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About proposals

Introduction

Poco is designed to help you create proposals, suggesting a course of action for the Liberal party. Proposals can be policy resolutions (like those voted on at conventions), party constitutional resolutions, petitions or suggestions.

You can either write a proposal by yourself, with some hand-picked friends, or in a group. Proposals can be transferred from one group to another, so you can start a proposal yourself and then send it on to someone else. Groups are fully described later in this manual.

You can browse proposals and groups through the links at the top of every page page. In addition, every proposal shows the people or group that currently own it, and every group shows the proposals that it owns.

Editing and managing proposals

Every proposal has two drafts: a private draft and a published draft. The private draft may only be seen by the authors of the proposal (or the members of the group that own the proposals). If you want to make a change to the proposal, you can only edit the private draft. This will let other authors/group members review your changes before they are published.

Only a proposal manager can publish the private draft. If you started the proposal or group yourself, that’s probably you (see more details later in this manual). When viewing the private draft, this person will see a link called “Manage this proposal.” If you click on this link, one of the options will be “Publish this draft.” Just follow the instructions.

Many proposals - such as policy resolutions - are very short, and therefore cannot make a strong case for their argument. Therefore, Poco allows you to attach and view references to each proposal. Click the “References” tab above each proposal. If you’re a proposal author, you’ll be able to add new references; otherwise, you’ll be able to view existing ones.

Voting on proposals

You can vote on any published proposal. Your options are support, oppose or interested - the latter of which basically means “neutral.” In addition, you can add a comment as you vote, and you can change your vote at any time.

The total number of supporter, opposers and neutrals also appears next to every proposal.