Statements

You share a statement to collect feedback from a community. Based on their 'agree' or 'disagree' for your statement, you are able to further polish your thoughts.

As a next step, you can develop your statement into creating a well-thought proposal.

  • point of view, declaration, position, viewpoint, opinion

Why start a statement on OpinionFirst?

Every registered voter can start an idea for their own neighborhood, place, province, state, country, or for every group that was joined. 

OpinionFirst helps you to get your idea distributed in your community. Once your idea is published you have all the tools available to promote your idea!

Adding your statement

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 statement. Who should read your statement? 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 statement, let's create it:

①  What is the topic? 

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

②  Share a statement

Express your idea in a clear, complete, and concise way in order to attract the maximum number of readers. Make sure you have read all the existing ideas on a topic before adding an idea. This helps to prevent duplicates.

Your title

We recommend a catchy, not too long title. Your title is never against something! It should state what your idea is about. 

Your idea text

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

Subsequently, you can give background information, evidence, arguments, references, and advantages of what you propose.

Standards for statements

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.

Procedures

Editing a statement

A statement can be edited until an 'agree' or 'disagree' has been given for that statement.

Removing a statement 

A statement can be removed until an 'agree' or 'disagree' has been given for that statement.

Inappropriate statements

Registered voters can warn our moderators if a statement is not appropriate or does not comply with the 'Rights and Responsibilities'.

Promoting statements

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

 

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