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AOL offers PresidentMatch to compare candidates

By ramses0 in News
Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 06:40:06 PM EST
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If you want to vote in the presidential elections, but don't have time to research the candidates, take a look at PresidentMatch. They surveyed each candidate American Presidential candidate, asking for their views on important issues. Users then take a scaled-down version of the same survey and it returns a percentage match like a personals website.


After matching the candidate of your dreams, you can compare your answers to the candidates, and the whole process is informative, educational, and useful.

There's still a lot of questions that I'd like to see answered, like: "Where do you stand on strong encryption, filtering and regulating the internet, software patents, privacy online, etc..."

Odds are the candidates wouldn't have a clue about half of those issues, but those are the ones that are important, and in the next four years, it will be critically important that no big governmental blunders are made with regards to technology.

What do you all think? Who has shown the best track record as being a geek-choice for president?

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AOL offers PresidentMatch to compare candidates | 13 comments (13 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Just my personal bias: I prefer tec... (none / 0) (#4)
by Demona on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 03:47:01 PM EST

Demona voted 1 on this story.

Just my personal bias: I prefer technical solutions over political ones and am fundamentally cynical about the political process. However, anything that cuts through the BS filters that politicians surround themselves with, and puts accurate information in the hands of the citizenry, will have a positive effect.

I ran through it with everything le... (4.00 / 1) (#2)
by rongen on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 03:50:15 PM EST

rongen voted 1 on this story.

I ran through it with everything left as the default "no opinion" setting. Guess who popped up? Al Gore....
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Re: I ran through it with everything le... (none / 0) (#8)
by Demona on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 09:33:07 PM EST

So even if it was accurate in that respect :) maybe this isn't as great a tool as we had been hoping. Of course, nothing can replace thinking for ourselves, but we have to get that information from somewhere. What are some tools you folks know of to help accomplish this or similar goals -- i.e., make it easier to get timely, accurate and comprehensible information on individuals who wish to rule over us or already do so?

"Politics, n. From the Greek poly, 'many', and ticks, 'small blood-sucking creatures.'" (Dave Barry)



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Re: I ran through it with everything le... (none / 0) (#10)
by ramses0 on Sun Feb 27, 2000 at 01:18:41 AM EST

I like it because it at least provides an independent collected place where you can get "the facts", as well as (IIRC) links to their own homepages.

Of course it isn't comprehensive (and it's strange that an internet tool has no mention whatsoever of technical political issues), but I think it's a good start. If you're reading, what would you like to ask your politicians?

I'd like to know (most importantly):

  • strong encryption, yes or no
  • what is considered breach of privacy on the internet


I'm sure other people here have good ideas too, I'd like to hear them!

--Robert

[ps: 2000-02-23 16:20:53 AOL offers "PresidentMatch" to compare candidates (articles,doj) (declined)]
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Re: I ran through it with everything le... (none / 0) (#11)
by techt on Sun Feb 27, 2000 at 07:00:25 AM EST

ran through it with everything left as the default "no opinion" setting. Guess who popped up? Al Gore....

They all poped up as 100% scored matches all tied. It was just that they happened to be listed in alphabetical order by first name.
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That's pretty cool, except that it ... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 06:01:55 PM EST

rusty voted 1 on this story.

That's pretty cool, except that it utterly doesn't work. It says I'm a Gore supporter, which is just as far away from the truth as can be. There should have been a question "How important is it to you that your candidate not be Evil?" That would have knocked Gore out of the running.

Basically, the problem is I'm lukewarm on all the issues they ask about. My real problems with Gore are that he's a total hoax. His hot-button issues are the environment and the internet, and he's never done thing one for either of these. He just talks about them a lot. But I agree with the story writeup, that it's a cool idea, but the issues they ask about aren't very complete.

