These questions are derived from the extensive feedback we received during BetaVote 2004. If you sent us e-mail in 2004, thank you!
If you have questions not answered here, please use the contact form. We regret that we are not able to answer every e-mail individually, but we take all suggestions and feedback very seriously and would love to hear from you. Please visit the blog for more frequent updates.
BetaVote is an online thought experiment about politics in an interconnected world. It is an unscientific (but hopefully interesting) poll in which Internet users voluntarily identify their home countries and "vote" for a candidate in the 2008 US Presidential Election.
Yes. And we've lived abroad a lot, which is what got us thinking about this in the first place.
But we do think it's worth thinking about, since everyone in the world is affected by the leadership choices made in the US. And of course the same could be said about several other countries.
The original BetaVote 2004 site is available at http://2004.betavote.com/.
We're happy to report that third-party candidates are available in BetaVote 2008. Due to the complexities of the US electoral system, this is mostly a write-in system; see our page on other candidates for more information.
No. This is not a partisan website and it is not affiliated with any political party or campaign.
The pictures of John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the official biography photos from their respective US Senate web sites. The picture of Sarah Palin is the official biography photo from the Alaska Governor's Office web site.
We'll consider it. Use the contact form to point to a photo on your official campaign web site. Be sure to include a contact e-mail address.
Our country list is derived from the ISO 3166 list as of 23 August 2008. The issue of "what makes a country" is unfortunately rather complex these days. Please contact us and we'll add your country unless there's a compelling reason not to. If you have a provisional ISO 3166 country code, that would help.
Sorry, we really thought "Welsh Minor Outlying Islands" was your country's official name. It's what was on your government's website. Please contact us, including a reasonably official reference in English, and we'll fix it.
Of course! And please remember to vote for real in November if you are eligible.
We don't. We just trust you. Please don't lie.
You may have already voted, or someone else may have voted using the same computer as you.
Your vote is significantly more anonymous than just about anything else you ever do online, but nothing is perfect. We do not tie your vote to any personally identifying information, but a sufficiently motivated person or government with access to the server logs could probably figure out how you cast your vote. For more information, see "Anonymizing Proxy" on Google or check out this BoingBoing article.
Why yes! It's here, and it's updated every 10 minutes unless it breaks.
BetaVote is a volunteer effort, but we do have some auto-selected ads to help offset a small part of the project's cost.
If you want us to run a specific, non-algorithmic ad, we might consider it, but we probably won't run it if it's for anything advocating one candidate over another.
For fairness, the position of the candidates is changed every 10 minutes.
We don't have time to implement full internationalization of the site itself, but we welcome - and will link to - translations of the site content (especially this FAQ).
Our only rules are that the translation should have an identifiable author we can contact, and that each translated page link back to the original.
Please use the contact form to let us know if you translated a page, or if you have any specific translation questions.
Tabal is a Swiss web site that helps people help trustworthy relief projects in the poorest parts of the world. The Tabal folks are friends of the BetaVote guys.
Please, be civil. Even if he is the devil, there is a chance he will be one of the most powerful people on the planet next year. And anyway, there's more than enough negativity in politics already without you picking on a poor little web site.
This is true. It's more like Questions And Statements, but FAQAS sounds dirty.