The following is an excerpt from Chapter 6: Prioritizing Trustworthiness in the book Holy War for True Democracy.
To maximize consistency between judgments created by different people, DG will develop training materials that members must take in order to be promoted to the next higher level. These training materials will explain new concepts in how to judge trustworthiness properly, with test questions that verify that the user does indeed understand the new concepts. Other test questions will test previously learned concepts from lower levels (if any) to help ensure members still remember.
Here is a preliminary list of judgment guidelines:
- Trustworthiness defined (see “DG definition of trustworthiness” section above)
- Introducing judgments (see “Judgments” section above)
- DG vows (see the “Vows” section below)
- Fundamental judgment concepts:
- Most people are honest most of the time. Just being honest most of the time is normal and should not be justification for giving someone a high trustworthiness score.
- Being a good person or likeable or popular should have no effect on someone’s trustworthiness score.
- What actually counts in a positive way is evidence of material (written, audio, video, etc.) from the subject demonstrating commitment to the complete truth backed by verifiable evidence without bias, omissions and distortions, and without attempt to manipulate the opinions of others for ideological or self-serving reasons.
- Any deviations from trustworthiness must be weighted heavily negatively towards the subject’s trustworthiness score. Note: if a subject deviates from trustworthiness in one particular case, but quickly and effectively fixes the deviation, then the judge should consider either giving the subject a pass or a smaller negative weight on the deviation.
- Deeper training on judgments
- Training on how to review judgments submitted by lower level members
Advanced (Administrator level):
- Advanced members are required to have very high trustworthiness scores, high competence and the ability to serve effectively as a DG organization leader
- Advanced members will function as ultimate judges when difficult situations arise
- They will review the work of lower level members, particularly intermediate members