What is a public note?
Public notes are a way to gather intel on decision makers by using the collective knowledge of others. Any CapitolBuddy user can share a public note, and it will subsequently be judged by other CapitolBuddy users. Only the owner/creator of the original note can make a note public, by using the toggle switch at the bottom of their note.
When should I make a note public?
- Did you learn something interesting about a legislator that you feel comfortable telling others about? Make it public.
- Did a legislator win an award, attend an event, or provide an interesting quote? Make it public.
- Is there a good news article about someone in the legislature? Make it public.
- Did they promise something that you want to let the world know about? Make it public.
When should I NOT Make a note public?
- Did a legislator say something off the record in confidence? Probably don't want to make it public.
- Is it false or just conjecture? Definitely don't make it public.
How does it work?
Tapping the up arrow, essentially lends credibility to what the note says. It means you believe this info is factual and relevant. It does not necessarily indicate that you support the nature of the news being delivered, but rather that it is in fact true news.
Tapping the down arrow, will say the opposite of the up arrow. It means the note is not relevant, provides no value, or is false. We ask they you refrain from using this arrow to denounce things you disagree with, but instead use it to say this information is untrustworthy.
Tapping the flag icon, marks the note as inappropriate or false. Often times, you will want to use this feature in conjunction with the down arrow. It will also notify our support team that you have flagged the note and we will contact the author and put it under review.