The Dialogue App’s an easy but robust way to run online community dialogues. The great thing about the Dialogue App is that it was built for government by government, so it should do everything you need. Here’s some key points about the Dialogue App . . .
All registered users can add ideas to the discussion. Users give their idea a title and a description. Ideas can contain basic formatting such as bold text, and users can embed images and links to other websites.
Users can comment on existing ideas quickly and easily. The form is designed to encourage users to keep their comments quite short, although in practice a comment can vary from a couple of words to several paragraphs.
Dialogue App lets users anonymously rate other people’s ideas with a number of stars between 1 and 5. Visitors like this level of interaction because it’s perceived as low risk. Their name is not associated with the rating, and they can change or retract their rating at any time, but they are still having a measurable impact on the discussion.
Another way of participating anonymously in the discussion is by tagging ideas. A ‘tag’ is a one- or two-word description of the idea, which other visitors can use to browse similar ideas.
A ‘tag cloud’ in the sidebar of the site shows the most commonly-used tags. The more often a tag has been used, the larger it’s displayed, which gives a really clear overview of the key topics being discussed and their relative importance.
Any visitor to the site can read all user-submitted content without needing to log in. They can browse the ideas, sorting them by date added (most recent first) by popularity (highest rated first) or by level of engagement (ideas with most comments first). Visitors can also search for ideas by keyword or tag.
Each idea has Twitter and Facebook buttons, so visitors can share the idea with their social network contacts, extending the reach of the discussion and inviting even more participation.