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Question and Answers

How can I contact other members or admins?

All members are available to be shown in a listed format under the menu option "members." Search for the member you would like to contact and click on his/her username. Click on the button "send a message" to contact that member.

How can I search for or find a specific proposal?

When you join an instance, you can easily search for a proposal by using the search function located to the right above the proposals.

What can I do if someone's post contains illegal, unethical, or insulting material?

If something offensive or illegal is posted, the post can be reported with the "report" button located underneath each and every proposal. The report is then forwarded to the moderator and also to Liquid Democracy e.V.; it will be immediately responded to. If deemed necessary and correct, the concerned post will be deleted.

What kind of user roles are there?

  • Member: is the default user role. Members of an instance have the right to read, write, and vote. They can author and comment on proposals, rate postings, and take part in held voting. Per the settings of the instance, members can also delegate their voting rights if desired.
  • Observer: for example for offices, schools, or associations) this user role was set up with the idea, that users could exist who do not wish to/or should not partake in the discussions and decision making, but should still be informed about the on-goings of the instance. Observers have no voting or writing privledges.
  • Advisor: Advisors have reading and writing privileges, but cannot vote or rate postings. Advisors should bring their knowledge and experience into the discussion, but should not have access to the voting.
  • Supervisor: is the founder of an instance. As a result, this person is responsible for the individualized settings of the instance. They can name the instance, write up and edit descriptive texts, set up the user roles, upload an instance logo, or set up and edit badges (for users, proposals, or categories of proposals). Additionally, the adminstrator can send messages to many, all, or just singular users. Lastly, the administrator can invite new members to the instance or import membership manifests.
  • Moderator: Moderators can give feedback to users during the process and structure discussions through their setting up of badges and categories. They have the ability to warn users of non-constructive posting and, if necessary, delete or edit postings or even ban users from the instance for illegal or unethical content posting.

How can I see who supported a specific proposal?

Above the proposal's title you will find either red or green number accompanied by an arrow button depending upon the popularity of the post. Above the arrow you can rate the proposal negatively or positively (thus "voting"). When you click on the number, a window will open which displays how the proposal has been rated so far.

How can I see whether members or delegated voters supported a proposal?

Above the proposal's title you will find either red or green number accompanied by an arrow button depending upon the popularity of the post. Above the arrow you can rate the proposal negatively or positively (there by "voting"). When you click on the number, a window will open which displays the how the proposal has been rated so far. Next to each username it will be displayed, as to whether or not the vote was made via delegation.

Can my decision to delegate to someone be taken back?

Yes, delegations can be changed or taken back at your whim at any time.

How can I revoke my delegation?

There exist two possibilities to revoke an assigned delegation. 1. You can click on your username as listed under the "members" menu item: Here you should see a small profile about yourself and any proposals to which you have delegated your voting power. Click on the "more" button and accordingly on the blue "revoke" button." 2. You can also select out the specific proposal after clicking on the "proposals" button on the menu item. Click then on the green "+" button next to the up and down arrows which should be located above proposal's title. In the window which opens, a blue button with the word "review" will be displayed next to the previously existing proposal of your delegation. When you click on this button, your previously chosen delegation will be revoked.

Can I leave an instance I have joined?

Yes. Go to your instance's page and click on the "members" menu item. When you click on your username you will see two blue buttons: "leave instance" and "delete." Be careful not to click on the "delete" button, otherwise your Ypart user profile will be deleted. If you would like to leave that instance, simply click the "leave instance" button. Once you have left the instance, you can no longer post in that instance.

What is a norm/resolution?

A norm/resolution is a topical text which members can collectively write. The goal of a norm/resolution is a to find a binding decision about a specific topic through a vote.

Every member can change the norm/resolution and suggest a new version of said norm/resolution. This can be done by clicking on the "new proposal" button next to the "norms/resolutions" menu item.

How can I change a norm/resolution?

You can change a norm/resolution by selecting the norm/resolution you wish to change under the "norms/resolutions" menu item. When you would like to post a new proposal, click on the "new proposal" button. In the text field "post a new proposal" there will be the original version text of the respective norm/resolution. Here you can enter your proposal for change.

The second way in which you can change a norm/resolution is by clicking on the "proposals" menu item and selecting any proposal. This proposal can correspond or reference any or one norm/resolution. To change the norm/resolution click on "show norm/resolution" and then click on the orange "new proposal" button on the right hand side.

How can I see the various versions of a norm/resolution?

Click the "norms/resolutions" tab and you will be able to see the various suggested versions of the norm/resolution on the right hand side.

Can I reference multiple norms/resolutions in a previously existing proposal (that is, to change it)?

Yes. Click on the "proposals" tab and search for the respective proposal. Accordingly click on the "propose to change a norm/resolution" button located towards the bottom of the page, and select a norm/resolution on the newly loaded page. From here a new page will be loaded where you can change the "norm/resolution" to your liking, and then save. Repeat this process from the beginning to include another "norm/resolution."

Can I cange a previously made proposal into a norm/resolution?

Yes. When a previously existing proposal is a good basis for a new norm/resolution and you would like to make this proposal into a norm/resolution, simply search for your desired proposal and click on the "propose to change a norm/resolution" button. On the newly loaded page you should find the notice which states "Can't find an appropriate norm(resolution)?", click on the "create a norm/resolution instead" and then you can add the desired text in the text field for the new norm/resolution."

Can I in anyway highlight to the changes among the various versions of a norm/resolution?

Yes. Click on the "norms/resolutions" tab and then on the desired version of the norm/resolution. In order highlight the changes of that specific version, simply click on the "on" button next to the phrase "highlight changes."

Can I rate a specific version of a norm/resolution?

Yes, every member can rate a suggested version of a norm/resolution positively, neutrally, or negatively. You can also change your rating at any moment. To do this, simply click on the respective arrow above the proposal's title.

What is a sub-norm/sub-resolution?

A sub-norm/sub-resolution is a part or component of the superordinate norm/resolution. The paragraph of an article, or the line of a by law could be understood as the sub-norm/sub-resolution of the norm/resolution "articles."

Where do I find the sub-norms/sub-resolutions?

Click on the menu item "norms/resolutions." All sub-norms/sub-resolutions will be shown for each respective norm/resolution."

Can members of an instance be verified?

Yes. The verification of members on Ypart is possible, however Liquid Democracy e.V. is not directly responsible for the verification. Rather, the responsible organisations of the respective Ypart instance can verify the members. This function is useful for discovering fake accounts and for helping to prevent negative posting behavior(trolling, puppeting as someone else, etc...=.

How can I invite the members of my organisation into my instance on Ypart? Is it simple?

As the member of an organisation or an association you can simply send invitations to your membership using mass-subscription methods. For this function merely send us a CSV file with usernames (the names with which one signs in with), display names, and the E-mail addresses of each member. The members are then automatically invited into the instance and can immediately begin posting.

What are the costs associated with using Ypart?

The use of Ypart for all members is completely free of costs. We offer consultation to those organisations, who are interested in the further development of the participation platform and software for specific projects. If your organisation is interested, contact us via E-mail at info@liqd.de.

Who develops Ypart?

Ypart is a non-profit open source projects which is developed by Liquid Democracy e.V. in cooperation with the Fachstelle für Internationale Jugendarbeit der BRD e.V. (IJAB) and theDeutschen Kinder- und Jugendstiftung (DKJS) within the framework Dialog Internet initiative of the Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ). Among our project partners are the Landesjugendring Niedersachsen and the European Youthpress.

Who hosts Ypart?

The platform is hosted by Liquid Democracy e.V.