The United Kingdom was the starting point for the majoritarian system. The Republic of Ireland the model for proportional representation. Finally New Zealand was the model for the mixed system. These countries were chosen for all being english speaking Islands with some shared history for their political systems. They are the three countries that use each of the systems that have the most in common. This is largely due to the Republic of Ireland being the only country to use a proportional vote for their principal chamber of parliament, Dáil Éireann.There have been changes made to make the systems compatible with each other. Ideally the proportional system would have the number of seats available based on the size of the population. The majoritarian system would not have three elections crammed into one constituency. Finally the mixed system underwent a number of changes due to the particulars of New Zealand’s system which could not be replicated. This means the system is not a perfect replication, but a theoretical model to be built upon in the future.
The email address is needed for two reasons, first to act as the primary key for the database, and secondly as part of security. While it may appear that votes with the same, or invalid, email are logged, they are automatically discarded . Consider this equivalent to spoiling your vote. Only one email address can be associated with a vote.
All emails will be erased and replaced with generic numbers once my thesis is submitted. Your email address after that will only exist on an encrypted thumb drive in the care of NUIG for five years, after which it will be destroyed.
The shows were chosen starting with the smallest genres (animation, horror) picking the top shows that had been on air in the past year, all the way up to the largest genres(drama, action/adventure. This was done to ensure the smaller genres didn’t lose their biggest shows to the broader genres. However this does mean that shows that could have belonged in multiple categories typically ended up in a smaller category.
There were two changes that I made however; Daredevil was moved from sci-Fi to action/adventure, and WestWorld moved to sci-fi from fantasy. This was done as having both shows under the original genre fit poorly, and pushed out much more appropriate candidates for their party.
Wikipedia is naturally a good start. However CGP Grey has a decent explainer of voting systems on YouTube that can be watched Here
I am happy to be sent any other suggestions people may have, I have mainly learned from following many elections and reading many books, but cannot think of a single good primer.
The number of shows was determined in two ways. First proportional voting determined the constituency size. For the average three seat constituency usually about 12 candidates ran. Looking at shows rated last year on Metacritic there were slightly over 50 recognisable shows to a broad audience.
from this I decided that 4 constituencies of 12 shows seemed an appropriate number. Large enough for interesting contests and good data, but small enough for users to manage.
The number of candidates running for a genre depends on how many shows were listed as under that genre in Metacritic . Under parliamentary systems parties are rarely of an equivalent size. I determined that in a proportional system it is rare that more than two candidates are run by a party, making 10 the ideal number for a large party. Drama, action/adventure and comedy all had enough on-going shows to fit that bracket. From those numbers I determined the size for the four remaining genres
This served as a useful way to replicate the imbalances among parties in these systems. The idea of merging genres for systems with fewer political parties was considered, however determining a fair and understandable way to do this was not feasible in my time frame.
Two weeks should give the project to build steam and interest. Less time and I felt I could miss out on later votes, longer and I felt people might forget or become bored waiting. The project will run for two weeks, assuming that the number of voters does not grow too great for me to manage, which would be entering seven figure territory, and thus is unlikely.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan The Barbarian, Kurt Russel on the Graham Norton Show, Matt Ross as Gavin Belson, and James Earl Jones as Thusla Doom. All came from screenshots I found amusing having paused a show/film during this year The reason for so two characters from Conan The Barbarian is a rambling video essay I made which can be found Here
Many things. An ability for interested parties to run a political party and select their candidates. A sign up and log-in. A wider variety of topics and art-forms both to run in elections, and run elections on. a more graphical interface, among dozens of other ideas
The current system meets my current needs however!
To run the same candidates in three different elections at the same time. Hopefully this will demonstrate the effects of the voting systems on the election. I also wish to hear back from voters through my questionnaire on if they felt they learned more about these systems through voting, and how it could be improved upon.
I also wished to spark more discussion on the very fundamental aspect of democracy, the vote. While currently much is made about campaigning, media, and scandals there has been relatively little discussion put into the basic building blocks and their effects.
I also believe PR-STV is the best, and want to show that. However expect my own experiment might blow up in my face in that regard.
I believe this project could reach somewhere in the range of 100-1'000'000 people. Where I fall on that number line changes based on what I was stuck working on, time of day, how hungry I am, and current delusions of grandeur.
SiteGround was flexible in increasing my bandwidth allocation, had EU servers, and was in my price range.
I also misspelled my domain name when I registered it and they fixed it within ten minutes, for which I remain grateful.
All data will be kept encrypted and in the care of NUIG for five years before being destroyed. This is only to ensure my work can be checked by others in the near future if necessary.
However all email addresses will be wiped from my own data set ASAP, which will not be past August 10th of this year. These email addresses will only be used to email results and the questionnaire if the boxes are checked on submitting the form.