Morality Website Collaboration

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This is a page where we can collaboratively come up with ideas for a consumer oriented morality website....


Domain name (with redirecting to that site)...

--I prefer, and will buy that domain name tonight. Do you guys agree that a .org site sounds more trustworthy, more academic? What is the downside of using .org rather than .com? (jon)

-- The main downside is that people will type in the .com anyways, but as long as we control both, I don't think there is any downside to using the .org....we'll just redirect people who type in to (ravi)

Home Page

What should the home page look like? I think they should be able to get to the tests quickly like on I do like the more scientific nature of Project Implicit's home page. Do we want to appeal to the consumer masses or to the more serious minded? [Marc hauser's site]

I like how at you have the option of going directly to tasks on the demonstration site, or you can sign up for the research site. I think this registration feature is well worth emulating, as this will allow us to randomly assign participants in specific studies (along with collecting lots of anonymous data via the demo site). When people register, they enter all their demographic info; one obvious benefit is that we'd have their politics (and race, age, etc.) info from a previous time, so in a study we won't have to directly ask them and prime that identity.

[jon]The real value for us will come from people taking multiple tests. Or at least giving us some basic demographic info, plus a single test. So I think we want to insist that everyone register, and tell us their sex, age, native language, what country they are in, what country they were raised in, and a few questions about politics and religion. Then we can send them on to one or more tests. This will discourage many people who are just playing around, but i don't think it's bad to lose such people. We will be so glad to have that demographic info later on. So I think we should have a welcome screen, modeled after the Hauser site. Then for anyone who proceeds, a login screen that gives people the chance to create a new login, or to sign in with their old ID and password. Then send them on to a test-launching screen, which shows the available tests, and which ones they have already taken, along with their scores, when relevant.

Here is a great, simple example of a positive psychology site:

can we start by just modeling ourselves on this site? We could use a logo, or header. Scales of justice are a bit trite, and are already used by Hauser. Perhaps a whole set of morally loaded symbols: cross, star of david, crescent, scales, atom, donkey, elephant.... the idea being to convey that there are so many moral systems out there....

Design/color scheme

What should the basic layout look like? Color scheme?

Content - Questionnares

Please add any scales/questions that you would like to add here...I'm not familiar with what legal issues there are in using certain scales...

We also need to think about how we can present the feedback to people so that it keeps them coming back and referring others. So for any scale that you wish to add, you'll need to come up with some kind of feedback text/system.

Below I'm copying some of the political questions I have in my study:

1. Please use one of the following numbers to indicate your political views in the accompanying categories.

Very Liberal- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - Very Conservative

____ Foreign policy issues ____ Economic issues ____ Social issues

Might be helpful to add examples next to each answer choice (eg. abortion, welfare, pre-emptive military action, etc.)

2. Please indicate the extent to which you support each of the following concepts by checking the appropriate option.

    1 - strongly oppose  to  7 -strongly support  

Increased funding of the military                        
  Stem cell research                       
Spending to improve education                       
 Spending for the poor                       
  Spending to improve/protect the environment                       
 Capital punishment                       
 Gay marriage       


Other Ideas

We don't have to have just simple surveys....we could do some experiments as well and see how 5F and other moral measures correlate with other experiments. Personally, I'm interested in seeing how they correlate with intergroup and political attitude change.

Legal details, etc.

Just to avoid any possible future hassles, we may want to think about who 'owns' or gets to publish whatever data we collect. Is the site open to all morality researchers to collect data? Perhaps Project Implicit provides a good model for these potentially sticky issues?

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