Voting requires Civil tokens. Learn more on how to buy them and transfer them to your voting balance.
A newsroom can only be challenged by someone who staked an amount of Civil tokens and presented a case on why they believe the Newsroom violated the Civil Constitution. The entire community of Civil token holders are invited to evaluate whether they agree and cast their vote accordingly.
Voting requires Civil tokens. The more tokens you have, the more weight your vote has. You’ll never lose tokens by voting, even when you vote for the side that loses the challenge. The reward pool comes from the minority side's deposit stake. Remember, all Newsrooms make a deposit when joining the Civil Registry and all challengers must make a deposit in order to initiate a challenge.
You may use the same voting tokens on multiple challenge votes even if the first challenge you used them to vote hasn’t ended yet.
To prevent decision bias, and minimize the risk of “groupthink,” the voting process is split up into two stages:
- Submit Vote Phase — the first stage of the voting process, all votes that happen during this stage will be concealed with a unique 4-word voting code until this part of the voting window has closed.
- Confirm Vote Phase — the second stage of the voting process. Voters have to come back to use their unique 4-word voting code to confirm their vote and reveal it publicly. (note that unless voters fulfill the second stage, their vote does not count.)
Submit Vote Phase
Duration: 10 days
To submit your vote, you must take these steps:
- Log into your MetaMask account.
- Check your "Voting Balance" in the Dashboard to ensure you have the amount you need for the vote. The Voting Balance are tokens that can only be used for voting. You can transfer tokens from your Available Balance to your Voting Balance at any time. Learn how to transfer tokens here.
- Go to the Newsroom's page on the Civil Registry
- Click on the “Ready to Commit My Vote” button located in the “ballot” panel on the right side of the page.
- Select whether you want to vote to “Approved” the Newsroom, or have it “Rejected” on the Civil Registry
- Select the amount of CVL tokens you'd like to commit to your vote. Votes are token-weighted, meaning the more tokens you use in a vote, the more power your vote has. You can use all of your tokens in a single vote, and can reuse those same tokens in as many other Newsroom votes as you like at the same time. However, you cannot withdraw and sell your tokens while they are locked in a Newsroom vote.
- Save your 4-word unique voting code in a safe place until the voting period ends. (Unlike your seed phrase, it is safe for you to email this voting code to yourself, or take a screenshot and keep it on your computer.) The Civil Media company does not store these voting codes, it only connects them to the smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain. Therefore, we cannot reveal or confirm votes for anyone in the event that you lose your unique 4-word voting code.
- Click “Add to My Calendar” - this will save your voting information — including your 4-word voting code, the date the vote comes to an end and a reminder to reveal your vote. Note that the window for revealing your vote only lasts 7 days and if you miss the window, you cannot reveal your vote after that window closes.
- Click “Confirm with MetaMask” to cast your vote. This will open a separate window where you will be asked to vote. Note that this will require paying a transaction fee called Gas, which is paid in Ether (ETH) for your transaction to be processed. Learn more on that here.
Please be aware that MetaMask transactions may take a few minutes depending on network traffic.
Once the commit vote phase has ended, it's time to confirm and reveal your vote. This is the second stage of the voting process in which voters have to come back and use your voting code to confirm your vote and reveal it publicly. (Note that unless you fulfill the second stage, your vote does not count.)
Confirm Vote Phase
Duration: 7 days
To confirm your vote, you must take these steps:
- Go to the Newsroom's page on the Civil Registry. (If coming from your calendar event, click on the Newsroom challenge's direct link included in the calendar reminder.)
- Click on the “Confirm My Vote” button located in the “ballot” panel on the right side of the page.
- Select the option to which you previously committed your vote. Note that if you have not cleared your cache since the time you committed your vote, your vote selection will pre-populate here.
- Enter the 4-word unique voting code. Note that if you have not cleared your cache since the time you committed your vote the first time, your code may already pre-populate here. Please make sure it matches your records before confirming with MetaMask. The Civil Media company does not store these voting codes, it only connects them to the smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain. Therefore, we cannot reveal or confirm votes for anyone in the event that you lose your voting code.
- Click “Confirm With MetaMask” to complete your vote. This will open a separate window where you will be asked to confirm. Note that this will require paying a transaction fee called Gas, which is paid in Ether (ETH) for your transaction to be processed. Learn more on that here.