Stack Exchange is thinking about rolling out a US Election 2012 site, and I'm trying to gauge the level of interest for such a site here at Skeptics, the site that most resembles what we're trying to achieve.
To get an idea of what this Election site might look like, here are a few sample questions that may be appropriate for such a site:
1) Barack Obama's campaign has recently claimed that "Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich all say they would cut foreign aid to Israel — and every other country — to zero." Is this claim true?
2) Mitt Romney Tweeted that "more Americans have lost their jobs under Barack Obama than any president in modern history." Is this true?
3) Has one vote ever made a difference? - (from Skeptics.SE)
4) What, if any, is the benefit to the United States of the electoral college? - (off the top of my head)
I'm not certain all of these questions would be appropriate for an election site. I'm uncertain if the site would focus specifically on the 2012 presidential election or US election politics or even US politics in general.
We have a tentative partner or two in the political web space who may help us promote this site.
Questions for you:
What would you like to see of such a site? What kind of questions would you want to ask? Would you be willing and able to intelligently answer questions like you see above? How about other questions within this scope? Would this Skeptics site be interested in having a formal relationship with an election site? How could the election site transition into something worthwhile after the election is over?
Just a few questions. Figured this was a good place to get some quality input. Thanks for any thoughts you may have.
@Borror0 @oddthinking @sklivvz @fabian @sathya - Thanks a lot for this input. This is really very helpful. We'll be shaping up this proposal over the next couple weeks and I'll be sure to keep you posted on what's happening. And if you have any further thoughts, please do let me know. Election Factcheck - For the People, By the People. Can our platform harness political passion to create a resource for political fact?