User profiles

Read about the OpinionFirst profiles:

Visitor

A visitor can read everything on OpinionFirst. Without registration there are limitations to how actively a visitor can participate and not all the benefits that OpinionFirst provides are available.

Only through registration you can vote for proposals ('Vote for my proposal!' buttons), so without registration your votes have limited impact. A visitor can give support to proposals ('Support my proposal!' button). Your votes are not registered, so you cannot change your vote.

Voter

Once registered, you can immediately benefit from all the possibilities that OpinionFirst is offering you. We only require a few basic contact details like your name, e-mail address and hometown and the registration process is quick and simple. Your votes are always anonymous, so your choices are only visible to you.

Registration benefits

As a registered voter:

  • you give more weight to your votes and will immediately increase your influence, just as in any democracy or organization based on democratic principles.

  • you can publish topics, proposals and 360°'s.

  • you can immediately see the topics, proposals and 360°'s in your own neighborhood, town, province, country or group.

  • you can create your profile.

  • you can store and change your votes.

  • you have the option to become a representative, opinion leader, ambassador, translator or moderator.

  • we can provide you with relevant information.

  • you avoid messages asking you to enter a verification code.

  • you benefit from an enhanced user experience.

  • ... and much more!

Updating 

You can change your registration at any time.

Removing

You can remove your votes at any time. 

Ambassador

At any given moment you can become an ambassador for any proposal. Ambassadors are important to the success of a proposal. 

You can become an ambassador if you feel passionately about using your influence to support a proposal and opinion leader. By default all votes on proposals are anonymous; however, as an ambassador you decide that your preference will be visible to everyone. By selecting 'Become Ambassador' you actively support a proposal publicly by making your choice visible for everyone.

Ambassadors support proposals without the obligation to actively collect votes as an opinion leader.

Updating an ambassador 

An ambassador can change the ambassador status any time. Just go to 'My OpinionFirst' under your personal button and change the status under the tab 'Ambassador'.

Opinion leader

If you have a plan, a solution about a problem or a proposal how certain things could be better handled, then you should become an opinion leader. Anyone who publishes a proposal becomes an opinion leader and thus will become publicly known with their full name on OpinionFirst. You can only become opinion leader for any topics belonging to your home place, province, country or group. Outside of these places and groups you cannot become an opinion leader, but you can respond to any proposal. As an opinion leader we ask that you maintain a calm and respectful tone when expressing you proposal, and avoid generalizations about religion, parties, left, right, etc.

It is not always necessary to publish your proposal. You could also recommend an existing proposal by using a '360°'. This is often a much easier method to quickly publish your ideas or suggestions, without the need to become an opinion leader.

Become an opinion leader

Anyone can become an opinion leader for a proposal, but in particular we urge experts with extensive knowledge in their field to become opinion leaders and present their already existing proposals around topics.

You only become an opinion leader if you actively promote the proposal and are interested in attracting voters. By gaining a lot of votes, you can influence the realization of your proposal.

Success as an opinion leader

Success is certainly often a team effort! It is definitely an advantage to have several fellow opinion leaders and ambassadors supporting your proposal. Together you could be able to obtain enough power and influence to realize your proposal. You become a team with one common proposal.

The more votes your team of opinion leaders and ambassadors are able to obtain, the more influence you will have and as such the more likely it is that positive changes will be possible. The results of your team efforts can be monitored under 'Results'.

As opinion leader you should realize that OpinionFirst facilitates your proposal but that you will have to attract your votes yourself. You can actively promote your proposal using any means at your disposal: pamphlets, social media, radio, TV and others. As opinion leader you will have to compete with other opinion leaders to attract as many votes as possible.

Opinion leader promotion and background

An opinion leader can change his or her personal information any time by selecting 'My Profile' under the personal button.

Stop as an opinion leader

An opinion leader can’t just stop if people have voted for him or her, as this would not be fair to those who supported their proposal or plan.

We recommend you inform your voters that you will be stopping as an opinion leader and that you will transfer your votes to another opinion leader.

Representative

A topic can have many proposals. Some proposals are popular and will collect many votes, while other proposals have just a few votes. Each proposal itself has one or more opinion leaders, some of which have many votes and others just a few.

There are only a limited amount of seats available around the table or in parliament. Only opinion leaders who have collected enough votes will have access to a seat. These opinion leaders are the 'Representatives' of their proposal.

The representatives together will meet to take decisions about a topic. A decision can be taken if a majority of the representatives support this decision. For some decisions the representatives of different proposals will have to negotiate in order to obtain a majority for a decision. This is exactly the same as in any democracy or organization based on democratic principles.

OpinionFirst allows you and other citizens or members of groups to exactly indicate which proposal should win and which opinion leader should represent you. With your vote on proposals you have direct influence on what you want to see happen and who will represent you. 

For 'Places' on OpinionFirst we use:

  • Place 11 available seats (majority 6)
  • Province 17 available seats (majority 9)
  • Country 35 available seats (majority 18)
  • Region 99 available seats (majority 50)
  • World 199 available seats (majority 100)

For 'Groups' we have no seats defined, since every group is specific.

The results can be submitted to politicians, policy makers, managers and directors who can weigh the outcome of modern democratic decision making in their decisions. They may also decide to make their own use of Opinion First to align their proposals on citizens and members.

Example democracy

For an important topic in a small town there are a total 23 opinion leaders promoting 16 different proposals. There are 11 seats available, so only 11 opinion leaders will be representatives. These representatives are the opinion leaders who have collected the most votes for their proposal as well as for themselves. A majority of 6 or more representatives is necessary to take decisions in this small town.

Calculation

The total number of votes for a topic is divided by the number of seats. This gives how many votes are necessary to win one seat. The remaining seats are calculated and divided over the different proposals and opinion leaders.

Moderator

Moderators have an important role to protect and safeguard the quality of the contributions on OpinionFirst. A moderator has the control to ensure that contributions on OpinionFirst are constructive and fit within the objectives of OpinionFirst and the local law. As a moderator you ensure that OpinionFirst will remain a pleasant and constructive environment.

You want to become a moderator if:

  • You support democracy and the cause DemocracyFirst is trying to achieve.
  • You are convinced that you are able to judge with decency and neutrality.
  • You are willing to dedicate time to moderation.

Become a moderator

If you would like to become a moderator then let us know through email.

Stop as a moderator

A moderator can terminate their status and responsibility as a moderator at any time. 

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