political wiki

political wiki

editor's note: as an emerging concept, this page is used both for what is a political wiki and what should be

A political wiki is a wiki which can be used ideally to:

Use of wiki is thought to be fundamental to open politics. That is, wikis are the technological base which most closely corresponds to the requirements (see below).

Most political wikis discover early on that they must formalize their online deliberation to structure collaboration, encourage consensus building, accurately reflect dissent and the minority positions. Only then can they expect to become a trusted venue for controversial discussions.

That trust can be lost easily by the errors. A ruleset to minimize those, open politics in force, defines several audit criteria for a political wiki: rootdness, democracy, and so on.

[+] best practices

[+] examples (from best to marginal)

[+] desirable technical features

required management features

learning heirarchies

It doesn't just take instructional capital to make social capital, it takes some social capital to start with, like sand in an oyster to make a pearl:

Creating social institutions worthy of trust requires the involvement of those with skill, and this can only be obtained by gradual learning. If you want to create a technocracy, this can be achieved using externally certified experts, who operate a command heirachy of their own design.

For the purposes of democracy, it is better to create learning hierarchy, which identifies learning pathways, levels of achievement, and explains training (including self training) that is available. Rather than trying to define "trust" or authority into existence, it is better to observe and describe what evidence/source/authority is actually being cited in the context of real decisions. And, as noted above, rather than trying to prevent errors or manipulations by prior restraint and permission, it is better to operate by disclaimer and solve only problems that actually materialize.

reflexive governance structure

A reflexive governance structure is one which

The most successful political wikis have been very reflexively governed by their own users.