In Open Politics an issue
is something worth talking about.
According to the guidelines
something becomes an full fledged issue
in Canadian politics when it becomes front-page news
in a major newspaper. Otherwise is it a minor issue
Many issues have pages already, to find them see the list of all issues
Open politics, by design, encourages people to define
issues factually before giving an opinion. Keep the facts and history separate them from the position
s and argument
s. In political debates, people frequently waste time
because they do not define what they are talking about, what the words mean, etc. The IPA
and structure is recommended for developing pages on the issues.
The following guide will explain in more detail how to create and develop an issue page
how to develop an issue page
don't duplicate an existing issue.
create a new page if necessary.
- choose an appropriate related issue to link from
- to create a page you must first know how to edit.
- create a new page by linking to it like this ((page name)) in double parentheses.
use the issue template.
- the issue template is a pre-formatted block of text that pastes into the page while editing. Use this template to make designing the page easier.
- you will get more traffic to this page if it links from all related issues.
- add links from the new page to other related issues. (these will show up on those pages as backlinks.
- go to the list of all issues and add the link there, and on any pages you think relate to this issue.
stake out some positions.
- propose positions on the issues that combine or add original ideas, solve many problems at once, to get the maximum number of people to support your position
- compare policy from different political parties, across jurisdictions, find related issues and positions with detailed and specific arguments, and connect them to each other via the
- contact a political party or candidate and ask them which positions they are taking on your issues.
develop a factual issue statement.
- do some research and prepare an 50-200 word issue statement
- visit other reference sources like wikipedia or other online resources.
- gather statistics and facts to help people understand the context.
- break down a huge topic areas like housing and energy into smaller potentially solvable problems like water heater efficiency
create arguments for and against.
- arguments support or oppose each position
- deliberate in your local groups using the established positions