Frequently Asked Questions
- How are the latest news stories collected?
- How can candidate information be updated?
- How do you decide what candidate information to list?
- How can a debate or forum be listed on your calendar?
- How can a blog or website be added to your online resources section?
- How popular is your website?
- How did you make this website?
- Are the operations of your website transparent?
- What process did you follow for the candidate questionnaires?
How are the latest news stories collected?
Articles are automatically gathered from Google News by searching for the full names of the candidates in the upcoming Winnipeg municipal election. The search location is set to Winnipeg using the advanced search properties.
If a specific news article is not showing up in our system it is because it has not been index by Google News. Because our news gathering is an automated process we cannot manually add news stories to a ward or candidate page.
How can candidate information be updated?
Candidates can send us updated photos and information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emails should be sent from the email address we have listed for a candidate or the address listed in their election registration/nomination papers.
We will do our best to process all updates within 24 hours of their receipt.
After October 24th we will no longer be accepting candidate updates. Updates received after this date will not be posted to our site. This deadline exists to ensure that our site remains accurate and consistent during the week of the election.
How do you decide what candidate information to list?
Email Addresses and Phone Numbers were found using Google or supplied by candidates. Phone numbers are only listed if they are for a campaign office. Found email addresses are only listed if they are obviously election related (e.g. email@example.com) or if they were found on the candidate's election website or election Facebook page.
Websites: Sites must be election related. Sites have been found using Google or supplied by the candidates. Councillor websites are also listed on the incumbents page.
Twitter and YouTube Accounts: Found using Google or supplied by the candidates.
Facebook Pages: Found by searching Facebook or supplied by candidates. In most cases we will link to candidate "fan pages" created specifically for the election. If no fan page exists we will link to Facebook profiles where the wall and info sections are publicly available. Private profiles will be linked to only by candidate request.
Photos: Many were supplied to us directly by candidates. Some photos were found on candidate election websites or public Facebook pages.
How can a debate or forum be listed on your calendar?
Debates and forums can be brought to our attention via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can a blog or website be added to your online resources section?
Email us your election related blogs or websites: email@example.com
Our criteria is the following: A significant proportion of the blog entries, or a specific section of the blog or website, must relate to information relevent to the Winnipeg civic election. Further, the blog or website will not promote intollerance or hateful views to any identifiable group, or exist solely to promote or discredit a single candidate.
How popular is your website?
As of October 8th, 2010 we were the top Google search result for the following searches:
Please note that Google search results may vary depending on your location.
How did you make this website?
The website is powered by the following technologies:
- Ruby for programming.
- Rails for the web framework.
- SQLite for the database.
- Apache for the web server with Phusion Passenger.
- Google News for the latest news feature.
- HAML and SASS for visual structure and design.
Are the operations of your website transparent?
This website was created in the spirit of openness, community, accountability and communication.
The source code that powers this website is available on github.
The source code and website data are released free and unencumbered into the public domain.
See our source code license for more information.
What process did you follow for the candidate questionnaires?
We sent a questionnaire to all all mayoral, council and school trustee candidates.
Mayoral and council questionnaires were sent on September 30th, 2010. School trustee questionnaires were sent on October 9th, 2010.
Candidates were given 200 words to answer each of our five questions. Answers over the 200 word limit were returned for candidate editing.
All questionnaires were sent via email. We collected the required email addresses using the city's registration/nomination papers. We tried our best to contact all candidates with unlisted email addresses by phone.
Replies are posted in batches as they are received.
After October 24th we will no longer accept questionnaire responses. Replies received after this date will not be posted to our site.