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Yorkshire-Climate Quick Start Guide

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Subject areas

The site lists a number of key subject areas relating to climate change. These subject areas are designed to help structure the discussion and decision process. Within each subject area, you will be able to discuss existing issues and post new issues that you think are important. The subject areas on www.Yorkshire-Climate.org are Awareness & Education, Electric Vehicle Charging, Green Spaces, Housing Decarbonisation, Public Transport, Renewable Energy and Miscellaneous. You can select them from the drop- down menu ALL SUBJECT AREAS

Initiatives and issues

You can create a new issue if existing issues do not reflect your ideas. When a new issue is created, the first initiative within that issue is automatically generated. Issues in Yorkshire-Climate.org are numbered with a hash sign (e.g. #123) while initiatives are numbered with a leading "i" character (i456). After the admission phase (see below), all other participants can create competing initiatives within that issue. Hence, one issue may contain multiple initiatives. Only one initiative can win.

Procedure

1) Admission phase

Within each subject area you can post a new issue that you think is important; as mentioned before this will generate automatically the first initiative within that issue. You can also create alternative initiatives within existing issues. If you want to post a new or competing initiative, you should set out what you think would be the best way forward (a proposal) and a short explanation so that others can understand why you are suggesting this. All new issues must gain the support of at least 10% of the users from the respective city within 7 days before the issue can progress to the discussion phase. This is to make sure there is at least some interest in discussing an issue.

2) Discussion phase

The aim of the discussion phase (14 days) is to talk about and improve the different initiatives. You can post suggestions for improving existing initiative and you can rate the importance of other improvement suggestions. You can also suggest that expert input is required. An expert will then make a suggestion. The creators of the initiative can use this feedback to improve their initiative and gain more support. They can do this by editing their initiative again, adding more information or responses to the suggestions. Every initiative has a draft history where all changes to the initiative can be traced. The aim of collaboratively developing initiatives is to generate the best ideas for your city, which then compete with each other during the voting phase (see below). By the end of the citizen discussion, we will have identified the winning initiatives in the various subject areas!

3) Verification phase

During the verification phase (6 days), initiatives become final and cannot be changed, but you can still decide to support them. It is still possible to add competing initiatives, but they cannot be edited again and need to gain supporters from scratch.

4) Voting phase

Every initiative reaching a required number of supporters (10% of active participants) at the end of the verification phase is admitted for voting. During the voting phase (8 days) you may give a vote using the preferential voting system. You can vote by dragging the listed initiatives within the Approval section in the ranking that represents your preferences. You can drag the initiatives you oppose into the Disapproval section.

5) Delegation

If there is a subject area you are not interested in, but you know a trustworthy participant who is, then you can delegate your discussion and/or voting right to them. This allows participants to focus on the subject areas they are most interested in. You can delegate discussion and voting right also for specific issues within a subject area. Delegation can always be suspended by active participation (i.e. engaging with issues, voting on them).