In an Emocracy,"I don't know" should count as zero

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With multiple options, and a range of positive to negative, saying "I don't know" about one or more of them should count as zero. If the voter wants to approve or disapprove, let them do it. But it is unfair to allow the easy out of "I don't know" to count the same as "I really don't like". If "I don't know" means "I'll let the rest of you decide" then it should have no effect on the outcome. It should count as zero. By any interpretation, "I don't know" should result in no benefit and no harm. As an example, look at the emocracy poll. Emocracy scores 9 for, 5 against and 4 "I don't know". The total is zero. To me, Emocracy is 4 up. The current interpretation of "I don't know" encourages proponents of one option to tell their supporters "don't think about the rest" because it can really hurt them.

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It should result in no change.

I agree. "I don't know" should result in no change to the score. For whatever reason, these polls have it set up as -5.

http://en.minguo.info/poll/14405_what_should_we_have_for_lunch

I think it might be a technical error in the way these polls are set up.

Implementation and context

Tags:+I don't know

On the topic, Panoramics elsewhere wrote:

Emocracy, with a negative range as large as the positive range and an "I don't know" option, is apt for gauging the will of the people. Democracy also means people have the right to curtail decisions they really despise. This will be reflected in the negative scoring. Additionally, it's completely acceptable for one member of a group to say "I don't know" or "I don't care" and let other members of the group decide. Another advantage of emocracy is that it only requires a single round of voting for each issue.

http://en.minguo.info/blogs/panoramics/democracy_and_decision_making_1

In reply to both of you, I've updated the wiki page, which could be further improved:
http://en.minguo.info/wiki/emocracy
See also the "Implementation" section in the wiki page.

Does this answer your questions?

Scenarios

I think sub-scenario 2 where "I don't know" results in no change to the score of a particular option makes the most sense.

Scenario 2

Nine friends want lunch. Each person submits what they want. There are five desired food options in total: pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, and macarons.

The nine friends use the emocracy method to choose the number of final food options and use the emocracy method to choose food options.

In this case, the friends use emocracy to determine they want three final food choices (i.e. they vote that the friend who volunteers to pick up the food visit only three stores: http://en.minguo.info/poll/14406_how_many_lunch_options_should_we_have).

They use emocracy again to determine which three stores are preferred (i.e. the three choices that score highest: http://en.minguo.info/poll/14405_what_should_we_have_for_lunch).

via http://en.minguo.info/blogs/panoramics/democracy_and_decision_making_1

Sub-Scenario 1

One of the friends, Marie, has never tried macarons before. She decides to let the other friends who have tried macarons before score that option. Marie chooses the "I don't know" option which she knows will give macarons the lowest possible score indicating that she absolutely despises macarons and is gravely opposed to having macarons for lunch despite having never tried them before.

Sub-Scenario 2

One of the friends, Marie, has never tried macarons before. She decides to let the other friends who have tried macarons before score that option. Marie chooses the "I don't know" option which she knows will result in no change to the macaron score so that the macaron score is determined by those who have tried it.

Yes.

Yes, context is everything. In your poll, I agree with you: no change to the score of a particular option makes the most sense.

http://en.minguo.info/wiki/emocracy

Emocracy has the option "I don't know". How this option should be rated will largely depend on the context and the type of poll. A scoring method may be appropriate for a type of poll but not for another one. The way this option can be interpreted will also vary accordingly.