What is it?
Flagpost is an online platform that enabled voting, discussion, and tagging of design submissions during the New Zealand Flag Consideration Process. It was used to facilitate informed decisions, dialogue, and open collaboration at a national scale. Visitors to the site use tags to help find designs relevant to their interests and values, vote to give their preferences, and contribute to discussion threads that enable critique and ongoing conversations around specific designs.
The home page gives an overview of recent activity from users. Flag designs are also filterable by ‘popular’, ‘newest’, or ‘random’, enabling access to fresh and active content for visitors.
Tags provide an easy way for visitors to search through the thousands of designs offered up by the public. These can be multiple tags, and aim to help people find designs relevant to their interests, values or simply graphic elements.
On individual flag pages, users can vote for the design if they wish, and provides a way to incite dialogue around particular designs. Tags are a selection of keywords employed as a search tool but also as a way for users to ‘texture’ design submissions by offering up their perceptions of designs.
Most importantly, Flagpost features discussion threads for every design submission. These enable users to comment on designs, both textually and visually, or respond to comments by other users.