Voter Status Levels
Please remember... Voter fraud is a malicious act.
Take note of the provisional name issued when you submit your first ballot. It will be the moniker "NewVoter_" with a numeric suffix. Unregistered voternames are all given the password indaba.
You may be able to reuse that name under most circumstances. But so will anyone else. Votes submitted by some unregistered voters may be purged on a weekly or monthly basis, depending upon a careful assessment of malicious nuisance voting. Though not yet implemented (as of July 27 2007), the ability to select and review subsets of posted results will be a key feature of ChoiceRanker's interface. That feature will provide an option to exclude the display of votes by unregistered participants.
Unregistered voters will not have access to certain planned features, such as submitting nominations or proposing candidates.
A participant will be able to request an invitation on behalf of a previously unregistered name, presuming he or she is the first person to tie that name to a unique email address.
A provisional name (NewVoter_nnn)is issued to any voter who requests an invitation. That provisional name will allows limited participation, with the option of completing a registration.
Only one registration opportunity is allowed for each unique email address. If you request an invitation at the time you submit your first ballot, an encoded email will be sent to that address. You may complete your registration by responding to that mail.
It is likely that CAPTCHA technology and other measures will be added to improve system integrity.
Registered voters can build a stable identity by having their ballots protected by a votername/password key. Registered voters will eventually have an opportunity to declare partisan affiliations, opening the way to interesting applications such as the display of filtered election results. Other options would allow voters to link their identity at ChoiceRanker with their other online presences.
A central mission of ChoiceRanker is to provide a vastly scalable mechanism for political discussion... a venue within which responsible participants can directly nominate candidates and propose new elections. At this time, however, the site reflects the efforts of a single, self-funded developer. Lots of planned features are therefore "in the works." Participants are welcome to contact me directly to offer ideas.
A person who intentionally uses more than one email address per election is deemed a fraud. Frauds are potentially harmful to the integrity of the process, and are to be considered malicious and dishonorable. Individuals who use technical ploys to take on multiple identities at ChoicRanker are also to be considered dishonorable and malicious frauds.