The Platform for Online Deliberation

Various authors, Partnership for Internet Equity, Community Engagement (PIECE), Jul 13, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an interesting effort. The Platform for Online Deliberation (POD) "is a freely available, open-source web tool for conducting asynchronous meetings that include discussions, document collaboration, polls and voting among small to medium sized groups of people." So the project is worth doing, but I think that the authors would have done well to look at some of the more popular open source community applications such as Drupal or PostNuke. These applications provide much the same functionality with a much better user interface. POD is interesting, though, because it raises the question: what more does a an online deliberation site require over and above discussion, document collaboration and polling?
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