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Permanent votes on Facebook will improve the whole world

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I have offered Facebook a simple idea based on equal human rights, which will start building a bright future of humankind immediately. Facebook never responded.

Recently I have spent time in the Facebook discussion groups debating issues of my interest. We usually confronted our ideas constructively, which helped better understanding each other's views and forming objective conclusions.

Some people acted offensively and tastelessly, which destroyed the conversations. Facebook provides people with rights to vote about presentations of other people in groups in an array of values from likes to dislikes. These votes are judgments of the people made by the people. They are created to be beneficial to people.

Positive evaluations are aimed to encourage Facebook participants to continue as they do, and negative evaluations should urge them to reconsider their actions. However, negative evaluations rarely bring improvement to confronted debaters because they rarely consider the opposite views as objective. Also, these evaluations disappear together with posts down to history, not leaving any mark on the evaluated person, so that the opinion and behaviour of participants in discussions rarely change.

If these evaluations were taken seriously, then it would improve the Facebook community. I am not claiming that the Facebook discussion forums are bad, but they may be improved. The Facebook community could improve by collecting the received evaluations. Facebook can accumulate these evaluations permanently in the account of each evaluated member.

The positive assessments should be visible only to the people being assessed, but they may show their evaluations to the public if they want. The system of the assessment would have a primary task to present people how appreciated they are in society; whether other people generally like or dislike them. Everyone would be interested to know more about what other people think of them. If people receive more positive evaluations than they send, and if the number grows every month, that will tell them they are on the right track, and it would make them feel good. They would even improve their contribution to the Facebook community further to receive more positive evaluations.

If Facebook members receive more negative evaluations than the positive ones, the result will be presented to the public. More negatively evaluated people will have the difference between positive and negative evaluations presented in red on their pictures. Most of those who receive a large number of bad evaluations would not like it and would try to escape from it. It would be possible to achieve only by improving their opinion and behaviour on Facebook. The evaluations will teach people to respect each other and solve problems constructively. The system of evaluation would improve the Facebook community.

It is very important that people have equal right of evaluation, and that means nobody shall be able to vote more than anybody else. Equal right of people is, according to me, the only condition needed for creating a good society. It will give direct power to the people for the first time ever, and this is what will actually create a good society. A click has become a very powerful tool in the business world, bringing money to more visited web sites. Voting among the people will become an even more powerful tool that would significantly improve society.

Let each member of Facebook has a limited right to evaluate other people. Let's say everyone has the right to give a total of one negative and two positive evaluations to other members on Facebook monthly. That means everyone might choose two people they like the most and one they dislike the most in a month. Facebook may set up any combination of evaluations; ten positive evaluations and three negative ones, or give the right to people to evaluate five people the way they want. Whatever choice Facebook chooses, it will strongly contribute to the betterment of the Facebook community.

I propose these evaluations to be anonymous to escape relationship problems among people, especially when people know each other. People will receive evaluations but will never know who gave them. Then every person would try to improve their behaviour towards everyone, and everyone will be very interested in exercising their voting power. When everyone has the right to vote the total result of voting would be more objective than when privileged people do it so that the result would be better.

Facebook may also include a waiver for let's say a year in which bad evaluations would not be publically presented. The evaluations would still be visible to the people who receive them, giving them time to adapt. I am convinced that even the waivered evaluation, which does not bring any consequences, would start improving society. All people may also receive an equal credit of good evaluations, which would prevent them from falling in the red zone too fast.

Of course, some people would not care of being in the red zone, especially those who have fake accounts, but they would wear a burden of negative evaluations wherever they show up in Facebook as a warning to people that they act inappropriately. By the time they would have to improve. Otherwise, people would ignore them.

I would not mind getting bad evaluations either. There is one thing worse than a bad evaluation, and that is knowing how to improve society with no one believing it significantly enough. Bad evaluations would bring attention to me and my idea: "Equal rights of people will solve all social problems," and people would start considering it.

Changes would not affect only the cyber world. Members of Facebook have a real life, and they would have to act appropriately in the real world as well. Otherwise, their friends, neighbours, colleges may evaluate them negatively. The system of evaluation would improve the real world, as well.

Most presidents of countries have a Facebook account. They use them to announce their politics and to acquire support from people. However, there is no way people can change an unacceptable policy the presidents provide. If Facebook accepts my proposal, it will give people the power to change a bad policy of the presidents. Namely, bad presidents will get a large number of bad evaluations from people, which will result in a significant red evaluation score. They would not like it. These evaluations would present bad presidential rates and their little chances to stay in power. Facebook may be able to pressure presidents of countries to follow the need of people more. Yes, presidents of countries may easily escape from such evaluations by closing their accounts on Facebook. But running away from the "battlefield" would negatively contribute to their political ratings for sure.

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