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38 Post author: Raemon 03 April 2017 06:37PM

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Comment author: Raemon 04 April 2017 10:15:14PM 0 points [-]

Would this be addressed if Doodle kept individual responses hidden or names obscured?

Comment author: Elo 04 April 2017 10:40:51PM 0 points [-]

No it would not be solved.

The problem with classical democracy is that people lose. poor Mr president has to turn to the 49% and say, "look I know you didn't vote for me but you are 49% of the <nationality's> way of life, to ignore that and disrespect that would be a very bad thing to do".

My experience comes from being on a committee that tried to organise by doodle poll. we had meetings more frequently than every four weeks and for a year, none of those meetings was fully attended by the committee.

Better to organise by dictator/ do-ocracy.

Comment author: Raemon 04 April 2017 10:51:20PM 0 points [-]

I'm confused about how dictatorship solves the problem in this case

Comment author: Elo 04 April 2017 10:56:04PM 1 point [-]

people respond to the problem of, "I cannot attend because the event is run at a time when I am busy" in a different way. instead of thinking, "well I tried to attend but I got voted against", the options include:

  • Talk to the organiser and let them know that I am always busy on a Wednesday and ask for different days of events
  • Reorganise my life to fit the community event in
  • skip my other commitments once to see if I want to attend this event

These solutions do not always occur if I participated in the poll but "lost".