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I like this interactive policy display site: http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/survey/select
It gives short, almost unedited policy selections from the six largest parties (in England) on between four and nine topics of your choice, but without revealing which party is responsible for each. At the end it tells you the party breakdown of your preferred policy bundles. It also provides some interesting results on the "winning" policies across all people who have taken the survey.

Date: 2010-04-15 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cartesiandaemon.livejournal.com
Yeah, I thought it was really really interesting to see the policies compared directly. Indeed, I wished that was ALL it had done: for me the benefit of blind testing was outweighed by wanting to know which party said what without wading through differently-formatted policy documents.

I also was a bit disappointed that two things. (1) If several parties actually have equally good policies on something, there's no good way to indicate that. Choosing randomly between them may produce the correct national statistics, but not for individual people. I realise it would be hard to code like that (you'd have to have some sort of rating or go/no-go for each policy, which has its own terrible complications) but perhaps just a "skip this question" would help a little.

And (2). Some policies are deeply-held, and some are not. Both can be good, but in the first case you're voting for what the policy actually says, and in the other you're voting for the party on other issues and trusting them to choose sensible policies on everything else whether or not they have done so YET. But you can't necessarily tell the difference from reading the policy (except whether it sounds thought out or not).

Date: 2010-04-15 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vyvyan.livejournal.com
On (1), you can effectively skip questions by not including the relevant policy topic in your personal "survey" (though this might require you to do the whole thing twice to work out which topics involved equally good policies from different parties).

On (2), yes, I guess so - but it's not a site for providing you with all the information you might want to decide how to vote; it's explicitly only about (a small selection of) policies. Deciding how much you trust a party in general, or like its leader or your local candidate would be much more difficult to assist using an anonymised survey!

Date: 2010-04-15 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cartesiandaemon.livejournal.com
Indeed, sorry -- I think my response was basically "that's definitely cool, but it makes me think of how someone could take it just a bit further", and this link caught me just as I was starting to muse about the second half :)

Date: 2010-04-15 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damerell.livejournal.com
It's clever, although the BNP and UKIP options do telegraph themselves rather with the rich scent of kookery.

Date: 2010-04-15 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cartesiandaemon.livejournal.com
Well, that might be answer enough itself, depending :)

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