Proposals

Decisions are based on proposals. With a proposal, you submit your concrete and concise plan, solution, or initiative on a topic. 

You become an opinion leader and voters can vote for you and your proposal. Promoting your proposal attracts more voters, which allows you to obtain more influence to realize your proposal.

  • plan, motion, initiative, solution, manifest, referendum, public consultation, or a citizens' initiative.

Why submit a proposal on OpinionFirst?

Every registered voter can submit a proposal for their own neighborhood, place, province, state, country, or for every group that was joined. In particular, we urge professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in their field to present their proposals. Anyone who publishes a proposal becomes an opinion leader. Good proposals will convince many people and so attract many voters. 

OpinionFirst automatically informs registered voters on your proposal. They can vote directly for your proposal. You and your voters can use a wide range of social media promotion options to bring your proposal quickly under the attention of thousands of potential voters. You consequently reach very quickly very many potential voters to support your proposal.

Opinion leaders and ambassadors for a proposal have the power to press for action from government, parliamentary bodies or councils based on the number of votes visible on OpinionFirst. The DemocracyFirst foundation can also press for action on your behalf and all kinds of combinations are possible.

Adding your proposal

We advise you to prepare yourself by reading the standards and guidelines on how to write a successful proposal below. 

OpinionFirst is a worldwide platform. Consequently, it is important to inform the right people about your proposal. Who should vote on your proposal? Which citizens, employees or members does it concern?  OpinionFirst gives you a 'place' or 'group' suggestion, which you can change if needed.

Now that is clear who should receive your proposal, let's create it:

①  What is your topic? 

What is your proposal? Select an existing OpinionFirst topic or start a new topic if that is not possible.

②  Submit your proposal 

Make sure you have read the existing proposals before adding your proposal. This helps to prevent duplicates and ensures better voting results.

Express your proposal in a clear, complete, and concise way in order to attract the maximum number of voters. 

Your title

We recommend a catchy, not too long title. It should state what you propose should be done. Do not respond to daily issues, make your proposal permanent.

Your proposal

Start your proposal with giving a brief summary. With this you attract voters. This text appears in invitations by e-mail, in proposal listings, and in other places, so use the most important keywords. 

Subsequently, you can give background information, evidence, arguments, references, and advantages of your proposal.

Some people include a personal story here. Remember that people won’t always know that much about the issue your proposal is about, so explain why you submit your proposal and what problem it solves.

If you can't write a brief summary or have no arguments for a constructive proposal, then use a "Statement"!

If you are satisfied, then keep your proposal in draft format for yourself, or confirm to publish your proposal for your community. 

Guidelines to write a successful proposal

A proposal is always related to a topic. If your topic is not already available, then first start a new topic and then add your proposal. Other opinion leaders can add their own proposals on the same topic, so several proposals and opinion leaders can compete to obtain the most votes. Winning a lot of votes can help you to influence the realization of your proposal. At the bottom of each proposal, you can check out the options 'Promote', 'About', and 'Comment'. You have many options for each proposal.

There are all kinds of proposals. Like most things in life, proposals come in all flavors. Some are successful, gathering tens of thousands of votes, and national media attention. Some disappear almost without a trace, maybe getting a few votes from the immediate circle of friends and family, but never really catching on.

Naturally, you want people to take your proposal seriously. What makes a proposal successful is difficult to say. Some of it is timing. Some of it is just luck. Still, there are a few principles or guidelines for writing a successful proposal:

①  Write your proposal briefly, concisely and to the point

It's important to state your proposal concisely at the start. What is your solution or goal? Although a good proposal can include a certain amount of background and context, the first paragraph should make it absolutely clear what the proposal hopes to achieve.

②  Spell check, proofread and let read to others

If you want people to take your proposal seriously, then you need to spell-check your proposal and to put in the time to make sure your proposal sounds serious and professional.

It is good to have more persons to review your proposal before publishing. More ideas and thoughts could clarify your proposal before publishing it. Other eyes read differently.

③  Be practical

Your proposal should be ambitious, but realistic. The change or proposal you are advocating should be concrete and achievable. If visitors to your proposal think you're just shooting for the moon, they're unlikely to vote for your proposal, even if they support the cause.

 Be polite and reasonable

It's important to make your point, but it's also important to do so politely. Potential voters are turned off by rude or offensive proposals even if they're sympathetic to the goals you're trying to achieve. The best proposals sound reasonable, intelligent, and willing to acknowledge other points of view.

⑤  Use your possibilities!

It's important to remember that the Internet, one of the most powerful activism tools ever invented, is at your disposal. You may wonder if your voice will ever be heard. But online proposals are special precisely because they allow everyone to have a voice.

Standards for proposals

Our moderators maintain the quality of OpinionFirst. They are warned if something isn't decent and or does not comply with the 'Rights and Responsibilities' or our standards. They may decide to remove any contribution if it's:

  • not aimed at providing a constructive contribution
  • previously stated, so check if your contribution already exists for that place, group, or topic
  • not appropriate or not complying with the law
  • not clear what your contribution is about
  • about personal issues
  • party political
  • confidential, libelous, false, racist, offensive or defamatory
  • contains language that may offend, or is provocative or extreme in its views deceptive or misleading
  • advertising or spam
  • nonsensical, not serious
  • breaking the local law or violates intellectual property rights
  • potentially confidential, commercially sensitive or might cause someone distress or financial loss
  • naming people (except for senior politicians or management)
  • not using your real name and picture
  • not concerning, or focused on the topic and your own contribution, but is responding to other contributions

You can help us meet OpinionFirst's standards by immediately reporting any abuse under 'About' which can always be found with every contribution.

Proposal procedures

Editing a proposal

A proposal can be changed until the first vote is given or another opinion leader has joined this proposal.

Removing a proposal

If an opinion leader stops, then the votes will be given to the other opinion leaders for the same proposal. If there are no other opinion leaders for this proposal, then the proposal and votes will be deleted. Deleting cannot be restored.

Inappropriate proposals

Registered voters can warn our moderators if a proposal isn't decent and or does not comply with the 'Rights and Responsibilities'.

Promoting proposals

Once you publish your proposal, you can immediately start promoting it with a click on the share icon. You have many possibilities to successfully promote your proposal!

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