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Multidimensional Credibility
Updated January 19, 2003

Context Dimensions Weights
Post To TalkingPoint
  • Relevance
  • Yes/No
TalkingPoint Weight
  • Agreement
  • Repute
  • Intensity
  • Agreement {Agree, Accept, Reject, Strongly Disagree}
  • Reputation {Authoritative, Well Reasoned, Sensible, Trite, Ridiculous}
  • Intensity {scale of 1 to 4 }
Litmus Test
  • Agreement
  • Intensity
  • Clarity
  • Agreement {Agree, Accept, Reject, Disagree}
  • Intensity {Low, Medium, High, Critical}
  • Clarity {Bullseye, Well Crafted, Average, Fuzzy, Ambiguous}
  • Indirect Support
  • Direct Support
  • Indirect Support comes in two forms, which are not under the control of the user. It is an algorithmic figure inherited from Polished Key points attached to the Resolution by Wonks.
  • Direct Support comes in the form of a Thumbs up or Down vote.
Individual Repute
  • Credibility
  • Temperament
  • Credibility {Worthless, Questionable, Believable, Referenceable, Authoritative}
  • Temperament {Irreverent, Ironic, Funny, Insightful, Helpful, Troll, Clueless, Didactic, Wooly}

Relevance is the binary case of Relevence specifically applied to Posts which would go to the Sidebar. The question one should basically ask is, if I ignore this statement, would I be missing something in this discussion? Or stated positively, is this something necessary to understand this disucssion? If the Post is Relevant, then it goes to the Sidebar and is then capable of being given Weight by Citizens. This says nothing about the quality of the argument but that simply you haven't heard every opinion which is relevant until you have heard this.

Agreement takes yes or no and extends it a bit. You can agree or disagree with a Post, but you can also Accept or Reject it. Acceptance is weak agreement. Rejection is weak disagreement. Acceptance implies that while you don't necessarily agree with the statement, that you could agree with it if it were stated differently. You tend to agree but it's not saying things quite right. The same is true for Rejection. You don't necessarily disagree with the statment but you cannot really accept it. It is worded too wrongly, perhaps it misses the point or emphasizes the wrong point. Disagreement is clear.

Repute allows you to indicate how well or poorly an argument is crafted. A rating of Authoritative says that you believe this statement stands on its own and establishes a strong context for resolution. The language in an Authoritative post needs very little work to stand as a position and leaves no room for doubt as to what it means. Well Reasoned posts are insightful, memorable arguments that makes perfect sense. A Sensible argument is basically logical and it makes a clear point. It's something anyone could come up with if they used their head. A Trite argument is usually short, cliche and or stereotypical. It's something you've heard 1000 times. That doesn't necessarily make it useless, but it's certainly not creative. A Rediculous argument is one that makes you consider whether or not the individual who wrote it is thinking about building any consensus at all. Flamebait and trolling arguments should be put in this category if they manage to make it to the Sidebar.

Point Intensity
This is simply a question of your passion or confidence in your response from one to four, four being strongest. (A zero is implied if you don't bother to weigh in at all.) You have a limited supply of Intensity tokens depending how many items are on the Sidebar, so use them wisely.

Litmus Intensity
applies specifically to Litmus Tests. These are the general polling mechanisms of Partisan Groups and of the Houses on issues of the day. You may choose to answer a question that's not particularly important to you, or that you feel you shouldn't be judged harshly about.

A Litmus Test uses particular language in its question. Often, the very idea of a Litmus Test is push polling. If you feel answers to the question or the wording of the question leaves much to be desired, you would weight its Clarity as Ambiguous. The best Litmus Test poses a Bullseye question.