Righto, care of the Qantas lounge ... I have an idea I'd like feedback on.URL's
, www.peopleheard.comAlternate URL's
- communityheard.com and .com.au, voterheard.com and .com.auTagline
- Alone we whisper, together we're heardWebsite aspirations
- The site is run for the community, by the community to provide a means to have people voice their opinion to 'people in power' with the community able to add their vote or their comment to the discussion. Hot topics are promoted to be more visible, members are ranked based on both their qualifications in the area of discussion, or their ratings by other members.
Each topic is split into two parts - the actual discussion which is moderated by the community. Pertinent points raised by other members can be tagged
by the OP to provide a community exec summary
of the issue. The second part relates to validating the details for the official
that the discussion is directed at - the OP can put in the details of who they want to communicate with, and the community can then check/confirm the details to ensure the quality of communications. Site moderators will do a final confirmation to ensure that there is a polite alert sent to the media office of each addressee group and will update the status on the site. Other differentiating features:
Exec summaries of each issue will be emailed automatically to the editorial desks of major papers each day in a newsletter format to encourage wider reporting on the community voice.
Responses from the relevant official or person that the discussion is directed at will be posted pending confirmation of ID by the site moderators. The site will encourage public responses and positive discussion. Officials will be encouraged to start a site profile to show they are a good, contributing community member.
There will be site hosts, who are well known commentators - who may guide discussions, drive feedback and help to explain issues (think of a talkback radio host).Revenue model
The site will seek corporate sponsorship from major organisations who wish to be seen as supportive of the community or a specific topic.
Lobby groups are able to sponsor a specific topic (or poll) - which will be clearly communicated on the site and which can be promoted for member opinions.
No political sponsorships of the overall site will be accepted, however a political group can sponsor a clearly identified discussion (as per item above).
If this ended up the equivalent of the frighteningly powerful regional talkback radio - then I believe it'd be something valuable.