Features Update – April 10, 2012

  • You can now comment on and discuss motions directly from the motion page. You can also disable comments from the create/edit motion page. 
  • Group page has significantly improved. It now has a dashboard similar to the front-page dashboard. 
  • Motion page displays a list of users that have not voted. 
  • Voting engagement (total votes / # of group members) is now displayed as a percentage, instead of being displayed on the graph as “Yet to vote”. 

Loomio Feature Update

Group Permissions – you can now specify who can see your group, and who can invite members to your group (click the “Edit Group” button on the group page)

Group Member Tags – group admins can now tag group members and filter motion voting results by those tags. For example, an admin could tag certain users as “core-members” and other users as “guests”. Then, on a motion page, they could filter the votes graph to only show votes from core-members.

Up next: 
– Improved group page. 
– Ability to delegate your vote to another group member.

Some Good Ideas for Features

We’ve heard these requests a few times, and have put them on our development wish list:

  • sub group (I want to have an Enspiral Members group as a subset of enspiral as a whole)
  • anonymous motion : you can see the counts but not who voted on an issue. I want to use this for voting in new members
  • better inviting : I want to be able add user accounts for people that they can activate and then vote straight away without me having to approve in the middle

Why Limit the “Statement” Length

In Loomio, you assert your stance (yes, no, block, abstain, or whatever terms the group administrator decides to define), and you also have the option to make a statement about why you feel that way. We decided to limit the length of this statement. 

By design, the discussion about the motion will take place on the discussion platform. This is a space for people to express themselves freely, respond to other people’s concerns and ideas, and hash out disagreements. The intent is for people to participate and/or read over the discussion, and then vote only when they are very clear about their final stance. For this reason, the statement length is quite limited, as we feel if you are clear about your stance and you’ve already discussed any concerns or issues in the discussion space, you should be able to state your case simply and briefly. 

This also has the benefit of making the final Loomio results very clear and succinct – it’s easy to see what people think and why.