Oph 03, 01 / Oct 10, 17 12:37 UTC
No votes? A tip: organize a campaign "hackathon" to promote ourselves by advancing Asgardian goals in a meritocratic manner ¶
It occurs to me that several improvements to the current campaign system might be in order, not just for my campaign but for the many Asgardians who also have zero votes. Below I outline my argument.
Problems of the Current Campaign System
1) A purely digital campaigning platform relies on voters being able to read your campaign message. If it's too long, people won't read it in its entirety. If it's too short, people will lack enough information to judge your candidacy on. If the link doesn't look interesting enough, people likely won't read it at all.
2) In traditional campaigning, campaign rallies are organized. Potential voters are alerted as to when/where to come hear candidates speak. Asgardian campaigning does not have this. People have to decide to click on your link to receive your campaign message.
3) Campaigning here is very much like throwing food into the water, hoping fish will bite. In a digital world one has no idea who will receive their message, if at all.
4) Asgardia is a meritocracy. It occurs to me that a campaign system better than simply hoping votes will come is to earn votes based on actual actions we perform for Asgardia. Those best able to do something good for Asgardia will receive more recognition and thus votes.
The Proposed Solution
My idea is to have a campaign "hackathon" of sorts. Candidates have a month to complete a project that will help advance the goals of Asgardia. They can organize into teams to do so, and teams can fall under different categories according to the different Ministries of Asgardia (Science, Trade and Commerce, Information and Communication, etc.)
At the end of the month, Asgardians can then vote to rank the solutions by relative benefit to Asgardia. Those with highest merit will be promoted and thus will receive more votes.
Why There Is A Need
I've been a member of Asgardia for about 3 months now. During that time I've posted to the Forums, to my blog, to several Facebook groups, made several friends on Asgardia. Still my candidate page ( https://asgardia.space/en/blog/candidate/861298-16374-in-service-of-human-progress/) languishes at Debutant level with zero votes. Many others appear to be in the same position.
Actions to Take
If you like the idea of a campaign hackathon, vote here and/or make this suggestion to Asgardian leadership.