Update: After careful consideration and difficulty securing a partner, it was decided we would not move forward with this initiative for the 2012 election. Thanks for your input and effort trying to make this work. If nothing else, we gained valuable insight into what it takes to launch a subsite, and we will use that insight next time. Please let me know if there's a future event around which we can rally your skepticism to bring truth to the public. - SB
It's been a long time coming, but (y)our political fact-checking experiment is almost here.
This site will live at ElectionCheck.com and be skinned just like Skeptics.StackExchange.com. All content tagged [Politics] will filter into ElectionCheck (up for debate) -- and though this site is geared to launch with the hype of the US Presidential election, ElectionCheck is international, and hopefully evergreen.
"Ask" links to Skeptics Ask with a question pre-tagged [Politics] (also, I think, a unique "How to ask" prompt).
"Answer" links to unanswered Skeptics questions tagged [Politics].
The "Welcome to ElectionCheck?" copy needs to be ironed out and I welcome any suggestions. Also, the header needs help (How can we make it look powered by Skeptics, but not confusingly similar to Skeptics?).
I encourage you to ask any other questions about this mockup or leave suggestions in the comments. But what we really need is...
Ideas about how to fill the 3 module spots (this # may be up for debate if we see reason to go bigger or smaller).
- What political data is open out there that we can access?
- What widgets are pre-made and perfect for this purpose (is there a Gallup widget out there)?
- What International data is out there (anything here)?
- What data can we (should we) pull from our own network that will convey who we are in a compelling way (ie. geo data for active users in the [Politics] tag - can we use this)?
I'm very, very excited about this experiment, microsite, subsite, backdoor to the Skeptics site... whatever you want to call it, and I can't wait to hear you input.
Get in touch!