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there was one of these things which... (none / 0) (#3)
by Nyarlathotep on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 06:30:50 PM EST

Nyarlathotep voted 1 on this story.

there was one of these things which is not run by AOL. Could someone post a link to it.
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Re: there was one of these things which... (none / 0) (#6)
by Anonymous Hero on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 08:35:54 PM EST

You're probably thinking of SelectSmart's <A HREF="http://www.selectsmart.com/PRESIDENT/" >Candidate Selector

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Damn it... let's try that again (none / 0) (#7)
by Anonymous Hero on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 08:38:30 PM EST

Shit, the preview worked but Moz lost the form data, so I typed it in again. Wrong.
In a link: Candidate Selector

Not in a link: http://www.selectsmart.com/PRESIDENT/

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AOL puzzles me (none / 0) (#5)
by rusty on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 07:01:03 PM EST

AOL is one of the biggest mysteries on the net right now, I think. They do so much stupid crap, but they also do things right some percentage of the time. Like this is pretty cool. I think the implementation leaves something to be desired, but the idea is a great one. And AOL Instant Messenger, I think, is an excellent chat client. It basically does what chat is supposed to do, without larding itself with heaps of bells and whistles (except this "file transfer" stuff. That worries me. I hope GAIM doesn't start supporting that).

This would be great if it were run as an independant voter information site. Instead of, or in addition to, sending the candidates a questionnaire, volunteers could compile information based on candidate's voting records, public speeches, etc. Also, there needs to be some way for people to get new issues in the list (Internet regulation? Encryption? Environmentalism?), for better accuracy.

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Re: AOL offers PresidentMatch to compare candidate (none / 0) (#9)
by driph on Sat Feb 26, 2000 at 10:28:38 PM EST

Hmm. Although they mention that they will add 3rd party candidates after the primaries, I still find that a flaw. I personally prefer what Selectsmart has done.
I'd always figured I was a Libertarian, and after researching the 2party candidates and checking out Harry Browne's election page I know I am..

Cool things I've found out:
1)Harry Browne can code..heh.. I emailed the webmaster of the site and had asked him a few questions about net issues.. the coolest thing was that I received a response that same day. Hmm.. I'll bet if enough people suggested it, they'd pop something about how he stands on internet policies in the Issues area.. currently all thats there are the typical issues every candidate covers..

2)Campaign Journal.. HB has been writing a campaign journal as things progress...I've been on the mailing list for about 2 weeks now, and have gotten two journal entries, so I'm assuming its weekly.. but it's kind of cool to hear what he goes through during the week.. I wish all the candidates did that.


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Libertarians (none / 0) (#12)
by Nyarlathotep on Sun Feb 27, 2000 at 10:28:17 AM EST

3rd party candidates used to sound like a good idea, but then I realized that they are all nut-jubs. Now, maybe some specific nut-case has something the main stream should lissen to and maybe voting for him is a good way to get that message out, but I feal there are more effective ways to communicate your views with the rest of the world (if you really are a Libertarian you should probable support the CATO instiute and ignore the Libertarian Party's retoric). Actually, I'm pretty pissed off at the Libertarians because I want small government, end of war on drugs, government out of social issues, and gorenment out of health care, but I can not tolerate the Libertarian stupidity regarding externalitis (polution), monopolies, and free trade (these things are no diffrent for the initiation of force, i.e economic force backed by government guns is still force; Read this).

I'm not saing that the Republicans to Democrats are a good thing (the only reason they are not totally insane is that they have too many diffrent subgroups). The truth is we have a very subtil problems to discuss, but instaad of actually doing research and figuring anything out we have a bunch of people who only figure out if they like the solution.. and not what the proposed solutions really mean.

I'll just keep my member ship in the ACLU and EFF. They solve the problem of figuring out the right way to do things by restricting their attention to a very narow scope and they are more effective then the 3rd party options I once considered (Libertarians).


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Re: Libertarians (none / 0) (#13)
by driph on Sun Feb 27, 2000 at 09:12:45 PM EST

I agree with you to a point here.. that's why I've never voted Libertarian previously.. I've seen Harry Browne hit with some pretty severe questioning, and he has handled it all very well. I think this guy has actually thought things out a bit.. The webmaster of his site mentioned the possibility of doing a slashdot style interview, where participants would both ask the questions and choose which questions were given to Browne.. I would LOVE to see that happen.

Typically, the most irrational Libertarians tend to float to the top, and oftentimes each will have his own agenda wrapped around his/her idea of what Libertarianism really is. If for some odd reason another candidate received the Libertarian nomination, I would definately have to reconsider my vote.




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