No. It's built and operated by CeRI (Cornell eRulemaking Initiative). CeRI is a cross-disciplinary group of Cornell University faculty and students from law, conflict resolution, computing and information science, and the social sciences. We collaborate with government agencies who share our interest in using the Web to improve citizen participation in public policy making.
The Topic Posts contain the "official" draft or final text written by the agency.
The CeRI team writes the Learn Pages, basic site pages (such as Terms and Conditions and FAQs) and the glossary entries. It also inserts the cross-references and hyperlinks in the Topic Posts. The team writes the Announcements, although this may be done jointly with the sponsoring agency.
Documents in the Important Documents list are clearly marked with their author.
It depends. Typically, the moderators are members of the CeRI research team, or students trained and supervised by them. If an agency wishes to moderate the discussion, the moderator comments will be clearly labeled to reveal this.
The level of moderation depends on the nature of the discussion and the participants. The goals of moderation are to mentor effective commenting, support a useful interchange of informed views and, if necessary, ensure that the discussion is open, on point, and civil. See the Site Use Guidelines.
No. RecommendationRoom users are expected to recognize and respect that the purpose of this site is open, civil and productive public discussion about real government policy decisions.
Although the moderators will intervene if necessary (see the next FAQ), everyone has a stake in maintaining this kind of atmosphere. So, if you see a comment you believe violates the Site Use Guidelines, please feel free to speak up (civilly of course) by replying to that comment.
Yes, if the content is really off-topic or violates the Site Use Guidelines. The moderators will make it clear whenever material, or an entire comment, has been removed. Someone who repeatedly or flagrantly violates the Guidelines may be banned from the site.
Please don't include potentially sensitive personal information in your comments. If the moderators see this kind of information, they may remove it to make sure you didn't include it without thinking
The problem might be on our end, but check a couple of things:
1. Make sure you are using a recent version of your browser. On Internet Explorer, you should be using at least version 9, although 8 will probably work (To check, click Help in the top menu bar, select About Internet Explorer). If you're using an older version, update it at the Windows site or switch to Chrome, Firefox or another browser.
If you're still having problems, please contact us.
If you want to just read the site, no.
If you want to make a comment, you must register with a username, password and email address.
We'll use it if you need to recover your password. We may email you to let you know things such as: when someone has replied to or endorsed one of your comments; when there’s been some new development about the government’s proposal; when the time for making comments is running out; or when the government has announced a decision. We may also ask you to fill out surveys that help with the research. We may email you when new discussions open on the site.
We will not give out your email address to anyone, and we will not use it for any reason that is not directly related to the e-participation events and research this site is part of. (For more details about how we protect your personal information, see Privacy Notice.) You can opt out of receiving emails from us on your Account page.
On your Account page. Click the arrow by your username on the top righthand corner of every page.
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