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Any Drupal modules for online voter guides?
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Steven Clift
2014-06-22 00:54:42 UTC
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We are working of this idea - http://bit.ly/openvoter - at
http://hackformn.org this weekend.

We will be working on this for the next 24 hours. As we have Drupal
developers/users on our team and I know lots of media sites use Drupal and
likely create voter guides, I am looking for any tips about available code
to leverage.

Any suggestions?

Steven Clift
E-Democracy.org
George Dawson
2014-06-22 17:10:30 UTC
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What is the difference between a voter guide and a blog with the comments
turned off? Seems to me that your solution is already built into Drupal. If
you want an online poll, that is available as a module for Drupal. If you
want a practice ballot, that could be done through themes and a simple
form. This is really very simple, and could even be done without Drupal.
Seems to me that the real challenge in this project is simply getting the
content right. I suspect you would want position papers for the available
candidates. Some character and work history might be in order.
Post by Steven Clift
We are working of this idea - http://bit.ly/openvoter - at
http://hackformn.org this weekend.
We will be working on this for the next 24 hours. As we have Drupal
developers/users on our team and I know lots of media sites use Drupal and
likely create voter guides, I am looking for any tips about available code
to leverage.
Any suggestions?
Steven Clift
E-Democracy.org
Jamie Holly
2014-06-22 17:18:29 UTC
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I agree with George. As far as more advanced integration, that really
depends on what you are wanting to do. Drupal is used heavily in
government sites (including congressional). You might want to take a
look at openpublic for some ideas:

http://openpublicapp.com/

For data, there is also the Sunlight Foundation module, which pulls in
data from the numerous API's Sunlight Foundation offers:

https://www.drupal.org/project/sunlight

Jamie Holly
http://hollyit.net
Post by George Dawson
What is the difference between a voter guide and a blog with the
comments turned off? Seems to me that your solution is already built
into Drupal. If you want an online poll, that is available as a module
for Drupal. If you want a practice ballot, that could be done through
themes and a simple form. This is really very simple, and could even
be done without Drupal. Seems to me that the real challenge in this
project is simply getting the content right. I suspect you would want
position papers for the available candidates. Some character and work
history might be in order.
We are working of this idea - http://bit.ly/openvoter - at
http://hackformn.org this weekend.
We will be working on this for the next 24 hours. As we have
Drupal developers/users on our team and I know lots of media sites
use Drupal and likely create voter guides, I am looking for any
tips about available code to leverage.
Any suggestions?
Steven Clift
E-Democracy.org
George Dawson
2014-06-22 17:24:20 UTC
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Jamie makes some excellent suggestions, especially for resources like
Sunlight Foundation. Are you aware that you can pull in data from expert
sites to complement your own?
Post by Jamie Holly
I agree with George. As far as more advanced integration, that really
depends on what you are wanting to do. Drupal is used heavily in government
sites (including congressional). You might want to take a look at
http://openpublicapp.com/
For data, there is also the Sunlight Foundation module, which pulls in
https://www.drupal.org/project/sunlight
Jamie Hollyhttp://hollyit.net
What is the difference between a voter guide and a blog with the comments
turned off? Seems to me that your solution is already built into Drupal. If
you want an online poll, that is available as a module for Drupal. If you
want a practice ballot, that could be done through themes and a simple
form. This is really very simple, and could even be done without Drupal.
Seems to me that the real challenge in this project is simply getting the
content right. I suspect you would want position papers for the available
candidates. Some character and work history might be in order.
Post by Steven Clift
We are working of this idea - http://bit.ly/openvoter - at
http://hackformn.org this weekend.
We will be working on this for the next 24 hours. As we have Drupal
developers/users on our team and I know lots of media sites use Drupal and
likely create voter guides, I am looking for any tips about available code
to leverage.
Any suggestions?
Steven Clift
E-Democracy.org
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