to participate effectively in public decisions by spending 15 minutes on your computer once a month, rather than take that 4 hours you would have spent in a grueling meeting. See: wiki decision making

How is it organized?



In Open Politics we have a system called the IPA system ( IPA stands for issue/position/argument). The IPA is a logical separation of:
  • what is (the issue)
  • what should be (the position)
  • why (the argument).

Using an IPA helps you understand quickly what the most popular positions are on the issues, without wasting time on ideologies or rhetoric. You can always agree, disagree, contribute or critique by editing the page: your changes are visible immediately, and can be incorporated, digested or redistributed by others.

Our advice on getting started


Once you have read, how to wiki well, start your career as an editor at open politics right away.

From the list of all issues, select an issue you care about.
  • If the issue statement needs updating - update it.
  • If you see another way to support an argument - do it.
  • If you think what issue you are looking for doesn't exist you can create a page for that issue.
  • If there is something that is unnecessarily wordy, pare away!
  • To declare a new position on an issue, edit it in.
  • Advanced users can refactor according to the guidelines
  • Be bold!


Things to do



  • If the issue you are looking for doesn't exist you can create a page for that issue.
  • If you want to take a new position on an issue, edit it in.
  • If you see a fact that needs updating - update it.
  • If you see another way to support an argument - do it.
  • If you think what's there is something that is unnecessarily wordy, pare away!
  • Help others by refactoring and copy editing pages
  • Be bold!


What else can i do?



  • find current legislation or make political party platform comparisons during elections.
  • Use the find page search button in the top menu bar type any word, part of a word, more than one word, etc. to find a page with that search term in the title.
  • On any page you can use the pages that link here to go back where you came from . . . or someplace completely different.
  • Note that all addresses in openpolitics.ca follow a standard format. If you know the name of the page you're looking for, you can type it directly into the address bar (replacing spaces with plus signs), like this: http://openpolitics.ca/page+name

Teach Me More!


If you want to learn more, try these three pages: how to wiki well wiki basics


We look forward to your contributions!